Admittedly, I have an ample closet, and I am aware of how lucky I am to have such an amenity, though this hasn't always been the case. Many of the "closets" I had in previous addresses were sad excuses for clothing storage, and I had to get creative to deal with my shoe- and cardigan- buying addiction. If you're dealing with a lack of wardrobe space, or simply have no closet at all—a common concern in dorm rooms, studio apartments or homes outside the US—here are 6 strategies (some I've even tried myself!) for conquering your garment-storage griefs.
1. Fake a galley-style closet behind your bed with curtains
I'm almost jealous of the room above (via IKEA) that has one whole length of a wall turned into a closet with the help of curtains hung from the ceiling. Placing your bed up against where the curtains fall tricks the eye (it looks like the bed is up against the wall, instead of a few feet removed.) Close the curtain, and ta-da no clothes on display. Open the curtain, and you've got yourself a walk-through closet.
2. Storage Beds
If you're in the market for a new bed, and are short on closet space (or completely devoid of it), you should absolutely consider a storage bed. There are several types on the market (some with drawers and others that lift completely up like the IKEA one above) so you're bound to find one that fits your needs.
→ Check out our Annual Guide to Storage Beds for 8 really great options.
3. Clothing Racks
This is a bit of a no-brainer idea, but the key to having your clothes out in the open and it not looking like the sale section of a store around the holidays (read: completely destroyed), is to have all matching hangers. Wood hangers have a nice regal look (and you can find budget-friendly ones at IKEA or even your local TJ Maxx), but if you're really trying to save on space (because why wouldn't you be?) slim, velvet no-slip hangers like these are your best bet. Also, consider keeping out only seasonally appropriate clothes, shoes and accessories to control clutter, while stashing the rest of your wardrobe away in vacuum-packed bags under your bed.
4. DIY a Ceiling-Hung Clothing Rack
A Beautiful Mess has the right idea with the above solution: A clothing rack hung from the ceiling (this one is a DIY, check it out) leaves plenty of room for chests and dresses to be nestled underneath, because you don't exactly want all of your garments to be on display at all times, do you?
5. Create a "dressing room"
Actual built-in closets might be the norm in the US, but the same cannot be said about other countries. If you have the space, crafting a dressing room in a corner of your room can feel quite luxurious (just look at the creation above, via Villaran Rodrigo). Keep the outside "wall" lower (try using a bookshelf!) to store jewelry, perfumes, or books on top. It also acts as a room divider, which can be a win-win in a loft-like space.
6. Build a rolling closet
If I had to give a name to the above image, it would be "closet-on-wheels". A shelf on the bottom is useful for shoes or baskets, and the hanging bar that extends through the side wall is perfect for handbags, totes, umbrellas, and the likes (basically, anything on a string.) I'm sure there's also a way to rig this with a curtain if you don't want your clothes out in the open. (via Amazing Interior Design)
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