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Hanging clothes organizers

Hanging storage makes it that much easier to keep track of your things. A hanging rail can be turned into storage with multiple shelves, or a display of accessories with a multi-use hanger. Aside from being an organizer’s dream (by putting on display your neatly arranged items), hanging storage also make great use of your space. Free up floor or shelf space by hanging your clothes and belongings along rails, on hooks or anywhere else where they’re not in the way.

Hanging wardrobe storage that fits your style

We have a big selection of hanging wardrobe storage to ensure you can find a style that matches both your needs and your taste. Choose between different sizes, shapes and colours. Some of the hanging organisers fit under a rail while others can be hung flat against a wall, so you can plan for the specific wardrobe storage you need. And if your needs should change, or you just want to change your wardrobe around, you can always fold your hanging wardrobe organisers flat and put them away. If convenience is your dream, then don’t forget to also browse our storage boxes and baskets for more stylish and practical storage solutions.

Keep your wardrobe neat and tidy

Hanging wardrobe storage helps keep your wardrobe neat and tidy. Instead of digging through stuffed drawers and turning your closet inside out looking for your favorite accessories, why not organize your wardrobe? With the right boxes, shelves and hangers, you can keep all your favorite pieces in plain sight. Whether you need specialized storage, such as shoe or handbag organizers, or flexible storage such as multi-use hangers or hanging compartments, you’ll find the perfect solution in our large selection.

Sours: https://www.ikea.com/us/en/cat/hanging-clothes-organizers/
  • IKEA’s Boaxel system appears to be sold out in several locations nationwide, which may be COVID related. We’re looking into other options and will update the guide as soon as we know more.

  • IKEA’s Boaxel system appears to be sold out in several locations nationwide, which may be COVID related. We’re looking into other options and will update the guide as soon as we know more.

    We’ve also read through and updated this guide with a few products we’re interested in testing and some long-term testing notes.

March 22,

Bringing order to a disorganized, cluttered closet can make daily life feel a little smoother—helping you find what you need, use what you own, and save time getting ready. To help you get closets of any size under control, we asked five experts for their best tips and tricks, and we spent 42 hours researching and testing closet gear. We have recommendations for everything from space-saving hangers to full closet systems, to help you find your tidy bliss.

Why you should trust us

We researched hundreds of organizing tools sold through Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, The Container Store, IKEA, Target, and other retailers. We looked closely at reviews, making a few picks based on those. Jackie Reeve spent 11 hours evaluating installed closet systems in stores and later tested our seasonal-storage items in her own home. Alex Arpaia used a small closet in her New York City apartment to put our storage-maximizing accessories to the test.

How to organize a closet

A Wirecutter writer holding several pieces of clothing in front of a closet set up with several closet organizing implements.

The first step to creating an efficient, organized closet is to take stock of what’s inside, and get rid of anything you don’t love or use regularly. You don’t need to dramatically pare down your wardrobe, but try not to let items you never use take up valuable closet space. And if something doesn’t fit, donate it. Our experts also offered the following tips for organizing closets of any size:

  • Take stock before you buy: Once you’ve gotten rid of what you don’t want, take a hard look at what remains, and make a plan for the best way to store it. Organizer Beth Penn told us that until you’ve taken inventory, you won’t know what kind of storage you’ll need, and you may end up buying bins and boxes that don’t actually work for you.
  • Choose streamlined organizing tools: Especially for a small area, invest in the most space-efficient storage tools you can find. Look for items like slim hangers and shelf dividers, rather than bulky wooden hangers or bins with drawers that take up more space.
  • Keep things visible and accessible: Debbie Harwin told us she recommends choosing organizers that make it simple to see and access everything in your closet. For example, it’s easier to see sweaters when they’re separated by shelf dividers, as opposed to stacked away in boxes. Try to give everything a place to live, especially items like shoes, which can get overlooked.
  • Take advantage of “found storage”: Julie Morgenstern suggested using hooks inside doors, to gain more hanging space, and grouping long-hanging and short-hanging clothing together, to free up a chunk of floor below the shorter pieces.

