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8 Clever and Unconventional Closets

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With storage space in constant short supply, smart closet design is essential. See how eight inventive homeowners carve out their closet spaces.
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  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.

    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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  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.  Photo by: Peter Marlow

    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.

    Photo by: Peter Marlow

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  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.  Photo by: Misha GravenorCourtesy of: Misha Gravenor

    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.

    Photo by: Misha Gravenor

    Courtesy of: Misha Gravenor

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  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.   Photo by: Misty Keasler

    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.

    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.

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

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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.  Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

    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.

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  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.  Photo by: Matthew Williams

    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.

    Photo by: Matthew Williams

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  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.  Photo by: Ben Anders

    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.

    Photo by: Ben Anders

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