11 Design Inspirations for (Much) Better Closet Storage

Sure, good storage contributes to organization in any area of the home, but a well-planned, impeccably finished closet is paramount to keeping the bedroom clutter-free and therefore serene. All it takes is a little thought and minimal effort to turn the storage spot into an orderly, luxurious sanctuary. While it helps to have a closet with plenty of space, how you use that space is more important. Closet-specific organizational systems often cover all of the bases, or, if that’s out of your budget, you can get creative with repurposed organizers. Reuse a bookshelf for shoe storage, an umbrella stand to house odd items like yoga mats, and baskets or bins to corral accessories. Even kids' closets can be kept tidy with the right planning! Move rods down to their level, so they can select and put away things on their own. And there’s no reason you can’t make it engaging and fun for them at the same time: Just add painted accents or hang special artwork to energize the storage. Whichever closet you're looking to tackle, make sure to use every inch of your available space, including the backs of deep shelves, and the way-up-high places. Those spots are perfect for storing off-season clothing and accessories. You’re more likely to wear things that you’re able to see, so avoid overcrowding and de-clutter regularly. Less is more! With this sort of care and consideration, even modestly sized closets can become positively dreamy. Click through our online gallery of meticulously designed closet ideas to see what full storage potential looks like.

By Cody Calamaio | Updated Aug 18, 2015 01:34 PM

Laundry de Luxe

Laundry Room Closet

Schlepping hampers to the laundry room becomes a thing of the past with this spacious closet that also houses a stacked washer and dryer. Putting on clothes fresh from the dryer—what could be better?

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Boutique Chic

Deluxe Walk In Closet

Brass pendant lights suspended above a central dresser make this closet seem like an upscale boutique. The dark and refined color palette is suitable for a man or a woman, or would even be appropriate for a shared closet for a couple.


Bookshelf for Shoes

Bookshelf Shoe Storage

The closet of your dreams doesn't require expensive custom built-ins. Converting a simple bookshelf into an expansive shoe rack is an easy way to amp up the charm. With some crown molding at the top, the shelf will look like it was always meant to be there.


Gold-Medal Winner

Baby Closet Idea

Even though it's usually hidden behind closed doors, there's no reason a closet can't be cute. Upgrade a blank slate into a custom creation by painting a simple pattern on the walls. In this closet for a pint-sized diva, gold dots add visual interest, and stacked rods make the most of the available space.


Room with a View

Closet with Window

Closets are often dark and dreary, but this design is all about embracing the sun. A large window floods the space with light that reflects off a central chandelier, while white shelving heightens the airy ambience.

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Unexpected Space

Attic Closet

One way to maximize storage is to steal space from unexpected and unusual spots, such as the steeply pitched interiors of attics and the awkward bits under the stairs. Well-devised shelving makes the most of these angled areas.


Work of Art

Walk-in Closet

When every article of clothing has its special place, your wardrobe can look like it's on display at an art gallery. Enhance the effect by hanging actual art on the walls to create a luxe setting for your finest fashions.


Room Within a Room

Closet Doors

Give some of your most beloved items the VIP treatment by setting them apart in their own special space. Here, mirrored doors section off a stretch of closet, creating a spot for cherished pieces, or even a place to plan out a week's worth of outfits.


Window-Seat Smarts

Dressing Room Seating

Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the subdued space, while the seating area below is perfect for putting on shoes.

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Small Space, Big Impact

Small Closet

This modest closet looks as good from the outside as it does from the inside, thanks to a chic metal barn door that slides along a rail. A crisp and organized interior maximizes efficiency.


Red-Carpet Style

Red Closet

You can feel like a celebrity every day if your closet features an actual red carpet. With its spacious interior and storage-smart design, this closet leaves you plenty of room to practice your poses behind closed doors.


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