Small-closet organizers

The streamlined accessories in this section are designed to squeeze more space out of closet rods, shelves, drawers, and floors. For most people to get a small closet in order, all it should take is a couple of these recommendations and a few hours.

Hanging closet organizers

A photo of a closet containing a hanging closet organizer hanging from a metal rod.

Most of our experts warned against fabric hanging organizers, noting that they tend to become saggy and gather dust. In general, we agree, but because they are a common, quick, and affordable way to add storage to a tight closet, we researched 14 and tested three promising options anyway. And we think The Container Store’s 6-Compartment Canvas Hanging Sweater Organizer could be useful for storing linens or keeping folded clothes in order. It’s well made, with deep, wide cubbies that can even accommodate shoe boxes.

The hooks of the Container Store’s hanging organizer on a bar.

The six-shelf version of this Container Store organizer is 50 inches long, so it may almost reach your floor, depending on the height of your closet rod. Its compartments should easily accommodate sweaters, and it can be useful for storing folded sheets and towels. This organizer’s hooks are more stable than those of competitors: The triangular hooks’ wide base helps prevent the shelves from tilting forward or backward if the weight inside is unevenly distributed. Although we like this organizer’s size and shelving, we found the off-white cotton canvas to be a bit on the thin side, but we’re still confident it’s durable. As of March , our home editor has been long-term testing the hanging organizer for a little over 2 years and it’s as sturdy as ever. The Container Store also sells a smaller, three-compartment option if you don’t need as much space.

We also tested StorageWorks and Simple Houseware organizers, both popular on Amazon, but each had flimsy shelves that during testing easily folded in half, rendering them useless. Both organizers were made of a cheap-feeling microfiber-type fabric that was rough and scratchy.

Closet-rod extender

A photo of the ClosetMaid Double Hang Closet Rod hanging from a metal rod in a closet.

Closet-rod extenders are a useful addition to any closet in which you want to maximize vertical hanging space: A second closet rod hangs below your built-in rod to double the number of items you can hang. In theory, they should be easy to set up and to use. In reality, most rod extenders are junk. We considered eight rods and tested three: the ClosetMaid Double Hang Closet Rod, the DecoBros Adjustable Hanging Closet Rod, and the Umbra Dublet Adjustable Closet Rod Expander. Of the three we tested, the ClosetMaid rod was the only one we wouldn’t immediately regret buying. It’s easy to adjust in a variety of ways, and, unlike most others we saw, it comes preassembled.

The ClosetMaid rod, which is made of powder-coated steel, beat the rest largely because of its durable and easily adjustable nylon straps, which attach to your existing closet rod, whatever diameter it may be. You can adjust the suspended rod to any height—from around 20 inches to 37 inches below the top rod—by sliding the clip up or down, so it’s useful for everything from kids clothes to adult shirts.

A closer look at the ClosetMaid double hang closet rod

The ClosetMaid’s construction is far more versatile than that of the extender we tested from DecoBros, which has a set number of slotted holes that limit adjustments in both length and width. The DecoBros model was also difficult to put together and too small—it didn’t extend far enough below a row of men’s shirts to allow them to hang freely. Finally, we tried a double-hang rod from Umbra but were unable to test it at all because the two-piece rod falling apart, as several of their negative reviews noted.

Hangers

Multiple hangers in a birch closet alongside a white shirt.

Our experts unanimously agreed that the most efficient way to maximize space in any closet is to use slim hangers. By allowing everything to have more space, slim hangers also help keep clothes from wrinkling and rumpling in storage. Of the eight hanger styles we considered, the ultra-slim Joy Mangano Huggable Hangers were the best based on our tests. They’re more customizable than others, available as basic shirt hangers and suit versions, with a bar across the bottom for draping pants. The extra flocked shoulder shapers keep hangers from poking the shoulders of jackets and sweaters, and there’s also a hanger option for your belts and ties that’s just as slim.

