Open Closets in Small Spaces

Storage can be a problem in a small apartment, especially if you live in a pre-war building designed before built-in closets became standard. One solution is to devote a portion of the wall to storage, using a closet system, freestanding rack, or a converted shelf.

  1. Laura is a professional organizer who lives in a 250 sf apartment. Her ultra-organized, covetable closet fills one wall of the bedroom.
  2. In Whitney's bedroom, an IKEA closet systems doubles as a clothing rack and home office.
  3. Previous Small Cool contest winners David and Im had a wall of storage in their space, with a sailcloth on a track that they used to open and close the closet.
  4. In our old apartment, we converted a tiny half-room into a walk-in closet using an inexpensive, wall-mounted ClosetMaid system.
  5. In Arthur's home, he removed the doors from a small closet and replaced them with a space-saving curtain.
  6. Melissa and Matt's bedroom incorporates an IKEA system for clothing storage. Bright colors in the clothing are carried through the rest of the room.
  7. George and Sara used industrial Metro shelving to create a small closet in their home office.
  8. Sebastian, a little boy, has a closet made from a bookshelf. His mom, Rachel, fitted it with a clothing rod and...voila...small space storage!


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Photos: Jill Slater, Whitney, David and Im, Sarah Coffey, Evan Thomas, Rachel

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