If you’ve had enough of doubled-up hangers, unreachable shelves, and a closet that’s quite literally bursting at the seams, it might be time to consider a closet renovation. Typically, there are two possible reasons why your closet isn’t functioning the way you would like. In many instances, the space simply isn’t large enough. If this is the case, you may need to consult a contractor to discuss enlarging it. However, more often than not, the problem can be solved by implementing a more efficient storage system.
There are numerous closet storage solutions available to homeowners, from custom closet systems, to complete systems found at your local home improvement store, and even a wide variety of DIY solutions. This selection of options means that the perfect solution exists for closets and budgets of all sizes. The trick is choosing the right one.
Here are a few things to consider when planning your closet renovation:
What You Need to Store
This may sound ridiculously obvious, but the first step to choosing the right closet solutions lies in assessing what you need to store in it. Need being the operative word here. If you’re like most people, a large portion of what you closet contains is unnecessary. So, before you decided that you need a certain amount or type of storage, take everything out of you existing closet. Then take an honest assessment of what you actually need to store. Remove clothing that is worn out, too small or too big, and items that you haven’t worn in over a year (not including sentimental piece like a wedding dress). Sell, donate, or toss any disused items. Then, look at what remains and consider the amount and type of storage you require.
Do You Need Offseason Storage?
Another thing that tends to dominate the space in a master closet is offseason clothing. If it’s summertime, but your closet is filled with bulky sweaters, it can limit the room you have to store lightweight items.
If you can, try to find alternative storage for clothing that is seasonally specific. Pack it away in storage tubs or on covered rolling racks and store them in the basement or other designated storage area.
How Many People Use the Closet
When two people share the closet you plan to renovate, it’s important to consider the individual needs of each person. If one needs to store dresses while the other needs to store suits, you will want to choose a closet system that can accommodate them both.
In additions to what they need to store, take a moment to consider the users themselves. If one if rather petite, ensure that they can easily access their belongings.
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