Incorporating ample closets and storage space into your new house design can be a struggle. How much square footage should you devote to closet space or general storage? There is no easy answer to that questions but it is always best to err on the side of caution and add slightly more storage space then you think might be necessary. I have never heard of anyone complaining about having too much closet space but I have heard plenty of clients complain about having too little closet space.
There isn’t much glory in closet space or storage solutions but the lack of proper closet space will definitely hamper the appearance and functionality of your home. Having functional and ample closets allows you strike a good balance between the living and non-living spaces in your home in a way that compliments each other.
These days, closet design has become a significant industry. There are numerous companies that have developed specialized storage systems for your closets. There are closet design consultants that will come to your home to provide help and advise on getting more out of your closet. Having a properly arranged closet keeps the clutter out of your living spaces and allows you to better organize your life.
Closets come in all different shapes and sizes. In deciding upon closet design, first figure out whether you would like a walk in closet of a reach in closet. Strictly speaking about storage, walk in closets are always better but often allowable space and cost constraints won’t allow for a walk in closet.
In the event that you decide that a walk-in is not essential or too expensive, a reach in closet will be the next best choice. Reach in closets, once properly designed, can be very functional but always remember, the smaller the closet the more important a specialized design becomes. The closet opening is important as is the depth. Having extra depth in a reach in closet is generally a waste of space. It is better that reach in closets be wide and shallow rather than narrow and deep.
Regardless of the size of your closet you will want to make certain that there is enough light in the closet. This may require adding a light fixture inside of the closet. An extra deep closet or a walk in closet will most definitely need it’s own light source. Make sure the light source is not blocked by your body as you look into or reach into the closet.
The final thing to consider when designing your closets for your new home is the closet infrastructure, What types of shelving, hooks, hanging rods or storage compartments will you need? There are many pre-fab storage systems that are available on the market these days. Do your research and think about what the contents of the closet might be. With a little luck you should be able to find a reasonably priced system that fits your closet perfectly.
Properly designed closets make life better. I think that good closet design and sufficient storage solutions are the unsung heros in any home. Put some time and effort into designing your new closets storage solutions and you will be handsomely rewarded.
Susan Adams regularly contributes to blogs pertaining to gardening, outdoor activities and house design. To read more of her articles please visit http://storage–solutions.blogspot.com
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