Most apartments aren’t known for their spacious closets. These tips can help you maximize every precious inch.
One of the drawbacks to apartment living is those sometimes small — and in some cases, nonexistent — closets. How do they expect you to fit all of your clothes, not to mention shoes and accessories, in a space in which you can barely stand? And what if there’s only one bedroom closet and you have to share it with your significant other? Oh, the horror. Before you start selling your stuff (or your partner’s!), read on for ways to hack your hanging space, whether you live in a three-bedroom apartment for rent in downtown Brentwood, or a cozy studio apartment in Hillsboro Village.
1. Detail your door
The inside of your closet door is prime square footage that often goes unused. Lisa Zaslow, founder and CEO of Gotham Organizers in New York, NY, offers this hack: “Cut off the bottom two or three rows of an over-the-door shoe organizer and attach it to the door at around waist height with [stick-on hooks] that remove cleanly. This will give you enough storage for your go-to shoes. Then trick out the top part of the door with a variety of products to organize small items: add hooks for belts, scarves, bags, and necklaces. Small, wall-mounted baskets can hold watches and sunglasses. Finally, stick on a mirror and a magnetic whiteboard to post reminders and style inspiration.”
2. Use drawer or cabinet pulls as hangers
Cabinet or furniture hardware can easily be repurposed on walls or closet doors to corral ties, scarves, jewelry, or even towels. The best part? It’s an inexpensive fix that fits in even the tiniest of closets, with many home improvement stores offering a broad selection of suitable hardware for less than $5 per piece. And such hardware is much easier to hang (and remove) than bookshelves.
3. Repurpose drawer dividers
Instead of placing dividers in a drawer, place them on a shelf to create “cubbies” for coiled belts, recommends Nina Ward, interior designer and regional director for ShelfGenie, a custom-shelving company. Secure the belts with rubber bands to help them stay coiled.
4. Allow accessories to double as hanging devices
Mariana Leung, a fashion designer and blogger at Ms. Fabulous, loops her bracelets and necklaces onto long scarves and then hangs them high up on the wall of the closet. “It’s another way to use up wasted space for your accessories,” she says.