Posts Tagged ‘Closet Storage’

World Libraries With Incredible Storage Solutions

By Closet & Storage Concepts - March 31st, 2014

At Closet and Storage Concepts, North America’s premier custom closet and storage system outfitter, we’re always on the hunt for the coolest and most creative in storage concepts. From the pantries in large restaurants to the way film societies organize their archives, we love seeing impressive storage systems in action. Perhaps the most beloved and frequently impressive organization systems in the world belong to some of our greatest libraries, such as the endlessly awe-inspiring Library of Congress. In honor of this great storage system tradition, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite libraries from around the world, each one demonstrating the heights of organization we strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts. Read on for a global tour in magnificent storage concepts!

Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum

Named after the great Japanese post-war author, the Shiba Ryotaro is a marvel in melding design with organizational needs. The building, designed by Tadao Ando, is meant to mirror the inner working of an author’s mind, hence the incredible walls and walls of books. There’s something incredibly immersive about the book storage system at the library, a feat reflected in the sheer number of books housed in a small space. This is perhaps what‘s most impressive about the storage concept at the Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Museum: storage has been effectively married to concept, making for a truly unique experience.

Mafra National Palace Library

The National Palace Library is a treasure held within the city of Mafra, Portugal. Portugal is home to a number of well-known libraries, but the Mafra National Palace Library is the most interesting to everyone at Closet and Storage Concepts due to its particularly ingenious storage system.  When built, not only did the architect responsible make sure to create a book shelving system that accommodated a major collection, he also made sure to leave room behind the books for a colony of bats. The bats were used to keep the library vermin and insect free, and would be released every night from their space behind the books. Our closet systems don’t typically house flying animals, but we still have to applaud this remarkable system.

The George Peabody Library

Housed in the world-renown Peabody Institute of Music at John Hopkins University, the George Peabody Library is one of the finest in America. Containing over 300,000 volumes, the Peabody Library  is a perfect example of marrying form and function in the world of storage systems. Featuring six tiers of cast iron columns, decorative railings, and gold-leaf embellishments, the Peabody Library demonstrates that there is certainly a way to make organization beautiful, which is something we always strive for at Closet and Storage Concepts.

Liyuan Library

Designed by famed Chinese Architect Li Xiaodong Atelier, the Liyuan Library is truly a sight to behold. Located in the small village of Huairou on the outskirts of Beijing, the Liyuan Library was meant to be an example of how to make a storage system blend in seamlessly with its environment. In the same way that Closet and Storage Concepts makes sure to design and implement closet systems that work holistically within its environment, the Liyuan Library is composed of panels of twigs in order to reflect the natural surroundings of the village. Beautiful in its simplicity and elegance, the Liyuan Library is a case study in working your surroundings into the design of a storage system.

At Closet and Storage Concepts, we keep in mind all of the great storage and design ideas reflected in this list in order to craft personalized closets and organization systems for our customers. We may not build bat caves behind your bookshelves, but we’ll make sure to create effective and  visually stunning closet and storage systems for all your needs.

 

Three Incredible Treasures Found During A Remodel

By Closet & Storage Concepts - February 28th, 2014

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we do work on a wide variety of homes and offices, from early 20th Century apartments to brand new condominiums. Throughout our time working on some of the older properties we’ve had the pleasure of updating, we’re constantly surprised by the amount of objects often hidden within the closet walls of these old homes. From long lost family photos to early porcelain dolls, there are often tiny treasures stuffed away in the long forgotten areas of an antique house. In the spirit of these discoveries, we’ve put together a list of some of the coolest items found during remodels of old homes. Read on to see what kind of treasures may be lurking behind your walls.

That’s Some Expensive Insulation

David Gonzalez, a general contractor in Hoffman, Minnesota, decided that it was time to update his master bedroom, including taking out a wall to expand his closet. As a contractor in an area with older homes, Gonzalez was used to seeing old newspaper used as insulation in homes. When he found an original copy of Action Comics #1 stuffed into the walls, to say he was surprised would be quite the understatement. The issue in which Superman makes his debut, Gonzalez’s copy of Action Comics recently sold at auction for $175,000. Considering he bought the home for around $10,000, it’s safe to say Gonzalez came out on top in this one.

