Elements of the Perfect Closet Include Design and Organization

Many of us dream about the walk-in closet with built-in storage to maximize our wardrobe potential and keep us neatly organized. Now that we have done our spring cleaning and purged what we could, let’s organize what remains (which always still seems like way too much) for maximum efficiency and good looks.

Ways to Get More Out of Your Closet This Year

First things first: clear it out. Once it’s time to move everything back into your closet, arrange your wardrobe like a display. It’s important to have everything you own in view, or it’s possible you’ll forget you ever bought it.

Options for designing a closet are now nearly as wide as your choices for furnishing your house. It used to be that all a closet got were poles, hooks and shelves. Today, a closet’s custom mill work and visual finishes are as sophisticated as any high-end kitchen, bath or even retail store.

Closet designs begin with your basic “pole and shelf” setup: a single pole with a fixed shelf above it. Then it’s up to you to customize the closet interior.

The next upgrade includes multiple poles and shelves of varying lengths and heights to accommodate different types of garments. Typically, the vertical partitions holding up the poles are used as the sides for adjustable closet shelving. The components can be shop-built and painted on-site or, for a more durable (and expensive) finish, surfaced with melamine or laminate.

The third option is Oprah-style luxury. Think shop-built, prefinished wood: essentially furniture that is designed and dimensioned to fit your closet interior precisely. Custom-made dresser drawers, shoe cubbies, shelving, jewelry drawers and partitions give you the maximum amount of storage and cost the most money.

Below are some fabulous closets in homes for sale in Nashville.

Closet Design and Organization

At 2259 Horn Springs Road, the master closet features custom-made dresser drawers, shoe cubbies, shelving and an island providing additional storage. Click on the image for more photos and information from The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty.

Closet Design and Organization

2114 Golf Club Lane, perfectly located between Vanderbilt & Green Hills, features his and hers closets with custom systems that include drawers, shoe cubbies, and shelving. Click on the image for more photos and information from The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty.

Closet Design and Organization

Adelicia Unit 1105 features storage and organization with a modern feel. The bright white cabinetry allows your wardrobe to be the perfect pop of color. Click on the image for more photos and information from The Lipman Group Sotheby’s International Realty.

For closet design inspiration visit Houzz.com and for organization tips from closet professionals visit RealSimple.com.

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