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How To Make A Small Closet Seem More Spacious

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Although a big walk-in closet is often on a homeowner’s checklist of ‘nice-to-haves’, it is not always a realistic option. Not everyone is lucky enough to have an extensive closet area, especially in metropolitan cities or smaller homes. Fortunately, there are some easy fixes that will allow you to make the most of a small closet, and even make it seem bigger than it really is. Consider the following tips for maximizing the space in a small closet and creating the illusion of a larger space.

Brighten The Space

A dark, dingy closet will do you no favors when trying to make this small area feel more open and inviting. Shadows in a poorly lit space will only make it appear cramped and claustrophobic. The best way to combat this is to make sure the inside of your closet is as bright as possible. Start with the color scheme, painting the walls white or another light color. Try using white or light wood for shelving, racks and other hardware. You can also get creative with the lighting in your closet to brighten things up. Switch over to LED light bulbs with a higher lumen count. Also consider placing light strips or other accent lighting to illuminate features in your closet. 

Keep The Floor Clear

Clutter is one of the main causes of a crowded closet and it can be hard to avoid stacking it on the floor when there is limited space. In a small closet, keeping the floor clear and maintaining as much standing room as possible is important. This will give you more room to move around and ensure that there are no distractions drawing attention to the lower part of your closet. Utilize all of the vertical space available with floor-to-ceiling shelving. If you need additional storage for things, you can try mounting baskets to the walls or ceilings, or even behind the door of the closet.

Install Cabinets And Drawers

One way to make your closet appear bigger is to reduce the amount of visible clothing and other stored items. When everything is hanging up and squished together it can make the closet look cluttered. Utilize covered storage in the form of cabinets and drawers to compartmentalize everything. There are many slim built-in shelving options that can be fitted to smaller closets. Hanging racks can be placed in a cabinet or covered with a screen or pull-down curtain. This gives your clothes and items a specific place in your closet and keeps things looking neat and uniform.  

At Closet & Storage Concepts Connecticut we are happy to help you make the most of your space. Contact us today to discuss the many options available for closet units or even a full closet renovation!