The Ultimate Guide to Custom Closet Organization Ideas

The perfect closet is different for everyone. For some, it’s a simple storage solution where you can hang clothes and quickly access them every morning. For others, it’s not only a storage system but also a dressing room or sitting room, a food storage solution, or a place your family knows to come to for supplies.

But one thing’s for sure, if you maximize this space with a smart closet design, you can have the seamless organization system you’ve always wanted. But what does it take to create this perfect place?

With this ultimate guide to custom closet organization ideas, you’ll get an insider’s look at the closet design process. At the same time, you’ll get all the inspiration you need for designing your own custom closet!

These are just some of the important considerations we’ll cover:

• Closet space
• Closet storage
• Closet shelving
• Closet lighting
• Closet doors

So, let’s get started.

Closet Space

One of the fundamentals of smart closet design is maximizing every square inch of the space — a small closet doesn’t mean you have to be short on space.

All too often, we see homeowners with lots of extra space in their closet that they simply don’t utilize because they think if it’s out of reach, it isn’t worth using.

Make sure you look not only at the horizontal dimensions of your closet but also the vertical space. Your closet might go higher than you can reach, but these areas are the perfect place to store things you won’t need every day, like season clothing.

Precise measurements are very important when it comes to closet space. Check out this guide to taking closet measurements for help.

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Closet Storage

Another important element of maximizing closet space is by implementing organizational systems that make sense for you.

That means keeping the things you use the most at eye level, and less used items in higher and lower areas. Not only does keeping things at eye level come in handy, but making sure they’re visible does too. That means using see-through bins and storage whenever possible, so you don’t have to empty or pull out several bins before you get what you’re looking for.

If you have children, you know firsthand how their closet storage needs can change seemingly overnight. Here are 9 tips for designing a closet that can grow with your child.

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Closet Shelving

Are you the type to fold your clothing and place it on shelves or do you prefer to use hanging rods to hold your clothes? Or perhaps what works best for you is a combination of the two.

When it comes to closet shelving, it’s essential to consider what you’ll store on those shelves. For example, if that’s where you’ll keep shoes or bags you use every day, these shelves should be easily accessible and at eye level.

On the other hand, you might just fold and store clothes you don’t wear often on these shelves. In that case, shelves can take up available space in the bottom or top of your closet that might not be used otherwise.

Take a look at this custom closet design. You’ll notice there’s a combination of closet shelving and hanging storage to make the most of the space. For many homeowners, this tends to be the most practical option for a bedroom closet.


Closet lighting can make or break the space. You want enough light to have the visibility you need, but harsh lighting can also detract from the space.

In a walk-in closet, there are often windows which will give you a lot of natural light. But keep in mind, this will also eat up available wall space that could be used for storage instead. To get the best of both worlds, consider having a skylight installed in your closet. This gives you the natural light and visibility you want without taking away from potential storage space.

With reach-in closets, lighting is equally important. Homeowners need to remember that in a small, enclosed space, incandescent bulbs can pose a major fire hazard. To be code compliant, a homeowner’s only choice is using the appropriate fluorescent lighting.

Want to learn more about selecting the right lighting for your closet? Take a look at this.

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Closet Doors

If you’ve ever struggled with a sticky, stubborn closet door, you know firsthand how important good closet door design is. The right choice is different for every closet.

Some of the most common closet door styles you’ll have to choose from include:

  • Sliding/bypass closet doors: They are fitted on a track and made from a variety of materials including wood, glass, and aluminum. These offer a sleek, modern look that can help you save space — but they only allow you to access half of your closet at a time.
  • Bifold closet doors: These paneled doors are connected by a hinge and you’ll often see them in bedroom closets. They are a popular option because they tend to be versatile and budget-friendly, but they’re can be difficult to open or close if they’re not properly installed.
  • Pocket closet doors: With a pocket closet door, the door will slide into an opening in the wall each time you open the door. This can be a great option if you don’t have the space for swinging doors. They’re lightweight, customizable, and easy to use. These can also help you save space by mounting a mirror on the outside of the door rather than adding a standalone mirror in your room.

We know this seems like a lot to consider, but there are so many benefits of designing a custom closet. So, if you’re ready to redesign your closet, call us today for all of your design needs. We’ll start by getting to know you, as well as the space and budget we’re working with.

To help you make sure we’re designing the optimal custom closet space for you, the team at Coastal Closets & Showers in Stuart, FL will ask you several questions.

These are some of the things we’ll want to know:

  • What will you use your closet for? I.e., just hanging clothes, or also a place to fold and iron clothes, lounge, try things on, or even watch TV.
  • What are your storage needs? Some people use them just for clothes and shoes, while others include accessories and other memorabilia.
  • Do you want to store shoes in your closet? This will help us determine what kind of shoe rack is right for you.
  • What are the dimensions of your closet space and what is the budget for your custom closet? We’ll help you maximize both of these!

Request your free closet design consultation with Coastal Closets & Showers today by calling (772) 888-2520. In the meantime, have a look at our closet gallery for some design inspiration!


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