A Head Above The Rest

When spring comes along, most of us find ourselves doing some deep cleaning, be it giving the kitchen a good once over or reorganizing our closets. When Stephane Gabet, a French journalist, went to clean out the attic of his newly purchased home, he found something slightly stranger than most: a 400-year-old skull. Gabet, unsure of what exactly to do with this ancient head, took it to a prominent university in Paris to get to the bottom of just how old his new find was. Turns out, not only was the skull over 400-years-old, it was also determined to have belonged to none other than King Henry IV, who ruled France until 1610. Although we don’t recommend storing the remains of famous monarchs in your attic, it must be at least a little fun for Gabet to bring his discovery out every Halloween.

Bottom’s Up

Patricia Hill purchased a turn-of-the-century mansion outside of Pittsburgh with the intention of turning it into a five star bed and breakfast. While doing some extensive renovations on the property, she uncovered some proof that the former inhabitants had been fond of a drink or two: nine cases of revered Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey buried in the basement. A pre-Prohibition distillery, Old Farm produced some of the most beloved American Whiskey in history, and Hill’s trove was estimated to be worth nearly $800,000 dollars. Things didn’t turn out perfectly for Hill, though: after spending the winter vacationing someplace warm, she returned to find that her caretaker had imbibed nearly 52 bottles of the historic hooch, putting the homeowner out nearly $200,000 dollars.

Although we can’t promise we’ll unearth any buried treasure in your home, we can assure you that we’ll put in a closet or storage system that’ll make your home the star of the neighborhood. Call Closet and Storage Concepts today to find out just how transformative one of our closet systems can be in your home.

Three Great Smartphone Apps for Organizing Your Closet

By Closet & Storage Concepts - January 16th, 2014

Here at Closet and Storage Concepts, we’re in the business of providing unique and effective storage solutions for a variety of different homes and needs. From closet systems to wall beds, we’re experts in crafting space-saving designs for every customer. As much as a well-organized, stunningly built closet will do for keeping track of your life, sometimes a little more is needed. If you’ve got a smartphone, there are plenty of apps currently being developed specifically for the purpose of keeping your closet in tip-top shape. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite smartphone apps for organizing your closet and keeping track of your wardrobe.

Stylebook – http://www.stylebookapp.com/

Stylebook is an app developed in New York by two fashion-obsessed programmers looking to help people carefully curate their wardrobe. Founded in 2009, Stylebook keeps track of item count, total closet value, and the 10 least and most worn outfits in your arsenal. People that take advantage of Stylebook can upload every piece in their closet and then use the app to plan future outfits and make packing list. Best of all, there’s a “worn history log” that tracks every time you wear a specific article of clothing, so that the next time you have a date you can be sure it isn’t an outfit you’ve already worn.

My Gear Pack – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mygearpack.android.mgp

Organizing your camping and hiking gear can be difficult, even with plenty of storage space; luckily, My Gear Pack has been developed expressly to help keep your outdoor gear inventoried and categorized. My Gear Pack allows you to input all of your outdoor equipment, including pictures and descriptions. You’re able to add tags to all of your items, so that you can keep a list of exactly where you’ve stored certain gear. My Gear Pack is also set up to let you plan for certain trips, so that once you have your trip outlined, the app will let you know where all of the tools you need are stored. Furthermore, My Gear Pack has a library installed with all of the other users’ gear, which allows you to browse equipment you may need but don’t have yet. If you’re an avid outdoorsman or woman, My Gear Pack is sure to help make all of your trips that much easier.

Doxo Mobile – https://www.doxo.com/

One of the major contributors to closet clutter has always been bills, receipts, and other filed paperwork. With the advent of smartphones, consumers are now able to make this space-filler a thing of the past. Doxo, a company initially formed in 2011, is an app that connects all of your online bill profiles and accounts in one place and under one password in an attempt to simplify the bill paying process. Even better, Doxo files all of your paperwork digitally, so that not only do you no longer have to organize all of your bills and paperwork, but you also no longer have to deal with physical copies of them. Doxo is a godsend for anyone looking to get rid of that filing cabinet taking up half of your hallway closet, and it’s a great way to make your life better organized and easier to manage.

Coupled with a new closet designed by Closet and Storage Concepts, these apps will help you on your way to organizing an amazing closet as we head into the New Year. There’s nothing like starting with a clean slate, so let Closet and Storage Concepts help you find the solution for all your home organization needs.

Cubbies Aren’t Just For Preschoolers Anymore

By iqnection - May 22nd, 2012

The word cubby makes me smile.

Maybe it’s because it reminds me of simpler days when my now (late teens) teenagers went to preschool and everything revolved around “the cubby”.  At the end of a long work day, I knew that I had something special waiting for me in the cubby—a finger painting or a drawing of me with a huge head and tiny feet, macaroni sculptures, paper plate hats and yarn crafts — all lovingly created by my little sweeties. Correspondence to and from the teachers were left in the cubby, as were pictures of my darlings in various stages of their day — playing, eating or sleeping– all left in the cubby for me to savor and cherish forever.

