What do very old homes and small, ultramodern apartments sometimes have in common? A troubling lack of closet space.

In these types of situations, you have to deconstruct the way you think about storage. You’re going to live with your decisions literally, so home decor and design become part of the equation, too. It’s an interesting challenge, but one that can offer unique and colourful results.

We’ve compiled innovative clothes storage ideas that will help you see your closet situation (or lack thereof) in a whole new light.

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An Armoire or Dresser

One of the most obvious solutions is to buy a large armoire or dresser to store clothes in. What’s great about armoires over dressers is that they offer a place to hang any clothing that you’d rather not fold.

Dresses, blouses, and easily wrinkled items won’t have to be shoved into a dresser drawer, which could potentially save you from having to pull out the iron every day before work.

Dressers, on the other hand, are great for people with a lot of foldable clothes. Either piece of furniture comes in various sizes, so those who live in a small space will be able to find something that fits their room easily.

Bookcases

The variety of bookshelves available in stores and online is truly amazing, so they’re a great organization option for bedrooms with nonexistent closets. The bookshelves with cube-shaped cubbies are particularly useful for organizing different types of clothing and accessories.

If you’re planning on using bookshelves in place of a closet, be sure to buy plenty of baskets and bins that will help you keep the shelves neat and uncluttered.

Build Your Own Shelves

Whether it’s vintage crates, wooden boxes or just a simple plank of wood, building your shelves creates a lot of additional space. Hanging or stacked, they’re a great spot to place pants, shoes, books – whatever your heart desires. Paint them in accent colours to add a little fun pop to your wall, or paint them in the same colour as your wall to make them a little more seamless.

Making your closet in the bedroom allows you to take full advantage of the entire vertical space of your walls by using shelves to the ceiling. The higher shelves can be slightly wider than the lower shelves and hold out-of-season, bulkier or less frequently used items. Think about using wire shelves, as they are lightweight and help the air circulation in the closet. Shelf dividers are useful, especially on long shelves, to keep the contents from falling onto each other. If you are on a budget or have old furniture, you can repurpose old bookshelves in the closet, or even attach an old ladder to the wall to hold smaller items and narrow storage boxes.

Hang some shelves on various levels to display odds and ends, create a home for your shoes or simply a place for you to put your pants. You could even go so far as to install your own clothing rod under the shelves and create a custom-sized closet. You can get as advanced or as elementary as you want! Display your clothes (and craftsmanship) proudly.

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Hanging Clothing Rod

When you thought you have no space, think again. The ceiling is a perfect spot to hang an inexpensive clothing rod from. Hang out of season clothing, daily outfit go-to’s, and more.

Buy storage bins now

You probably didn’t appreciate storage bins when you were a kid. Good news, you’ve just found a whole new use for them. Pick up as many bins as you can from IKEA, Target, or even a dollar store and use them to your heart’s content. Not only are they surprisingly roomy, but they can be stacked on top of each other and placed out of the way to keep your stuff organized and unobtrusive.

Create A Faux Headboard With Your Clothes

It may not be the best Feng Shui, but it is an interesting look. If it’s too much for you to see your clothes all the time, hang some fabric across and disguise your wardrobe.

Create A Wall Hung Organizer

This may sound pretty daunting if you’re not exactly the “do it yourself” type, but it doesn’t have to be. Create a hanging clothes rack pretty much anywhere in your apartment and or room. It’s as simple hanging two strong ropes or chain down from your ceiling and using them to hold a pole in place. Clothes rack not quite your thing? Just hang a chain along the wall and hook your clothes hangers into the chain. Viola! You not only saved space but now your beautiful pieces of clothing double as art. Do you have a lot of scarves? Try hanging a curtain rod on your wall and drape them along with it. Now you can enjoy your beautiful scarves any season!

Don’t let the mail pile up

Why does it seem like however much time you spend going through your mail that the pile gets bigger and bigger? Don’t let your mail pile get in your head, and instead get a nice, easy to use mail organizer like this one so you can easily sort and sift through your mail. No important letters will go unnoticed. 

