Architects do the darndest things—like designing 3-foot-wide closets. Most of us have had one at some point. Unless you happen to own a large collection of doll clothes, however, you’ve likely found it challenging to put that space to good use.
But there’s an answer to your small closet dilemma: customization. It’s surprising how much you can actually do with that small space once it’s customized to meet your storage needs. The following 3-foot closet organization ideas will help you make the most of that cramped space.
3-Foot Closet Organization Ideas for Your Home
More likely than not, your small reach-in closet is going to be in one of three places: the entryway, near a bathroom, or in a child’s bedroom. In each case, choosing the right features to optimize that closet is going to the key to finding the best use of that limited space.
The Coat Closet
If you have a simple rod in your coat closet, you can hang a few coats, and perhaps store a few pairs of shoes on the floor underneath them. But think of how much more room you would have if you decided to hang your coats on a wardrobe lift—a sturdy steel rod that retracts upward when not in use. Would you be able to fit more coats in the closet? Perhaps not (this is engineering, not magic!), but imagine what this would do for the lower part of your closet.
Suddenly, you’d have several more square feet of free space for those shoes. Instead of piling them up in a heap on the floor, you could install some sleek adjustable shoe shelves—maybe even two or three levels of them. In other words, you’d have more space for more shoes, and be better able to keep them organized. Meanwhile, a scarf rack to one side and an over-the-door organizer for hats, gloves, and umbrellas could keep all the rest of your most necessary accessories well-sorted and within easy reach.
The Linen Closet
When it comes to organizing a 3-foot closet, nothing beats adjustable shelving. In the case of a linen closet, adjustable shelving allows you to organize towels and sheets conveniently but compactly. Extra blankets can go up on the top shelf, while items that see daily use can be stored conveniently on the middle shelves.
For small item storage, it’s easy to add a few simple drawers beneath those shelves. Pull-out chrome baskets allow you to see inside and find what you need without having to rummage blindly or memorize where you saw an item last. And of course, no linen closet would be complete without a built-in hamper on the bottom that swings open to let your family easy store laundry items. Choosing one with a liner doubles the convenience, allowing you to collect items in need of a wash quickly and easily come laundry day.
The Children’s Closet
Storage needs for children change as they grow, so the adjustability of high-quality closet customization can come as a real gift to parents in need of a little extra help keeping the house in order.
At the same time, the basic principles of organization will remain the same no matter how big your children get. Hanging nicer clothing items on higher racks keeps them tidily stored—and out of harm’s way. A wardrobe lift can come especially in handy for keeping special occasion items out of reach and pristine until they’re needed. Shelves can accommodate more frequently worn outfits in neatly folded stacks. Lower yet, floor-level drawers can make a good home for toys during the younger years, or keep notebooks, school supplies, or other items manageably organized as children grow up and their lives and interests shift gears.
Quality Makes All the Difference
The one thing that unites all of these options is the need for quality—high-quality design and high-quality materials. With so little space to work with, it is no overstatement to say that you have to make every inch count. At Closet America, we begin the closet customization process by sending one of our design experts to your home for a free design consultation. Our expert will talk to you about your storage needs, show you samples of the high-grade hardware we use, and create an interactive 3D model of your closet so you can see what it will be like when your 3-foot closet space is optimally organized.
We are a locally-owned company and we custom-create all of our pieces to your exact specifications in our production facility in Landover, MD. We have high-quality engineering processes and the highest of standards of workmanship. Once your new closet space is installed, we’ll be sure to check in with you to make sure everything turned out just right. All of our closet customization features come with an industry-leading transferable warranty for double the life of your home.