Urban dwellers and countryside Victorian homeowners may not think they have a lot in common, but they share a similar plight: closet limitations. And they aren’t the only ones. While closet-lacking domiciles are nothing new, the tools for tackling the challenge are more inspired than ever. Gone are the days of clunky drawers and massive wardrobes! Closet DIY has become its own art form, giving new meaning to the expression “fashion meets function.”
Need some inspiration? Here are four tools of the closet-less trade:
1. Clothing racks. As the meat and potatoes of makeshift closets, clothing racks can easily remedy almost any kind of storage issue. And while they come in an endless array of shapes and styles, their purpose remains the same: to hold stuff on hangers. Since it will be part of your room, look for a rack that fits your style and enhances the space. Some of our favorites include:
Metal garment rack: the department store classic, in all its sturdy chrome glory!
Wood branch rack: forgoing metal altogether for a slice of the great outdoors.
PVC pipe rack: a DIY nod to clean lines.
DIY-for-the-pros rack: double-decker industrial awesomeness.
2. Wooden crates. The charmingly rustic boxes used to transport wine and clementines happen to also make adorably functional storage for shoes and accessories. Paint them or leave them au natural, and then stack away!
3. PVC piping. If wooden crates don’t suit your design aesthetic, uber-modern PVC piping might be your DIY storage item of choice. A stack of pipe pieces glued together creates (arguably) the world’s most functional and accessible conversation piece. See step-by-step directions at MacGyverisms.
4. Ladders. Shoes, accessories and jewelry are just a few of the items that can call an old ladder home. Plus, you can set this system up anywhere in the house. Bonus: If your ladder has small rungs, you can use it to hold hangers!