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Ideas for Organizing Clothes Without a Closet

By June 20, 2021June 4th, 202414 Comments

There are many clothing items that are just fine to fold and put away but there are others that must be hung up so they stay looking nice. What do you do when you don’t have a closet with a hanging rod? This happened to me when we moved to Singapore. The house we were renting had lovely large rooms, but the rooms had built-in shelves and drawers. There was no space to hang clothes. Here is what I did to organize my clothes without a closet as well as some new ideas.

Hang your clothes in an armoire

IKEA has a wide assortment of armoires that have good hanging space. That is what I did in Singapore. Yes, there was a beautiful IKEA store in Singapore when I lived there in the 1990’s. I bought 2 armoires. One for my dresses and the other for my husband’s suites.

You can select one that has a mix of shelf space, drawers, and hanging space or you can select an armoire that has mostly hanging space.

These armoires fit nicely into the corner of a room and have a strap attachment that affixes them to the wall to avoid the threat of tipping.

Here is an example of one I like.

Custom Closets

The Container Store sells 4 different kinds of custom closets:

Elfa – Classic, Elfa – Décor, Avera, and Laren.  The three things these closets have in common is that they are all well-made, they are all built-in, and are all custom designed. They vary in expense from the moderately expensive to the expensive.

With the IKEA wardrobe or armoire, you are literally buying a box and putting it together. The Container Store system allows you to decide how much long hanging space you need as well as short hanging.

Other options for organizing clothes without a closet

If you don’t want to create a closet space, how about installing an individual hanging systems to the wall?

Here is the Polder Wall-Mounted Accordion Drying Rack

This rack is meant for drying clothes, but you can hang your clothes on hangers from the corners.

Another option is this folding laundry arm. I use this in my laundry room to hold clothes as they dry on hangers. Each section of this holder can hold 2 or 3 hangers as long as the hangers are slim. A person could set several of these spaced a little more than a hanger width apart and have plenty of space to organize clothes without a closet.

A final option is to install Command Hooks randomly placed on the wall. Each hook can hold multiple hangers. Space them far enough apart to accommodate hangers. My colleague, Linda Samuels, told me recently that her client used hooks because she didn’t like to hang up her clothes, but she also didn’t want her clothes on the floor. Hooks are a great option!

In Conclusion:

When your bedroom does not include a closet in which to hang up your clothes do not despair. There are a multitude of options for you to organize your clothes without a closet. All of which can be customized for your particular needs.

Diane N. Quintana is a Certified Professional Organizer® ,a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®, Master Trainer and owner of DNQ Solutions, LLC and co-owner of Release●Repurpose●Reorganize, LLC based in Atlanta, Georgia.

14 Comments

  • Lucy Kelly says:

    Diane, thank you so much for addressing this, I saw my client that is dealing with this issue today and it was lovely to be able to point them towards your blog post and discuss the options in person.

  • Julie Bestry says:

    All great solutions. The armoire option reminds me of the “closets” in most of the hotels I’ve visited in Italy and the UK, not built into the rooms, but just an after-added solution. The one you picked is very elegant, and for a room big enough to accommodate it, I think that’s what I’d want. (I’m imagining a big, old, Downton Abbey castle, but any big house built pre-1960s.)

    One other option, in addition to your cool ones is similar to the armoire; it’s more airy but it lack the closed-box neatness of an armoire. It’s a free-standing closet that you can just put in any room. You can pick something as simple as a rolling clothing rack liked you’d see backstage or in movies showing the “rag trade” in NYC, but I like the ones that are a little artistic, like the ones from Tribe designs (https://tribesigns.com/collections/clothing-storage) or even simple, the Bamboo garment rack from Wayfair (https://www.wayfair.com/storage-organization/pdp/rebrilliant-bamboo-garment-rack-5-tier-shoe-clothing-storage-shelves-clothes-hanging-rack-w004996732.html?piid=).

  • Good options for hanging clothes. I am fascinated with tiny houses, but I always wonder where they put all the clothes.

  • Seana Turner says:

    I have a client who has a couple of IKEA closets and she really likes them. So many older homes either don’t have closets or have such tiny ones that they just aren’t sufficient. Something like this could also be handy if you lack an entry closet. It could even go in the garage to provide just that little bit of extra storage for coats or uniforms.

  • Love it! Each space and each person requires their own organization solution. I like the variety of options you present–and those armoires look awesome!

  • I love all the options and creative ideas you share for hanging clothing especially when traditional methods aren’t possible. Another idea is to hang a rod suspended by rope or chain from ceiling hooks. The hooks would need to be anchored well to support the weight of the clothes. And you could also buy a folding clothes rack. They are easy to set up and not expensive.

    Thank you for the shout. 🙂

  • Love these ideas! I have had clients use the armoire as an addition because the small reach in closet did not hold everything they wanted to hang.

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