The coat (vacuum, ironing board, broom, laundry) closet
coat closet in Arlington
97" h x 36" w x 41" d
The coat closet is one of only two closets in Wheeler's apartment. It has become a catch-all for many household items that have no other place to go, including coats, scarves, mittens and hats; a vacuum; reusable grocery totes; ironing board and iron; broom and mop; picnic bags and blankets; a cooler; small tool box; laundry detergent and a small stepladder. At more than three feet deep, the closet has lots of space but no efficient system to store everything.
Provided by Closet Stretchers, 1220 Nebel St., Rockville, 301-468-1090
Price as shown: $769, including installation
· First, consider hanging space. Then design storage with a combination of shelves, baskets, drawers and hooks.
· Add hooks on the back of the door for often-used items that you can grab quickly.
· Take advantage of the deep space by installing shelving on the back wall and one side wall.
Storing items in a coat closet that could -- and should -- be stored elsewhere in the house.