Drawers

The aim is to minimize the floor space used while maximizing the amount of storage, and traditional chests of drawers do take up a lot of space. An alternative is stackable banks of wire baskets which are lightweight and have the added benefits of letting air circulate the clothes stored in them and letting you see what’s inside. If you have more available hanging space than floor space, consider using hanging canvas shelves that hook over the rail. Some of these come with drawer options, and if they don’t, use baskets in the cubbyholes to safely corral items. Another efficient alternative to drawers for storing socks, tights and other small items is a transparent hangable 12-pocket shoe organizer. Or forget about drawers altogether and store everything in clear shoe boxes stacked on shelves.

Employ Clothes Racks

Using a clothes rack when you don’t have a closet to store your clothing in is a simple, easy way to create the necessary space to hang blouses, jackets, coats, pants, dresses, skirts, and even bags. Invest in a quality rack––you don’t want to wake up in the middle of the night when your clothes and rack crash to the floor. 

Clothes racks are a wonderful thing to have in your room without a closet. Whether it’s one you’ve made (there are so many tutorials for doing this on the internet) or simply one you’ve bought, clothes racks are a great asset to a room without a closet.

You can go all out and create more space by adding a shelf on the bottom. This serves as a great way to display your shoes and give them a place at the same time. Or you can go all out and get one with multiple hanging levels. The options are endless. It all depends on what works for you and what you need.

As a bonus, these things have become pretty trendy lately. Talk about a win-win.

Wardrobe Rack

Garment Racks

Garment racks have become the icon for minimalist closets. They come in a wide variety of colours and styles, as well as price ranges. I found mine at Ikea for less than $10. It’s black, and more study than I expected for something so inexpensive. It’s perfect for my space, and I love the aesthetic it gives my room.

Garment racks can be packed with as much or as little clothing as you’d like, but for a cleaner look, go with as little as you can. Colour coordinating is a very popular look when it comes to styling a garment rack. Have too many busy colours and patterns for your liking? Designate a drawer for your wilder items.

Get A Room Separator

A folding screen adds a lot to a room without a closet. By dividing the room and providing a disguise to your wardrobe, they create the feeling of having a closet while helping to prevent the mess, often hidden behind closet doors, from being seen.

Get Yourself A Trunk

A decorative bench or a trunk add for a touch of flair to your room and a lot of storage—a great place to keep your out-of-season clothes or shoes. You could also use shoe boxes and turn them into a smaller, makeshift dresser.

Hang Pants on S-Hooks

Save shelf space by hanging your pants with belt loops on S-hooks. This way, you can easily make them more compact. Bonus: You can see them all much better when you’re choosing which pair to wear.

Hang Shoes on the Door

Use the door to your bedroom to store shoes. If you don’t have a ton of shoes, the empty slots can store sweaters and other clothes.

Hiding Your Closet

Although design magazines show photos of beautifully tidy, well-arranged open closets of exceptionally coordinated designer clothes and accessories, this may not reflect the reality of your closet. A simple way to hide your closet is to hang a curtain from a pole in front of it. For a formal look, use a tailored curtain and a valance, and for a more informal appearance, use a light, flowing, semi-sheer drape.

Install a picture ledge.

Picture ledges are a great way to open up storage opportunities when you don’t have a lot of floor space. Install one on an open wall, and attach a rail to its underside. This will let you hang hooks for clothes, bags and jackets. You can also choose to screw in cup hooks to the bottom, allowing you to hang lighter items, like tank tops or necklaces. Use the top of the ledge to hold sunglasses, handbags or shoes.

Invest in a Wall-Mounted Desk

Free up floor space with a floating desk. This one even folds up to make it truly compact.

Loft Your Bed

By lofting your bed, you open up a lot more floor space to get creative with. You can use that space to create a closet, office space or anything really. You can build your own, or you can buy one, but make sure you give yourself enough room to sit up in your bed!

