How much space must the closet offer?
Which clothes need how much space?
Before you start planning the actual shelving system, think about how much space you need for which items:
How many drawers, clothes rails and shelves does the closet need? Should the clothes be hung up or folded?
Separate short and long garments and measure how many meters of space you need for each garment.
Then add 20% more. With an average ceiling height of 2.2 meters, one or two short rows can be hung one above the other,
or a long row with shelves or drawers underneath.
Helpful rules of thumb
As a rule of thumb, a 80 cm clothes rail has an average capacity of 25 men's shirts - 3 cm per shirt - or 20 pants, skirts or suits - 4 cm per item.
Alternatively, 10 winter jackets - 8 cm per jacket - can be hung up.
An 80 cm shelf can hold around 3 stacks of shirts - 10 each - H = 15 cm, W = 25 cm - or 4 pairs of shoes - W = 20 cm, H = 13 cm.
Remember: Shoe poles only work with high heels.
Instead, choose flat shelves and boxes that are great for stacking and finding the right shoes.
A pull-out shoe shelf, for example, can store several pairs of shoes in a very confined space - similar to kitchens - and keep them separate.
Examination and organization of the clothing collection
Before you go shopping for new hangers and containers, first take a look at your closet
and examine what you already have, what you want to keep and what you want to sort out.
Keep everything organized by category and color, much like you would find clothes in a boutique, so that you can compare everything - then muck out and re-sort.
For the new organization it makes sense to sort clothes by type, size, color or season. This makes it much easier to find the right things again.
The allocation of space for the various items must also be taken into account:
The best place for your favorite clothes is at a height between 50 and 170 cm above the ground,
while the areas below 50 cm and above 170 cm above the ground should be reserved for next season's bedding, towels and clothes.
Use free space effectively
Maximize space and use every inch of it, even if you are planning a small walk-in closet.
Shelves over clothes rails or doors can be used to store less frequently used items such as hat boxes.
A set of closed cabinets protects more expensive clothes from dust.
For example, install a set at the end of a long walk-in closet and use mirrored doors to maximize the sense of space.
A modern design for walk-in storage rooms, measured and designed to fit, can create free spaces to fill with a shoe shelf or additional drawers, for example. Drawers are ideal for objects that should not be dusty.
Drawer inserts provide additional order in your drawers:
Smaller items such as socks, belts and ties will find a suitable place here.
Bed linen and seasonal clothing can be stored in storage boxes with lids, where they remain dust-free until the next use.