Whether you have a small closet or a large walk in, there is a closet system that will work for you. Take inventory of your clothes and accessories and decide what your needs are. Do you need a lot of hanging storage? Shelves? A place for miscellaneous accessories? Regardless of your needs and budget, I will try to help you find your best closet system.
I will start with smaller and more inexpensive options and work up from there. I personally haven’t used all these options but as when I purchase items, I looked for the best reviewed products that solved the closet storage issue.
Our previous house had small closets and we tried a few different ways to optimize storage.
Fabric Hanging Shelves
Due to budget, we first started with the fabric hanging shelves. These are a great way to add some shelves to your closet without spending a lot of money. While they are inexpensive and easy to assemble, they will not be as sturdy as actual shelves and do offer limited storage.
- Hangs on standard closet rod, wired closet rack
- 5 Fabric Bronze Shelves, dimension of each bin is 12” W x 10”D x 9”H
- 6 Side Mesh Pockets, each side of this organizer has 3 mesh pockets
- 2 Hooks hanging system
It is an Amazon’s Choice and it rates 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon and it is currently under $15.
You can purchase at Amazon
If you have a little extra space in your closet, cube storage organizers may be an option for you. Some of these organizers are stackable. To make your own closet system, you may consider stacking a couple of these in the middle of your closet and use tension rods on either side for hanging clothes. The fun thing about cube storage is that the fabric bins come in all kinds of materials and colors. Find ones that fit your personality! Remember these are still an inexpensive option so they probably won’t last forever.
These are obviously more study than the fabric hanging shelves and allow a little more storage.
- 3 Shelves (2 adjustable)
- Easy to assemble
It rates 3.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon and is currently under $30.
You can purchase it here on Amazon
If your budget allows for a little more, you may consider a closet system. The price range for closet systems greatly varies depending on the size of your closet and what material and options you want.
If you decide on a closet system, start with measuring your space to make sure you purchase the appropriate size. Keep in mind, these obviously require more set up than the first options I discussed. I am lucky enough to have married a handyman, however, I realize that isn’t everyone’s situation. If you don’t think you have the skills to assemble, find a very handy friend and offer them dinner in exchange for helping you.
The two main materials for these systems are a wire system or a wood system.
Wire Closet System
Wire closet systems are a great option to add sturdy shelves and hanging space to your closet. They usually come in a kit and there are lots of add-ons that you can then purchase to further customize your closet system. Wire closet systems will require assembly and may require cutting the shelves in order to fit your space.
- Everything you need to install a shelving system in a closet 5ft. to 8 ft. wide
- Up to 180 in. of hanging space, up to 264 in. of shelf space (includes 36 in. show shelf)
- A fixed system limits customization but a greater choice for an inexpensive closet system
It rates 3.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.
You can purchase on Amazon
If you are looking for something with more options, consider one with a track system. This will allow you to adjust your shelves and hanging rods to suit your exact needs.
- All-in-one kit has approximately 132 inches of hanging space and 216 inches of shelf space (includes 36 inch shoe shelf)
- Configuration for 5 ft. to 8 ft. wide closets, shelving is 12 inches deep; Features 36 inch shoe shelf
It rates 4.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon and it’s currently around $100.
Visit Amazon for more information and to purchase
Wood Closet System
If you don’t like the look of the wire shelves, there are plenty of wood closet systems. As with wire shelving, there is assembly and some cutting may be required.
This is a good starter wood system. We used similar ones to these in our last house and it was a great option with a clean look.
- Kit includes the Tower, 3 rods and 2 adjustable shelves
- Creates up to 75 in. Of shelf space and 144 in. Of Hanging space
- Fits closets 6 feet to 9 feet wide; Hang rods expand from minimum 30 inches to 48 inches maximum
It rates 3.8 out of 5 stars and can be purchased on Amazon for under $150.
If you are looking for something a little fancier, this may be an option for you.
- Simplicity 12D-in. closet organizer fits 6- to 10-ft. closet
- 6 shelves and 3 wardrobe bars
- 100% solid wood
- Ventilated for air flow
It rates 4.3 out of 5 stars on Amazon and you can read more about it or purchase at Amazon.
Oops, no closet
I know there may be some readers going “oh man, I wish I HAD a closet”. Luckily, there are solutions for you too!
I found a couple different options, again depending on space, needs, and budget.
Here is an affordable option that will give you the benefits of a closet.
- Quick and easy to assemble
- 1 Movable clothes hanging rod and 12 storage shelves
- Durable steel frame – A heavy-duty steel rod and a bungee cord system with plastic connectors so it can take on significant weight without bending
It rates 4.3 out of 5 stars and you can see those reviews or purchase it on Amazon. It currently costs under $50.
If you want a more sophisticated looking option, this may be more your style. Again, it’s easy to install and customize to your needs. It also includes a curtain for an even cleaner look.
- Easy to install
- 5 hanging rods and 2 shelves
- Curtains to “close” closet
It rates 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. For additional information or to purchase, visit Amazon.
So many choices
So regardless of your budget and what your current closet situation is, there are options for you! While these options all have great reviews, do your own research before you buy.
With a new closet design, you will want to keep it clean and organized! If you struggle with folding clothes or folding them narrow enough to fit into the hanging shelves or cubes, try making my clothes folder. It’s a simple tool and easy to use for perfectly folded clothes. I also have information on how to organize your drawers and closets if that interests you.
I would love to hear if you chose any of these or if you have any other closet system solutions. If you have any questions, please comment below and I would be happy to try and answer them.