Transform your closet system into a chic boutique

February 8, 2021

Your style is unique, and so too should your closet system be! There are many reasons why it is worth investing in custom closet systems for your home. With just a few simple changes, you can turn your boring walk-in closet into a luxurious storage space, reminiscent of a high-end boutique. A luxury closet does not necessarily need to be huge. Rather, it is about adhering to certain design principles and creating useful features.

11 ways to make your closet look like a boutique 

You do not need a large walk-in closet to benefit from a custom closet solution. Small closets, such as tight reach-in closets, often benefit the most from a smart closet organization system that maximizes whatever space is available. Here are 11 closet system ideas perfect for making the most use out of a small closet space.

1. Update your hangers and color-coordinate your clothes 

Color-coordinate your wardrobe and give your closet a chic, organized look with matching hangers. Consider using different colors for different quadrants of your closet. A collection of matching hangers will visually make the space more organized. If you have open wardrobe cabinetry, you will want to invest in very high-quality wooden or velvet hangers.  

3. Put your shoes on display 

Shoe trays help you keep your shoes all in one place and allow you to see what options are available to you with a single glance. Display them in open-faced cabinetry, an empty armoire, or atop free-standing wall shelves. Shoe racks are a simple way to make sure all your shoes stay organized, and the display will help you see each pair you own. You can hang rails on the inside of your door to squeeze extra storage out of your closet, or you could consider leather-lined shoe shelves for the ultimate luxury indulgence.

4. Add a small seating area 

If you want your closet to resemble that of a boutique dressing room, be sure to add accent seating. A comfortable place to sit while you get ready instantly makes a closet feel more luxe. This sitting area makes the closet a true living space, even if you can only squeeze in a small round ottoman or pouf. A firm bench gives support and comfort while you are getting dressed. It provides a great place to sit down and put on shoes, or just to take a break as you prepare for your day or evening. 

5. Separate items by season 

Think about how clothing stores sort and display their merchandise. They typically first arrange it by season and then group it by color. The result is a weather-specific rainbow that is both incredibly organized and genuinely fun to look at. Begin your closet transformation by organizing your clothing, just like a boutique. You can hang various items in four separate areas, each dedicated to a season. Organize your closet into seasonal quadrants: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. You can store seasonal items in swappable containers. Use these storage boxes for items you rarely use, such as seasonal clothes. When the seasons change, you can do a quick switcheroo, rotating clothes seasonally. 

5. Use drawer dividers 

A pleasant aspect of a boutique is the fact that you never have to sort through the clutter to find something, and with clear drawer dividers, you will no longer have to sort through the clutter in your closet, either. Divide and organize your shelf space with wicker fabric, wooden, or plastic storage accessories. These drawer dividers help you keep your shelves orderly and create divisions and categories that should make things easier to store and find. Drawer- and shelf dividers make it possible for you to ‘file-fold’ some of your clothes, thus saving you space and keeping your items free from creases.

6. Use drawer dividers for your undergarments 

Drawer dividers are key to getting dressed with a smile — and to know exactly when you need to do laundry. To make everything easily visible and maximize space in the compartments, roll your socks, belts, tights, and underwear. It is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. Lingerie storage drawer dividers allow you to separate pantyhose, bras, panties, lingerie, and socks, keeping items for space-saving and easy display.

7. Breathing room/space to walk about 

An island in the center of a walk-in closet can be a great place for extra storage. However, sometimes extra space to move around is the greatest luxury of all. An organized, spacious closet is peaceful and calming, while a cluttered, busy closet can be overwhelming. The primary purpose is to maximize your space and use it wisely. Give yourself some breathing room. The best luxury closets always provide a feeling of spaciousness when you enter. However, luxury closet systems do not need to be large to feel enchanting. A small walk-in closet can feel equally high-end. When creating the layout, try to maintain some visual space and a line of sight as you walk in. It is often tempting to pack as much storage as you can when working with the floor plan, but maintaining that breathing room makes the space feel much larger and calmer, translating to luxury.

8. Hang a mirror 

You can make your closet appear larger by hanging a mirror. Or place a mirror on the dresser, just as many boutiques do. Add a floor-length mirror to make the room bigger and brighter, as this is a perfect way to see your outfit from head-to-toe. The more elaborate or decorative the mirror, the more boutique-like your closet system will seem. Choose a framed or full-length mirror to fill dead space. It will make a small space feel bigger and add a different material element to the room.

9. Roll t-shirts, pajamas, and workout clothes into storage boxes 

Use canvas or wicker baskets to store sweaters and T-shirts instead of plopping them in a heap on upper shelves. Hang a sign on each basket to alert you of the contents, such as “university T-shirts” or “bathing suits.” Boutique design combines practicality with personality. Things like polyester shorts, cotton shirts, and leggings tend to be thin and pliable, making them perfect candidates for the roll-and-tuck technique. This technique is a major space-saver if done correctly. Rather than folding and stacking your softer, thinner clothes, simply fold them in half and roll them into neat little tubes. Tuck your rolled clothing into shoe boxes (great for sliding into drawers) or use wire baskets or clear bins (perfect for shelves).

10. Use empty wall space for hanging jewelry and accessories 

While a jewelry drawer insert is great for most knickknacks, a person with multiple long necklaces or hanging jewelry may need a different type of storage. A tie rack is a great way to decorate your closet, show off your favorite gems, and make accessories handier. They are great for necklaces, scarves and, of course, ties. Another way to maximize the space available in a small closet is to add closet accessories. Instead of hanging scarves, belts, and other accessories on hangers and taking up valuable rod space, try this trick. Attach a towel bar to unused wall space to create a personalized display for your collection.

11. Lighting – chandelier, maybe? 

While ambient lighting may be calming, general lighting that duplicates natural light is the route to go. You will be able to see the difference between black and navy and dark orange and red. Lighten up and dress up your closet with an amazing lighting fixture like a chandelier. It brightens, often dark, spaces and makes the items in the closet easier to view. Not only will a small chandelier look high-end, but it will also give you a well-lit closet—crucial in helping you get dressed in the morning or evening. Whether it is sweet and white or vast and made entirely of crystal, a chandelier will immediately add a glam factor to your walk-in closet. 

The options for your dream closet are endless. If you are searching for the finest custom closet systems Jupiter has to offer, look no further than Schrapper’s Fine Cabinetry, Inc. For more information on how we can help you transform your home, contact us today.