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Tear Sheet Tuesday: Creative Closet Design Tips

It’s time for another Tear Sheet Tuesday where the tears are never sad, just the basis for inspiration.  Today’s tears are a collage of sorts. The fun dress shape and typography were torn from the pages of Metropolis (because they send me free magazines 😉 along with one of my very own closet renderings. The image of the dress + the idea of customization inspire me to write about the one area that everyone can and should customize, your closet!



I think a luxurious closet is any gal’s version of the man cave.  It’s a space that must be completely personalized and, of course, you must feel pampered in it or else you won’t keep it neat ;).  THIS closet pic below is consistently one of the most popular on my Pinterest. If you’ve been following The Big Move you know I am currently in the midst of a ginormous condo makeover and I CANNOT wait to get to the closet!

HouseBeautiful Closet
It’s from House Beautiful and you can find more where this came from right here.

If you’ve been thinking about customizing your own dream closet considering these closet design tips will get you on your way to divine. 

How’s it Hanging?

The first thing you need to do is take a look at your stuff.  The second is to get rid of (any means possible) anything you truthfully have not touched in a year.  I’m being generous here, what with the seasons and all… Really do it. Less is now.  Once this is done, look at what you’ve got left.  Some people hang, some fold.  Marie Kondo famed author of  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing is a fan of hanging.  The reason, she says, is because it allows your garments to air out and let go of wrinkles.  It’s also easier to find what you’re looking for.  



If you’re a fan of folding, you can do it like this.  I recommend it. I do it myself and have been for a year and a half. It works and you can see all your stuff so you don’t end up wearing the same three pairs of undies over and over because you didn’t see and forgot about the other 30, right? Kondo is quirky, no doubt, but she has a point and it has worked for me with a few tweaks.

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Photo by One King’s Lane.


In your closet, you’ll need to allocate space for double hanging (shirts, shorts, skirts, folded over slacks), medium hanging (dresses, robes), and long hanging for long dresses. Figure out, based on what you have left after step one, how much you need of each.

The Shoes & the Bags

You’ll find an abundance of shoe organization situations out there but my favorite is shelves plain and simple.  I’m not a fan of the slanty shelves simply because they take up more space and well frankly, they are only good for shoes.  If you opt for an open shelf unit, make sure you’ve got plenty of shelves spaced approx. 8 or so inches apart.  Different types of shoes will require different spacing so adjustable/removable shelves are perfect.  Shelving is the most versatile storage option.  You can also combine shoes and handbags in this area.

Closet Design 3D rendering by Artful Kitchens

How About Some More Shelves?

Some people gonna be folders, especially for items like sweaters and maybe jeans so if you are a folder make sure you plan for enough shelving.  Keep in mind that shelves are less expensive than drawers and you can always use containers or baskets on shelves to group smaller items and make them look neat and tidy.


If you have space, every closet definitely warrants a few drawers.  Take into account drawers you have outside the closet in your dresser.  If you have enough (who ever does?) you may be good to go (not).  One thing to remember about drawers is that they are the easiest way to add $$$$$ to the cost of your closet.

Hamper Options

Sometimes there’s room for the hamper in your bathroom but if not, you can always leave space for one in your closet.  I love to locate them at the end against a wall for easy access. This one is from Dot & Bo and doubles as extra storage. Whatever I’m designing I always look for products and methods that are versatile. It’s nice to have choices, no?



Light it Luxuriously

When you’re in the closet it always helps to see what you’re doing and today there are SO many lighting choices including recessed ceiling fixtures (hi hats), track lighting and even concealed LED lighting in your closet rod!  My favorite idea for lighting is a girly chandelier or ceiling fixture.  I guess I’m shy because that is the only place I’d have one. 



This is the Elan Imbuia semi-flush ceiling mount 3 light fixture. Semi-flush is great, of course, if you don’t have super tall ceilings! You can find your very own here. 


That lighted closet rod is pretty awesome too.  It’s LED lighting inserted right into the center to offer a nice even light all the way through your closet.  No more navy vs black issue for the well lit walk-in!

This is the Elite wardrobe tube for Loox by Hafele.

Sometimes a Lady Just Needs to Sit Down

If you have the space a seating situation is a must! Not only is is convenient for putting your shoes on it can also be a lovely accent piece to play off of that fabulous light fixture.  Why can’t we aim for beautiful as well as functional? 

This Butler Cortaira Hair on Hide Vanity Stool is pretty chic if you ask me and it’s versatile! It’s a vanity stool for your makeup table or a lovely addition to your dream closet. You can find it here at Dot & Bo.


So there you have it!  If there’s anything here that inspires you to dig into your closet I’d be happy to collaborate with you!  Please comment below and don’t forget to subscribe to my blog so you never miss a beat. xoxo




Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.

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