Small Closet? Here Are 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Closet Space

It’s your worst nightmare.

You move in and start putting everything away only to discover that your closet only holds a fraction of what you need it to. It definitely looked a lot bigger before.

Try not to despair just yet.

With a few clever tips and tricks, you can squeeze every drop of potential from that tiny space. And it will still be functional by the time you’re done.

Take a deep breath and let us show you five ways to make the most of your closet space. 


1. Add Extra Storage Under Your Clothes


Closets aren’t just good for hanging up your shirts and pants. There’s so much more space available than what you can fit on your rack.

Get yourself some extra storage and fill up all that valuable space underneath your clothes.

A small dresser, bookshelf, or shoe rack will add some much-needed functionality to your cramped closet space. It gives you a way to organize your things without simply throwing them in and shutting the door.

And it looks a lot nicer too.

Double hanging rods give you the ability to hang up even more clothes when you start running short on room. It’s perfect if you like to put everything you own on a hanger to keep it crease-free.

However, if you don’t mind folding up a few things, move more compact clothes like pajamas and work out clothes to a drawer or bin for safekeeping. You’ll free up space on your rack to put the things that absolutely can’t be wrinkled. 

Let’s face it — you can never have enough storage.


2. Take Advantage of the Door


Your closet door is basically free real estate.

Don’t overlook any bit of space in your tiny closet. 

You need all the room you can get, even if you don’t believe it will be of much use. You’d be surprised!

Back of the door organizers are a great option for storing all kinds of things. They feature pockets that can hold your shoes, belts, scarves, clutches, hair products, reusable water bottles — pretty much anything.

There are models that simply hang over the top of the door and ones that require a nail or hook to hold them up. But they all serve the same purpose.

They give you the ability to put more things in your closet.

If you’re looking for something a little different, you can create some easy shoe storage using a rod and some S hooks.

Make sure to pick up a couple of self-adhesive curtain rod hooks to hold up your rod of choice and avoid putting any holes in the door. You wouldn’t want to leave behind any damage.


3. Stack Higher with Shelf Dividers


Since your closet is spatially challenged horizontally, consider vertical options.

Stacking things on a shelf can get precarious, leaving you with a tumbling problem every time you try to pull something out. Plus, they can easily get messy the higher you stack.

Make the most of your shelf space by installing a few shelf dividers.

Giving your stacks a structure to lean lets you stack them higher than ever before. And without the concern of everything falling over and mixing together.

Your sweaters will remain safe and sound until you need them. Your pocketbooks won’t get crushed by anything. 

It’s like they all have their own rooms.


4. Switch Out Your Hangers


You may not think the kind of hangers you use makes any difference to your closet space.

Trust me, they do.

There are plenty of options out there to replace your old standard hangers. 

Make the move to slim profile hangers that allow your clothes to hang even closer together. You can really cram everything in.

Open-ended hangers made for pants keep everything compact while also letting you remove a pair from the closet without pushing things around.

You can’t go wrong with cascading hangers that give you the space to hang four or five clothing items on the same hanger. 

The best part is: hangers tend to be inexpensive.

You don’t have to make the switch all at once. 

Replace a few hangers at a time until you’ve done the whole set. By the end, you’ll be left with plenty of extra space to hang new items as you buy them.


5. Hooks, Hooks, and More Hooks


If you don’t already love hooks, you’re going to learn to.

Hooks are a fantastic addition to small closets. They take some of the weight off your other storage by holding things up and out of the way.

Take a look around your closet for any empty wall space.

Underappreciated areas like the walls on either side of your clothes and the spot above the inside of the door are just waiting to be used for the greater good.

Pick up some self-adhesive hooks and start sticking them everywhere.


Use the hooks to hang up all your loose accessories that don’t have a home: belts, scarves, ties, purses, jewelry, and anything else you can find. Whatever will hang over a hook should go on a hook.

No part of a tiny closet should be overlooked, and hooks help you use all of the available space.




Your small closet is just a few steps away from being transformed into something you can actually use. 

Take advantage of as many of these five ways to make the most of your closet space as you need. 

It’s okay to try them all to see what works.

Go absolutely nuts!

You’ll feel much better once there’s a place for everything and everything is in its place.


Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over 10 years of experience in the student housing industry and works with Dwell Tenn Street on a daily basis to help them with their marketing efforts.