Do you have room in your home for a walk in closet? If so, consider yourself lucky. What you do with this space is a whole other conversation. Custom closet design takes time to itemize your belongings and create an efficient and organized wardrobe. The best approach is to assess your storage needs before meeting with a custom closet design company in Birmingham.
Whether you’re planning to store clothes via hanging racks or shelves, know what dimensions your clothes are. You want to make sure you’re getting the best possible storage solution for your clothing. The depth of your closet cabinets and panels will range from 14 to 24 inches so be aware of the width of your clothes. Most clothing items, including shirts and coats, will fit inside a 24-inch deep area. Anything less won’t always fit your clothing, which means your items will protrude.
Evaluate your wardrobe and take inventory of what you own. Whether to include more double hangs or single hangs will hinge on your clothing collection. Shirts, blouses, and slacks belong on double hangs while dresses and long coats normally need single hangs.
As tricky as corners are in general, they manage to be even more complicated in closets because there is usually less space to work with. The best approach is to utilize as much space as possible. With corner shelves, you can hang clothes or store purses and suitcases.
Islands are a dream addition to any walk-in closet but the spacing must be right. A 36-inch walkway on each side of the island is ideal. The more clearance space for islands with pullout drawers, the better.
If you’re including a shoe rack, saving space is just one part of the challenge. The other is making sure your shelves and cubbies are big enough to comfortably store your shoe collection. A pair of women’s shoes generally measures anywhere from 5 ½ to 10 inches wide, while a men’s pair is 6 ½ to 10 ½ inches wide. There should be enough linear space to house the pairs you own. The best rule of thumb is to allow 7 to 12 inches of space per pair.
If you have the luxury of space, a place to sit provides a nice spot to put on your shoes. The easiest and perhaps most affordable option is a freestanding bench. You can place it next to your island or along an unused wall in your closet. Built-in benches are a natural fit below windows, especially higher windows.
We all have the accessories, purses, jewelry, ties, and belts. It helps to create an organized space for these items too. Belt and tie racks can be compact and mounted as well as racks for purses. You can also include a jewelry tray in one of your drawers.