Why does storage sometimes seem like the answer to all life's woes? Maybe it's the promise that if we could just get our acts together we'd have time left over for more worthwhile pursuits—reading, hiking, cooking. Here are 10 closet systems we're admiring, from high to low and in between.
Above: UK-based Plain English Design recently began offering custom Bedroom Cupboards with a charmingly retro look.
Above: An encore from Italian architect Piero Lissoni: the wood-paneled closet system for Porro; available through Graye.
Above: The most elegant closet ever? We think so: the Anthea system from Boffi.
Above: The Hafele Elite Wardrobe system, high-quality components at a reasonable price.
Above: A reliable standby: the Rakks closet system.
Above: For a mid-range closet system, the Elfa system at the Container Store includes individual components and custom solutions, such as the Birch and Platinum Elfa Decor Master Walk-In Closet (shown above); $1,061.91 self-install or $1,327.67 installed. For reach-in closets, consider the Birch and White Elfa Decor Classic Reach-In Closet Set (shown above against back wall), which measures 16 by 74 by 8 inches; $784.98 self-install and $981.36 installed from the Container Store
Above: Ikea's Pax closet system is a reliable budget choice.
Also see Expert Advice: Architects' 10 Favorite Closet Picks, featuring advice from members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory.
And for more ideas on clothes storage, see 10 Easy Pieces: Freestanding Wood Clothing Racks and Metal Clothing Racks. On Gardenista, read about Michelle's attempt to pare down her wardrobe to 10 pieces in Out of the Closet: The Essential Minimal Wardrobe.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on September 4, 2013, as part of our Low-Key Fashion issue.