Re­ar­range a Prob­lem Closet

Old House Journal - - Restore -

Some­times lo­cated in the eaves or in cave-like cor­ners, of­ten with lim­ited space, bed­room clos­ets in old houses are a chal­lenge to ar­range. Here are a few lay­out ideas to make old clos­ets more func­tional.


If it’s nar­row but deep with room along the sides, run two tiers of rods front to back. High ceil­ing? In­stall a shelf above the main rod. No room for side rods? Con­sider shelv­ing or draw­ers in the cen­ter or to one side, and run rods from that unit to the walls. Use hooks or hang­ing baskets on the in­side of the door.


Use mod­u­lar pieces; a mix of shelves, draw­ers, and ex­pand­able rods can be ar­ranged to fol­low the ceil­ing an­gle. Use the high­est points to hang coats and dresses or for a col­umn of draw­ers. Max­i­mize space near the floor with knee-high shelves for shoes, or skirt or pants rods along the wall.

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