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How To Design Closet Space Needs

by Susan M. Adams

Are you building a new house and trying to figure out how much storage space you really need? I think we can all agree that you can never have enough storage space. But when it actually comes time to finalize the square footage, you might find yourself leaning more towards enlarging the living spaces, and shrinking all the non-living space such as closets and hallways.

There isn’t much glamorous about closet space but the lack of proper closet space will definitely hamper the appearance and functionality of your home. Having functional and ample closets allows you strike a good balance between the living and non-living spaces in your home in a way that compliments each other.

These days, closet design has become a significant industry. There are numerous companies that have developed specialized storage systems for your closets. There are closet design consultants that will come to your home to provide help and advise on getting more out of your closet. Having a properly arranged closet keeps the clutter out of your living spaces and allows you to better organize your life.

So when it comes time to design your total storage space, you need to figure out if you will have a lot of smaller closets, or a few small closets and also splurge on a dream en suite walk-in closet. Keep in mind the ratio of storage space to living space. You probably shouldn’t design your house with a walk-in off every bedroom, but if you allocate your storage space properly, then you will be able to strike a good balance in your house.

In the event that you decide that a walk-in is not essential or too expensive, a reach in closet will be the next best choice. Reach in closets, once properly designed, can be very functional but always remember, the smaller the closet the more important a specialized design becomes. The closet opening is important as is the depth. Having extra depth in a reach in closet is generally a waste of space. It is better that reach in closets be wide and shallow rather than narrow and deep.

Whether your closet is large or small, it will be essential to install good lighting, which will light all corners of the closet. There is nothing worse than not having enough lighting so that you can’t see what is at the back of shelves or under ledges. Make sure that the lighting you install is positioned in a way that the shelving and objects stored don’t block the light, and also keep in mind the shadow you will cast when you are looking for something in your closet.

Finally you want to think about the shelving itself, whether it will be built-in or freestanding, if you need boxes or drawers, and if you are going to use hangers and a rod, or hooks. A little research into modern closets will reveal a huge advancement with inovative storage systems. Designing closet space so you have a tidy space for all your everyday as well as seasonal belongings is less of a chore when you install storage units specially designed for the items you want to store.

Properly designed closets make life better. I think that good closet design is the unsung hero in any home. Put some time and effort into designing your new closets and you will be handsomely rewarded.

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