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Creative Closet Ideas for Bedrooms Without Them

So you found the perfect apartment. It checks nearly all of the boxes on your must-have features list; whether they be oversized windows that flood the space with natural light, or original details that showcase its history without looking outdated. It has hardwood flooring and it has a dishwasher. It’s fresh, it’s simple, and it’s exactly what you need.

Except, it doesn’t have a closet.

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This is what happened to me, and I know I’m not alone. When I first began my apartment search, I prioritized closet space as one of the most important pieces of the puzzle in the hunt for the “perfect place”.

Or at least, that’s how I thought it should be after watching years and years of House Hunters, where home buyers are quick to cut homes from their lists without walk-in closets and unfinished basements to store all of their stuff.

At the end of my search, I ended up signing the apartment with very little closet space. I have yet to regret that decision. In fact, I’ve had fun finding alternative ways to store my clothes. Especially as minimalism continues to trend, simple and stylish ideas for small closets are not in short supply.

Looking to make your own closet in a small space? Check out a few of my favorite ways to store your wardrobe and showcase your style.

3 Ways to Create a Closet (When You Don’t Have One)


Fun(ctional) furniture

Gone are the days of conventional dressers and wardrobes. If a piece of furniture is going to play a major design role in your bedroom, find something you’ll enjoy looking at every day.


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Garment Racks

Garment racks have become the icon for minimalist closets. They come in a wide variety of colors and styles, as well as price ranges. I found mine at Ikea for less that $10. It’s black, and more study than I expected for something so inexpensive. It’s perfect for my space, and I love the aesthetic it gives my room.

Garment racks can be packed with as much or as little clothing as you’d like, but for a cleaner look, go with as little as you can. Color coordinating is a very popular look when it comes to styling a garment rack. Have too many busy colors and patterns for your liking? Designate a drawer for your wilder items.


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Wall-Mounted Shelving

Installing shelves is a task that can seem daunting, but should not be feared. Shelving is easy to install and can completely upgrade the look of a room — not to mention add a lot of storage.

With the addition of shelving, this corner under an eave goes from an underutilized space These geometric pieces can be used as a unique way to hang clothes, as pictured. You could also slide a shelf through the center to create a shelf.


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Of course, all of this becomes easier if you have less stuff in the first place, right? If you’re in need of a plan to get started, read my post on decluttering your apartment.

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