Common complaints about closets include a lack of space, a poor configuration, or a lighting deficiency. But even a tiny, cluttered closet can turn into a functional storage space with some strategic design. If you're having storage woes, consider a makeover to allow your closet to fulfill its potential.
Here are eight before-and-after closet makeovers that might inspire you.
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Before: Cluttered Storage
New York City resident Christine had a storage closet that had become a dumping ground for clutter. The space needed a transformation. And what Christine really wanted was a stylish makeup area with a vanity, storage, and good lighting.Continue to 2 of 16 below.
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After: Charming Vanity Area
With the help of a handyman, Christine built out the storage closet into an area with drawers and shelves for storing clothing, makeup, and accessories. She added a custom-fit vanity, along with exposed-bulb Hollywood-style lights. Her vanity is now a bright, welcoming space for her to get ready.Continue to 3 of 16 below.
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Before: Tiny and Cluttered
Liz Marie's linen closet embarrassed her. She had disorganized piles of linens and other items cluttering the space. And she did not like the closet's miniature size.Continue to 4 of 16 below.
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After: Functional Storage
She couldn't change the size of her linen closet. However, Liz Marie maximized every possible square inch with functional storage baskets that perfectly fit the space. Little chalkboard signs identify the contents of each basket. Best of all, this closet makeover took only one hour.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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Before: Walk-in Closet Mess
A big, walk-in closet can be just as problematic as a small closet when it comes to clutter and disorganization. The most significant difference: the mess can take longer to reach a tipping point, and it usually takes more time to clean up. Over the years, home bloggers Kevin and Amanda amassed a lot of stuff in their primary bedroom's walk-in closet. It was time for a closet makeover.
About This Term: Primary Bedroom
Many real estate associations, including the National Association of Home Builders, have classified the term "Master Bedroom" as discriminatory. "Primary Bedroom" is the name now widely used among the real estate community and better reflects the purpose of the room.
Read more about our Diversity and Inclusion Pledge to make The Spruce a site where all feel welcome.Continue to 6 of 16 below.
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After: Organized Walk-in Closet
This primary closet makeover from Kevin and Amanda stripped out some of the flimsy wire shelves. And it replaced them with solid cabinets and shelves. Shoes that had once cluttered the floor were tucked away in melamine cabinets with closed doors.Continue to 7 of 16 below.
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Before: Undersized Closet Woes
Home blogger Jordan Reid's closet was not a chaotic mess; she kept it neat. Her biggest issue was the size of her closet. Her space was way too small for her needs. But that would not stop Jordan, who had a brilliant idea when she evaluated the totality of her living area.Continue to 8 of 16 below.
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After: Double-the-Size Closet Makeover
Jordan Reid assessed her home and realized that her 3-year-old daughter's bedroom closet backed up against her closet. So she removed the non-load-bearing wall from the back of her closet. Getting rid of the wall instantly doubled the size of her closet. This home edit gave her enough room for storing clothing and even additional space to add a pouf.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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Before: Linen Closet With Poor Access
"Embarrassing, bad, and highly inconvenient" were terms that Crystal, from the home blog The Weathered Fox. used to characterize her pre-makeover linen closet. Worst of all, whenever she needed to go into the attic access door, she had to disassemble much of her linen closet.Continue to 10 of 16 below.
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After: Tidy and Clean Linen Closet
Linen closets can get pretty dinged up. So much of this makeover fixed drywall gouges with spackle. Crystal also organized everything into storage bins. The bins made it easier to reach the attic access door because she could easily lift them off the shelves.Continue to 11 of 16 below.
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Before: Plain and Awkward Closet
Lifestyle blogger Erin Spain realized she had it good with her big closet. However, drawbacks included its awkward L-shape and dull walls. Plus, she had to share it with her husband. She wanted a closet she could be proud of.Continue to 12 of 16 below.
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After: Closet Aspiration
Erin's plain, uninspired closet became a place of beauty. She added wallpaper, a new light fixture, loads of hooks, and other places to put items. To transform the space into a fun hangout, Erin put in a transparent chair and a brass accent table.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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Before: Dark, Small Walk-in Closet
Home blogger Marie described her primary bedroom walk-in closet as "odd, small, and wasted space." The triangle-shaped closet only had one clothes rod. And it was quite dark inside.Continue to 14 of 16 below.
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After: Bright and Cheery Closet
Marie at Blooming Homestead transformed her primary walk-in closet to include new shelves to hold clothing, shoes, bags, and accessories. She doubled up the clothing rods, so the closet could hold twice as many hanging clothes. And to make the space cheerier, she gave it a coat of bright paint.Continue to 15 of 16 below.
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Before: A Flue Runs Through It
Few closets have a ventilation flue inside them. Home blogger Christy from Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer said the duct was just one of her many worries about her closet. The closet also had almost no shelves or rods for hanging items.Continue to 16 of 16 below.
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Master Bedroom and Bathroom Terminology: RESO Discussion. Real Estate Standards Organization.