Planning Your Custom Closet with Efficiency in Mind

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Planning Your Custom Closet with Efficiency in Mind

Have you ever heard the phrase, “a place for everything and everything in its place?” When you’re planning your custom closet, it’s especially important to keep this in mind.

One of the qualities almost everyone wants out of their custom closet is efficiency. Of course, we want beautiful spaces. But a practical, efficient closet is just as important! In fact, some would say it’s even more important.

But the good news is, if you’re planning your custom designed closet with Coastal Closets & Showers, you never have to choose either a beautiful design or efficiency over the other. Our closets are designed with your specific style, taste, and organizational needs in mind. That way, you end up with a storage space that functions well in your home that’s aesthetically pleasing at the same time!
Today, we’re going to share with you some of our top tips for planning your custom closet with efficiency in mind.

Planning Your Custom Closet

It’s very important to pay close attention to detail while you’re planning your custom closet. If your closet is designed with efficiency in mind, you’ll be left with an organization system that will work for you and your family for years to come.

Here are some of those details to pay special attention to while you plan your custom closet space.

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Get Specific

Get very specific about exactly what you’ll store in your closet before you start planning your custom closet. No two homeowners have the exact same needs for their closet. Some people like to use their master closet as a catch-all for jewelry, purses, clothing, shoes, and other accessories. If you have less space (like reach-in closets, for example), you might not plan to use the closet for as many items.
Once you narrow down exactly what you’ll keep in each closet, you can choose closet organizer systems that will perfectly suit your needs.

Using Your Hanging Space

Think about some of the items you’ll be hanging in your closet. Maybe it’s mostly suits, perhaps it’s mainly dresses. Or maybe it’s a combination of several things. But think about the length of the items and amount of things that will need to be hung up in your closet. You want to ensure enough of the closet is devoted to hanging space, but not so much that you’re going to be left with space that could have been better used for something else.

You can also consider whether a single row of hanging space is adequate, or if stacked hanging rods suit you best. Again, a combination of the two can also be useful. A single hanging rod placed near the top of the closet is ideal for dresses and other long garments. If you’re mostly hanging up smaller items, like shirts or sweaters, two rows of hanging rods might be the best way to maximize your closet space. 


There are several different shelving options for closets. Some homeowners like to utilize several different types, while other closets need just one. Open shelves are ideal for quick access to commonly used items or if you want items to be on display. You might also opt for closed shelves to keep things out of sight when they’re not in use.

Most folded clothing items make up a space of about 12 inches wide and 14 inches deep. Keeping your closet shelves at about this size or a bit bigger is a good way to make sure you have enough room but that you don’t have to reach too far back to get what you need.

Think Long-Term

Over time, your closet organization needs can change. For example, if you have growing children, an adaptable closet space is important. The closet needs to grow over time with your child. And there are several ways to create a space that can do this. In fact, we’ve created a list of 9 tips for planning your child’s closet and you can find it right here.

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Unique Storage Solutions

Some homeowners intend to use their closet to store unique items. Let’s say you want to use some of the space in your custom walk-in closet to store holiday items, including decorations and gift wrapping supplies. These are important things to share during closet design consultations so your custom closet planner can come up with the unique storage solutions you need. 

Take a look at our custom closet accessory guide to get some unique storage solution inspiration!

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When it comes to planning the closet of your dreams, it helps to turn to the experts. Ready to get started on planning and designing a beautiful and efficient closet? Give the friendly and experienced team at Coastal Closets & Showers in Stuart, FL a call today so we can get started!


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