How to Turn a Small Closet into a Magical Place from Narnia

Many people don’t have the luxury of a large closet to store all their elegant and daily work wardrobes. Those who live in the big cities are often overpaying for apartments as big as a shoebox. In fact, the dressers are so tiny, you may need this article to find an endoscope to have a look at what’s inside your tiny storage room.

And, even though you don’t have the possibility to make your dressing room bigger without having to acquire the rest of the apartments on your floor, there are plenty of design tips that will make the one you already have look bigger. Here is how to turn a dull room into a magical one.

Play with heights

Assuming you live in a place with a high ceiling, you can use the extra space in your favor to create more storage space. If it’s possible, try lofting your bed and creating an additional walk-in closet underneath it. This easy architectural trick is used all over Europe in historical buildings with high ceilings yet small space.

The design opportunities are endless if you are willing to climb a small ladder every night to reach your bed. You can even turn the extra space created into a working place with a desk or a recreational corner.

Use shelves

If you don’t have the chance to redesign your bedroom and create an additional closet where your wardrobe will actually fit, it’s high time you considered Plan B.

One easy way to create an organized closet when you have limited space is to add shelves from the floor to the ceiling. This way, you can place clothes and shoes outside the season on the superior shelves, leaving the inferior ones to your everyday garments for easy access.

Don’t forget to also add baskets and boxes on your shelves to store miscellaneous wardrobe accessories like belts, scarves, pins, and others. Vertical storage is the easiest way to make the most out of the available space and create additional storage opportunities.

Create storage on the inside of your closet door

When dealing with limited space, every inch can be maximized, including the interior of your door.

Place a small hanger on the top of it and use it for storing scarves, gloves, hats, umbrellas, bags, belts, and others. You can use shower curtain rings to organize scarves on a single hanger, which will create additional storage space for other accessories.

Use spotlights

To create the illusion of a brighter, bigger room, replace the regular light bulb on the ceiling with various spotlights built-in above every shelf. This simple trick will also increase your chances of finding the item you want faster, based on the shelf that you usually store it on.

Clean painting and mirrors

Another simple trick to make your dressing room appear bigger and brighter is to paint it all white, including the shelves. Add mirrors of different dimensions to capture and distribute more light. The mirrors will also help you see yourself from different angles and pick your outfit and accessories faster, based on how you look from the front, sides, and behind.

Use a trunk to store out-of-season clothes

No matter how many designing and accessorizing tricks you use, there is only as much space to be used inside your closet. Thus, we suggest keeping your out-of-season clothes in other places.

One cool option is to purchase a big wooden or leather trunk, big enough to fit some of your shoes, pants, and sweaters for whenever you’re not wearing them. You can place it in your bedroom, living room or hallway and double it as a bench or coffee table. Nobody will know what’s inside it while you’ll live under the impression that you actually managed to fit your entire wardrobe inside that small closet.

Don’t keep anything on the floor

The easiest way to create the illusion of a walk-in closet is to never store any items on the floor. Add shelves starting at 2-3 inches above the floor to have more space to reach every corner of the room. By clearing the floor space, your closet will automatically look bigger and more organized.

If everything else fails, give all your clothes to charity and become part of the frugal living movement.


Tags: bedroom, interior design, Shelves, small closet, spotlights, storage

Author: Maja Markovski

Maja Markovski

A 35-year-old female architect with a passion for innovative, sustainable design. I blend creativity and functionality to transform spaces into beautiful, practical environments.


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