Small laundry rooms can make it tough for doing laundry. Cramped, narrow spaces mean you have very few places to set your essential laundry items, let alone the laundry itself. You might be forced to squeeze into a small laundry room that simply won’t accommodate your needs. However, with a bit of creativity, you can maximize the space of a small laundry room and turn this oft-used room into a pleasant space.
Here are some small laundry room ideas that can help you get organized and make you look forward to doing laundry.
A stackable washer and dryer system can make the most of your vertical space. This can leave room for wall-mounted laundry room cabinets for more storage, or other useful space-saving items like flip-down drying racks or storage towers. In small laundry rooms, space is at a premium, so a stackable system can free up valuable floor area as well, making room for laundry baskets, more laundry room cabinets, or even valuable surface area.
Simple tools for a small laundry room
Ideas abound for your small laundry room when it comes to found storage options. If you don’t have the space for laundry room cabinets, consider stackable storage boxes with lids that can also serve as valuable surface area. Narrow rolling carts can slip into the tiniest of spaces. Wire wall racks can serve to hold detergents and other items. Items that work in kitchens can also serve up ideas for your small laundry room, such as cabinet door hangers, dish bins and wall hangers.
Pretty up your small laundry room
Just because you have a small laundry room doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to feel that way, especially when you spend a lot of time there. Consider a new paint job or perhaps a bit of decals or wallpaper. Bright colors can open up a small space, and uniform colors can give your small laundry room a much larger feel. A bright ceiling light can make the laundry room feel less cramped. At the very least, a decorative touch can make a small laundry room more pleasant to use.
Despite being a heavily used area in the home, the laundry room is often overlooked when it comes to home improvement projects. It is sometimes easier to simply close the door than to consider making use of this busy part of the home. Fortunately, with today’s storage solutions and innovative laundry cabinets, the laundry room can quickly become one of the best rooms in your home. Here are some ways to make the most of your laundry room organization.
Optimize your existing laundry room space
No matter the size of your laundry room, you have the opportunity to do big things if your space is properly maximized. Use closed front-end cabinets to keep a small space functioning without the clutter. Laundry room cabinets can be customized to fit the space you have and maximize your laundry room storage. Also, make sure to utilize bright and cheery lighting to make the room feel bigger.
A place for everything and everything in its place
Designate a space for all the items you need to keep handy when using you laundry room. This will simplify the laundry process, and allow you to quickly and easily maneuver around your space. If you are short on places to put items then try to be creative with the empty spaces in the room. For instance, vertical spaces are good for additional laundry room cabinets that can be used to hold essential items.
Decorate your laundry room
Take advantage of your design know-how and decorate your laundry room with colors, curtains and wall decals. Use uniform colors in smaller laundry rooms to give the room a more pulled-together and bigger feel. Also, serene color choices and wall decals will help give the space its own personality. For larger laundry rooms, recessed lighting can be used to highlight the essential items.
Add additional laundry room storage
Laundry rooms can become great multi-purpose rooms through the use of additional storage solutions. Also, extra laundry room storage space can allow homeowners to hide unsightly work items. There are cabinet and storage solutions for just about any need, so don’t be afraid to indulge your creative side with a variety of additional laundry room cabinets or other storage options.
Closet Works offers custom organization systems for laundry rooms of all shapes and sizes. To get started with Closet Works today visit our website at www.closetworks.com or call us at 800-425-6738 for your in home consultation. Start making the most of your laundry room today.
A well-stocked and well-organized pantry is the key to Thanksgiving dinner success. Unfortunately, the pantry is often one of the messiest spaces in the home. This is because most pantries are not designed with organizational systems and features to control the clutter that naturally develops over time. This Thanksgiving prepare yourself with a custom pantry storage system that will help keep you and your family organized now and for years to come.
