If you’re ready to custom build your dream bedroom closet, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are some questions you might ask yourself first:
- Do you fold or hang your clothes?
- Do you want to store your belongings behind doors or in drawers?
- Do you have a lot of shoes?
- Do you share your closet with your spouse or other family members? (If yes, check out our post on maximizing shared closet space!)
Once you’ve worked out the basics, you can consider the specific pieces that will go into your dream closet design. Here are some closet customizations that may work well for your lifestyle:
Folding vs. Hanging
Its likely you’ll want to do a mix of both with your new closet. Decide how much space is needed for folded clothes vs. those you want to hang. Start by taking a look at the clothes you already own and will take into your new closet – and leave extra space for any new pieces you may pick up throughout the years.
Double Hanging – The best way to make use of vertical wall space is by double and triple hanging. You’ll get twice as much space for shirts, blouses and pants by choosing a double hang configuration. If your ceiling height allows, you can even add triple level hanging bars.
Long Hanging – Don’t forget to count what space needs to be left for longer clothing pieces, such as coats and dresses. You need to devote at least 10% of your closet to long hanging space.
Other Clothing Items
Shoes – Whether you choose flat shelves, slanted shelves or cubbies, installing at least one will provide you with the space to organize and store your shoes.
Accessory Pieces – Do you want a valet rod, belt rack tie, rack, or jewelry drawer inserts? This also depends on the accessories you want to showcase and helps keep the smaller pieces from getting lost in the closet.
Floor vs. Wall Mount – For a true built-in furniture look, choose a floor mounted closet system. Otherwise, wall mounted systems allows you to vacuum beneath and easily replace carpeting.
Hampers and Baskets – Choosing a hamper or basket makes the most of your space while helping to keep laundry off the floor and sorted.
Drawers – Drawers add the look of luxury to your closet plus offer a private solution to organize clothes.