Discover seven secrets to making your closet a fun and more than practical area of your home. From shelving to drawers it’s important to create a room for all your belongings so that your experience in the closet doesn’t have to be like mine —
I push my back into it, digging my right elbow in the mounds of polyester, cotton, and a weird blend in between. My left hand holds up a blouse precariously slipping off its wire hanger. I manage to work it in between the gray and white sections of my wardrobe. I color coordinate, but other than that, it’s all a pathetic mess with hangers not evening making it to the bar. If I can get them to stay by impacting them between the overcrowded, filled to capacity closet, then all is well. As they defy gravity by sheer force of other gravity defying clothes, then all is well. Whoa, please don’t look down. The shoes are all attached in pairs, but the piles of them may be season coordinated but finding the summer pair at the bottom of the pile, lets just say closets have been on mind. Bigger, better and bolder.
Incidentally all the daydreaming about my life including a superior clothing storage solution led me to ask others and myself alike, “Why does a room always have to have a closet? Why can’t the closet have a room?” So here’s to a walk-in, livable, spacious room whose main character features represent a closet, but that’s were the similarities end. For today we are going to sketch out the top design essentials for a closet spa.
1. Floor to Ceiling Closet Space
Imagine having enough closet space to have nearly two inches between each hanging item. Or having enough drawer space that your stacked and neatly Gap approved folded clothing is manageable. So that when you pull out the bottom shirt you don’t impend the entire 36-inch leaning tower of shirts. Drawers and shelves of different dimensions, rods at different heights so that you can hang your beautiful wardrobe to display it to perfection.
2. Closet Mirrors
So a 360 degree mirror like that of Stacy London’s and Clinton Kelly’s on What Not To Wear might not be the best option. Unless you make it on this reality show, there should be a little more mystery to you that can’t be seen from every vantage point. For your floor length gowns, or a quick hem to your trousers, keeping an elegant step stool will help you out for every style you embrace as you preen in front of your 180-degree mirror.
3. Jewelry And Accessory Station
A collection of watches, ties, cuff links, tennis bracelets, earrings, all of this in smooth rolling, velvet lined drawers. Sit in the smooth upholster chair in front of your vanity and see your clutches and handbags above as accessorizing your outfits just got less stressful and more enjoyable.
4. Shoe Shelf
One of the most beautiful views in life is that of seeing your pairs of shoes lined up proudly. Heels clicked together and arranged by height, style, material, color, seasonal durability and whatever other key word to form a Dewey decimal system for your footwear. Now your boots can stand erect in all their glory in a shelf made just for them.
5. Seating Arrangement
Every true romantic comedy film depicts a scene between the female wedding crazy lead star and her supporting actresses, her bridesmaids. One of these girls is the cynical feminist who believes that her friend is making a huge mistake in tying the knot at such a young age. But then the bride walks out and all the girls lounging in Victorian theme chairs start tearing up. So maybe a wedding isn’t the in the near future for you, but wouldn’t you love it if you could experience that within the comfort of your own home and closet? To bring your close friends to tears of happiness at their first glance of you in your new outfit, I’d say that’s a definite yes!
6. Mannequin Dress Rehearsal
Outfita always look great on a mannequin. Partially because of the hundred or so safety pins that conform the outfit to the headless disproportional figure, but more because a lot of thought was put into the layout and assembly of the desired end result.
Whereas when we shop we don’t get to see a virtual collection of all the clothes before pinning them to our bodies. The stress of a shopping mall’s dressing room must be banned from your closet corridors. For what happens after a few sessions of squeezing yourself into a pair of skinny jeans? You settle for what fits, you mix colors that clash and you wear the outfit but once.
Making a mannequin an integral part of your new closet will enable you to see what clothes would work for your job interview without having to exhaust yourself over trying a million combinations.
7. Pull Out Ironing Board
Despite having this luxury closet there are days when we still discard our clothes on a heap forgetting about it until we are frantically searching for that mustard yellow button up. An ironing board discreetly hidden in a wall mount that you can pull and touch up a few wrinkles will help in completing all the seven essentials to a live in luxury closet. No more discarding clothes for lack of space and having to dress like the emperor and his new clothes! Have fun picking out duds for your new closet celebration!