DESIGNING A FUNCTIONAL CLOSET SYSTEM

Some closet systems may look great in the store or catalogue, but they may not be just right for you. Everyone has specific and personal needs, so a cookie-cutter closet system is unlikely to work for most people. Even if it works well at first, it may not fare so well when the seasons change or as your wardrobe grows. Here we have compiled some considerations for choosing closet systems or closet system components. Plus, ways to save money so that you don't have the need to purchase all of the pieces that you think you do.

1) If you're buying a closet system straight out of a magazine or off the shelf, make sure that you have measurements for each section before you buy. Go ahead and take everything out of your closet so that you can inventory what space you'll need based on how you would like to separate things and how much space each of those things occupies. For example, you may want to keep all of your socks in one drawer. Measure the drawer and then place your socks into a box or something similar in size to see if they'll fit. If you need more or less space than the system offers for any one thing, then you're either not going to use it, or you'll be wasting valuable space.

2) Another thing to consider is how much room something takes up. A stack of folded sweaters may take up a three-foot high shelf. However, if you hang them or store them flat in a zippered container under your bed, they can take up considerably less space. Jeans may stack nicely on a shelf, but it can be difficult to tell one pair from another. Hanging them on pants hangers or flat, space saving hangers can not only save your shelf space for storage, but save you time and effort when looking for which ones you want to wear.

3) You may be able to avoid buying an entire closet system if you look for ones with modules instead. You may only really need a couple of sections or an extra hanging bar to put your closet space to better use. Many people get away with purchasing only a few specialty clothes hangers and using a tiny bit of hanging space for smaller items. For example, instead of investing in drawers for scarves, belts, hats, ties and lingerie, buy a scarf hanger, belt hanger, hat hanger, tie hanger, and some lingerie hangers. Not only will everything be really easy to find, but it will also stay organized and damage-free.

About the Author: Jo Granville is on the staff of Only Hangers, a leading online resource for quality wholesale hangers.