Designing Your Closet: Cabinets, Shelves, And Rods Designing Your Closet: Cabinets, Shelves, And Rods

Like most people, you probably have too many things and need to reorganize your closet cabinets to make it all fit neatly and easily accessible. There are plenty of ways to go about redoing your closet cabinets. Here are some ideas to get started on your own.

What To Know Before You Start


There are few things you need to think about before you start doing anything to your closet: what you need to store, how easily you need to get to anything you store, how you want it to look and how much you want to spend.

What To Do First

The first thing you need to do is measure the closet and write down all its dimensions. Go through all of your things and decide if you want to get rid of anything. You also might decide to move some of things you had previously stored in the cabinet, to another area of the house.

Choosing Your New Closet Materials

There are many different materials to choose from, and it might seem a little overwhelming, so take it one step at a time. Decide whether you’ll be redoing every aspect of the closet. If you’re happy with the original doors and the materials, then you’ve saved yourself a big step. However, if you want to replace the doors or line the inside of the closet with a different material, like wood, you’ll want to look at lots of different samples and weigh the pros and cons of each.

There are many different kinds of closet accessories. Knowing what you’ll be storing is an important part of deciding which accessories you’ll need. You can have jewelry inserts, belt racks and ties racks, shoe organizers and even places to put your hats. Additionally you’ll need to choose what kind of rods you’d like. Some people may even want to add a collapsible ironing board.

Choosing a Design


Picking out the layout of your closet will depend a great deal on how much money you want to spend and how you want it to look. A very simple solution is to go to your local hardware store and pick up one of their closet organizing kits. You can decide where the cubbies and racks will go. There are also a lot of shoe, hat, belt and tie racks that you can buy pre-made and attach on the inside of the closet.

If you want to build shelves yourself with wood, then you need to have a pretty good idea of what you want. Doing your closet can be a beautiful and sturdy alternative to pre-fabricated closet kits. You can create pull out drawers, cabinets, hangers and even decide to have more than one rod. This kind of work takes a lot of time though. You may want to enlist the help of someone who can help you draw up blue prints and templates.

That last option, if you have the money, is to use a closet designer. You’ll work with the closet designer to choose the materials and layout, bBut the closet designer will oversee the purchase of materials, the blue prints and the closet's construction.

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