Are your bedroom closets perpetually full? Do you have a constant need for more closet space?
Even though the majority of homes contain an ample amount of closets, storage space is still at a premium for most of us. We can never find enough space for all of our stuff – no matter how big the closets are.
If you carefully analyze how you utilize your closet space, especially walk-in closets, you’ll find that you only use up about 25-50% of that space. Which means that the majority of that closet space is just filled with air. Depending on the layout of the closet, there are several ways to maximize the space, simply by just organizing more efficiently.
Do you see all of the empty space in the closet below? There isn’t necessarily enough space – or the ability – to install another clothing rack. But what if we could make more effective use of that space, especially underneath the clothing.
For the purposes of this article, let’s focus on your bedroom closet. Most closets are either designed with a horizontal layout, of a vertical one – both of which waste a lot of space. The trick to maximizing a closet to it’s fullest potential is by taking advantage of both vertical and horizontal space. The solution to this issue can surprisingly affordable and easy.
You don’t necessarily have to install more shelves or racks – or even build a bigger closet space. By using some smart accessories, you can double or triple the available space. Like everything else with limited resources, you just need to multi-purpose a few of the elements within the closet.
When it comes to the bedroom closet, having enough space for clothing is a major concern. Clothes are what usually take up the most amount space in a closet, so organizing them more efficiently is definitely one way to maximize the capacity of the closet space.
When closet space runs out, most people turn to expensive solutions. Options that might include buying a new dresser, installing more shelves, or remodeling the closet to create more space. Before you put yourself through that cost, and hassle, analyze your current inventory of clothing.
Are your clothes (or accessories) hung in a way that renders empty space unusable? Or perhaps the empty space could be utilized if you just had shelves that could float…
Let’s take a look at three accessories that are are both convenient and affordable, and should solve some of organizational issues that you might come across.
The standard closet, depending on size, will have one or two shelves at the top, with a bar underneath for clothing hangers. Generally, each garment of clothing will occupy one hanger at a time – but there’s a much more efficient way!
S-type clothing hangers have multiple bars, and are ideal for hanging pants, or anything that is usually stored on the bar of a hanger.
You can place a pair of pants on each individual bar. These types of hangers usually have 5 individual bars – which means they can hold 5 pairs of pants (or 5 of anything for that matter).
S-shape hangers are great for closets that don’t make efficient use of vertical space.
Each S-shape hanger effectively opens up a spot for another 4 hangers by filling up unused vertical space. Depending on the number of fold-able garments that you own, the savings can be huge!
For example, say you have 20 pairs of pants, taking up the space of 20 individual hangers; those 20 can be turned into just 4 S-hangers. For the average closet, that translates into a savings of about 18-24″ of rack space – which is fairly significant.
That extra 18-24″ of space could easily hold another 15 to 20 more clothing items. You could also fill that empty space with…
Another super affordable way of maximizing rack space is by using hanging shelves.
These types of shelves hang from the clothing rack, and take full advantage of whatever vertical space that there is. The model above, from Whitmor, offers 4 square sections – each box measures about 12″ x 12″ – and are great for storing clunky items like handbags and hats, or for items that fold easily without much wrinkling, like jeans, or thick sweaters.
Most people hang their clothes from the clothing rack, and organize shoes on the floor underneath. That usually leaves about 2 feet of empty vertical space. If your rack is 6 feet in length, that means you have 12 square feet of potential space just occupied by air – what a waste!
A hanging shelf utilizes that empty space without installing hardware, and without the need for labor!
Underneath the shelving, you also get a rack to make up for the rack space taken up by the shelving.
The average closet should comfortably fit two or even three of these types of shelving hangers. If you add the S-type hangers from above, you could easily organize your current walk-in closet onto just one wall.
Another cool feature of the hanging closet organizer from Whitmor is that the clothing hanger is modular – it can be removed. This feature comes in handy later on if you’d like to hang items that don’t have open hooks – like a roll of paper towels, toilet paper, etc.
Finally, for a narrow closet, or for a walk-in closet with multiple walls, consider a free-standing closet. These organization accessories are especially convenient for that side of the closet that does not contain a shelf or a clothing rack.
A free-standing closet like this one from Little Tree is remarkably efficient in how it takes up space. It is optimized both vertically and horizontally! The empty space found in most closets (that space underneath your clothing extended to the floor), is turned into multiple rows of shelves.
This type of closet organizing system is especially useful when you have an even mix of clothing and accessories that you’d like to organize. The convenient aspect of a free-standing closet is that they can be broken down and removed if you change your mind later on. You don’t need to install any hardware on the walls, or screw anything in – they’re “free-standing”.
A free-standing closet like the one above will usually measure around 6′ in height, and around 4′ or 5′ in width, and include a top shelf as well for bulky items.
If your closet space is practically non-existent, a free-standing closet can be used within your bedroom as well:
You could easily tuck this into a corner, or up against just about any wall in the room. The key with this type of closet is the portability they provide, not just the added organizational ability.
These are a just a few ways to maximize the closet space in your bedroom. While you can certainly use other accessories like a standing or hanging shoe organizer, tie rack, hat rack, etc., the bulk of the space savings will almost always come from organizing and storing your clothing more efficiently.
The three accessories outlined above should do the trick for most people, especially when used in conjunction with one another. Using the S-type hangers underneath the hanging shelves are not just a great combination for space-saving, but they are exceptionally affordable too!
The obvious solution for most people is to increase the square footage of their closet, or to add more expensive items, like a dresser. But the first option should always be to maximize what space you currently have.