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April 3, 2014
With storage space in constant short supply, smart closet design is essential. See how eight inventive homeowners carve out their closet spaces.
Main entrance with clothing rack and graphic rug

The exposed closet in the foyer of this Finnish apartment shows that closets need not be hidden away. While a mirror augments the apartment's sense of space, the lack of a closet door transforms the everyday objects of the apartment's residents into design statements. Photo by Petra Bindel.

Originally appeared in Fine Finnish: Entrance
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The limited space means that every purchase has to be a rational one. So each sock, shirt, and shoe has to have a place, otherwise something else has to make way for it. Not ideal for those who enjoy Sunday-morning flea markets, but it certainly enforces

The elegant wooden closets in this former coach house in London discretely house the possessions of its residents. But the minimalist aesthetic of this mode of storage enforces a coresponding minimalism in lifestyle. With no room for overflow, this style of storage is about paring down to the absolute essentials. Photo by Peter Marlow.

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Originally appeared in Good Mews
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The stairway to the sleeping loft is a riff on a ship's ladder: "We spent a lot of time figuring out how much space we need to maneuver," says David. "It allowed us to make it as small and perfect as we wanted to." Instead of a handrail, sail cleats are b

Homes with high ceilings offer more vertical space than horizontal space. The residents of this San Diego, California, apartment use ladders to shelve and store above the madding crowd. Photo by Misha Gravenor.

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Originally appeared in Living Room
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Designer Barbara Hill's bedroom

Small closets function like screens in this Marfa, Texas, home, adding privacy to the open, light-filled space of the bathroom. Photo by Misty Keasler.

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Closet and bedroom are combined in this modern Los Angeles home, which uses exposed plumbing-pipes-as-racks.

Originally appeared in A Modern House on a Budget in Los Angeles
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Closets in this rehabilitated warehouse in Los Angeles, California, add shape and interest, cordoning off rectangular sections of square rooms and inviting the addition of visual accents, like curtains of varying colors. Photo by Dave Lauridsen.

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Originally appeared in Light Box
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Sliding aluminum screen with lacelike pattern

A sliding aluminum screen separates the master bedroom from a walk-in closet and the master bathroom of this Brooklyn renovation. While a door would have segmented the spaces, the screen is an innovative way of connecting the two living spaces while providing privacy and a sense of separation. Photo by Matthew Williams.

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Originally appeared in A Budget Friendly Brownstone Renovation in Brooklyn
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Modern bedroom with wood plank walls and Pilot hangers

A closet is built into the bed frame in this London guesthouse. With hangers so close by, there's no excuse for not hanging up your clothes before bed. Photo by Ben Anders.

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Main entrance with clothing rack and graphic rug

The exposed closet in the foyer of this Finnish apartment shows that closets need not be hidden away. While a mirror augments the apartment's sense of space, the lack of a closet door transforms the everyday objects of the apartment's residents into design statements. Photo by Petra Bindel.

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