Planning & Design a Practical Custom Closet

If your custom closet isn’t well thought-out with practicality AND style in mind, you’ll end up with a design that just doesn’t work for you. Ultimately, your closet could become just a place to throw clothes and other items, rather than the nicely organized and aesthetically pleasing space you had hoped for.

Why is a practical closet important? When a closet is built with your specific needs in mind, it helps make sure the space is functional — rather than an organizational nightmare or a wasted space! With a custom closet, you can tailor the design to exactly what you need to keep yourself organized and to guarantee you have easy access to the things you need the most.

The first thing you should know about how to plan and design a custom closet is that you don’t have to do it alone! In South Florida, the experts at Coastal Closets and Showers are ready and waiting to help out.

But no matter where you live, you can learn a lot from these 5 quick tips we’ve put together for you that can help you end up with the closet of your dreams.

How To Plan & Design Your Custom Closet

When it comes to designing a custom closet, there are certain things you’ll want to keep in mind to end up with the practical closet you hoped for.

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Tip #1: Maximize Your Closet Space

Have you ever noticed how some closets have a foot or more of space at the top that is always left empty? Just think of all the storage possibilities a floor to ceiling design can provide! This is a smart choice because it makes sure you’re using every available inch in your closet.

For a great example of making the most of your closet space, take a look at this custom closet we designed.

Notice how there is a shelf level lining the top of the closet all the way around. This space is perfect for storing boxes of seasonal clothing or other items you don’t need access to everyday.

Here are some more tips for helping you make the most of even the smallest closet space.

Tip #2: Consider Adding A Hutch

Think of a closet hutch surface as a catchall for all of the accessories and items you use regularly. Before bed each night, you likely put your wallet, keys, watches, jewelry, and other accessories down somewhere. In a practical closet, a hutch can be the perfect place to store these items! That way, you’ll have quick and easy access to these items each morning and night.

Many custom closet hutches also include cupboards below the hutch surface as another convenient storage option. In some cases, these spaces are left open for storing tall items, or a rod is added for hanging space for smaller items of clothing such as scarves.

Benefits of Custom Closet Design

Tip #3: Utilize Different Forms of Storage

For some, a simple closet with just one hanging rod is enough. But when you’re designing a custom closet, you’re able to pick and choose the type of storage that will work best for you. For many homeowners, that means choosing a few different ways for storing items.

Have a look at this beautiful custom closet for reference.

Not only are there drawers for storage, but there are also hanging rods and shelving. A comprehensive closet storage system such as this is your best bet for the practical organization you want in a closet.

Choosing different methods of storage might be easier in walk in closets, but it can certainly still be done in smaller spaces.

Here are some unique custom closet storage design ideas that might work for you.

Tip #4: Choose Deep Surface Levels for Storage

When you fold certain clothing items to store in your closet, you’ll want to make sure you have a deep enough surface to place them on. Otherwise, the clothing will hang over the edge, making your closet look messy and unorganized. Not to mention, you might come home one day to find all of your clothes have slid off the surface and they’re left in a pile on the ground!

Some of the storage levels that are utilized in a custom closet include shelves, drawers, and hutch surfaces. Each of these should be deep enough to comfortably hold folded clothing items, bags, or whatever else you intend to use them to store.

Want to have a look at some of the practical and stylish custom closets we’ve helped create? Check out our gallery right here.

Tip #5: Don't Forget About Shoes

Don’t underestimate the convenience of having a specific storage space in your closet for your shoes. No longer do shoes need to be left scattered across the closet floor or left at your front door.

These are some of the convenient shoe storage options you have for your custom closet:

• An angled shoe rack with a stop to prevent shoes from sliding off
• Stacked shoe shelves where you can organize shoes seasonally, by occasion, or by how often you wear them
• In a small closet space, a hanging shoe rack on the back of your door might be the best choice

Here’s a beautiful custom closet shoe display we designed to give you an idea of the possibilities.

Custom closet with shoes on display

Benefits of Working With Custom Closet Designers

  • A professional closet designer can come up with creative ideas to accommodate unique storage needs, whether it’s for instruments, children’s toys, or cleaning supplies
  • Their experience includes determining the best kind of lighting for a custom closet — something that’s often overlooked when homeowners take on this task for themselves.
  • They’re experts at making the most of a space. A professional custom closet designer has seen it all when it comes to closets. From the big to the small and the odd or unconventional, they are stocked with ideas for making the most of that space. Often, a professional can take one look at your custom closet design and come up with brilliant ideas you might not have heard of! 

If you’re interested in learning more about our wide variety of designer closet styles at affordable friendly prices, click here.

All Your Custom Closet Needs in Stuart, FL

Ready to get started on planning and designing the perfect closet for you? Give the friendly and knowledgeable team at Coastal Closets and Showers in Stuart, FL a call today and we’ll get started!

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