Many Options for Closet Shelves and Organizer Kits

 

For most of us, closet space is a luxury. That’s true whether you live in an old farmhouse or a small studio; making the most of every cubic inch

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of this real estate is essential.  Good closet organizer and shelf plans can help.

Traditionally, closets have had a similar design: a simple wooden shelf and a pole for hanging clothes below that.  While this is useful, it may not be the best way to maximize your space most effectively.  Luckily, today, there are a host of creative organizers that help you utilize what you’ve got, from motorized garment racks to built-in shoe cubbies, you can customize your closet to suit your needs and lifestyle.

What are some of the options available to you?  The sky really is the limit, but you can find organizer kits and supplies, such as shelf dividers, cubbies, bins, baskets, specialized hangers for small items, like belts or ties, boxes, hooks, and much more.  Many of these organizational tools can be found right in your own house; we all have spare shoe boxes, for instance.  Put them to good use to store cosmetics, hair clips and ties, or other small items.

Next time you get a plastic takeout container, wash it thoroughly and use it for small items or toiletries. You can use a hanging shoe bag with compartments for shoes, but also for toiletries or craft supplies. What is great about closet organizers is that budget will not limit your choices – only your imagination, creativity, and ingenuity will.

Organizing your closet can help you find what you need faster and more efficiently, and who can doubt the psychological effects of a clutter-free home!  Create your own closet organizer and shelf plans: you will find that you have more space to work with than you may have thought.

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Space Saving Shelf Plans

 

Do you want to add built-in bookshelves to your home? Placement and designs can be overwhelming; here are some ideas to

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Built-In Wall Cubbies from Shelf Plans

help you sort it out.

Shelf Plans:

Designing Your Bookshelves

Placement is crucial not only for convenience but for aesthetic purposes.  Which walls would benefit from built-in shelving?  Studies, living rooms, passageways or hallways, nooks between pillars or in small corners, and even outside in a patio space are all excellent choices.  Begin by marking the walls and sketching your shelf plans.

Design Basics

Ask yourself what you want to put on the shelves.  How many books do you need to store, and do you need room for adding more books in the future?  Do you want a separate compartment for audio books?  For magazines?  Small sculptures or knick-knacks?  Including cubbies of various sizes is a great way to achieve a very contemporary, though very practical, design.  Think about what you want to use the shelves for and then design them to suit your needs.  When you have a sketch of your shelf plans, you can save time and money by showing them to your contractor and detailing exactly what you want.

Finishing Touches

The right finish will enhance the style and the practicality of your shelves.  If this trim complements the rest of your room, you can create a much more cohesive, classic look.  If you have built a tall, narrow

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Illustration of Custom Wall Shelf Designs

shelf, another finishing touch could be the addition of glass doors or the installation of recessed lighting to showcase important pieces in your book or art collection.  The finishing touches help complete the project and integrate the new shelves into your home’s decor.

With a built-in bookshelf, you not only save space, you maximize it.  Cost varies depending on the size and design, the wood, and other factors, but knowing what you want, and having the plans that map it out, will help make your vision a reality.

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