Wardrobe Ideas for Closetless Homes

We've lived in several apartments that had virtually no closet space or a small sliver of storage carved out of an awkward nook. In homes like those, the wardrobe is a helpful problem solver.

  • Flank a bed or door with two wardrobes to create a built-in look. Wardrobes are bulky pieces that can sometimes feel awkward in a small room. By using them as architectural elements, you're making them seem as if they belong in the space.
  • In a small space, try moving the wardrobe out of the bedroom. Older homes often come with small bedrooms, and a wardrobe can eat up a huge chunk of space. By moving it into the hall or living room, you're opening up a little more area for your bed.
  • Use a wardrobe as a room divider. In lofts and studios, wardrobes can add storage while sectioning off the bedroom from the rest of the apartment.
  • For a lighter look, try a freestanding wardrobe rack. If you don't have too many clothes to store, or you're in need of an entryway solution, the freestanding rack can be a nice alternative to a bulky wardrobe. It's more visually lightweight, and it's portable.
  • Think beyond the traditional wardrobe. By experimenting a little, you can create a solution that's more tailored to your home. For instance, Wes and Kayla added a closet to their bedroom by creating a wall of clothes and then hiding it behind sliding curtain panels. You could also try using a set of lockers for clothing storage.


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Pax Complement System from IKEA
Home by Thad Hayes
DIY Loft Room Divider and Wardrobe
Wardrobe Rack from Napa Style
Before and After: Hiding the Great Wall of Clothes

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