Perhaps you don’t have a wardrobe, or it’s not as big as you’d like, or you’ve got a surplus of clothing you just can’t seem to make fit. Whatever the reason, we could probably all benefit from more clothes storage room. If you live in an apartment or have limited space, it might not just be as simple as adding a standalone closet – so here are some tips to inspire you and help you cleverly store your clothes.
Garment racks are so handy because they’re so versatile. You can get different styles and designs to suit your taste, and they often come on wheels so you can move them around as needed. They are a great replacement if you don’t have a wardrobe, or if you need more hanging space for your clothes. If you’ve got the room, there are many standalone closets on the market which will fit right into your space as if it were in the original plans.
Under Bed Storage
Utilising every inch of potential storage space can make all the difference. If your bed has drawers, make sure you use them wisely. Be mindful about how you fold or roll your clothes to make the most of the available space, while still being practical and easy to see what’s in there (to save you from having to pull everything out as you search for that one item!). If your bed is raised and there is a gap underneath, store clothes you wear less often in tubs and slide them under the bed. There are risers designed to go beneath the legs of a bed to raise it up higher – a great option if you want to create more storage room underneath your bed!
Put Seasonal Clothes Away
Put away the clothes you know you won’t be needing for a while, like those bulky jumpers and jackets during summer. Carefully fold and put the out-of-season clothing in storage baskets, and store them at the top of your wardrobe (if you have one) or linen cupboard. If you have a spare bedroom, stash them beneath the bed or put a garment rack in there specifically for your seasonal clothes you don’t currently need. It makes it satisfying to pull them out as the seasons change – and all those jumpers won’t get in your way during summer as you’re hunting for your dresses and shorts!
Mount Rods For More Hanging Room
There are so many creative items that can be used to make more hanging storage space. Industrial-style rods can be mounted from the ceiling or wall, and offer more space for you to hang clothes. Use up otherwise forgotten corners with a rod running from one wall across the corner to the next. Bring the outside in with a thick tree branch hung from the ceiling by rope or wire – a beautiful statement piece with the added benefit of being practical and handy to hang more clothes.
Get A Towel Ladder
Definitely not only limited to use in the bathroom, a towel ladder can offer additional storage space without taking up a heap of floor space. They lean against a wall so are easy to install and move around as needed. Each rung gives you room to hang clothes, the perfect spot to lay out tomorrow’s outfit. Attach hooks along the sides to give more space for hanging small items like scarves or hats.
Add Above Your Doors
The otherwise wasted space above your door, or any other forgotten wall space, can be helpful to mount shelves or pigeonholes. This will give you more room for folded clothes, and you can organise them mindfully to be practical and stylish. Create a colour scheme with each box holding a certain colour of clothing, so that your space will look neat and organised.
Hooks And Pegs On Wall
The usefulness of hooks and pegs mounted on your walls cannot be overstated. The potential is endless – pegs on the walls in the living room offer a space for you to display your handbags, while keeping them out of your crowded wardrobe. Hooks beside the front door give a convenient spot to hang scarves and hats, so they’re on hand as you leave the house. These fiddly, smaller items can take up a lot of space in a wardrobe (and can so easily go missing!), so getting them out and storing them around your home will make a noticeable difference.
Modular Storage Systems
Modular storage systems are a fantastic idea for creating more clothing storage space, because they’re just so customisable. You can adjust them and build them exactly as you need to fit your space, and expand them as needed. They can be more versatile than a fixed wardrobe, because you can move and change them around as you desire, to make the most out of any given space. There are heaps of different colours and styles out there so you’re sure to find a system that suits your aesthetic, but if you don’t want it on display all the time, consider hanging curtains in front – which is a great way of dividing your space.
If you don’t have a wardrobe or enough clothes storage space – it’s certainly not the end of the world! Here are just a few tips to get you started on expanding your clothes storage space so that – wardrobe or not – you will have plenty of room for all your clothing items without feeling cluttered.