Most people underutilise the vertical space and the depth of their closets. Make some minor adjustments to your closet to better use the space you have.
Home and DIY site DIYlife shares seven great tips on freeing up and readjusting the available space in your coat closet. One of the more clever tips is to change how you use the vertical space:
Discover hidden storage. Remove the top shelf and raise the existing closet rod to uncover valuable vertical storage. In the space below the rod, install a chest of drawers for storing small items. Hang jackets or sweaters you’re using regularly on the rod above the chest. Longer coats, such as trench coats, can hang to the side of the small chest. Reserve the floor space below for weather boots.
In many closets the top shelf area is a magnet for junk that gets stuffed away once and is never seen by the light of day again. By shifting the coats up and using the space gained at the bottom for more visible and accessible storage, it feels like your closet is instantly bigger.
Also, measure the depth of the closet. The coat closet in my foyer, for example, was a little over 1.5m deep. Whoever had installed the rod originally put it dead centre in the closet which forced you to walk slightly into the closet to hang up your coat and wasted a good foot and a half of space behind the hanging coats. By moving the rod forward I gained enough room to put a utility shelf behind the coats, perfect for storing boxes of winter accessories like gloves and hats as well as a bunch of board games.
Check out the full article below for more tips and tricks on reconfiguring your coat closet for maximum storage.