Closet Organizer Buying Guide
There are three main ways to approach buying closet organizer inserts.
A really quick solution to shelving, for example, can be built with milk crates or concrete blocks and board lengths with their edges sanded. For something more elaborate, you may find that this choice requires the investment of a good amount of time for designing, building, and installation.
But if you want or need a more eclectic approach, here are some of the options that you can put together to form your own closet organizer system. Entire pre-made closet systems often cost hundreds of dollars; individual pieces that you put together yourself will vary widely by the type of products you combine.
Rods and Hanging Helpers
Rods can be purchased in various diameters and installed using brackets. Many storage items are created to hang from rods including the following:
- Hangers, including shirt hangers, suit hangers, clamp hangers, clipped skirt hangers, and padded hangers. Slack racks and skirt racks are an extended form of hanger that holds multiple items. Tie racks are also available with a hanger top.
- Hanging Storage, including sweater bags, dress bags (some with cedar built-in), daily organizers, and shoe shelves.
Wall-Mounted Shelves and Shelving Helpers
Shelves can be created from boards or wire shelving may be installed. Shelving accoutrements include:
- Shelf dividers to help keep items in neat stacks
- Shelf liners, which rest on wire shelves and create a flat surface (so the wire marks don’t get into clothing)
- Expanding shelf stacker, which creates vertical tiers of organization for one section of the shelf
- Undershelf baskets, which attach below the shelf and provide additional storage
- Shoe bags may be used for shoes or for other small items, including tools, art supplies, cookie cutters, and other items that require good organization
- Towel racks can hold towels or other fabric or organize large sheets of paper without folding
- Peg racks can hold bathrobes and pajamas, garden tools, or aprons and oven mitts, depending on the room.
Specialized bags, boxes, totes, and baskets can be used to organize a wide variety of objects.
Wine racks, lazy susans, hat boxes, and other specialty storage can be used for its intended purpose or adapted to any use that works well for you.
Written by Mary Elizabeth
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