Great Ideas for a Closet Renovation

In an era where good housing is hard to find, and not enough is being built, families are working to maximize the space they have. This means making the most of every bit of space under their roof.


After kitchens, basement, and other major room improvements, many homeowners find they need more storage space. One option is to rent a garage in a climate controlled facility where you store the stuff you don’t want to think about. The other is to renovate your storage space and get the most out of every inch.


Here are some ideas to help you make the most of your available space.

Hanging Shelves

Hanging cloth shelves is a great way to make the most of space dominated by a single hanger pole. Their smaller size allows each shelf to hold a little something – or slightly more than it seems like it should. Go vertical and economical to expand your storage space.

Add shelves up high

Too often, the space above your hangers goes to waste. This awkward space is too tall to hold a lot, and too “overhead” to hold anything big or heavy enough to take up that space. So why not break up that space with shelves? Small, light boxes can hold seasonal items or seldom-used accessories. Be sure to clearly label them to save time and energy. Best yet, they won’t throw your back out when you lift them down.


Don’t forget to add a small foldable footstool to make those items easier to reach!

Add a row of small specialized shelves

One problem with shelves and cubbies is that they are often exactly the wrong size. Too big for some items, too small for others. Giving yourself various options of shelf sizes means that not everything needs to be the same size – and that means less wasted space.

Hire a professional closet designer

Of course, if it fits within your means, you can hire a professional closet designer to remake your closet to get the most out of every inch. A professional designer will have access to all sorts of ideas you might not encounter on Pinterest, and have experience with solutions. Better yet, they will be able to let you know what will and won’t work before you make a mistake.


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