Alex used the Mangano hangers in her small closet for three years and found they were sturdier and of better quality than other slim, velvet-flocked hangers she’d tried. She especially liked that the hangers’ gentle slope prevented the shoulders of her shirts from creasing. And these hangers are perfectly sized to fit inside most garment bags, making it easy to pack for a trip. Online reviews are also overwhelmingly positive, many stating that the Mangano hangers visibly save space and are better than competitors at preventing clothing from slipping off.

We also like Studio 3B Slim Grips Hangers, which are a better option if you’re hesitant about a velvety coating. They have metal hooks and plastic bodies with built-in grips, so shirts won’t slide around, and because they’re waterproof, they’ll work well if you want to hang-dry laundry.

If you prefer pants-specific hangers that make hanging and removing garments easy, we like The Container Store's Chrome Metal Pant Hangers. These have a PVC nonslip coating that keeps your pants in place, but slipping garments on and off is still simple. If you’d prefer a style without a velvet coating (as on the Joy Mangano hangers), this is a nice alternative. The slim profile and minimalist design should fit in perfectly with other shirt or suit hangers, giving your closet a clean look. Keep in mind, however, that the thinner bar may cause some creasing, unlike bigger, bulkier hanger-bar designs.

These hangers are slim, and the PVC coating is grippy, but it’s still easy to slip pants on and off the bar. Unlike other hangers we’ve tested, these don’t leave residue behind on clothing. Hanging pants in your closet can free up space in a dresser, and clothes will have significantly fewer wrinkles.

Shelf dividers

The Lynk Tall Shelf Dividers on a shelf, keeping a stack of folded clothes organized.

Shelf dividers are great for making piles of clothes or linens tidy and keeping bags separated and upright. They take up less space than storage bins and keep everything visible, something our experts highly encouraged. After considering 12 and testing five, we love the Lynk Tall Shelf Dividers because they have the best design, are made of a heavy gauge coated steel, and are the sturdiest we found. And because of their slim profile, these shelf dividers won’t take up any extra space.

When we clipped the Lynk dividers onto our shelves, they easily stood up straight, with no adjustment necessary. Many of the other options we tried proved unstable and weak. But the Lynk dividers felt far more secure on the shelf, and the metal was much stronger than acrylic versions. A long-term tester on staff who has owned the Lynk dividers for several years reports that the dividers have held up well and kept their closet “calm and organized.” If you have painted shelves, the tester suggested taking extra care while removing the dividers from shelves, to prevent paint from chipping from the friction. These dividers will work for shelves up to ¾ inch thick; if you have thicker shelves, go with The Container Store’s Clear Shelf Divider, below.

The Container Store's clear shelf divider in use on a shelf.

For thicker shelves, we recommend The Container Store’s Clear Shelf Divider. It easily slipped onto 1-inch-thick shelves in our tests, and though it didn’t feel as stable as the Lynk divider, it was far better than competing acrylic dividers. It’s compatible with Elfa shelves, also available at The Container Store. A valet hook on the front of the organizer provides a nice place to hang a handbag, tomorrow’s outfit, or something else you want to have readily on hand in your closet.

We also tested clear acrylic dividers from Cq acrylic and StorageAid, but both felt flimsy, and we think our other picks (particularly the Lynk dividers) will last longer.

Drawer organizers

An overview of white drawer organizers in use in a drawer.

Dividing your drawer with organizers can help keep folded clothing organized or socks and underwear from getting jumbled. After researching 15 and testing four sets of drawer organizers, we recommend Dial’s Dream Drawer Organizers. They took up less room, stayed more firmly in place, and were easier to adjust than the competition. These were the only drawer organizers we saw that included pieces to subdivide drawers both vertically and horizontally, a feature we loved.

The Dream Drawer Organizers use a spring-loaded mechanism that adjusts to fit drawers from 12 to 18 inches long and at least 4 inches deep. They also come with smaller dividers that attach perpendicularly, to further subdivide the space. Wide supporting panels at either end help the Dream Drawer dividers stay in place, without taking up too much drawer space, making them easy to slip in and out if you need to rearrange. They also used space more efficiently than the box organizers we tried, giving us multiple ways to take advantage of every inch of our drawers.

