Closet Design Guidelines to Store and Organize Everything

Closets are the place we hide away our things when not in use. They’re typically small spaces that we sometimes take for granted, and really feel the pain when they’re too small! From storing winter coats to clothing and shoes to linens to bathroom supplies, there’s an endless amount of possessions we can store in closets.

Keeping an organized closet is a tough task. Making sure it is organized and aesthetically pleasing is an even tougher task! Luckily there are several genius closet organization hacks and ideas you can steal from the web to make sure finding what you need in your closet is as easy as pie!

There’s also a host of products that will make even the tiniest closet store as much as possible. Keep reading for our ultimate guide to closet design, organization, and storage products. These closet essentials will give you a great start.

Closet Design

Let’s go over the different types of closets that most people will consider designing and organizing. If you’re working with a small space, you may want to consider a sliding door for your closet in order to save space. Otherwise, most of these closets will have a typical swing-open door.

Bedroom Closet

The bedroom closet will hold all of your clothing, shoes, bags and more if you have the room. If possible, hang as much as possible except for sweaters, which you should always fold to avoid stretching them out. Most closets have one rod across the space with an upper shelf for storage.

Linen Closet

The linen closet is typically found near or inside the bathroom. Inside, you can hold linens, towels, soap, medicine, and other bathroom supplies. Most linen closets are comprised of 4 or more interior shelves.

Walk-in Closets

Lastly, if you are fortunate enough to have a large house, then you may have the space for a walk-in closet. Here you have much more room for designing your closet. You can include a mix of rods, shelves, drawers and more.

Closet Organization

There are many ways to organize your closet and maximize the space inside. Here are a few popular closet organization products and supplies.

Hanging Shelves

This is a great space-saving idea if you really want to maximize the vertical space in your closet but don’t want to install shelves.

5-Shelf Hanging Closet Organizer

Storage Bins

Storage bins can be used to organize on the shelves of your closet.

Storage Bin Organizer Basket with Handles for Clothes Storage

Drawer Inserts

Drawers are great for hiding things, but they can easily get messy if you’re dealing with small objects. Drawer inserts are great for keeping things separated and tidy.

Drawer Divider Organizer Basket Bins for Clothes or Underwear
Closet Underwear Organizer Drawer Divider 4 Set

Adjustable Shelves

Install these adjustable shelves in your closet to create more surface space to store things!

Adjustable Shelf

Shoe Rack

Shoe racks are another great option for making a more efficient use of your vertical closet space.

Shoe Rack
Over the Door Shoe Rack
Door Shoe Organizer 24 Large Mesh Pockets

Velvet Hangers

Velvet hangers are pretty standard nowadays and for good reason. They help ensure your clothes don’t slip off easily!

Non-Slip Velvet Hangers

Closet Decor

There are a few interesting ways to decorate your closet, too if you want to give it a bit of life. Here are a few closet decor ideas to get you started:

Hang a long mirror on the front or back of the door

Save space by adding a full-length mirror to the front or back of your closet door so you can plan your outfits.

Add a strong lighting source

Carmona added strong overhead lighting to ensure her children’s closet was well lit from above!

Paint the inside walls

Add a fun touch to the inside of your closet by painting the walls a different color, like Monika Hibbs did for her little girls’ room!

Pink walls inside closet via Monika Hibbs
Monika Hibbs

Swap out the door for curtains

Who says you have to stick to doors to open and close your closet? Try swapping out doors for curtains, especially if you are tight on space.

I hope this post helped you get a better sense of what your dream closet will look like. If we missed anything or you have a great closet decor idea, then don’t hesitate to share it with us in the comments below! Lastly, be sure to follow our Closet design inspiration board on Pinterest for more closet decor and organization inspiration!

Other Rooms in the House

Now that you know how to design and decorate a cute closet, why not continue with the other rooms in your house? Check out our guides room by room below!

The ultimate guide to closet design and organization. Get the closet of your dreams!

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