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Wardrobe storage ideas to maximise closet space

Do your outfits tend to jump off their hangers and get lost in the mess of your wardrobe? Do your shoes get so disorganised that it's a struggle to find a pair? Does the clutter make you feel stressed every time you open your wardrobe doors? 

Keeping your wardrobe tidy and organised can seem like an impossible task when clothes, shoes, and accessories just seem to appear out of thin air. It doesn't matter if yours is a simple small wardrobe or a luxuriously large walk-in closet, pretty much everyone has been exasperated by their wardrobe storage at some point.

But, this doesn't have to be the case.

In this blog, we will be looking at some storage ideas and decluttering solutions that will help you ensure that you are getting the most out of your storage space. Ranging from quick and easy fixes to DIY and changing your closet design, here are some of our top tips for wardrobe storage solutions.

Clear unwanted items

First things first, if you're running out of space in your wardrobe it might be time for a clear-out.

Decluttering is not only beneficial for your storage. Did you know research has found that clutter in the home can make us less satisfied with our lives and make us perceive our homes more negatively? Having clutter in our house that is not organised can make us feel overwhelmed and might even negatively impact our working memory

Of course, we're not suggesting throwing out everything you own, but people have found that simplifying their wardrobe or even creating clutter-free capsule wardrobes consisting only of outfits they frequently wear has helped reduce stress in their lives.

When you start organising your closet storage, removing everything you don't need is the first step. Once unwanted clothing and accessories have been given away, recycled, or donated to a charity shop, you'll find it easier to organise the things you actually need. 

Use drawer boxes or other organisers

To make the most of the room in your closet, it's useful to divide it into sections. No matter whether you are using a box system, shelving, or stackable cubbyholes to tidy away your belongings, organising your most-used items in sections that will be the easiest to access and your less frequently used clothes on the highest or lowest shelves is a surefire way to save space.

Installing a drawer box system can increase the amount of space you have for clothes and accessories. Placing these in pull-outs maximises your storage space, making it easier to reach the clothes that might otherwise get lost at the back of the wardrobe.

If you're looking for reliable drawer boxes, we recommend a Legrabox drawer box system. Sleek and elegant, Legrabox is perfect for use in wardrobes where the smooth sliding soft-close drawers are a pleasure to open. If you need a heavy-duty drawer box system for your clothes and shoes, Legrabox runner systems have carrying capacity of 40 and 70kg, even for heavy and wide pullouts. 

Create a system for storage

Once you've added storage solutions to your closet, it's time to think more about how you'll organise them. 

Some people like storing their belongings in stacked transparent or translucent boxes. Others prefer the tidy, hidden-away look with opaque boxes. You might also choose to group clothes by type and purpose, or you might prefer a colour-coded system.

It's all down to personal preference - the system for storage just needs to make sense to you. 

Try a shoe rack

Many people keep their shoes in a messy pile at the bottom of their wardrobe, but shoe storage doesn't have to be this way. Installation of a shoe rack makes it easier to organise shoes and optimise space.

When you're choosing racks or shelves for your shoes, think about what sort of shoes you own. If you have lots of flat shoes, only small cubbies will be necessary. If you wear long boots, however, consider finding a space to hang them instead of stuffing them onto a rack. 

Make use of the doors

Another useful storage idea it to make use of the vertical space on the inside of your wardrobe doors. This technique is useful if your wardrobe has shaker style doors rather than sliding wardrobe doors. 

Place an over-the-door rack on the inside of your closet door for easy access to jewellery and accessories, or install hooks on the inside for scarves, hats, bags, or purses. Or, install hooks and rails for easy access to jewellery and scarves.

Keep things in place

One of the most frustrating parts of organising a closet is when clothes immediately slip off their hangers and slide down to the bottom of the wardrobe. To keep clothing in place, consider buying felt hangers that better grip the garments, or windpipe cleaners around your existing wire or wooden hangers to add friction. 

Another way to keep everything in place is by installing section dividers in drawers and storage boxes. Shelf dividers prevent clothes from getting mixed up and pushed to the back, while dividers in drawers for underwear and socks help them stay organised. Dividers are a simple fix but they're very effective at keeping your clothes easy to access and crease-free.

Install a fitted wardrobe

If none of the previously mentioned storage tips help, it might be time for a new wardrobe that is fitted to your wall space and customised to your storage needs.

Unlike free-standing units, fitted wardrobes are bespoke, made-to-measure storage solutions that mean you can maximise the amount of storage that the wardrobe offers because they fit perfectly in the space you have available. 

When you're choosing the features of your new wardrobe, here are some things to consider. 

Door system: sliding vs hinged doors?

The door style you choose for your wardrobe depends on how much space you have and how you want to use the doors. 

Sliding wardrobe doors are ideal for small bedrooms because they don't take up space when they open outward and therefore make your space feel bigger. Without handles or visible hinges, the design of sliding wardrobe doors is simple and sleek and will blend into your bedroom decor. 

Or, you might choose hinged doors instead of sliding wardrobe doors if you want to make use of the space on the back of the doors to hang accessories or add an additional clothes rail. 

Door exterior appearance

The materials and finish of your wardrobe can have an impact on how tidy the closet and bedroom look. You might choose glass or the classic wood look for your fitted wardrobe. We love these door panels made of elegant grey or black glass.

Especially in small spaces, shiny wardrobe doors can make the bedroom look bigger and brighter. 

Mirror doors

Some people like to hang a mirror inside their closet, but keeping an alcove free for a mirror isn't a good use of storage space. 

Instead, we recommend mirror wardrobe doors which can make your room feel bigger and more spacious. Even if there's clutter inside the wardrobe, a mirrored exterior will project the appearance of tidy organisation.

Design your sliding wardrobes doors today.

At Cworkshop, we create beautiful mirror and tinted mirror sliding doors that add a subtle element of opulence to your bedroom. Our high-quality sliding wardrobe doors are bespoke and can be made within five working days.

Shop for our sliding doors today, or visit our showroom to learn more about how Cworkshop's furniture can help with your storage problems and declutter your life.