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Steal This Look: A Well-Organized Closet on a Budget

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 08, 2015 01:03 AM
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by Alexa Hotz last modified Apr 07, 2015

Last month I moved into an apartment that is just shy of 400 square feet. Its two closets each are a generous seven (or so) square feet, but they fit no more than 20 garments on the existing hanging bars. And so I've become storage obsessed, spending late hours combing through Pinterest images and reading up on strategic stacking methods. And what I've learned via trial and error is that for the best use of space, nothing beats a chest of drawers in the closet (open storage requires too much tending to keep tidy). This rather minimal closet, which I spotted on Stadshem, a Swedish real estate site, presents a series of smart, affordable solutions, including the use of staggered dressers to allow space to hang longer garments. Here, we've deconstructed the design. Above: This well-organized black-and-white closet makes good use of air space above and below the hanging rack. Photograph via  Stadshem in Sweden. The Basics Above: Benjamin Moore's Decorator's White is a shade that is much brighter than it looks on the swatch; $36.99 for a gallon of Ben Interior Paint. For more options, see our post 10 Easy Pieces: Architects' White Paint Picks . Above: The simple, inexpensive  Ekby Amund Shelf  is made of white-painted particleboard and measures 59 inches by 11 inches; $19.99 at Ikea. Above: The solid wood  Ekby Valter Bracket  comes in two finishes: birch (shown here, which can be customized with paint) and black; $4 each from Ikea. Above:  My Fix It Up Life  fashioned a similar closet rod using a  Black Steel Gas Pipe  ($17.60 for a 72-inch-long,  three-quarter -inch pipe at Home Depot), two  Iron-Threaded Floor Flanges  ($5.41 each for the three-quarter-inch size at Home Depot), and  Black Sharp Point Drywall Screws  ($21.97 for a five-pound pack at Home Depot). Furniture and Lighting Above: Re-create the cluster light fixture using a black string of lights, such as the Loop of 10 Bulbs for 449 SEK ($52.85) from Granit, and the DIY tutorial from Swedish blog Avenymamma . Above: Ikea's new  Nordli Six-Drawer Chest  is 31 1/2 inches wide and 56 1/4 inches tall; $219. Above: The  Nordli Three-Drawer Chest  is 31 1/2 inches wide and 29 1/2 tall; $129 from Ikea. Above: CB2's  Carpenter Chrome Lamp  is $79.95. Alternatively, Ikea's  Forså Work Lamp —another a chrome task lamp with an adjustable arm and a flat base—is $19.99. Storage Accessories Above: Ikea's Bumerang Curved Clothes Hangers are available in white (shown here), black, gray/brown, and natural; $4.99 for a pack of eight. For display-worthy hangers, see our 11 Favorites roundup. Above: Display inspirational photos in wood frames, such as these  Black Gallery Frames from West Elm; $12 to $99 depending on size. Reorganizing your closets? See our posts: 10 Easy Pieces: Modular Closet Systems, High to Low   Expert Advice: Architects' 10 Favorite Closet Picks Closet Clean Out: The Only 10 Pieces of Clothing You Need Editors' Picks: The Essential Minimal Wardrobe This post is an update. It originally ran on September 2, 2014, as part of The Organized Life issue. More Stories from Remodelista 13 Clever Storage Ideas for the Closet 11 Favorites: Display-Worthy Clothes Hangers Steal This Look: A Discreetly Luxe Bedroom Suite in London




 

 


 

 

 
 
 

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