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DIY Closet Design & Maintenance Tips

Closet Design Tips

For custom closet design ideas, we offer our professional services or a personal online design tool. No matter which you choose, your closet design ideas will be more successful if you plan in advance for the amount and type of items you wish to store. There are several ways to determine how much space you need for your clothing.

  1. Count your garments and accessories, applying typical space needs to each item.
    • 1-inch* of rod needed per item for hanging blouses and shirts.
    • 1-1/4-inches* of rod needed per item for separates (slacks, skirts, or folded pants).
    • 2-inches* of rod needed per item for dresses and over coats.
    • 2-1/2-inches* of rod needed per item for suits, sport coats, and blazers.
      *(assumes typical wooden hanger used)
  2. Group your clothing by length and measure it to determine how much space it will require.

    Measure Your Separates

    How many linear inches of separates do you need to account for?

    Measure your separates linear feet for double hang closet organizers

    Measure Medium & Long Clothing

    How many linear inches for medium hang and long hang do you need?

    Measure linear feet needed for long hang and medium hang closet organizers
  3. How Many Closet Shelves Do You Need? stacks of clothing on shelves
    • 18-inches shelves typically hold two pairs of men's shoes or two side-by-side women's folded shirts.
    • 24-inches shelves typically hold three pairs of women's shoes or two stacks of folded items.
    • 30-inches shelves typically hold four pairs of women's shoes or three pairs of men's shoes or three folded women's shirts or two folded sweaters.
    • Keep your stacks of folded items at 12-inches high or less to prevent them from toppling over.
    • Shelf dividers can help keep your stacks of folded items tidy.
  4. Drawers or Baskets?
    • The choice between drawers or baskets is driven by personal preference rather than function.
    • Drawers and slide-out wire closet baskets provide similar functionality for the storage of underwear and smaller wardrobe items or accessories.
    • Easy-to-remove baskets liners can be added to any basket so that the contents can be carried directly to the laundry, adding the convenience of a portable laundry basket.
    • Fully opened baskets extend 26 inches, whereas drawers extend 26-1/2 inches from the back wall, including handles.
    • Drawers include hidden, under-mount slides with soft-close. Baskets use traditional, zinc-plated, side-mount slides that close manually.
    • Drawers provide more of a built-in furniture look to the closet but are also more expensive.
    • Pull-out baskets can be retrofitted into any standard closet shelving section, whereas drawers usually cannot and must be ordered at the time of the original closet installation.

Hanging Sections & What to Expect

  1. Long Hanging: Lower shelf at 66" and rod at 64.5", great for overcoats, dresses, formal, coats, and other garments needing long hanging space.
  2. Mid Hanging: Lower shelf at 55" and rod at 52.5", great for blouses, long skirts, coats, and other garments needing medium hanging space.
  3. Double Hang: Lower shelf at 42" and rod at 40.5", great for maximizing your hanging space for shirts, blouses, folded pants, and other garments where stacking the hanging space makes most sense. Measurements for closet hanging sections


Your CLOSETS.COM product should last many years requiring very little care. These few simple cleaning techniques and custom closet design tips will keep your system looking and functioning its best for years to come.

  • Thermally fused melamine finished panels and shelves may be easily cleaned using a mild, non-abrasive, all-purpose cleaner and a soft cloth.
  • Use a mild household cleaner for tough stains like coffee or wine. Do not use any cleaners with bleach.
  • Wood cabinet doors, drawers or panels can be cleaned with any good quality commercial wood cleaning product.
  • Never soak any part of your closet with water. If it surrounds a window, be sure the window doesn't leak and is kept closed when raining.