Raise your hand if you don’t have enough closet space. Same (even if we do often find ourselves feeling like we have nothing to wear while staring at a closet stuffed to the brim with clothing)! Because, let’s face it, we’re not all blessed with luxurious, Carrie Bradshaw-level walk-in closets. And the smaller the closet, the more difficult it is to stay organized. But there are tons of organizational tools and styling tricks that can help. Instead of cutting your wardrobe in half, use these fifteen small closet ideas to create twice as much space as you had before.
For anyone whose tiny closet is already packed to the brim or who doesn’t even have a closet to begin with, a freestanding clothing rack is a lifesaver. Besides, since your wardrobe is exposed, it’ll force you to keep your clothes nice and organized instead of in an avalanche pile in the closet.
If you’re cramped on space, place a small dresser and shoe rack beneath your hanging clothes. The top of the dresser can hold accessories, like hats or jewelry, as Sugar and Charm did here.
Another great way to make extra space for things that don’t fit inside the closet? An étagère or modular shelving system in your bedroom. Tuck away the essentials and then display the prettiest items out in the open to double as decor. Leanne Ford made sure this shelving unit didn’t take up too much visual real estate by painting it white so it blends in with the wall. You can also use brackets to hang accessories.
Never again will you have to walk from end to end in search of what you need. These bypass doors will save your life, and are easy to DIY. They’re great space-savers, especially in tight corners where two doors would swing into each other. Get the full tutorial from Vintage Revivals. (A barn door or just some curtains will do, too).
Even though shoe organizers are handy for your sneakers, they can also be used for bulky items like sweaters that you don’t want to accidentally stretch out on a hanger. Rolling them up into baskets is also a great solution. The canvas ones in this space designed by Regan Baker are a stylish option. Alternatively, you could use a shelf divider to keep stacks intact. The sides let you stack piles higher without fear that your sweaters will just topple over and end up on the ground.
Before you even reorganize the closet, do a thorough clean out and decide who will get the castoffs, whether it’s to a friend, favorite charity, homeless shelter, or local thrift shop. Then, organize clothes by type strategically (like making sure you hang long items high enough so they won’t drag on the floor). For some style points, line the back wall with some cool fabric or wallpaper scraps like Arent & Pyke did here.
Stack storage baskets to hold shoes, jewelry, accessories, workout clothes, PJ’s, and more. You can throw a ton in those bins without making your space look cluttered, like Dorsey Designs did here.
Doubling up your closet space is as easy as hanging up another bar. Choose a system that also includes hooks for maximum versatility. You can double up the number of clothes you store in your closet by adding a second level with a rod. Not to mention it has hooks on the side for purses and other accessories. Even that early 2000s fedora you STILL can’t part with (it’s never going to happen, okay?!).
It helps to buy hangers specific to the item to maximize what little space you do have. Pants, for example, can easily slide on and off of pants hangers thanks to their open-ended design. you’ll be able to fit more into your closet, since they hang flat against each other. But when you truly have no space for bulkier items like coats, keep a coat rack in the corner of your bedroom so it looks organized even if it has to be out in the open.
In a similar vein, take note from this closet hack in an apartment by Danielle Colding Design. Plan out and display outfits with a mannequin or use it as a makeshift coat rack. It’s a pretty way to stay organized in an open space like a bedroom when your closet is too small. A vintage or antique-inspired option is the way to go.
Get creative with on-shelf storage. It turns out magazine files are the ideal shape for storing clutches, wristlets, jewelry, and more. And that frees up space on your desk or vanity table. We also love the stylish rods Studio DB hung up in the corners of this walk-in closet.
Storing shoes is every girl’s nightmare, but don’t stress. You can fit more pairs on a shelf when you position each shoe facing the opposite direction. Try some cubbies to help keep everything tidy.
Don’t worry, your shoe addiction is in good hands. A column of rods can turn an empty wall space into the perfect place for storing high heels. See more at Stylizmo.
To add additional hanging storage, hang a branch on an empty wall to double as a rack. It’s functional and just seriously cool looking. See more at Sugar & Cloth.
Shower hooks are perfect for hanging purses in your closet on the hanger rod. Bonus: This approach also keeps handles from getting misshapen. Or use a sliding organizer secured to the interior door of your closet, perfect for hanging scarves and belts, to ensure easy access to the depths of your closet. Or, designate a corner near your small closet in your bedroom to be a “dressing room” by hanging accessories on wall hooks and placing a vanity table and stool nearby like Danielle Colding did here.
If a swath of nearly identical items choke your overly-full closet, consider giving Stylebook a try. The app helps you log everything you own, and makes it easy create new looks you didn’t even know you had. Basically, it’s come to life.