Did you know that we spend 3,680 hours of our lives just searching for misplaced items? That certainly proves that having sufficient closet space to keep all your possessions well-organized and easily accessible can be invaluable. So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that a recent survey by Braun Research revealed that 97% of realtors say that homeowners covet closet space over attic storage or basement space. In fact, the United States holds the top place in terms of highest revenue in the world for the closets, nightstands, and dressers segment, which stood at $10,380 million in 2022, and is expected to witness a CAGR of 5.82% during 2022-2026.
So, if you’re thinking of taking on a home improvement project this year, consider improving your closet space. Here’s a look at the different types of closets to help you make an informed decision.
A walk-in closet is often referred to as a small room inside a room. It can be an ideal wardrobe solution when you have some space to spare in your master bedroom. A customized walk-in closet is designed to store, display and work seamlessly to coordinate your outfits and help you get dressed hassle-free. Research shows that clutter can increase stress. So, having a well-organized master closet can be an empowering experience and help set a positive tone at the start of each day. Remodeling your closet can also increase the resale value of your home, adding as much as $2,000 to your asking price.
A walk-in closet can be customized to your needs. It can be a few sq feet in area or it can be as large as a room. It can also be equipped with windows and a ventilation system to maintain the temperature within. You can choose from sliding shelves and drawers behind the façade to store your clothes. To store other miscellaneous items, such as socks, ties, and belts, you can add a set of drawers in the center or adjacent to the sliding shelves. A vertical space can also be designed to store shoes and other accessories. The interiors can also be designed based on your needs and desires, from simple to over-the-top.
A reach-in closet is possibly the most widely used type of closet in America. If you do not have enough space to spare for a walk-in closet, a reach-in closet is your best choice. It is known for its compact size without compromising on organization abilities for your clothes and accessories. Also, the benefit of the small size is that you can have it in any corner.
No wonder, close to 2.3 million households in the US buy closet storage systems each year, including those for their kitchen pantries, bedrooms, and laundry rooms.
Reach-in closets provide space using rods above an open shelf for hanging clothes. These closets have a depth of about 24 inches, although you can customize them to your needs. Their size is usually 6 feet wide with a height of around 8 feet. They can have several partitions, based on how you wish to organize your clothes.
Given that the kitchen is possibly the space where the family spends the most time together on a usual day, organizing this space is incredibly important. So, consider building a pantry closet to keep your food items, ingredients, bottles, utensils, and other kitchen accessories organized.
You don’t even need to have a separate pantry space to create such a closet. Even a shallow recess in a wall in the kitchen can be easily lined with shelves to store the essentials in an organized way.
If you’re still wondering whether you need an efficient closet, here’s another fun fact – we wear only about 10% to 30% of the clothes we own regularly. The rest just add to the clutter! But as of 2022, we buy 60% more clothes than we did in 2000! Unless you create a system where you can find all these clothes easily, all that shopping would be just money down the drain. The best part is that you can easily get custom closets built, regardless of your budget or space limitations. Plus, doing so can improve the overall look of your home. So, are you ready to de-clutter your spaces?