Small or too few closets in a home present interesting challenges when unpacking or reorganizing. These storage solution ideas will help control clutter and organize belongings.
Open Shelving Ideas
Open storage is a basic shelving option that offers many benefits:
- Open shelving is generally less expensive than closed wardrobes.
- Open shelving provides a modern, loft-style storage look.
- Open shelving offers versatility for users. Items can be stowed in anything from dark wicker baskets to canvas bins and placed on open shelving for a clean look.
Open shelving can be found in many forms, from the most basic cinder block bookcase to sturdy steel shelving to kitchen cabinets with doors removed.
Open shelving does have downsides. Clothing and other items will not be as protected from dust and other particles, and belongings will be on display at all times.
Use open shelving in a bedroom to store clothing and shoes, in a home office as office supply and book storage, or in an attic, basement, or even hallway to keep boxed items.
Room Divider Ideas
Use a room divider or screen to section off a storage area. A 5′ – 6′ tall room divider can help cordon off a bedroom or living room corner to use as a makeshift closet space.
- Conceal open shelving, stacks of storage bins, or a clothing rack with an attractive standing screen.
- Incorporate a plain room divider into living room or bedroom decor by lining the panels with wrapping paper or wallpaper.
- Place a floor lamp in the corner provide light and make things easier to find.
- Curtain off a corner of a bedroom with an easy curtain room divider: attach two curtain rods to the ceiling and hang long curtains that reach to the floor to conceal shelving.
Freestanding Wardrobes and Armoires
Freestanding pieces of furniture can easily make up for missing closet space. The variety of styles and sizes available at most home furnishing stores allows users to create their own storage space. Users can choose from the most basic two-door wardrobe to a wall-length unit that offers a variety of drawer, rack, and shelf space for clothing and accessories.
Armoires are similar in concept to freestanding wardrobes, but usually have drawer space on the bottom and a shorter hanging space on top.
Wardrobes may be more costly than other storage options, and huge pieces may dwarf a small bedroom. Assess and measure the space carefully prior to furniture shopping to avoid purchasing an oversized piece that will not suit the room. Keep in mind that size should be the priority when shopping for an armoire or wardrobe; stain and paint color can be changed if necessary.
With these storage solutions, even the oldest of houses can be transformed into an organized, clutter-free home.
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