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Designing Closets for Clothes

You can save a lot of money by designing and building your own clothes closets. Here are some tips to help you with the design:

  • locate the closet far enough from the bathroom to avoid high humidity and the kitchen to avoid cooking fumes. Try to have a mirror convenient
  • be realistic about space. Estimate the volume of clothes you want to keep in your "active" wardrobe and the volume in your off-season wardrobe. Keep in mind that the winter wardrobe often takes more room because of heavier fabrics and larger garments. Put the active wardrobe where you can reach it; put the off-season wardrobe away.
  • plan around your lifestyle. Don't put coats and shoes in your clothes closet if you walk around in stocking feet and the room is far from the door (those coats should go into a coat closet closer to the door; otherwise, they'll only wind up draped on furniture). Exception: because women's dress shoes are considered a part of the outfits, they should be stored with the clothes for easier selection and matching.
  • hang what must be hung; fold the rest. You'll find clothes take less room when folded, so don't plan on hanging every tee-shirt you own.
  • keep shelf spacing small, except for bulky sweaters. Avoid having towering stacks of folded clothes -- they are too hard to keep straight when you want to wear something that isn't near the top. You will be better off to put in more shelves (even though this reduces the amount of storage space).
  • avoid shelf materials that are rough and could snag fabric. Open wire shelves are good for boxes and ventilation, but are difficult to stack clothes on. Don't skimp on the materials: clothes closets are thought of as a jewelry box for your clothes; high quality materials are expected and will enhance the value of your home.
  • you can double stack hanging rods, but remember to leave some space for full length dresses, gowns, and coats.
  • include drawers in your layout for clothes that you want to just "toss in" the closet, such as socks.
  • include ample natural or white light; otherwise, you'll find yourself pulling out the wrong color garment.
  • if your ceiling height permits it, use overhead

    areas for longer term storage. If possible build in an easy way to access these areas, such as a corner for a small step ladder.

Remember to finish your closet off with a nice closet door.

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