Ever dream of having a closet like you see
in magazines? Those closet organizing systems are great, but getting a closet that works
for you means spending some time planning. You’ll be glad you did. Start by thinking about what isn’t working
for you now. Not enough hanger space? Too many boxes on the floor? Can’t find what
you’re looking for? Make a list and keep it handy. Next, sort your stuff into three piles: keep,
donate, and toss. After sorting, fold and hang things neatly.
Knits do best folded, and try to keep folded stacks to about six inches high to avoid toppling
over. When all is nice and neat, measure everything,
which will help you determine how much space you’ll need for storage. Next draw up a plan of the space you’re
working with. Lowe’s has planners to help you with this step. Begin with the closet dimensions: height,
width and depth. Since the walls might be out of square it’s best to measure the length
and depth at three different spots and use the shortest measurement.
Mark windows and doors, and make note of how the doors open. Also mark utilities, access
panels, and studs. One more thing: your wall type will determine
how you secure your closet system and which hardware you’ll need. Next think about an organizing system that
works best for you. Wire systems are budget-friendly and adjustable. Or maybe you prefer the classic look of a
wood organizer. These systems keep everything tucked away nicely, and have many options
to fit your needs. And, if you like features of each system,
you can use them together. Lowe’s planners list all the options. When you’ve decided on a system, add your
solutions to your plan. Start by placing units for your most frequently used items within
easy reach. Shirts and pants are best on double hang rods. Try one at 80 inches high and the
lower one at 40 inches. For dresses and hanging pants, use a single hang rod at 70 inches. Skinny, velvet-covered hangers save space
and keep clothes from slipping. And special belt rack hangers are great for easy access. Shelves are next. Space them at least 12 inches
apart vertically for stacked clothes. For wire systems, shorter shelf lengths let you
adjust to various heights allowing more storage area. Then consider the accessories: baskets for
scarves, cubbies for shoes, and drawers for socks.
The cool part is newer closet kits are adjustable so you can mix it up however you want. Consider using a continuous hanger rod for
easy sliding. Want to get the most space from a corner?
You can attach an adjacent shelf with wall brackets. With your plan mapped out, you can begin the
installation. Want more great ideas and how-to’s? Go to
Lowes.com/HowTo or just click to subscribe. Next, learn how to install a wood closet organizer.