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Open Closet Storage Ideas

Make It Aesthetically Appealing

Before you create the open closet of your dreams, take the time to research ideas and inspo. This will better help you decide what you want—and more importantly, what you don’t want. Once you know the design and style you plan to emulate, you can start investing in organizational and decorational pieces.

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Utilize Hanging Storage

It’s nearly impossible to create an open closet without hanging storage. This is because a hanging rod is the foundation of an open closet. Shoes are typically stacked below the rod and shelves are typically stacked above the rod. This creates a sense of symmetry and efficiency.

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Incorporate Garment Racks

If you’re looking to build your own open closet concept, incorporate a garment rack (or two). They’re affordable, easy to assemble, and extremely “in” right now. The only tip we have for you is to keep heavier items on either side of the garment rack because they have a tendency to sag in the middle.

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Take Advantage of Built-In Shelves

The ideal situation is to buy or rent a space that already has the potential for an open closet. If this is what you’re wanting, you’re in luck. Many homes and apartments are being built with or remodeled to include open closets because they’re becoming an increasingly popular wardrobe storage option!

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Use a Shoe Rack

One of the best ways to display shoes is with a shoe rack. Not only will using a shoe rack increase your storage space, but it will also allow you to make the most of your shoe collection. When shoes are cluttered in the bottom of your closet, they can easily be forgotten. A shoe rack will allow you to see all of your options.

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Purchase Lots of Trendy Baskets

While many wardrobe essentials can be hung or folded, there are also items that don’t fit into that category. Undergarments, for example, will need to be stored elsewhere. This is why it’s so important to purchase a plethora of baskets. They hide garments and accessories that you don’t want out in the open.

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Color-Code Clothing

Because the concept of an open closet is to have all clothing, shoes, and accessories on display, it must be organized accordingly. A great way to do this is to color-code your clothing. This wardrobe technique looks aesthetically pleasing and is quite functional. It makes it easy to retrieve what you want.

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Splurge on Nice Hangers

Although it may seem unnecessary, splurging on quality hangers is essential. Nice hangers will improve the look of your wardrobe and the quality of your clothing items. For example, non-slip hangers are ideal for delicate items like dresses, camisoles, and sweaters. Trust us, it’s time to toss both plastic and wire hangers.

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Learn How to Fold Clothes Properly

Transitioning to an open closet is a commitment because all items are out for all to see. This means that everything must be folded neatly. Storage boxes and shelves are an effective way to store clothes that aren’t hung. Follow organizing queen Marie Kondo’s tips for folding all types of garments. Your open closet will look like a department store in a matter of minutes!

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Utilize Floor Space

Oftentimes, floor space in an open closet is overlooked. They’re so much potential, if used correctly. Shoes, boxes, and baskets can all be stored on the floor. Additional storage shelves and dressers can also be added to that space.

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Add Floating Shelves

Don’t worry, even the most hesitant of DIYers are capable of hanging floating shelves. These typically only require a few nails and a hammer, and the results are so worth it. These extra shelves hold so much potential (literally). The options are endless.

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Purchase Piping for Your Project

An innovative way to create your own open closet is to purchase piping from your local hardware store and install it yourself. This may be a little more work than just ordering a clothing rack and having it shipped to your house, but it’s worth it. This is a more permanent option that is both trendy and effective.

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Use a Two-Tiered Clothing Rack

If you have the space, think about using a two-tiered clothing rack instead of the traditional one-tiered rack. This adds so much more room for hanging clothing items and is a great way to separate your wardrobe by season. Store the clothes you’re not currently wearing on the top rack and the clothes you are currently wearing on the bottom rack.

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Hang Hats on the Wall

One of the newest decorating ideas involves hats. Yes, you can accessorize your room by using your actual accessories! This is the perfect way to add style to your open closet storage space. And hats, which are typically tricky to store, will avoid being bent or folded. It’s a win-win!

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Accessorize Space Accordingly

The most important part about an open storage space is that it’s a reflection of you. Your style will ultimately be on display because all of your clothes and accessories will become a continuation of your room’s decor. But don’t be afraid to add other style elements to your space! Paintings, plants, and trinkets will look great among your garments.

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