||Designing Storage Closets
Storage closets, like attics, are meant to
be utilitarian; that is, emphasize function
over beauty in your design, and save a few
dollars on the cost.
Here are some tips to help you
- be realistic about space. You really don't
need to keep everything handy. Determine
what you are likely to need daily, weekly,
and perhaps monthly and allocate space for
these in convenient storage closets around
your house. The rest should be relegated
to the attic, basement. or trash.
- make use of standardized storage containers
that can be easily labeled. While you may
lose some space inside the boxes, you will
gain plenty by being able to organize. These
can double as "drawers" for small
- allow room for large, odd-sized items.
- plan to put heavy items on the floor or lower
shelves. For safety reasons and to reduce
support costs, upper shelves should only
have small, light items.
- use strong materials such as steel for shelving.
- include ample light to help you find what
you are seeking without having to pull every
- if you must use two layers deep, reserve
a spot on the wall for an index so that you
won't have to hunt for items in the back
(or for the index itself).
Remember to finish your closet off with a
nice closet door.