- Just say “NO” to Shelves Below
Just because you were raised with putting your shoes on the floor underneath the single rod inside your reach-in closet DOES NOT mean it’s the best practice to employ today. Typical hanging garments average 24” in depth. That means when they are hanging on a hanger inside your closet, they occupy about two feet of space. Best practice in the closet in the closet industry is to bring those shoes into the light.
- Shoe Storage
Shoe storage – and the location of shoe storage – is always at the top of a clients’ list when it comes to designing their closet space. However, since shoes are typically the last clothing item we put on, it is best to have some shoe storage close to the entrance of a closet space so it’s easy to put those shoes back where they belong.
We’re talking about the shelves in your closets and storage spaces. The deeper the shelf – the farther apart the shelves should be spaced. Small items work best on shallow shelves. An ultimate luxury is being able to see every item that’s on your shelves. Larger items can work on deeper shelves. Don’t overload deep shelves and reinforce them whenever possible.
- Shoe Storage – Angled, Flat or Cubbies?
Since shoes are so important, we’re going to address some additional storage options for keeping them accessible and beautiful. We suggest flat, adjustable shelving over angled shoe shelves. Flat, adjustable shelves are less expensive, take up less space and can be used for more than just shoes to maximize every inch of your closet.
Your main closet should store your main clothes. If your main closet is your only closet, that’s one thing. But if you have another closet, perhaps in a guest room, put the long hang there. The more sections you divide a closet in to, the more expensive it becomes and sometimes the more difficult it is to access your items. Designing a small section into a corner makes it very difficult to access and you’ll get more ROI capacity by using Double Hang than Long Hang.
The above information was condensed from Butchko and Company.