Drawers and shelves are two key ingredients of a well-organized closet and the clever storage choice for many items in your home, allowing you to create multiple levels of storage.
Drawers are a great solution when you want easy access to something in your closet, but not have it on display all the time. Shallower drawers are ideal for jewelry, while deep drawers can store your rolled t-shirts and folded sweaters.
Good candidates for drawer storage:
Drawers are made from a number of materials, and some higher-end closet systems offer soft-closing drawers with full-extension glides. The best choice depends on your budget and what you need to store. Just avoid placing drawers too high (no higher than chest level) because you want to be able to safely see what's inside.
Don't forget to include drawer organizers inside if you need to store small items. "I like to use movable Lucite dividers," says Kay Wade, Closet Factory Vice President of Design. "They're perfect because small items like bras and socks tend to end up in a jumble." When everything has a home, it's easier to find it and put away.
For those with a tight budget, an inexpensive kitchen cutlery or utensil tray can be used to organize makeup, jewelry or small home office supplies in closet drawers. Easy-to-find rolling plastic carts with drawers are another affordable storage option that gives you flexibility.
For homeowners who want visual access to items or can't remember things out of sight, shelves are a handy addition to your closet. Available in many different materials, shelves can be built-in or used as part of an installed closet system. Adjustable shelves give you the most flexibility and allow you to make changes as your storage needs evolve over time. The amount of shelves you need and where you should place them depends on the items in your closet.
Here are a few useful tips for using shelves in household closets:
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