Design Tips for Organizing a Men’s Closet

October 3, 2019
In today's article, we're going to give you a few design tips to organize a men's closet in a way that's not only cool looking but also practical and functional.

Today we’d like to give you some design tips on how to organize a closet so it isn’t only accessible, but also cool looking.

If the space you intend to use as a closet has a couple of rooms then our first design tip is to divide it into two parts. This is so you can distribute the space differently in each one of them to suit your needs and your spouse’s. Of course, it all depends on what kind of garments you both need to store there. Each one of you will have your own space and then you’ll only have to worry about creating a homogeneous look.

Modular systems are great for this purpose. They’ll help you distribute the interior space of a closet exactly as you wish and you’ll also be able to maximize it. In fact, if you design your space correctly you could have a great closet even in the smallest of rooms.

Generally, designing a man’s closet is not too different than a woman’s, you just need to keep a few things in mind. The most important thing is to pick the area where you’d like to have a closet. The contents of a closet are similar from one household to another so the layout is usually standard, you mainly have to concentrate on your individual needs.

Design tips for closets

A men's closet.

U Closet

This system has many advantages as it has more space. There’s a problem though – the room must be big enough for it. You can place furniture in the central area, and a small armchair even. If there’s room you could also add a table with storage space for smaller accessories such as belts and jewelry. Hang a full-length mirror if you have wall space.

A variant of this is the linear (“L”) layout which is perfect if you have two free walls. This one will give you more room between the garments and, for instance, you could have one wall dedicated to those you use regularly and the other one for those you reserve for specific seasons or special occasions.

When you have this kind of space it’s practically a must to leave the upper part empty. This is mainly so you can use it for seasonal clothes such as coats, and other items you seldom use such as suitcases, umbrellas, etc. A great design tip is to store them in boxes or baskets of various sizes and materials.

If your bedroom is rustic style, use boxes that mimic those typically used in stores or food stores. If, for example, your style is minimal then opt for white, simple boxes.

Linear Closet

A men's closet with a view.

This layout is the most common one in medium-sized houses. The best thing to do is to divide the space into categories to store shoes, suits, sportswear, underwear, ties, and watches, for example. When it comes to shoes, opt for a closet on one of the walls or a shoe cabinet at the bottom of it.

Because most men don’t usually have to hang dresses or long skirts, you can leave a little less space in the area of ​​the closet rods. Instead of 5 feet, go for 3-4 feet which should suffice.

If the man you’re designing for doesn’t wear his suits often then you can cover them with see-through plastic covers. This is mainly so that you can still see what they are even though they’re protected. Always hang each pair of pants with their own corresponding jacket.

Design tips – parallel closet

This is a great layout for narrow areas – think galleys. The best way not to obstruct a hallway is to place the cabinets on each side of it. Also, you can make it look roomier if there’s no natural lighting by using artificial lights.

There are many accessories in the market that have sensors. These switch on when you open a door or a drawer. If you’d rather have a fully visible dressing room then install some spotlights around the room.

For example, if you need a place reserved exclusively for watches then it might need its own light in that area. You can do the same in spaces where you’ll store belts and ties. You can place dividers inside closet drawers too. Also, buy a fabric organizer container or even buy the kind of hangers that have several hooks. These are great for hanging ties and belts if you don’t want to keep them folded inside closet compartments.

As for rest, stick to natural materials and neutral colors such as white, gray and beige. You can also use all sorts of metal structures.

Final notes

Finally, the most important thing is for the contents to be clearly separated. This is so that there’s a sense of visual order and balance. Don’t overdo it, the most elegant things are also the most simple. Stick to simple structures and use as many boxes, hangers, plastic covers and drawer organizers as you need.

As you can see, designing a man’s closet isn’t too hard. Especially if you keep these design tips in mind. Thanks for reading, you might also enjoy reading our featured article below on how to choose the right closet.