5 Surprising Clothing Storage Solutions

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August 28, 2013
Sure, clothes can go in a standard-issue dresser or closet, but where's the fun in that? Here, five unconventional and surprising approaches to clothing storage, from pegs on the walls to cubbies in the floor.
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  When Im and David Schafer moved in together they faced the challenge of combining the contents of David’s 880-square-foot loft and Im’s 550-square-foot apartment into a one-room, 426-square-foot downtown San Diego loft. To cope, they created what they call the Wall of Storage. Local sailboat shops wanted thousands to make the 13-by-13-foot curtain that hides the storage wall. "We called my parents in Bangkok, gave them the dimensions, and they got it made for 150 bucks." says Im. Photo by Misha Gravenor.  Photo by: Misha Gravenor

    When Im and David Schafer moved in together they faced the challenge of combining the contents of David’s 880-square-foot loft and Im’s 550-square-foot apartment into a one-room, 426-square-foot downtown San Diego loft. To cope, they created what they call the Wall of Storage. Local sailboat shops wanted thousands to make the 13-by-13-foot curtain that hides the storage wall. "We called my parents in Bangkok, gave them the dimensions, and they got it made for 150 bucks." says Im. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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  For a couple living in a 900-square-foot house in Malibu, architect Bruce Bolander created a colorful, laminate-clad wall of storage that stretches seamlessly from the kitchen—where it holds a full-size built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, a Miele dishwasher, a Bosch cooktop, and a tiny convection oven—to the bedroom, where it contains the couple’s clothing, shoes, and linens. In such a small space “you have to organize, and every piece takes a decision,” says resident Heidi Wright. The couple keep things they use less frequently, like guest bedding, in the higher cabinets. Photo by J Bennett Fitts.   Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

    For a couple living in a 900-square-foot house in Malibu, architect Bruce Bolander created a colorful, laminate-clad wall of storage that stretches seamlessly from the kitchen—where it holds a full-size built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, a Miele dishwasher, a Bosch cooktop, and a tiny convection oven—to the bedroom, where it contains the couple’s clothing, shoes, and linens. In such a small space “you have to organize, and every piece takes a decision,” says resident Heidi Wright. The couple keep things they use less frequently, like guest bedding, in the higher cabinets. Photo by J Bennett Fitts.

     

    Photo by: J Bennett Fitts

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  The bedroom in this Sydney house contains an ingenious closet system similar to library stacks. These large sliding cabinets open up to make way for the residents as they hang their clothes or access anything else kept in storage. Photo by Roger D'Souza.   Photo by: Roger D'Souza
    The bedroom in this Sydney house contains an ingenious closet system similar to library stacks. These large sliding cabinets open up to make way for the residents as they hang their clothes or access anything else kept in storage. Photo by Roger D'Souza.

     

    Photo by: Roger D'Souza

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  Interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler built her home in southwest England around the vintage pieces she’d amassed over a decade. To stash coats (and keep her to-do list in order), Tyler created a built-in closet with a chalkboard surface. Photo by Andrew Meredith.  Photo by: Andrew MeredithCourtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

    Interior designer and avid furniture collector Kathryn Tyler built her home in southwest England around the vintage pieces she’d amassed over a decade. To stash coats (and keep her to-do list in order), Tyler created a built-in closet with a chalkboard surface. Photo by Andrew Meredith.

    Photo by: Andrew Meredith

    Courtesy of: Andrew Meredith 2007

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  Living small is par for the course in New York City, but accommodating a family of four in under 700 square feet rarely looks as effortless as in this storage-smart renovation. In the master bedroom, storage under the bed and floor hides clutter. Photo by Raimund Koch.   Photo by: Raimund Koch

    Living small is par for the course in New York City, but accommodating a family of four in under 700 square feet rarely looks as effortless as in this storage-smart renovation. In the master bedroom, storage under the bed and floor hides clutter. Photo by Raimund Koch.

     

    Photo by: Raimund Koch

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