The organization of storage in small apartments is a topic that does not lose its relevance. We tell you how to independently design the perfect wardrobe in which there is a place for all things.
How to plan the closet so that all the clothes are in their places, and the morning begins with a smile and not with sighs and sighs? Following the instructions of the decorator, you can calculate the required number of shelves and hangers, determine the height and width of the niches, correctly position the crossbars – and you will still have free space!
How to draw a dream closet correctly is important not only for the hallway or corridor. This is also true for walk-in closets and large wardrobes in bedrooms. Regardless of the location, the main thing is to correctly and conveniently put everything in its place.
So, here we are telling you about the basic steps you need to take to properly organize the storage of things in your home’s closets.
Step-1: Find a Place for the Closet
Decide where the cabinet will stand, for what purposes it is intended, and what things will be stored there. I divide cabinets according to this principle:
- It will be common for husband and wife.
- A closet for him or her.
- Children’s wardrobe.
- The wardrobe is completely common for everyone.
- Wardrobe for outerwear only.
- A wardrobe for all clothes, excluding the top.
- Wardrobe with or without mezzanines.
The first step is very important. Since it is one thing when we plan a wardrobe in the hallway, and quite another thing – a wardrobe in the bedroom. Don’t miss this moment!
Step-2: Determine the Size You Want
Estimate the actual size of the cabinet that can fit in your room. We can think and dream about many things – but our reality will offer completely different options.
Step-3: Sort the Clothes
Sort items out for storage. Divide them into those that are stored on hangers and those that are stored on the shelves. At first, it may seem silly – but only in this way will you understand how many shelves and hangers you need for sweaters, T-shirts, and so on.
Divide your things into piles. At one time, We painted a hundred sheets before we came to solidarity with ourselves. It looked something like this:
- my sweaters – 5 pcs.
- husband’s sweaters – 10 pcs.
- husband’s suits – 10 pcs.
- my dresses – 20 pcs.
Step-4: Think about Storage Methods
Decide how you will store your bags, hats, and small accessories. Review all options for storing ties, handkerchiefs, bags, belts on the Internet and choose the most convenient for you. Pay special attention to shoes.
Think about how and where blankets, pillows, large off-season items will be stored. Also, do not forget about suitcases, large bags. If you have sports equipment: skis, ski boots, skates – make room for them too.
Step-5: Calculate the Size of the Compartments
Now that it becomes clear how many things you actually have, move on to planning and drawing the closet.
It is important to understand how much space a person takes when trying to reach the top shelf of a cabinet or looking for something on the lowest shelf, where a person will get if he stands on a stool. It immediately becomes clear that hangers for dresses and coats can be placed at the height of 2 meters, and higher, you will have to use a special “lift.”
Step-6: Measure Your Clothes
Measure the length of your clothes, especially long dresses, coats – this way, you will understand which compartments to plan for “long lengths.” For example, one dress can have a length of 140 to 175 cm, and 10 dresses on hangers in a row will occupy 30–40 cm on the bar.
That is why it is important to count all the clothes at once in order to plan for enough storage space. Do not forget to reserve space to replenish your dream wardrobe.
Step-7: Move on to Drawing
Move on to drawing the cabinet. Let the drawing be conditional – even such a sketch will help plan the number and size of cabinet compartments.
Here are some useful numbers:
- The standard cabinet depth with hinged doors is 60 cm.
- A wardrobe with sliding doors will take up 8-10 cm more space – it depends on the sliding system’s technical characteristics.
- The height of the space above the crossbar should be at least 5–6 cm in order to comfortably get things on the hangers.
- The shelves’ convenient height for low shoes is 17–20 cm if the shoes are stored in their usual position, not on special stands.
- You will need to leave a free space of 50 cm high for tall boots since the average boot height is 40–41 cm.
Small items such as socks, handkerchiefs, linen are best kept in drawers or pull-out baskets.