Steal This Look: A Well-Organized Closet on a Budget by

Issue 35 · The Organized Life · September 2, 2014

Steal This Look: A Well-Organized Closet on a Budget

Issue 35 · The Organized Life · September 2, 2014

Last month I moved into an apartment that is just shy of 400 square feet. Its two closets each are a generous seven (or so) square feet, but they fit no more than 20 garments on the existing hanging bars. And so I've become storage obsessed, spending late hours combing through Pinterest images and reading up on strategic stacking methods. And what I've learned via trial and error is that for best use of space, nothing beats a chest of drawers in the closet (open storage requires too much tending to keep tidy).

This rather minimal closet, which I spotted on Stadshem, a Swedish real estate site, presents a series of smart, affordable solutions, including the use of staggered dressers to allow space to hang longer garments. Here, we've deconstructed the design.

Scandi Closet from Stadshem | Remodelista

Above: This well-organized black-and-white closet makes good use of air space above and below the hanging rack. Photograph via Stadshem in Sweden.

The Basics

Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White Paint | Remodelista

Above: Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White is a shade that is much brighter than it looks on the swatch; $36.99 for a gallon of Ben Interior Paint. For more options, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Architects' White Paint Picks.

Ikea Ekby Amund Wall Shelf | Remodelista

Above: The simple, inexpensive Ekby Amund Shelf is made of white-painted particleboard and measures 59 inches by 11 inches; $19.99 at Ikea.

Ikea Ekby Valter Wall Bracket | Remodelista

Above: The Ekby Valter Bracket is untreated birch that can be customized with paint; $4 each from Ikea.

Gas Pipe and Flanges for DIY Closet Rod | Remodelista

Above: My Fix It Up Life fashioned a similar closet rod using a Black Steel Gas Pipe ($19.98 for a 72-inch-long, 3/4-inch pipe at Home Depot), 2 Iron Threaded Floor Flanges ($5.41 each for the 3/4 -inch size at Home Depot), and Black Sharp Point Drywall Screws ($21.97 for a 5-pound pack at Home Depot).

Furniture and Lighting

Scandinavian Light Cluster via Avenymamma | Remodelista

Above: Recreate the cluster light fixture using a string of black lights, such as the Loop of 10 Bulbs for 449 SEK ($62.12) from Granit, and the DIY tutorial from Swedish blog Avenymamma.

Ikea Nordli 6-Drawer Dresser | Remodelista

Above: Ikea's new Nordli 6-Drawer Chest is 31 1/2 inches wide and 56 1/4 inches tall; $219.

Ikea Nordli 3-Drawer Dresser | Remodelista

Above: The Nordli 3-Drawer Chest is 31 1/2 inches wide and 29 1/2 tall; $129 from Ikea.

Carpenter Chrome Lamp from CB2 | Remodelista

Above: CB2's Carpenter Chrome Lamp is $79.95. Alternatively, Ikea's Forså Work Lamp—another a chrome task lamp with an adjustable arm and a flat base—is $29.99.

Storage Accessories

Ikea Bumerang Hangers in White | Remodelista

Above: Ikea's Bumerang Curved Clothes Hangers are available in white (shown here), black, gray/brown, and natural; $4.99 for a pack of eight.

Muji Hard Pulp Paper Organizer Box | Remodelista

Above: Keep accessory clutter at bay with Muji's Paper Organizer Box. Made of dark gray cardboard, the 10.2-inch-by-14.4-inch box is $19.50.

West Elm Black Gallery Frames | Remodelista

Above: Display inspirational photos in wood frames, such as these Black Gallery Frames from West Elm; $12-$95 depending on size.

Reorganizing your closets? See our posts 10 Easy Pieces: Modular Closet Systems, High to Low and Expert Advice: Architects' 10 Favorite Closet Picks.

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