Host Jeff Wilson takes an in-depth look at built-in storage options, including walk-in and reach-in closets.
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Even though there never seems to be enough storage space in new homes, many times larger houses will have leftover spaces of one sort or another. These spaces should always be thought of as potential closet areas. Smaller houses need to consider closet space as part of the design from the beginning.
Planning a Walk-In Closet
The dream of most homeowners is a walk-in closet or closets. You best scenario is to have an 8-foot ceiling in a walk-in closet because that means there will be a top shelf that runs along the perimeter of the closet 84 inches high. And from the top shelf you can have a series of different setups.
When you have minimal storage needs, consider installing a reach-in closet, which is what closet companies use to describe a closet that you use to access by-fold drawers or sliding doors -- but it's essentially just one wall of closet.
Note: Another important aspect architecturally about the reach-in closet is that the depth from the back to the front of the closet should be a minimum of 24 inches from the back of the hangers.
More Storage Options
Venturing out into the rest of the house, there's storage space in the linen closet and laundry room. The linen closet should be deeper because blankets are thicker when folded. When you're thinking about storage in the laundry room, consider the following:
Efficient use of storage space helps to organize the kitchen as well, and when you think about a pantry there are a lot of things to consider:
Another organized use of space is to plan a home office for you and your family's needs. You can even consider cordless phones and headsets -- and what about a laptop that you can just cart around the whole house?
There are some standard measurements that will help when you're planning your home office:
Finally, who doesn't need some solutions for the way to organize the garage? Garages are similar to any other storage room, in that you need to figure out how much you intend to put into the garage -- and if you're going to put one or two vehicles in there.
Full standard-size cabinets that are 24 inches deep work well in garages, along with peg boards above. You must take into account the garage-door mechanisms, water heaters and everything else you might find in a garage.