When it comes to making a closet as efficient as possible, the right shelving can make all the difference. The Container Store’s Elfa Shelving is a well-known system but Home Depot, Lowe’s and IKEA all offer similar options. On a recent Sunday afternoon I visited all four stores to shop for closet systems so I could compare the shopping experiences. THE CONTAINER STORE Overall Shopping Experience: I’ll admit from the start that I’m a bit crowd averse.
It seems really unfair that we have seasonal wardrobes—tank tops in the summer, jackets and jeans in the winter—but we can’t have seasonal closets. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I need double the space just to stash my thick sweaters. I want to detach my normal closet from my apartment and tack on one twice its size. Until LEGO gets into the architecture business, I think we’re all stuck with the closets we have.
Closets come in all shapes and sizes—and often, with not enough storage space. Thankfully, with a little imagination (and research), you can turn your cramped closet into a stylish storage hub, no matter how tiny it may be. To prove our point, we rounded up some of the easiest—and not to mention, affordable—ways to carve out more storage for your wardrobe.