8 Best Closet Organizers
Functional closets feature the right closet organizer. Our organization pro shares her picks for the best systems and individual pieces you can buy.
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How To Organize a Closet
Before deciding on a closet system or a few best closet organizers, here are five steps to an organized closet:
Elfa Closet Organizing System
The Elfa organizing system, sold exclusively at The Container Store, is a highly rated closet system with seemingly endless configurations. This strong steel, customizable, wall-hung closet system comes in original Classic (five finishes) or Décor, which has solid wood options.
The Elfa system accommodates changes in the layout as wardrobes change, and free in-person and virtual design service is available. Devotees of Elfa closet systems have been known to take their closet system with them when they move!
Pro tip: To save big, wait for the annual Elfa sale, which starts around Christmas and lasts through February.
Seville Three-Tier Shoe Rack
The Seville three-tier shoe rack holds up to 12 pairs of shoes (more if they’re kid-size!) in 27 inches of floor space. This closet shoe organizer comes in five colors/style combinations. Two or more racks interlock to stack vertically or to expand horizontally. Shelves simply clip into the frame — no tools required. Each sturdy iron shelf can support 30 lbs.
Ikea Pax Closet Organizer System
This system offers four colors (white, gray, brown and black), soft-closing drawers and wire and mesh baskets. Higher-end options within the Pax system include glass shelves and drawers, hinged or sliding doors and pull-out trays. Ikea reviewers urge buyers to use the online Pax planner.
Rubbermaid DIY Closet Organizer Kits
Rubbermaid DIY Closet Organizer Kits offer great pricing and starter kit options for the first-time installer. Each kit is available in starter, classic and deluxe options, which vary by the number of shelves and vertical configuration possibilities. This organizing product is available from Amazon, Target and Walmart, so buyers can compare price and availability.
ClosetMaid Double Hang Rod
The ClosetMaid double hang rod is a game-changer. This rod not only doubles the closet space for blouses, jackets and folded pants, but raising the existing rod creates space for longer items such as suits or dresses. The rod clips onto existing wire or wood rods. It can be adjusted by height and width to fit most spaces.
Seville Expandable Closet Organizer System
Expandability is the first advantage of the Seville Closet System, a top-rated closet organizer. The double hanging rods expand from 30 to 57 inches, with an overall width of five to seven feet. And it’s freestanding, meaning portable.
It’s made of industrial-strength steel at an affordable price. All eight shelves adjust in one inch increments with flat, smooth shelf liners included. Amazon reviewers loved the easy assembly with no tools required.
StorageWorks Six-Shelf Hanging Closet Organizer
Made of quality fabric and heavy-duty fiberboard, this organizer holds up to 50 lbs. of bulky clothing, rolled t-shirts and accessories. Two hanging methods fit on most rods, and the handy mesh side pockets hold items in full view. Plus, it earned 4.7 stars out of five on Amazon based on more than 1,800 reviews.
Ikea Jonaxel Closet Organizer System
It starts with a white frame in two sizes. Then accessories are added: shelves, mesh or wire baskets, clothes rail, legs and castors. Put multiple frames together to produce different configurations. Individual pieces can complement any closet system. They’re made from materials that hold up in wet environments (think kid-friendly).