With a custom designed pantry storage system there is:
- No more time spent cleaning or sorting through old and empty food containers and chip packets
- No more cluttered and wasted storage space
- No more hide and seek with misplaced boxes and jars
- No more money spent on unnecessary grocery visits to buy items you already own but can’t easily see
- No more worry when entertaining guests in the kitchen
Interested in pantry organization? Then check out this video to see a Closet Works pantry organization project go from start to finish.
To start the process of customizing your own pantry organizational system, browse our options and accessories section for ideas and inspiration. Then set up an appointment for a free in-home consultation with a member of our Chicago space saving design team. Or you can call us toll free at 800-4-CLOSET if you'd like to personally discuss your pantry organization needs with one of our specialists.
It’s easy to understand why more and more people are getting in on the recent Murphy bed trend. Once considered old-fashioned, the practicalities - and space saving benefits - of Wall beds appeal more than ever to those who want or need rooms with multiple uses such as an office being used as a guest room.
Wall beds, also known as murphy beds, are attractive when they're part of a built-in cabinet
attached to your home's wall. The idea is that when folded or in the closed position, no one
would ever know that the cabinet is indeed a wall bed. Built-in storage is available on each side of the bed, and is completely customizable and designed to work with your individual space. Features such as bookshelves and mirrors on the wall above the bed, as well as built-in lighting, are possible options.
Wall beds only take a second to operate and can be opened and closed with one hand. Bedding can stay on the mattress and be tucked in so it's hidden when the bed is folded away. Best of all murphy beds come in all sizes: twin, full, queen, and king.
Closet Works designers can help you turn your space into a well organized multi-purpose room.
Craft rooms, storage rooms or offices can serve as a guest room in a matter of seconds with
a murphy bed. Everything in the room can be well organized so the room is always ready for
whatever use is needed at the time.
Let Closet Works help you make the most out of any space, from wall-beds to pantries, and
everything in-between. Design, fabricate and install - we do it all!
Call for a free in-home consultation, or visit our showroom: 2000 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago IL.
So you’ve decided that your closet needs a complete refresh. Well, where do you start? Here at Closet Works, we encourage our customers to consider some of the following questions when choosing the right custom closet design.
Shirts, Slacks, and Scarves:
- Are your shirts hung on a hanger or folded in the closet?
- Do you hang your slacks the long way or do you fold them on a hanger?
- Do you fold or hang your scarves or both?
- Do you want to have a place to sit to put on shoes in the closet?
- What is your shoe size?
- What is the height of your highest shoe?
Belts, Handbags, and Jewelry:
- How many rolled belts do you have? Do you want them to be hung in the closet?
- What is the size of your tallest and deepest handbag?
- Do you want closet storage for jewelry? Does it need to be safe guarded or displayed?
- Do you need a hamper for laundry and for dry-cleaning?
- Do you want to be able to iron or steam your clothes in the closet?
Lighting, mirrors and electronics:
- Do you need lighting design in your closet?
- Do you want a mirror incorporated into the closet design?
- Do you want an electronics charging station in the closet?
There are thousands of ways to organize a closet, your closet should be as unique as you. The above list of considerations is just the first step in designing your perfect closet. Let one of the talented closet designers at Closet Works help you achieve that perfect closet design.
- Do you require drawer dividers in the closet? Should they be removable?
- How many ties, shoes, bags, shirts, dresses and jackets do you have? Which is the longest tallest and widest?
- Do you have any unusual closet storage needs such as specialty clothing for sports?
Chicago area homeowners have been looking for new ways to make their homes more comfortable and efficient. As a result, Closet Works, a Chicagoland custom closet company, has been expanding its manufacturing capabilities in order to handle the increased demand for closet systems, pantry organization, laundry room storage and garage organization systems.
Closet Works President, Frank Happ, believes that their purchase of new, state-of-the-art computerized wood-working machines will allow them to meet this new demand, while reducing manufacturing costs. The machines are manufactured in Austria by Felder Group USA. Closet Works has over 30,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
“People are looking for quality and value,” says Happ. “Our goal at Closet Works is to provide clean and beautiful organized spaces for the home. We do our best to understand and recreate the customer’s vision for their organization needs. We encourage them to think about their home in a brand-new light. Our aim is to revitalize the customer’s love for their home by providing a wide variety of home organization systems for any area of the home. We’re proud of what we accomplish every day.”
