Closet Designs on a Budget
Space saving and affordable solutions
By Theresa Leschmann
There are plenty of ingenious ways for you to make better use of your limited storage space. The best part is that you don't have to shell out loads of cash for those elaborate closet organizers available from specialty stores and neither do you have to settle for poorly made products. There are still several great ways for you to organize more efficiently.
Modular units come in white or wood laminates. They offer a range of mix-and-match options and are readily available at home centers and department stores. Most include a basic unit that consists of a shelving unit and expandable rods. Basic units are usually under a $100. Additional components such as shoe racks, additional shelving in different sizes and cabinets with doors can be added to suit your needs.
Wire rack systems are another affordable option. Sold in complete units or as components, most systems fit in closets 6 to 8 feet wide. Steel systems provide shelving with a steel rod running across the front and just below the shelves, eliminating the need for clothing rods. Tracks are mounted on the rear wall of the closet and the shelves hang as needed, providing storage space. Wire rack options are available in many home centers and department stores.
If you have an unconventional closet or idea, you may need a set up that you won't find ready made. If you're handy and own tools, you build your own components, but a better alternative is to contact a contractor who can take build components for you. Either way you can save money by purchasing the materials you will need, specifically some half-inch thick boards, approximately 18 inches deep and cut to the desired length. You will also need wall brackets for mounting and rods, if you want them. Most materials can be purchased for $100 to $150. This option allows you the most flexibility because it is limited only by your imagination. If you opt to use a contractor make sure you have your idea mapped out before you begin any work to ensure you get what you want.
If what you need is additional rods for hanging clothes, there are rod-doublers available. They attach to existing rods and hang below them, essentially doubling the hanging space. These can be picked up in stores, online or through mail order catalogs for anywhere from $8 to $10. Over-the-door shoe racks or bags can be another affordable alternative at $20 or more in 2009. Storage bins available everywhere for $6 each can store out of season or other seldom-used items.
About the Author
Theresa Leschmann is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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