5 clever ways to add more storage to your home using a new custom built-in closet.
The word "built-ins" instantly conjures up images of some type of shelving unit for the living or dining room. However, built-ins can be used in any room of the home. A good built-in wardrobe closet adds to your style and décor while also increasing the overall storage of the home!
Need more room for your stuff? After living for years in the same home it happens to the best of us. Too much stuff crammed into too little space. The first thing to try is to purge and declutter. Sometimes this isn't enough, however; especially if the number of family members has also increased along the way. Maybe you've already gone through your things and discarded or donated what you don't use, but still need more closet storage. In this case, think about adding more storage to your home. Would a wall of cabinets that stretches from floor to ceiling be of any help? A wall of cabinets with shelves and rods for clothes is basically a built-in wardrobe closet.
Before you try and divide the closet down the middle, take a good hard look at what each person has in their wardrobe and how it should be stored. Chances are, you will not be able to simple draw a line down the middle of the closet and satisfy both parties. .
Clever Wardrobe Closet Ideas that Maximize Storage
Disguise it as an Entertainment Center
A lot of people like to watch television in bed. If you're going to have a TV in the bedroom, why not surround it with an entertainment center with storage on all sides? A custom unit can be designed to use the entire wall from floor to ceiling with no wasted space. It's guaranteed to add plenty of storage beyond the existing basic bedroom closet.
Show it Off Like a Display Case
Some bedrooms are simply too small to add a new wardrobe closet. Other apartments don't even have a bedroom. Even if your wardrobe closet is to be installed in a studio apartment and will be on display at all times, no problem! Make it look like a custom display case for treasured possessions by including a select number of cabinets with glass doors and a cabinet lighting system. Use the solid doors to hide your clothes and the glass doors for favorite accessories or mementoes.
Add it to a Family Room or Rec Room
If your bedroom closet is tiny, put in a new wardrobe closet in the rec room, family room, or basement. You can them switch out your clothes seasonally. Keeping your possessions in your home, no matter which room, is a lot more convenient than renting a storage locker somewhere else.
Recess it into the Wall
The bungalow is a classic architectural style native to the Chicago area. The Chicago bungalow, in addition to many other older homes, often have sloped ceilings or walls on the second story that abut empty attic space. Technically, the short wall below the slanted ceiling is called a knee wall. Sometimes it is possible to recess a wardrobe closet or other built-in through the knee wall and into the attic space. This creates additional storage while using zero floor or wall space.
Wrap it Around a Corner or Down a Hallway
Sometimes the only place to put another closet is in a hallway. As long as you aren't worried about handicap accessibility, you only need to leave 36-inches open for walking. Most corridors are wider than that. Use the remaining space for your new wardrobe closet. Build your cabinetry along the entire hallway, even wrapping it around the corner if possible. Keep it light in color so that it stays light and bright. The lighter cabinets will also take up visual space in a narrow corridor. A touch of crown moulding will give it the look of elegant millwork. If privacy in the corridor is a concern, simply put locks on the cabinet doors and drawers. Easy to install cabinet and drawer locks are available in visible and invisible "stealth" styles that work with most any application.
Create Your Happy Space!
No matter where you put your new built-in wardrobe closet, you are certain to enjoy it. Having a place for all of your things will help your home remain tidier and less cluttered. This, in turn, eliminates a big source of mental stress that many people don't even know they have until it goes away. A little breathing space goes a long way to better mental health for everyone in the family.
An organized environment leads to a sense of stability. This can be especially important to the youngest members of the family. It can also help create habits that will last a lifetime.
Even if you don't have children, however, an organized space where everything is in its place will make you happier. After all, isn't everything simply easier when you're organized?