According to Happ, home organization is key, and it is different for everyone. One person might want to focus purely on closet organization and would benefit from a custom closet system, or multiple closet systems, while another might benefit more from custom garage organization, or perhaps better laundry room storage. As the art of crafting sanctuaries and creating a sense of order is unique for each person, Closet Works personalizes each space to the customer’s direct needs.
Closet Works has been crafting sanctuaries and creating a sense of order for Chicagoland homes for more than two decades. They are currently celebrating their 25th year of creating custom storage solutions in the Chicagoland area and beyond.
For more information on Closet Works visit www.closetworks.com or call toll-free at 800-4-CLOSET (800-425-6738).
Professional closet organizers and designers know that one of the secrets of a great looking closet is matching hangers.
Even all white plastic hangers make the closet look cohesive and organized. Using the proper hanger will often save space and be better for the garments. My favorite hanger is an open end slack hanger for pants folded in half. It saves space lengthwise and makes it easy to take the pants off and on the hanger.
Store like items together. Hang blouses in one section, pants and skirts in another section, and jackets in another. It's easier to "shop" your closet when the clothes are grouped together. You can also groups colors together—it looks good and makes it easier to ﬁnd a certain item.
Get shoes up off the ﬂoor. A row of shelves that is wide enough for two or three pairs of shoes across is the best way to store shoes. It takes more space, but slanted shelves are great to display and really see your shoes. Keep off-season and dressy shoes in clear plastic boxes on the top shelf of the closet. Take a photo of the shoe and tape it to the box to easily identify what's in the box.
Organize your jewelry drawer. There are several styles that ﬁt a lot of jewelry in an organized way without taking up much space—so much easier than a lot of little boxes to search through to ﬁnd your jewelry. A lock can be added for peace of mind.
Utilize space with hooks. Hooks are great to take advantage of space behind a door or on a wall that can't be used for shelves or hanging. They can be used for clothing, purses, belts, necklaces and hats. They come in different sizes and ﬁnishes to match any closet.
Ask yourself, 'Does it ﬁt? Does it ﬂatter? Will I ever wear it again?' Let that be your mantra for deciding what to get rid of. Weed out your closet of clothes that don't belong at least twice a year. Don't let something you know you'll never wear again clog up your organized closet!
While we're no longer living in the time when consumer consumption was cool and adding toys to our toy boxes was the goal, we still want more closet space.
At least according to New York Times reporter Elissa Gootman and her recently published article - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/realestate/closets-please-and-the-bigger-the-better.html
In fact, in urban markets like Chicago and New York, closet space can mean as much as a $30,000 difference in the selling price of a condo (that's priced in the $400,000-$500,000 range).
Yes. According to the example used in the article where a homeowner removed the permanent closets and put in IKEA wardrobes. People seem to have an insatiable desire for storage space and the idea of living an organized life.
"It's a comment I hear almost everyday from my clients," says Designer Tim Higbee. "We are discussing what kind of things they need to store in their existing closet space when they look at me with a somewhat sad face and lament that they wish that they had more and bigger closets."
And, according to Stephen G. Kliegerman, president of Terra Development Marketing, "closets are something that developers have overlooked in the past." He goes on to say that while kitchens and bathrooms are extremely important, "you cannot overlook closets".
So just why is that? And why are we coming to realize that now?
Image consultants have known for decades the importance of the clothing we wear - and the clothing we hold on to. And those issues are much bigger than our closets.
"Clothing defines us" says Patty Buccellato, AICI, CIP, and president of Refined Images (http://www.refinedimages.net/). "Not only is clothing the first message you send in your interaction with others, it holds other power associated with memories, past relationships, jobs and life events. It also keeps a hold on us because we invest financial resources into our clothing that we don't want to waste by just getting rid of things too quickly."
