Storage Stories: Effective closet design Part 2 | Living


Simple kids closet

No matter what items you’re storing, and whether you’re hiring a custom closet company or taking a DIY approach, a well-designed closet is one that maximizes the available space. Here are some basics:

  • The design should accommodate your belongings so that they’re visible and accessible, and be flexible enough to change as your storage needs change.
  • In general, your system should be designed to store your most-used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items up high.
  • The layout should take into account any physical limitations that may affect the height at which your items should be stored.
  • For clothing, shelving should be no deeper than 14 inches – deep enough for things to stay folded and shallow enough for them to be easily visible.
  • For hanging space, a rule of thumb is 24 inches deep, to allow enough space for clothing to hang freely.
  • Using double hanging rods — one over the other — is a good way to squeeze the most storage space out of a clothes closet. A well-designed closet will have about 6 inches of clearance above and below each rod.
  • Shelves, cubby storage and drawers help organize clothing and accessories and ensure that everything has a place.
  • For kids, a typical reach-in closet system will place a storage tower in the centre and double – or even triple — hanging rods on either side, which can accommodate shorter clothing.
  • Fabric storage bins or baskets can help keep the closet neat, organized, and presentable.

Marc and Jill Javet are the owners of Tailored Living of Central Toronto, specializing in custom home and garage organization. Contact 416-631-7272, or visit