The outside air's getting colder, and chances are good that you're packing up all your tank tops and now have sweaters on the brain. Smart storage strategies and these DIY projects can help you make the seamless switch between seasons, especially in small spaces.
ABOVE: Creative Clothing Racks
Don't have a closet? Clothes spilling out of the one you have? Keep your frequently worn threads handy and accessible on a free-standing clothing rack:
1. From DIY book OK comes this sculptural copper and wood creation that's pretty with or without clothes on it. From Weekday Carnival.
2. A popular technique is using plumbing fixtures to build a sturdy rack, like this rolling one from Smitten Studio.
3. A wire basket, like this one from Instructables, is a nice touch.
4. A sleeker version of the plumbing pipe project, from Love Aesthetics.
5. Suspend a simple bar from the ceiling and you have instant extra storage. From Love Aesthetics.
Revisit your closet and get smarter with the space you have by maximizing your existing closet space:
6. If you have the space for an extra bar or two, Solrum's version is simple and pretty.
7. Ana White shares plans to adapt current closet space for a kid.
8. We've featured Martha Stewart's closet pegboard before, but it's worth sharing again.
9. Instructables shares a sliding pants rack you can customize for your closet.
10. Design Build Love came up with a complete solution for under $50.
Out of Sight Storage
New Wardrobe Builds and Custom Hacks
If closet space is in short supply, look for other areas in your home to store off-season clothing, separate from what you're wearing right now:
11. Bob Vila shows you how to repurpose old drawers as sweater storage under the bed.
12. Inhabitat has a slideshow tutorial on how to make a bed with hidden storage underneath.
13. Paper & Stitch featured a plain square ottoman turned all pretty and patterned.
14. Kathleen transformed a basic ottoman into an extra hidden storage spot.
15. And for $92 you can build an upholstered one from scratch, like this one from the Style Files.
Sometimes you just have to build a free-standing storage unit from scratch, or modify an existing piece of furniture to get what you want:
16. Ana White
has a series of construction plans for furniture, including one for a mirrored door wardrobe.
18. Ikea is always a popular route, with modification to match your existing decor. Via Thinking Closet
19. Similarly, 101 Woonideeen
customizes an Ikea shelving unit with art canvases to make it more fun.
Use What You've Got
Multi-functional furniture is ultra smart for small spaces. Look around and see what's already in your house, and solve two problems at once:
21. House Beautiful
shows that vintage suitcases can stand in for both nightstands and storage.
23. I Heart Naptime
knows that your guests will never know their cocktail is hanging out over your wool winter sweaters.
24. Although it's in Italian, At Casa's tutorial transforms gets a ladder out of the way, and adds hanging space.
(Images: as linked above)