Hook racks

A row of hooks installed on a wooden closet wall.

We considered a range of hooks for keeping ties, belts, scarves, and necklaces organized in a tight space, and the InterDesign Axis 8-Hook Wall-Mounted Rack was the best. It’s well constructed, with hooks that are each deep enough to hold multiple items but spaced far enough apart that smaller accessories shouldn’t be crowded. At only 18¼ inches wide, this hook rack is a nice option if you’re looking for an efficient way to deal with odds and ends inside or outside the closet. One owner mentions in a review on The Container Store’s site that the anchors that come with this rack aren’t the best; if you find the prepackaged option unsatisfactory or don’t have a stud in your closet, we recommend these drywall anchors.

For storing towels, robes, and other items on the back of a door, we like the Spectrum Duchess Over the Door5-Hook Rack. This rack is solidly built, with large oval nubs at the end of each hook to keep clothing firmly in place. The smooth metal won’t damage delicate fabrics. When we tested this rack for our guide to gear for small apartments, we found that it hung easily over our tester’s 1½-inch-thick door with ¼ inch of overhang; it wiggled a little, although not so much as to annoy her. Some online commenters complain that the bracket makes it hard to shut the door, but, depending on the clearance between the door and the frame, this could happen with any over-the-door rack. We’ve also been long-term testing this rack since , and it has held up well.

Shoe rack

Four pairs of shoes sitting on our pick for best shoe rack.

Our experts told us that shoes were one of the biggest culprits of clutter in the closet—people often own too many pairs and don’t allocate enough storage for them. After 30 hours of researching shoe racks and testing 15, we think the Seville Classics 3-Tier Resin Slat Utility Shoe Rack is the best for small closets where you need to maximize floor space. It’s the most stable freestanding rack we tried, yet it assembled quickly and without tools. Simply fold open the steel frame and snap the shelves into place.

The Seville holds more pairs than many racks we considered, and it is more customizable. You can easily stack two or more racks vertically or connect them horizontally, and the removable shelves mean it can fit taller boots that other racks can’t manage. No other model we tested made it as simple to store so many different shoe sizes and styles together. For more ideas about organizing shoes, see our full guide to shoe racks.

Closet systems

The IKEA Boaxel closet organization system shown in a bedroom closet

In a closet that needs structure, adding a system—whether installed or modular—is a game-changing way to utilize the vertical space, eliminate clutter, and fit more of your stuff. Professional organizer Toni Hammersley told us that any type of storage would be better than none, and that there’s no need to overspend if you don’t have the budget. “There are inexpensive systems on the market,” she said, and if you don’t want to permanently attach a system to a wall, even a bookshelf will help to hold bins and containers.

Although we didn’t bring closet systems in for testing, we did spend about 11 hours researching them online and in stores. We paid attention to the quality of the materials, the construction (up close), how they were installed, the availability, any extra accessories, and the price. All of our picks (with the exception of IKEA’s brand new Boaxel system) are also used by Wirecutter staffers, so we were able to get feedback about how well they’ve worked and held up over time.

