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If you’ve been living with a linen closet crammed too full or jumbled and messy, bring order to the chaos by rethinking this hardworking space. From dividing and conquering (towels in the bath, sheets in the bedroom) to installing smart closet organizers, these solutions can help.
Hardworking space: The linen closet.
The challenge: Keeping an entire household’s sheets, blankets, towels, extra pillows, duvets and tablecloths in one little closet is asking for trouble. Too-high piles teeter and fall, and pretty soon the whole closet is a mess. Get things under control by thinking through exactly what kind of storage you need and where to put it.
Good to know: Check your linen stash before settling on any new storage system. Count the total number of towels, sheets and duvets to get a full picture of the storage space you’ll need.
Design idea: Built-in chest of drawers and cabinet in the hall.
Why: Drawers keep smaller linens contained, while upper cabinets provide more room for bulky items like spare pillows. The counter makes a handy surface for folding and sorting laundry.
How: Work with a cabinetmaker to design a chest of drawers and upper cabinets with the right combination of storage space to contain your linens. A built-in unit like this one puts every inch of space to work, but if you rent or are looking to keep costs down, a freestanding dresser would also work.
Cost: About $900 to $1,200 (and up) for built-ins, depending on size, materials and regional rates.
Design idea: Linen cupboard in kitchen.
Why: Storing things where you use them makes life easier. Store tablecloths on pullout hanging rods to keep them wrinkle free, and napkins and placemats in a sliding drawer.
How: If you are planning a kitchen remodel, speak with your kitchen designer to get the details you desire. If you want to add this feature to an existing cabinet, you can install ready-made components yourself or contact a cabinetmaker to make them for you.
Cost: About $200 to $300 for a cabinetmaker to add a pullout linen hanger and drawer to an existing cabinet.
Design idea: Outfit a traditional linen closet with organizers.
Why: Avoid the dreaded toppling pile of linens by subdividing your linen closet using smart organizers, and find what you need without a fuss.
How: Shelving, towel racks on the back of the door, shelf dividers, and storage baskets and boxes make a linen closet far more functional. Pick up components yourself at an organizing store or a home improvement store, or hire a closet designer to create the perfect linen closet for you.
Planning tips: Think about the type and quantity of linens you need to store, and pare down before going shopping. A bit of careful planning will prevent unnecessary purchases.
Cost: From about $200 for a bare-bones setup for a smaller closet to around $700 for a more elaborate design with help from a pro.
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