In addition to the stabilized rent on her West Village brownstone, the most desirable feature of Carrie Bradshaw’s apartment was a massive walk-in closet. And in New York City, walk-in closets are as simple as a rent-stabilized maisonette. If you’re looking to incorporate a Carrie Bradshaw-sized shoe collection into your closest environment, you should consider some of these nifty space-saving solutions.
Add a second rail to your small closet
If you have enough space, you can add a second rail to your closet. Vary the heights of the two rails and hang small items of clothing on the shorter piece. This West Elm monorail cabinet system is the perfect example of organization.
Over the door
If you’re looking for a place to store handbags and large coats, consider adding extra storage to the back of your door. Over-the-door hooks are great for large winter coats, and you can clip small hooks all the way down for bags and accessories.
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When dealing with a small closet, push clothes into every corner. The spaces above and below the clothes rail are chronically inadequately used. So add some pre-made shelves. Check out these shelves from Pottery Barn for a shabby, chic look.
Pro tip: keep the parts you wear the most at eye level and pull out a stool to reach those hard-to-reach places where you occasionally store parts.
And once you’ve installed your new shelves, don’t let clothes and towels overflow. Use some shelf dividers to get separate stacks: not only will your closet look more organized, but you can also stack taller stacks of clothes and towels. We also love the look of baskets en leu of partitions.
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Whenever you’re trying to get the most out of your closet, consider ways to hang, install, or nail down a storage solution. Hooks are great for larger items like bags and travel bags and also give you the option to hang up smaller items like keys and sunglasses. They can be hung in your closet and are also great for the back of your door.
We love these copper hooks from CB2.
If you’re looking for a place to hang your smaller knickknacks and accessories, consider adding a cork board to your door or one of your wall units.
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