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The Perfect His and Hers Closet: Balancing Style and Functionality


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Today's closets, though spacious, often provide limited room for two individuals. For couples with extensive wardrobes, maximizing functionality is crucial to prevent disorganization. A perfect his and hers closet must cater to each person's unique storage requirements, extending beyond merely dividing the space in half.

Each partner may have differing wardrobe necessities. For instance, one might have a formal attire collection, while the other leans towards casual wear. The amount and types of clothing and the preferred storage method (fold vs. hang, tall vs. short) vary significantly between individuals. Therefore, thorough planning is essential when designing the ideal closet solution, ensuring each person can effortlessly find what they need, morning or night.

The Perfect His and Hers Closet: Balancing Style and Functionality

Here are several his and her closet ideas to consider:

Inventory Assessment

Start by evaluating your wardrobes. This is vital even for built in closets for master bedroom projects. Determine what items, including shoes, will be hung, folded, or shelved. Don't forget accessories like hats, scarves, belts, ties, and sunglasses. Measure the dimensions of your clothing to ensure the design accommodates all sizes.

Pro tip: One step many homeowners forget is to consider their shopping habits. How often do either of you buy new clothing? The last thing you want is to go through such a project and not have enough space once the closet is complete. It should adapt to your changing lifestyle.

Space Division Based on Need

Equality in a relationship doesn't always translate to equal closet space. Design the closet to provide the right space for each person based on the inventory assessment. This may mean one partner gets more drawers or shelves than the other.

Maximize Vertical Space

Utilize every inch by investing in floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, especially if you have high ceilings. Reserve the top shelves for lesser-used items like luggage, extra blankets, or seasonal apparel.

Pro tip: Consider including a built-in laundry hamper for dirty clothes to make the design a complete solution.

Open Concept Exploration

While there's certainly a benefit in adding enclosed drawers to a custom closet, certain items don't necessarily need to be hidden away. Keeping most items in sight will make getting ready in the morning much easier.

Pull-out shelves, for example, can be a perfect solution for shoes, allowing you to go two-deep with their storage. An open rack for belts, scarves, and ties can keep accessories tidy while still in view. Even something as simple as a pull-out jewelry tray for rings, watches, necklaces, and sunglasses can keep these items accessible.

Remember, you're building a closet organizer system that establishes a dedicated space for every piece, even hard-to-store items.

Indulge a Little

His and her closets can be about function, but why not incorporate some stylistic elements into the space to make it your own? Lighting can often be a great addition to your closet design, offering style and function. The same can be said for full-length mirrors, with the added bonus of making a small closet feel much larger.

If you happen to be working with a walk-in closet, the options grow exponentially. You could build seating for slipping on shoes or an island for additional storage (and a flat surface to display some of your favorite items). There's also the option of a rug or even a chandelier to make the area feel warm and inviting.

There's no shortage of his and her closet ideas, but you must always remember that the space must make sense for both of you. You have to be creative with the space available, which is often where the professionals come in. So, what are you waiting for?

Contact our Artisan Custom Closets team for a free consultation today and take a step closer to achieving the perfect his and hers closet that balances style and functionality.


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