We don’t want to treat all reach-in closets like they are exactly alike—but there are definitely features we like to include to vastly improve the storage potential of the standard bedroom reach-in. Most reach-ins have only one hang bar and one shelf that spans across the closet. This is both aggravating and boring. *Sigh* But here are a few storage ideas that we think will immediately upgrade your frustrated reach-in closet.
Let’s start with hanging clothes. We want at least one side to have double hang rods. This will house shirts, pants, and skirts–the majority of our clothes–and will take less than one-third of the width of a single hang rod. Also, if you have dresses or long coats or suits, we suggest space dedicated to a rod for medium-length clothes. Typically, the space required for medium hang is just a fraction of the space of the double hang. Depending on the amount of clothes for this space, you may even be able to get the medium hang on the interior walls of the closet as shown below.
There could even be opportunity to wrap the inside wall of your reach-in with shelving like this–turning dead space into invaluable storage:
We always try to illustrate an option that includes a hutch or drawer space. Drawers are almost always needed for undergarments, scarves, or other small accessories. If you have jewelry, watches or mobile devices, we like the idea of lining the top drawer with a custom fit jewelry liner. This gets the clutter off of our dresser tops and stored away.
We don’t think drawers are needed for bulky clothes like sweaters or jeans, etc. Open cubbies at the top of the reach-in closet could be a better alternative to store bulk clothing, hats, purses and travel bags. Open cubbies can either go to the ceiling or just below the ceiling at about 11inches.
One of the more important improvements for a reach-in closet includes getting the shoes off the floor. Open shelving above the drawers, above the hanging clothes, or along the full length of the wall should remove the shoe clutter from your floor.
For reach-ins, we find these space saving accessories to be a need more than a want: The telescoping belt rack and tie rack. Most reach-ins don’t have wall space for hooks. Having these built in is just so convenient.
I’ve got to give honorable mention to this space-saving feature: a glide-out mirror. It not only saves floor space, but can make your dressing routine go much quicker!
So there you have it! A mini-diagram of a reach-in closet that stores more and also functions better overall! Storage can be functional and beautiful! We hope this helps you imagine the possibilities. For more ideas, visit us at http://www.columbusclosets.com/index.php/custom-closets/