The closet consultation conversation often begins with the client saying: “And I’d like some shelves for shoes on the bottom”. If you’ve designed a dozen or more closets – you’ve heard this request from a client.
Just because you were raised with storing your shoes on the floor underneath the single hanging rod that existed inside your reach-in closet DOES NOT mean it’s the best practice to employ today.
And just because you see it advertised that way does not make it a good idea either.
Typical hanging garments average 24” in depth. That means when they are hanging on a hanger inside your closet, they occupy about two feet of space.
I’m willing to bet that NOT ONE of you reading this has feet that are 24”. I don’t even think Shaquille O’Neal has feet that big.
So what that means is that if you put shelving underneath hanging, you’ve got to clear your clothing out of the way to be able to see what’s on that shelf. You’re looking down into the darkness to find your black shoes.
Makes sense to me.
Make finding your shoes as difficult as possible.
How about the opposite?
Best practice in the closet industry is to bring those shoes into the light (pretty high minded of us isn’t it, outwardly worshiping shoes in such as a way as to allow them prime location in our closet space).
Yes, you can put 24” deep shelves below your hanging, but if you do that, those shelves should be pull out shelves or you’ll never remember the items that get pushed to the back on this deep of a down low shelf.
If you want drawers under hanging – that’s an option but standard industry drawers are 14” and 16” deep – so your hanging will “hang out” (and not in a cool way) over the standard drawers and block your access. It’s also a bit more difficult for people who are petite to reach that higher rod – so it’s not a design practice I ever put in to play.
So you either put shelving above a short hang rod or do an entire column (or stack or section) of shelves to accommodate any items you would normally store on shelves – be it jeans, t-shirts and yes – even shoes.
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