It seems that many architects favor large bathrooms and great rooms with expansive balconies over functional closet space. Closets are tucked under sloped ceilings, or cramped between walls twisted into odd angles and narrow alleys. In older homes built during a time when wardrobe cabinets and bulky dressers were in favor, closet space suffers a similar fate. Homeowners are left with closet space that is inadequate for today's active life style. Work outfits, bike riding gear, gym clothes, ski clothes, jeans, sweaters, suits and shoes end up in a tangled mess and you can't find anything.
So you ask your builder or carpenter to make it work for you. The results, while often well built and aesthetically pleasing often offer little in the way of function and efficiency. So as a last resort,
you call a closet designer and ask them to open the fifth dimension to solve a problem that should have been addressed by the architect in the first place.
And sure enough, that closet designer has some design standards and products available to them that change everything. The key is to use every bit of wall space and create a closet that increases both efficiency and accessibility, because the thing is if you can't find it--it will drive you crazy.
Here are some thoughts to consider with odd shaped closets:
1. Wall space is key to creating usable closet space
2. Use walls that are 84" or more high for double hanging rods
3. Knee walls need to be at least 42" high for single low hanging rods
4. Balance hanging space and shelves based on how you like to use your closet
5. Adjustable shelves are key to efficient storage