6 Home Organization Design Mistakes To Avoid
1. Not fully utilizing all of the available space
One of the biggest design mistakes is not maximizing all of the available space. When you’re looking to increase storage room, every inch counts. Tap into all the available vertical area by filling the full height of the wall with tall organization systems. Make the most of every nook and cranny with adjustable shelving and hanging rods that are custom cut to fit the exact dimensions of your space.
To create your custom plan, use an online design tool or request assistance from a design professional. An EasyClosets designer can review your design or create one for you, free of charge.
2. Failing to realize room corners are an asset
Corners don’t have to be dead space. Proper spacing and a clever shelf design can make this area more functional so not an inch of storage space is wasted. In your closet, leave sufficient space between sections to allow for access to items you use most often. When sections come together in a right angle, use separate top shelves or connect them. When corners are bordered by shelves or drawers, add a radius corner shelf to take advantage of the space.
Should you have any questions about working with corners, rely on a professional designer to talk you through the options.
3. Not following the 80/20 clothing storage rule
The majority of us only wear 20% of the clothing in our closets 80% of the time. That means most of our clothes are worn sporadically or stored for the seasons. Take this into consideration when planning your new space. The layout should allow for convenient access to items that are used frequently and make room for overflow storage. Situate shelves, hanging rods and drawers to make it simple to get to items that are worn often. Use the top shelves to stow seldom-used items such as hats, seasonal apparel and extra blankets.
4. Skimping on quality materials
If you want your home organization system to have a long lifespan, insist on quality materials and a thickness that provide exceptional durability. Opt for products with high-end finishes and 3/4" thick commercial grade composite panels that are backed by a limited lifetime warranty. For wall-mounted systems, choose products with a steel track that can support at least 1,200 lbs per 8 foot section when properly designed and installed.
5. Overlooking options and accessories
You may be surprised to learn how simple it can be to personalize an organization system to match your needs and lifestyle. Including clever storage options and accessories can add style and efficiency while making it simple to maintain an organized home. For example, slide-out baskets in your pantry keep produce or linens within sight and easy to reach. Pull-out racks, drawer and shelf dividers, jewelry trays, and a valet pole keep items separated and organized in your closet.
6. Not taking advantage of free design service
You can choose to design your organization system yourself using the online design tool or receive professional design services, should you prefer a greater level of assistance or reassurance. A design professional understands space limitations and can help you envision the potential. They can create a custom plan that fits your space and your budget.