How To Create a Bedroom Closet Out of Thin Air

updated May 3, 2019
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Though it would seem like life without a closet in your bedroom is an impossible way to live, it’s more than just possible — it can even look stylish. All these beautiful homes below have something in common: The master bedroom either doesn’t have a built-in closet or doesn’t have nearly sufficient closet space. But, these home dwellers were able to come up with an elegant storage solution anyway. Whether you’re in the same no-closet/not-enough-closet boat as they are — or you’re just looking to add more storage to your home — use these storage solutions as inspiration for your own “closet” project.

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In this Chicago rental apartment, limited closet space means Matthew was on the hunt for extra room to store clothing. His solution is a rather simple but successful one: a single metal hanging rack gives him room to hang an array of coats and jackets. He chose a white metal which nicely blends into the white walls behind it. The medium height doesn’t make the piece feel imposing in this small room. Using nice wooden hangers adds uniformity. And, it doesn’t hurt that the clothes themselves have a simple palette which minimizes a cluttered look.

Matthew’s accessory choices around the hanging rack are smart; he essentially brought the rack into the decor scheme by balancing it with the asymmetrical baskets above. He doesn’t list the exact hanging rack he uses in his house tour, but this Urban Outfitters one is similar.

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Sidonie Warren’s UK home features an expansive, airy master bedroom — and a surprising lack of closet space. So, she too decided to incorporate an extra rack to hang clothing. The modern hanging rail from Fifti Fifti is a sleek solution that doesn’t take up a lot of room or grab a lot of visual attention. Sidonie hung her clothes at eye level, similar to that of a high-end boutique which almost gives the collection an art installation feel.

She also used the same type of hanger to hang all these clothes (though they are in a few different colors), but you’ll see here that she most definitely did not stick to the same neutral color palette. A rainbow of hues meets a mix of bold patterns. So why does it work? The minimal nature of the rest of the bedroom makes room for a corner of clothing that’s a bold composition.

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Hayley Francis’ Seattle house actually does have closet space in her bedroom, but it still wasn’t enough for this fashion blogger! So, she turned a spare bedroom into a big walk-in closet. Though few of us have the luxury of a separate room just for our clothes, there’s still an important lesson to be learned from her fabulous fashion space: go custom if you can.

Hayley discovered these copper racks on Etsy and worked with the maker, Little Deer Interiors, to have them customized to her needs. From the material that complements the rest of the space to the built-in shoe shelf that helps her store her shoes, this closet alternative is a success because of the attention to detail to fit Hayley’s storage needs.

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You might need more than just a hanging clothes rack for your storage. Perhaps you need a place to keep shoes, folded clothes and other types of garments. You’ll want to pay attention to the no-closet ideas in this shared San Francisco apartment. None of the bedrooms come with built-in closets, but thanks to smart (and affordable) IKEA products, each room remains uncluttered and organized.

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Stephen and Amy’s Philadelphia home has a master bedroom with a masterful conversion of a small corner nook. Stephen DIYed this storage area with pipe and wood, and it has enough room for shoe storage, hanging storage, folded clothing storage and even a little decoration on top.

Looking to buy a clothing rack? Here are our top picks → The Best Freestanding Wardrobes and Clothes Racks