Planning a Closet Organizer

by Matt Allan

Every house has , in one form or another. Most are built-in, although some are free-standing if there were no built-in if it is an older . In order to make your closets as functional as possible, many of you think about getting a to store your belongings. This is a great idea, since a organizer can help you efficiently store more items in less space, but more importantly they give you the ability to keep things organized.

Once you’ve decided to go ahead with the closet organizer project, just what kinds of things do you need to think about when you are doing the ? The goal is to end up with a useful and effective storage space that you can easily store and access your belongings. We’re going to cover the main points that you should think about before jumping right in:

Use of the Closet – how are you going to use this closet? You should try to match the function to the general area of the house that the closet is located in. For example, don’t store your jackets and boots in the upstairs hall, you will probably want them closer to the door where you actually use them.

How Big the Closet is – we are not all blessed with super size walk-in closets in every bedroom, and conveniently sized pantrys just off the dining room. Yes, sometimes we have to compromise. Just make sure that you design your closet with an appopriate amount of free space that you can easily get to items, as well as put them into and remove them from your storage space. Spaces which store seasonal items can usually get away with a little less breathing room, whereas closets that are used daily should have plenty of room so things don’t start piling on top of each other.

Expense – determine how much you want to spend before you do any shopping. You might want to do some forward thinking and total up all the closets that you might be redesigning in the near future as well so that you are more realistic about this item. Sometimes it makes sense to skimp, especially if you are not all that permanent in your current home, but others may be lucky enough to splurge on a custom built in showroom closet organizer.

Design – now that you’ve answered the previous 3 points, we come to the fun part – the design. Depending on budget, size and function, you can come up with an endless number of options for the final storage system design. It may be helpful to narrow those questions down, and then browse through some storage design books for ideas that fall into your parameters.

So now that you have an idea of what you should be thinking about before starting on a closet organizer project, I’m sure you will be a little less lost when it comes time to make a decision about the final design. Perhaps you’ll even feel brave enough to venture out to the building stores and try to pick up a modular system that once assembled looks like a much more expensive custom designed model. All the best in your closet organizer adventures.

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