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5 Tips for a Small Closets with Sloped Ceilings

Closet with Sloped CeilingWhat To Do About Sloped Ceilings In a Small Closets

Sloped ceilings are one of the most common problems encountered by homeowners trying to optimize and organize their closet space. When a structural requirement arises in the building of a new home that calls for slanted or sloped ceilings, they are as often as not incorporated into the closet space.

But you can’t ignore the things you throw in your closet, even if they are architectural peccadilloes,  especially if you don’t have a few steps and tips, and a sound strategy for dealing with your sloped ceilings. Suddenly every little detail becomes bound to your overall organization:  your choice of shoe rack, storage containers, hamper, placement of your closet rod, even how you organize your belts and ties. It’s a delicate dilemma, but here are five easy steps to demystify it for you:

1. The Closet Rod and the Sloped Ceiling

Depth is askew in a closet with a sloped ceiling. That means that, depending on the angle of the slope and the size of the closet, the most space is at the bottom, and the closet narrows and tapers off at the top. Because we are going to have to optimize and organize with what we’ve got, it means we’re going to have to use that low depth, which means the closet rod needs to be installed as far forward as possible (which means higher up, too).

Shelf space at the top of a sloped-ceiling closet would be sparse anyway, so forgo narrow closet shelves, and prioritize prime placement of the closet rod. You’ll make up for it with added storage space behind and beneath your hanging garments. It may not be ideal. But it is the first thing to start thinking about when dealing with the less-than-ideal situation of sloped ceilings in the closet.

2. Shelving in a Closet with Sloped Ceilings

If you’re done thinking about step one, and you’ve still got room on the slope for closet shelving. Then it’s time to think about how to accomplish it. There are a verity of brackets and fasteners, as well as specially made shelving and shelving units which specifically accommodate the sloped ceilings in your closet. Many of them work on a hinge system so that home installation can be easily accomplished regardless of the varying angles of the slope. The bottom of the shelves is the place to put an extendable tie rack, retractable belt racks, and maybe even some lighting if doing so will save you valuable space up top. Since the floor space is going to be crucial, consider a hanging or hanger shoe rack as well.

3. The Four Seasons of a Closet with Sloped Ceilings

That would be spring, summer, fall, and winter just like everywhere else. And just like everywhere else, your closet – if it isn’t large and the slope is cutting into the organizational space even more – is going to change seasons. The winter is going to be the most tricky because of the larger, warmer clothing the cold requires. But the spring is going to be even more important because that is the time you are going to do the crucial change over from the winter clothes taking up all the room in your closet, to your summer clothes airing it out. Remember that awkward spot that may have been created at the low back of your closet, the least accessible, most annoying spot. This is a good place for storage containers which can hold the winter clothing you really aren’t going to need ready access to until next year. A closet that may not be big enough for all four seasons to be accessible at once, may just be big enough (with some diligent organization) for one or two seasons worth of clothing to be accessible at a time, while storing the unneeded clothing as well for the remaining two seasons.

 4. Talk to us about your Closet with Sloped Ceilings! It is fun and free!

At Contemporary Closets, we are a team of professional designers and installers who deal only with organizational storage spaces like the closet, the pantry, the garage, and the laundry room. We will come right to your house for a free consultation and do what we love and do best: show you how to optimize your closet spaces in ways you couldn’t have imagined. If you don’t like us. Just kick us out. But most people like us; just check out the testimonial section of our site.

We are faster, nicer and better than anyone else in the custom closet industry, and it’s free to give us a try.

5. Don’t Worry… About a Thing… Including Your Small Closet with Sloped Ceilings.

Wrangling with the space in your closets is a nearly universal dilemma. Even if you have a spacious wing of your house devoted to you wardrobe, you still have to think about your organization if you are going to find anything. Storage spaces are daunting, especially if they’ve got sloped ceilings! But take advantage of these tips. Reach out to us in the comments section, or call us at (877) 647-7331 .. and you’ll be just fine.

Apps For Your Closet

Phones for your Closet

When you are working with peoples’ closets all day you see A LOT of things, and meet a lot of people who are looking for a solution to their organizational quandaries. But lately, I’ve been seeing something very interesting; clients are experimenting with closet organization apps on their smartphones and tablet PCs, and they are having varying amounts of success.

Like all things, there are the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to choosing an app to add to your life. Here’s a quick guide to help you sort it all out.

1. NETROBE  Gold Star

NetrobeWe like Netrobe for iOS (iPhones and iPads) a lot, and we’re giving it a gold star.

The App requires a bit of TLC in terms of uploading EVERY article of clothing in your closet to its database. But it’s worth the investment, because once it’s there you have a categorized inventory of everything you own. You can mix and match outfits and save them to your “styleboard” for quick reference later, you can even go shopping and match clothing that your thinking about purchasing against the things in your closet.

You can even save items you’ve found online or taken pictures to a “lookbook” and then take it with you when your shopping, too.

If you’re so inclined, Netrobe even has an agenda calender in which you can save your outfit picks for each day of the week or special occasions.

Lastly, there isn’t anything these days that isn’t social, and Netrobe is no exception.

Of course, you don’t have to take advantage of this feature if you don’t want to. But even people who don’t like sharing their styleboard outfits out, enjoy a little fashion voyeurism perusing through the outfits that other people are sharing, and even saving them to their own lookbooks.

All in all, Netrobe is a nifty app that, like anything else, gives you back what you put in. But Netrobe is very neat, with a well thought out user interface and list of features. And we think it gives you back a lot for your time and energy investment. In terms of financial investment: it’s free.

2. STYLEBOOK Gold StarGold Star

Stylebook

Stylebook is also an iOS phenomenon (iPads and Iphones only), with a full version that costs $3.99. But before you discount it in favor of a free app, please consider that Stylebook’s full version is very VERY full. Stylebook is the Rolls Royce of closet apps.

There’s hardly a fashion magazine that hasn’t at some point mentioned the Stylebook app, and there are even a few technology magazines that have featured it too. It’s simply loaded with features.

It’s free-form canvas for creating looks actually let’s you put the outfit together so you can see what everything looks like side-by-side. Then you can categorize it any way you like. For example, as a going-out outfit, or a casual look. You can do this with the items in your closet, or with items you find online, or in person.

Stylebook has the sharing capabilities and calendar-planning functionality you’d expect, but add to that a packing list feature, a shopping feature, personal size tracking, and an built-in, interactive expert style blog.

Stylebook will even keep track of what you’ve been wearing and generate statistical data for you on your own personal style trends. It’s a beast of a closet app, and for that, we’re giving Stylebook two gold stars.

3. CLOTH

ClothCloth, free for iOS (iPads and iPhones) doesn’t get any stars from us. Essentially, it’s simply an alternative camera role to store “selfie” photos of your outfits. There are some organizational features here, and some sharing features too, but there really isn’t anything to do with closet inventory at all. It’s essentially a mirror with a memory, which is cool, but doesn’t offer anything above and beyond your phone, so while we’ll list it here, because that is something, we’ll save our precious gold stars, too.

There are a multitude of apps in addition to these three which you’ll encounter when searching specifically for “closet apps”. However, we’ve found that most of them fall into the subtly, but importantly different category of “fashion apps”.

But, if you want to leverage the bleeding edge of modern technology to bring your closet into the future, and get an optimized experience when picking out outfits, shopping for clothing, or organizing your life, than we recommend one of these three.