Make Your Desk Double as a Nightstand

When you don’t have room for both, this is the perfect solution. Plus, you’ll save a little money by only buying one piece!

Make your furniture do double duty

If you’re investing in a piece of furniture, make it work harder for you. An ottoman like this is great if you need a rest stop to put on your shoes in the morning, and finding one with extra storage inside will make it a highly valuable piece of furniture.  

Make Your Mirror Double as an Accessory Organizer

This mirror not only acts as a cabinet for all of your accessories, but it also hangs right over your door. You can put it on your closet door or use it on your bedroom entrance.

Mix and Match

If you have one particular wall that would work well for a “closet,” mix and match the ideas to create exactly what you need for storing your personal belongings. Hang floating shelves across the entire wall, then attach a closet rod to the wall beneath them. Or, find two small armoires and put them on either side of a short bookshelf.

Repurpose A Ladder

Granted, this would work best for children’s clothing, but it will create a unique look either way. Use a wooden ladder and hang clothes, scarves, or belts-off the rungs or use it as a way to cover.

Roll towels to save space.

Not only will this organization idea make your closet look neat and tidy, but it also a space-saver, meaning you can fit more linens into a cramped area.

Rotate clothes are out of season.

If you’re short on space, the best way to get the most out of your home is by cycling out clothes that are out of season. Chances are you aren’t going to need your winter coat and wool sweaters in the summer, or your sundresses and flip flops in the winter. So why let them take up precious space? Keep these items safe by placing them in sealed plastic bins, trunks or suitcases in a safe and dry part of your home.

Store your seasonal clothes.

You don’t need 40+ wool sweaters when it’s summer out. If you run out of space under your bed, consider stashing your summer clothes elsewhere (like in MakeSpace). Unless you live in a spot in the world where the earth’s tilt on the axis changes daily, we highly doubt you’re going to need that stylish hoodie during the summer months. This will, overall, reduce the amount of clothing that needs to be accounted for and greatly reduce your stress as well.

Wall-Mounted Shelving

Installing shelves is a task that can seem daunting but should not be feared. Shelving is easy to install and can completely upgrade the look of a room — not to mention add a lot of storage.

With the addition of shelving, this corner under an eave goes from an underutilized space. These geometric pieces can be used as a unique way to hang clothes, as pictured. You could also slide a shelf through the centre to create a shelf.

This high shelf gets less-used items off of the floor or out from under the bed. It frames the clothing racks without making the space look cluttered or cramped.

Try a Wall-Mounted Night Stand

You may not have room for a full-on nightstand, but a small wall-mounted, corner one is much better than cluttering the floor with your water and books.

Use the space under your bed.

The space under your bed may have been a little scary when you were a kid, but there’s no reason to be afraid: we’ve checked, and there are no monsters. The space beneath your bed is a great place to organize and protect your shoes and handbags.

It’s also a good spot to store bulky sweaters since you’ll avoid those unwanted stretched-out shoulder marks caused by hangers.

Use rolling storage drawers, short plastic bins, and other under-the-bed storage containers that fit nicely in this small space. If your bed is too low to the ground to fit storage underneath it, opt for simple bed risers (they’re not just for dorm rooms!) or shipping pallets. You can find many stylish options online, or choose to keep your storage drawers hidden with a longer bed skirt.

Put Baskets Under Your Bed

People use the spaces under their beds to store books, shoes, towels, and linens. Why not your clothing?

Baskets are something you probably already own, and storing clothing within easy reach under your bed is a smart move. Out-of-season clothing, boots, shoes, and accessories are great options when deciding what to store under your bed. 

Complete your room organisation plan by getting your gear off the floor with garage smart storage baskets.

Just because you don’t have a closet—or you only have a tiny one—doesn’t mean your closet can’t be fab. It’s all about keeping the clutter down to a minimum and focusing on artful display. Give it a shot! Have any ideas for maximizing tiny closet space? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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