Or maybe it’s because cubby is a funny word.

Either way, a cubby is a place of distinction as far as I am concerned. And now that one of those aforementioned sweeties just came home for the summer from her first year of college and the other sweetie can grow a mustache, the cubby has a new and more practical definition that has matured along with me—that of a closet storage system to store and organize the (literally) hundreds of pairs of shoes I have amassed over the yeCloset Designs: Shoe Rackars.
I’m no Imelda Marcos and I think many, if not most, women have accumulated a recalcitrant collection of shoes by their late forties. Shoe cubbies restrain the unrestrainable and add order to chaos.

Cubbies, for those who don’t know (e.g. men) are rows of box-like compartments stacked in layers as high as one wishes. Shoe storage cubbies come in different configurations and can be customized by a closet designer in accordance to ones individual storage needs.

The benefits of cubby shoe storage system are:

  1. Space Saving: If one were to line up 20 pairs of shoes, each pair taking up 9” of space, one would need 15 feet of shelf space. The same 20 pairs of shoes can fit in a 24” x 24” cubby shoe storage system.
  2. Money Savings: Shoes piled on the floor get kicked around and stepped on and thus need replacing more frequently. Cubby storage also keeps the shoes safe from damage by pets and free of dust.
  3. Time Savings: Unlike storage in shoe boxes, cubby shoe storage allows you to see your shoe collection at a glance and enables you to pair shoes with an outfit in a snap. Shoes are kept clean, dust free and ready to wear every time.
  4. Face Savings: Mishandled stacks of shoes tend to become aromatic over time and your living space can begin to smell like a dirty thrift shop.

Contact Closet & Storage Concepts about a closet organizational system that meets your shoe storage and overall closet solution needs so that you too can have something special waiting for you in your cubby, everyday.

Reach In Closet Designs

By iqnection - March 21st, 2012

Utilizing existing space in a reach in closet is the best solution. Creating a functional and stylish space is the key.Closet Designs - Closet Storage System

Adding a closet storage system, you will gain new space:

  • Drawers
  • Double hanging area
  • Tie-rack and shoe racks
  • Adjustable shelving

All can create a neat accessible closet bringing a whole new look to any room.

You deserve to have a well designed closet tailored to your personality. By organizing your closet, you organize your life saving you time and energy.

Our closet designers can help you transform your existing closet design into an organized solution. Our closet systems are designed to fit the way you live.

Contact us for a No Obligation in Home Custom Closet Design Consultation or call us at 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567)

 

Small Closet Storage Solutions

By iqnection - March 16th, 2012

If you have a closet that you just cannot seem to put everything in, here are some suggestions for organizing smartly.

  1. Closet Storage Get rid of clutter. Do not waste precious small closet space on clutter. Eliminate any clothing or accessories that you no longer want or use. If you find items you want to keep for sentimental reason, you need to find another location to store them.
  2. Eliminate Wasted Shelf Space. Many closet shelves are far apart, deep, or non-existent. One large shelf does not allow you to separate items in your closet. Using shelf dividers help to keep your space organized.
  3. Double Hanging Rods. By hanging clothes like shirts, folded pants, blouses and jackets on two rows – one on top of the other – allows you to actually hang twice the amount of clothing in the area
  4. Add Drawers. Add drawers towards the bottom of the closet or a small dresser for sweaters, socks, scarves, etc.
  5. Add Organizational Accessories. Adding baskets, shoes racks, and belt and tie racks will help insure you have a place for everything.
  6. Space Saving Hangers. Flat style ‘friction’ hangers with non-slip rubber padding insure your garments stay in place and hold more in less space.

Custom closets do not require any extensive remodeling. Our closet experts can maximize your storage by utilizing even the smallest of spaces.  Contact us for a Free In-Home Closet Storage Consultation or Call 1-888-843-2567 (THE-CLOSET).

  •  Our closet designer will come to your home and measure the area in need of organization
  • Show you photographs of available products
  • Perform a wardrobe analysis
  • Create a plan for a closet storage solution that will best serve you

 

Closet Organizing for Spring

By iqnection - February 21st, 2012

Now that we are nearing the end of February, spring is right around the corner. Blooming flowers, longer days, green grass, and warmer temperatures are near! This means it is time to get our closets ready for spring.

