5 Principles of Closet Design

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The 5 Core Principles of Closet Design by The Closet Guy

Looking into a messy closet can bring your mood and motivation down in an instant. When clothes is not organized, making it impossible to find the specific item you need. Whether you’re chaperoning your kid’s field trip to The Living Desert or attending a fancy dinner in La Quinta, you need to access your stuff quickly and easily. With a bit of research and a professional cabinet maker, you can follow these steps to produce an organized closet that appeals to the eye and your sense of accomplishment.

Do Your Research

All closets are not created equal. To get the perfect wardrobe for your needs, you have to look at all the aspects of your space to make sure it makes sense. For example, great lighting is essential. If overhead lighting doesn’t exist currently in your closet, it may involve a quote from an electrician to see if adding more electrical is an option.

If you want to expand your closet space, make sure you are not blocking windows or HVAC vents needed to heat and cool the room. However, if you live in an area with high humidity, having ventilation in your closet could keep your clothes from getting musty or moldy. Its always a good idea to consult a skilled closet designer, like The Closet Guy in Palm Springs, at the early stages of planning to make sure you are on the right track.

Custom white wood cabinetry in a walk in closet

Consider Your Wardrobe Needs

Clothing needs vary from person to person. Take into account what already exists in your closet and see where you can make improvements. If you have a large selection of shoes, plan for a shoe rack. If you like belts and scarves, install hooks. 

Ask yourself these specific questions, so you are aware of the needs of the closet.

+ Do you want any open space or additional storage?

+ Will you be dressing in the closet?

+ Would you like your shoes showcased or in storage drawers or cabinets?

+ Are accessories like jewelry also kept in your closet?

+Do you need hooks, drawers, trays, racks, mirrors? 

These are all questions your contractor is going to ask you so its best to be prepared ahead of time.

Modern wooden wardrobe with women clothes hanging on rail in walk in closet, Scandinavian style

Take Advantage of Wall Space

Utilizing wall space with storage options such as continuous shelves may be an excellent option for freeing up some floor space if your area allows it. Place items that you are not likely to need daily higher up than your day-to-day wardrobe. Many closets come equipped with a single rod to hang clothing, but when planning a custom design, yo9u can easily double the rods or pair shorter rods at different heights to accommodate longer dresses or pants. Many various hacks on closet space exist on the internet. Research a few space-saving options and consult with your contractor to see what they can do. 

Categorize Everything

Organizing everything into sections can make dressing and browsing for an outfit more efficient. Making a plan of the different categories you would like to separate your clothing will give the process a clear end goal. Perhaps you would like a section for specific matching pieces. Or it may be more reasonable to have clear areas for different garments such as pants or skirts. Color coordination is a step beyond this that may add even more order and appeal to your space. Labels can be used for everything, especially containers you cannot readily see its contents. 

Detail of walk in closet with wardrobe.

Store Out-of-Season Clothing 

There is no point in having racks of sweaters and jackets readily available in the summer. If you have the opportunity to have high storage, use it for your out-of-season clothes. It saves time since all regular use clothes are together in the open with easy accessibility. Switching clothes out is a must and will help you consider if you need them every time you take them out of storage. A closet that is being continuously worked on is much easier to keep orderly.

In Conclusion 

Understanding your closet space is the first step in reclaiming it to make it the perfect home for your wardrobe. Taking pride in your home is common, but do not leave your closets forgotten. There are alternatives to basic storage designs that can enhance your everyday living.

Space-saving closet designs do not open up space for your clothing and improve your closet’s look and competence. Finding items is more manageable in an organized area, and a beautifully designed wardrobe can lift your mood.