So we hold on to things. And then we need more space to store those things. It's a circle we are challenged to break free from.
But in the world of closet design, we help people make peace with that.
"I promise them that we are going to do our very best to maximize every inch of space that they do have so it works for them in as many ways as possible. The wise utilization of space and the flexibility for the future is key because if you're not using your space correctly or wisely, then I haven't done my job."
"you don't just build something because you can. You build something because it's smart." says Higbee.
So gives us a call if you'd like a little more "wardrobe peace" in your life........or even the illusion of bigger closets!
Hooks are one of the most accessible sources of storage and organization you can utilize.
Having a quick, easy, open place to hang anything (inside or outside of your closets) from keys to coats really helps minimize piles and clutter. And getting in the habit of putting items on hooks is an easy one to develop and keep over the long term.
So why not incorporate some hooks with style that make you smile? (I know, it's a rhyme, but these cool hooks can do both - so take a look).
These industrial looking C-Clamp Hooks can be found on Etsy and were created by Urban Wood and Steel (http://www.etsy.com/shop/urbanwoodandsteel).
Another really cool option in case you also want to keep things like your cell phone stored safely out of reach are these Hand Wall Scuptures and Hooks made by Iron Accents (http://www.ironaccents.com/nsearch.html?query=hand+wall+scuptures).
Another great twist that would work really well in a mudroom or garage are these faucet hooks by Home Decorators Collection( http://www.homedecorators.com/search.php?search=faucet+hooks)
And if you're more of a do-it-yourselfer and happen to have some old knobs sitting around somewhere, you can add them to a painted or distressed or even stained piece of wood and turn the entire thing into a functional work of art. And if you're not such a DIY person, you can purchase something already created for you that looks like this:
These can be accessed by visitng Rustic Originals - http://www.houzz.com/photos/578002/Reclaimed-Wood-Coat-Rack-by-Rustic-Wood-Originals-eclectic-hooks-and-hangers-
The Wall Street Journal recently featured an article about a dream closet that landed in the $100,000 price range.
We know only too well how much people dream of having an awesome closet. We hear the word "boutique" on a nearly daily basis. And that's a very exciting thing for professional closet designers to hear - that they have an opportunity to work with a client to make their dreams come true. Who wouldn't find that appealing?
But $100,000 is far from the average spend and far from the average budget.
Here's the good news - you don't have to spend any where near that much in order to get a great closet.
So, just what do you have to do to create a closet with a much smaller budget?
"You need to color within the lines" says Closet Works Designer Tim Higbee.
"There are quite a few approaches that one can take when creating a closet" says Higbee. "There are aesthic give and takes like backing, connecting shelves versus separate stand alone units and the choice of material - exotic wood veneers versus a laminate versus a textured wood grained laminate."
All affect the price.
Additional guidelines that Higbee offers that will help you stick within your budget are "staying within standards as much as possible. 18"-24"-30" widths make production costs more effecient and impact the price."
"So does the height of the unit. If the panels only come in 96" lengths, then maybe 96" is acceptable both aesthetically and functionally versus having to go to the ceiling with 120". We can go to the ceiling, but it costs more money."
Higbee also suggest thinking of ways to personalize and customize the closet so it reflects your style and personality without maxing out your bank account. Think about painting the walls of the closet a color that is close to the color of the material you use to construct it. If you're thinking chocolate brown, then paint the wall color within that same color family. Or be bold and go the opposite direction in order to spice things up (in case you have a more spicey personality!) or use wall paper to get a similar dramatic effect.
"It's all about the choices you make and what is the alternative to having a million dollar closet versus one that just looks like one. It can still be a Picasso when you color within the lines" says Higbee.
And how do you know when you're coloring within the lines? Great question. Your conscientious, well-trained, design-loving closet designer will guide you through it.
Give us a call so we can schedule a time to help make your dreams come true!