The Anti-Closet

The Anti-Closet

Sarah Coffey
Jan 29, 2008

Bringing the closet out of the closet. Lately we're seeing more open-space closets around the web. Although it's not for everyone, there are a few advantages to this look: it works well for small apartments that don't have a lot of closet space, you have to edit your clothes to keep the look clean, and you're not likely to display a wardrobe unless you really love it. Click below for more anti-closets...

The Bergen Rail Shelf from West Elm (top photo) is a pretty affordable "closet" at $99. Pair this with a case of drawers for socks, underwear, and folded items.

Tom Dixon's Wire Coatrack at Design Within Reach isn't cheap at $330 per unit, but the squared-off sections are easier on clothes than a traditional hook, and each unit interlocks with the next, making it extendable across a wall or around a corner.

Sculptural hooks like Erich Ginder's Ghost Antler Coat Rack double as an art installation and wall of storage. These racks are $230 each at Design Public.

These Timber Hooks from Live Wire Farm are a more rustic take on the sculptural hook.

Sectioning off a wall with an accent color or wallpaper helps to define it as a separate, functional space. The wallpaper is the focal point, and clothes become accessories. This photo shows Cherry Tree Wallpaper from Ferm Living.

In this image from California Closets, an oddly shaped landing space is sectioned off into a closet without doors.

Since most of these options provide limited storage space, they would have to be supplemented with other small storage to really fulfill the needs of a closet. For more ideas on how to combine open and closed storage, click here.

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