Closeting Organizing SystemsMaking a choice to get your closet organized is a step in the right direction. That article of clothing you have not worn over a year, contemplate giving it to a worthy cause. If you have worn out boots and shoes that you just will never put on again, get rid of them. If it does not fit then get it out of your closet. Do you have items that need mending or need alterations? Now is the time to get it done before replacing those items in the closet. Remove items simply stuck inside your closet, giving them a more appropriate area.

Make a list of the items you want within your custom closet design.  Do you love shoes? Then you definitely need a good deal of storage area for each pair. Maybe you need shelving for your knitted garments or perhaps your most loved publications you keep inside the closet.

The trick is to take anything you do not really need out of your closet and set the remainder of the objects up in an organized fashion that can be useful for you.

All people have various strategies to coordinating. Let Closet & Storage Concepts create a closet organizing system distinctive to you personally. We offer an in-home, no obligation closet design consultation at no charge. During this visit to your home, our designer will measure the closet in need of organization, show you photographs of products, and perform a wardrobe analysis. Using all of this information, the designer will create a plan for a closet system that best serves your needs and budget.

Schedule a free in home Closet Organization Consultation, or call 1-888-THE-CLOSET (1-888-843-2567).

 

The Importance of Custom Closets for Homeowners

By iqnection - January 18th, 2012

Custom closets can provide benefits to you as a homeowner.

Here are a few ways adding a custom closet to your home can be a valuable investment:
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  • Space Management – By providing efficient space management, custom closet designs can utilize existing space in your home. By creating a custom closet design in accordance to existing requirements of your home, you can accomplish space management.
  • Creating More Space – Adding a new closet in an unused area of the home will create extra space. Whether a bedroom, bathroom or even in the kitchen, you can benefit from custom storage space that a custom closet can provide.
  • Increase the beauty of your home - Installing custom closets can complement your home’s interior by matching colors, styles and themes to accompany the existing design of your home.
  • Get Organized - A custom closet design professional can introduce you to products that can help you get organized and will show you organizational accessories for your closets. Getting organized is more efficient when you customize it to your design and requirements. Allowing you to position your things and improving the whole look of your home.

 

Contact Closet & Storage Concepts for a No Obligation in Home Custom Closet Design Consultation.

  • Our designer will come to your home and measure the closet or area in need of organization
  • Show you photographs of available products
  • Perform a wardrobe analysis
  • Create a plan for a custom closet or storage system that will best serve you

 

Call 1-888-THE-CLOSET or complete our on line form for a free custom closet Consultation.

Popular Closets of Today

By Administrator - November 28th, 2011

Options for designing a closet today are as vast as choices for furnishing your entire home. In days gone by a closet was a pole, hooks and a shelf. Today’s closet designs come in an array of materials, colors and finishes. A closet’s custom mill work can be as sophisticated as high end kitchens and baths.

A professionally designed – measured to fit – custom closet will offer maximum storage capacity.

View some of our closet designs – then contact us for a Free in-home no obligation closet design consultation.

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Our designers will:

  • Measure your area in need of organization
  • Perform a wardrobe analysis
  • Create a plan for a closet or storage system that is best for your needs and budget

Closet design options include features like:

  • Built-in drawers
  • Shoe Racks
  • Wall mounted ironing boards
  • Valet Rods
  • Pull-out baskets
  • Jewelry Drawers
  • Hosiery Drawers
  • Belt & Tie Racks
  • Wall safes
  • Shelf dividers
  • And much, much more

 

Organizing For More Space

By Administrator - May 24th, 2011

#1: Maximizing Garage Space

garage-organizationEvaluating the garage storage space includes the available floor area and installing storage organizers, tool storage, workbench, storage.  Another possibility many times overlooked is unused space above the car. Creative home owners turn that air space into storage space.

#2: Wall Bedswallbeds

One of the most ageless examples of maximizing space is the wall bed. Wall Beds today combine modern design with luxurious sleeping. If done right, wall beds can offer a useful way of creating a multi-function room that can work as a bedroom/guestroom and a stunning living and work space.

#3 Built-in Closet Solutions

There are many great built-in closet organization solutions. Here are some tips to help you get your closet organized and give you more space:

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  • First choose what is most important to you, and then design your closet to provide the solution.
  • By using long, medium and double hanging areas you can maximize your closet space.
  • Adjustable closet shelving will give you flexibility with your things
  • Your closet should be off of the floor for easy cleaning and flooring changes.

Contact us to Schedule a Free In-Home Design Consultation to help you get organized and gain space.

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