Determine the ideal layout for your closet

If you are considering redesigning or installing a new closet organizer system in a bedroom, you should first consider what types of clothes, shoes, and accessories you are trying to organize before choosing the layout that is right for you. Below are descriptions of the types of space that you will want to consider in your new closet layout.

Short Hang and Long Hang Space
Short hang space is the most common type of organization space in most closet designs. This is the space where shorter clothes like shirts, blouses, or pants (folded over on a hanger) are hung from a clothes rod. You want to allow about 40" from the clothes rod to the shelf or floor below for your short hang space, a little more if you have longer short hang items, a little less if your clothes are smaller (for example, as in your child's closet).

Long hang space is where longer clothes, like dresses or overcoats, are hung from a clothes rod. You want to allow about 5-1/2' to 6' from the clothes rod to the floor below for long hang space.

In most closets that I've designed, I've found that about a 3:1 ratio of short hang to long hang space works best. However, I've had some clients who need more or less of each type of space.

Stacking Space
Most people will want to create some stacking space in their bedroom closet. This is the space where you can store and stack folded clothes like sweaters, sweatshirts, or other folded items. Hats or shoeboxes can also be stored in a stacking space. If you are organizing a child's closet, you can store games, toys or other items in stacking space. The amount of stacking space that you'll want to dedicate to your design depends on how much space is available. In most cases, it is wise to plan your short hang and long hang space first and then to use some of the remaining space for stacking space. This is because in a pinch, you can hopefully find other areas to store and organize folded clothes (like a dresser or wardrobe cabinet.)

Shoe Organization Space
You may or may not want to add shoe organization space to your closet. If you are redesigning your master bedroom closet, I suggest that you reserve some space for keeping your shoes organized. I don't suggest keeping your "everyday" shoes in your master bedroom closet - these would be more accessible for daily use if you stored these near an entryway to your home. I would suggest keeping your nicer, less frequently worn shoes in your master closet if you have the room to do so. At any rate, unless you are a shoe junkie, I would suggest that your shoe organization space occupy no more than 1/10 to 1/5 of your closet space.

Organizing Socks and Undergarments
If your space allows, it is a convenience to have socks and undergarments stored in your bedroom closet. This provides a "one stop shop" in the morning where you can access everything that you need to get dressed for the day. Installing baskets or drawers is the best way to organize these items.

Organizing Other Items
Depending on the space available in your bedroom closet, you may want to find a space to organize ties or belts. There are lots of options available on or at your local home improvement center for belt and tie organizers. You may also want to consider a drawer for jewelry organization if you have a wood closet system and have the room to dedicate to this.

By considering the types of spaces that you need in your bedroom closet and how much of each space you need to meet your particular needs, you can better plan your ideal closet design. Good luck!