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.
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.
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.
Above: The simple, inexpensive Ekby Amund Shelf is made of white-painted particleboard and measures 59 inches by 11 inches; $19.99 at Ikea.
Above: The Ekby Valter Bracket is untreated birch that can be customized with paint; $4 each from Ikea.
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
Above: Ikea's new Nordli 6-Drawer Chest is 31 1/2 inches wide and 56 1/4 inches tall; $219.
Above: The Nordli 3-Drawer Chest is 31 1/2 inches wide and 29 1/2 tall; $129 from Ikea.
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.
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.
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.