If you are renting or are looking a Chicago apartment, you know that many of the buildings have bedrooms with small closets, which can pose a storage problem.
In order to gain more storage space you have three options: organize in the closet, expand your storage space in the bedroom, or inquire about extra storage space within the apartment building or at a storage unit rental facility.
Here are some tips on how to live comfortably with your small closet:
Use Bins: In Japan, many apartments have a limited amount of storage space as well. Residents have become experts at storing their clothing in bins and bringing it out once a season. For some people this means twice yearly, for others that have more clothing, it means 3 or 4 times a year. This option works well if your building allows residents to store extra belongings elsewhere in the building. If it does not, one option is to raise your bed and store off-season clothing in bins underneath it.
Armoire up: The armoire is an almost forgotten piece of furniture. One hundred years ago, armoires were quite popular in apartments as a storage solution. Not only are armoires one of the more beautiful furniture additions you can make to your bedroom, they also tend to keep their value if you buy an antique or a designer model. Whatever the price range you end up buying, an armoire will double the closet space for many Chicago apartments.
Trunks and benches: A large travel trunk will store a lot of clothing and double as a table. Adding a storage bench to your bedroom is another great option. If you have trouble finding a bench that meets your storage needs, you can always get a custom bench built or look at designs online. They are not that hard to create as a do it yourself project.
Combine space and luggage: One of the best options for storing things, especially in a room that has high ceilings is to go up. Building a loft over a desk and storing luggage or bins with clothing in them gives you extra storage without taking up floor space.
Dressers: For a while, a dresser was almost a requirement in bedroom furnishings. Now, many people are moving away from using dressers as closets become large and more organized. Unfortunately, in Chicago apartments with small closets most aren’t able to go without dressers.
Overall, Chicago apartments with small closets abound. Finding creative ways to use the space you have to extend your storage space and blend with your decor scheme can be a fun challenge.