We approach designing closets in a similar manner to designing kitchens, laundry rooms and even baths…as an exercise in efficiency. Function first, beauty second…the perfect recipe.
Where to begin
While it may seem with bedroom closets that one size fits all, it is quite stunning how differently everyone uses this very personal space. Not only do people have different needs but they also prefer to store our clothing differently.
Analyze and inventory
It is stunning how much more efficient closets can become and a quick study of the contents is the place to start.
- At T+T we literally measure clients’ existing closets, study how they are used and have a detailed discussion before the design process can start. How many linear feet of “short” hanging is currently being used? Is it enough? How wide is the long hanging? How many pairs of shoes and other items will need to be stored, etc.?
- After the inventory, we then dive in to questions of how do our clients prefer to store each type of item? Hang or fold T-shirts and sweaters? We have had clients that prefer to hang shorts while others want them folded. Don’t forget… workout wear, swim suits, under garments, socks, ties, hosiery, belts, scarves, sleep wear, jewelry, watches, hats and write down the ideal space for each.
If you can see the back wall in any area,
your closet could be more efficient!
One of the biggest wastes of valuable cubic feet is vertical space. A shoe shelf with too much room above each pair is space that could be harnessed. Deep drawers can cause items to be lost, or if they are not full, they can chew up valuable space.
- Use shallow drawers for short items… jewelry, ties, scarves, etc..
- Shoe storage can have many different needs, so their type and height should be considered. Flats and dress shoes are shorter, sneakers typically need a medium height shelf space while heals and boots need more. What about boots? Ankle, calf height, western and tall boots will last longer and look much better if they are stored standing or hanging upright. Adjust your shelf heights accordingly.
- The space above the door is often forgotten, so consider a small shelf or two.
- Pull down rods can hang above current clothing and shelves and can add incredible amounts of vertical storage.
- While it is helpful to utilize higher spaces, be sure and consider the height of each person using the space. Storage that is too high and can’t be reached with a small stool is not only a waste of resources, but can swallow up items you may never see again.
“Stepping into a glorious closet each day is uplifting…
It feels like entering your own personal boutique.”
Take it to the max
Like we said before, function first, beauty second. Once the space that functions perfectly…make it gorgeous!
- Do you have any collections? Perhaps athletic shoes, hand bags, hats or boots? Show them off! By using color, light, light, LIGHT, glass and other materials, favorite items and collections can be highlighted each time you enter. People collect what they love…so surround yourself with those pieces! Finding an attractive, well lit way to display them can make the closet even more enjoyable.
- Placing items behind glass doors make them easy to see and “shop” for while keeping dust at bay. Consider seeded glass or a beautiful patterned version.
Details not to be missed
If you are going to make your closet wonderful, make it have all the details that can take it to the next level.
- Valet poles – make planning outfits and packing for trips so much easier
- Laundry hampers – Hide them beautifully or have multiple for sorting clothing as you go
- If you have a larger closet it’s handy to have a folding table or open surface
- Suitcase storage – if you travel a lot it makes so much sense to have your luggage ready to go
- Hidden ironing board and iron outlet
- Matching hangers make such a difference
- A storage safe
- Beautiful seating and small tables
- Washer and dryer
- Art, photos or sculptures
About Tran + Thomas
Built on the foundation of a 30-year, family-owned Interior Design business, Jill Tran and Carmen Thomas opened Tran + Thomas Design Studio in 2011 bringing a combined 36 years of experience to their projects. They work on both residential and commercial projects across several styles. Interested in their services? Call (913) 268-9595 or schedule a consultation below.
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