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Closet Couture: Tips And Tricks For Designing The Perfect Closet Space

Getting ready everyday seems more enjoyable when your walk-in-closet feels relaxing, cozy, and stylish. Since this is usually a small, private section of your home, it is the perfect place to experiment and reflect your personality. It also helps to avoid clutter and keep things organized, similar to the way you find items displayed in a store or a boutique.

Designing a walk-in-closet involves careful planning to maximize functionality and optimize the use of space.

Here are 10 tips to achieve your dream walk-in-closet:

1. Declutter

First, eliminate items that you don’t need like clothes that you did not use within the year. Make an inventory of the remaining items and organize it accordingly. This way you can plan how much storage you need for specific items.

Think about the functionality of your space and plan it according to what you need.

2. Assess What You Need

Realistically think about everything that you want to store and how you want to store it. Determine how much storage space you require and consider the types of items you want to store in the closet. List specific items such as clothes, shoes, accessories, and other belongings.

Below is a checklist that might help you decide:

  • How do you store your clothes? Do you need more drawers or hanging storage?

  • Do you have lots of long dresses or gowns? This will determine the height of your hanging storage.

  • Do you have seasonal clothes or special/sporting gears?

  • How do you store your belts? Do you roll them or hang them?

  • Do you have jewelry or accessories that might need custom dividers?

Always prioritize functionality, then determine how to make it look good afterward.

or Redjine Cruz, she needs storage for her bags, shoes, and accessories aside from the usual wardrobe cabinet. She also wanted a spacious vanity and make up area.

3. Types Of Storage

Choose storage racks, adjustable shelves, and durable hanger rods for your items. To make choosing clothes or planning for your outfit easier, you may go for open shelves. However, for a neat and unclutered look, it is best to store your clothes in a closed wardrobe cabinet. 

This also keeps your clothes dust- free. It also helps to invest in organizers such as baskets and storage boxes for smaller items and folded garments.

Think about the functionality of your space and plan it according to what you need. No mater how small your space is, make sure you tuck in a small vanity table for your make-up and grooming essentials. You may also assign a separate shelf for your shoes. If the space allows it, an island counter for your accessories can double as a space for folding clothes.

4. Measure Your Space And Define Your Layout

Take accurate measurements of the area where you plan to create the walk-in- closet. Consider the dimensions of the rooms, including ceiling height, and take note of architectural elements such as windows, doors, beams, and columns.

Decide on the overall layout and configuration of the space. It may be a U-type, L-shaped, or straight linear design. Consider how you want to arrange your storage sections and components like hanging rods, shelves, drawers, vanity or desk, and accessories.

5. Plan Storage Sections

Divide the closet into specific storage zones based on your needs and preferences. 

These may include sections for hanging clothes and long dresses or gowns, folded garments, shoes, accessories, and other items that you may have. Allocate space for each section based on the quantity of items that you need to store.

6. Showcase Your Collection

Decide how to organize your precious collection: it may be by size, by color, or by brand or style, whatever works for you. 

Just make sure to keep it in an upright position, and with puff or pillow shapers to keep its form. Maximize the use of vertical space by incorporating floor-to-ceiling storage options. Install adjustable shelving, hanging rods, or cubbies to accommodate different-sized items and allow flexibility for future changes.

7. Use Adequate Lighting

Lighting plays a very important role in creating the ambiance of any space.

Ensure there is sufficient lighting in the space to make it easy to locate and organize items. Consider a combination of general lighting, task lighting for areas like vanity desk or grooming, and accent lighting to highlight certain features.

Make use of natural lighting to determine how much artificial light is required in the space. Pendant lights or chandeliers create a sof pool of light in the center of the room, providing a more relaxed atmosphere. Take advantage of reflective surfaces like metal high gloss finishes, or mirrors to bounce the light. 

This trick maximizes the light and gives the illusion of a bigger space. Tuck in LED strip lights in your shelving units to provide direct light on your display showcase like your shoes and bags. For adjustable shelves, consider installing vertical LED strip lights, this also helps not to cast shadows on your items. Inside your wardrobe cabinets, you may also install tube lights to illuminate your clothes and help you plan for your wardrobe.

Avoid patterns on your walls, and just opt for plain, light-colored walls. They make your walk-in cabinet look more spacious and clutter-free.

Make sure you have a space for your more personal investment pieces. This island counter is solely for accessories, jewelry, watches, and smaller leather items like wallets and formal clutches.

Visualize your space prior to implementation and adjust as you go and if needed.

8. Materials And Colors

For built-in cabinets, you may choose moisture-resistant boards, or if you have the budget for it, opt for marine plywood. 

Finish this off by installing laminates or veneers, as they are durable, stain-resistant, and very easy to maintain. Laminates with patterns or wood grains are good for cabinets as they conceal the terminations on the edges. You may also go for a glossy or semi-gloss paint finish as it has some sheen and will reflect a little bit of light. 

Like laminates, paint finish is also durable. Avoid patterns on your walls and just opt for plain, light-colored walls. They make your walk-in cabinet look more spacious and clutter free. If you are feeling a little adventurous, you may experiment with the different textures and colors of laminates or paint for your built-in-cabinets. 

You may also play with the ceiling design by simply installing patterned or textured wallpaper. This gives interest in the ceiling and still gives the uncluttered feel of the space.

9. Add Personal Touches

Customize your space to reflect your personal style. 

Choose finishes, colors, and styles that complement your overall aesthetic. Incorporate decorative elements like mirrors, artworks, photos, drapes, or seating area if desired.

10. Seek Professional Advice

If you are uncertain about the design or need assistance, consider consulting with a licensed interior designer and a trusted modular cabinet supplier. They can provide expert advice and help you create an efficient and aesthetically pleasing walk-in- closet.

Remember to adapt these steps according to your specific space requirements. By carefully planning and considering your needs, you can create a functional and organized walk-in closet that meets your storage needs while reflecting your personal style.


D+C Magazine July to September ‘23 Issue 

Idr. Peaches De Guzman - Grey


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