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Renovation & Design

Make the most of closet space with these handy suggestions

LA Closet Design

This closet, designed for lifestyle blogger Jessi Malay by LA Closet Design, features floating shelves to display her collection of shoes.

Closets come in all shapes and sizes, but regardless of the size, you are going to want to maximize space and organization.

Closets should be considered in the planning of a home, similar to how other rooms are factored in.

The best place to start is with a floor plan and a clear understanding of how you want the closet to be used. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your closets.

Consider using a professional closet company. These companies have experts in maximizing every inch of usable space.

Be sure to arrive with measurements in hand.

Include flexible built-ins. While built-ins help create a seamless look, if you use a system that can be moved from home to home or adjusted based on your needs such as a modular configuration, this will allow you to use your closet investment long-term.

Try white. White will be a neutral selection that won’t clash with other finishes in the home.

Look for solid construction. Closets in some instances undergo wear and tear, so you will want to make sure your selections will stand the test of time.

Create opportunities for both long- and short-hanging clothing. This will be especially important if your closet is shared with a partner.

Use thin, space-saving hangers. Wooden hangers are often bulky and take up a lot of space.

Consider baskets and bins. These are great for organizing closets and making everything look neat and seamless.

Colour-co-ordinate your closet. It is often helpful to have a system in which dark clothing is separate from lighter fabrics.

Have a shoe organization plan. So often, shoes organization is an afterthought that affects the utilization and appearance of a closet.

Look for opportunities for hidden storage such as drawers and cabinets.

— TNS

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