Bang-for-your-buck closet system

Our pick

Of the closet systems we’ve considered, IKEA’s Boaxel closet system has the best combination of easy customization, low price, and availability. (As of March , the Boaxel closet system is out of stock in most nationwide store locations. We are looking into alternate options. Before heading to an IKEA store, it’s always a good idea to check the product page’s “check in-store availability” tool to save yourself a frustrating trip.) It’s IKEA’s replacement for its well-liked Algot system, our former pick that was discontinued in Because of the pandemic, we’ve been unable to test the Boaxel in person (but we plan to). We did visit an IKEA store to look at the new system up close, and it appears to be just as functional and customizable as the Algot. There are plenty of similar add-ons available, like pants hangers, drying racks, and shoe storage, although there is only one shelf depth available for the Boaxel system, whereas the Algot had two. The systems are very similar, but they are not compatible with each other, if you’re hoping to expand your existing Algot setup. Unlike for the Algot system, which was popular with several of our staff members, we don’t have a lot of reviews and feedback for the Boaxel yet, although this Reddit thread was helpful. We still think the Boaxel system will meet a lot of the same needs that the Algot did. The Boaxel system has its own baskets, but it’s also meant to be combined with the new Jonaxel line of mesh baskets and frames, to add more modular storage options. (As of this writing, several Jonaxel products are out of stock at many national locations, so make sure you check availability before making the trip to IKEA.) So you can use it in a closet as a drawer/rod system, or around your home for wall-shelf storage. If you have a closet that’s too dark, one of our senior editors recommends adding the Norrfly LED light strip for extra illumination.

The Boaxel system is slightly more expensive than the Algot—about $20 more for this basic 4-foot-wide kit, which is similar to the Algot system we used to recommend. But we also considered wire closet systems, like this Rubbermaid Fast Track kit, from big-box stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot, and for roughly the same price, the Boaxel system comes with baskets, a rod, and shelves, instead of shelves alone. The construction and materials are also better. We’ve had several wire systems from brands like ClosetMaid and Rubbermaid, and the metal edges are not as smoothly finished; Jackie has cut herself on them more than once during installation.

Mesh enclosures in a Boaxel closet system

We love the Boaxel system’s sleek look and thoughtful design details, such as the mesh material that makes the contents visible and allows air to circulate. Photo: IKEA

Articles of clothing hanging on white hangers in a closet

The Boaxel line is solidly built, and we thought the materials were more impressive than wire closet systems we saw at other stores; the others come with fewer accessories for a similar price. Photo: IKEA

Shoes on shelving in a Boaxel closet system

IKEA’s Boaxel system allows you to easily and inexpensively mix and match components to get the setup you need. Photo: IKEA

In our initial testing for this guide, we wanted to find an affordable option that was also widely available, and we found that IKEA was the best brand for a DIY closet system, if you think you’ll want to expand on it down the line. ClosetMaid and Rubbermaid systems can be really confusing to buy; each brand offers several different systems that seem interchangeable but aren’t necessarily compatible. Some are sold only in-store, some only online, and it can be hard to tell whether they’ll work together until you get them home. Unless you note your exact purchase location and model name (and it’s still available), you may find that the components you want to add just don’t fit. IKEA’s Boaxel and Jonaxel lines are available in-store and online, and they will always work together. One of our senior staff writers bought a ClosetMaid system to organize his pantry and also said it was confusing to install. We haven’t heard the same complaints about IKEA’s systems.

If the IKEA Boaxel system doesn’t work for you, the next best we’ve found is the ClosetMaid ShelfTrack system. The ShelfTrack line is somewhat more available than other systems we saw, the white wire shelves look a bit more uniform, and owner reviews suggest that extra components are easier to find. After examining several models in stores, we liked ClosetMaid systems more overall than Rubbermaid systems—they looked better constructed and seemed to have more options. Still, we found that ClosetMaid systems lacked both the quality and configurability of an IKEA system.

Investment closet system

We love The Container Store’s Elfa closet system for its quality materials, its high-end look, its versatility, and the ease of The Container Store’s online design tools. The shelves feel sturdier than those of our other picks, the brackets and rails appear more finished around the edges, and the drawers have a smoother glide. Also, the wood components we looked at had no visible dings or scratches, something we noticed on almost every big-box-store closet system we saw. And the Elfa system will last: We have staffers who have used the Elfa for years (more than 15 years, in one case), and it still looks almost new.

The Container Store's Elfa closet system installed in a closet, full of colorful clothes and shoes.

Consultants in-store can help you design your closet, but The Container Store’s online design tool is so much fun—it’s more intuitive and easier to use than IKEA’s online designer, and it offers more customization choices. You can buy the components and install them yourself, or pay an additional installation fee (which starts at $).

As much as we like Elfa, it’s expensive. A basic, 3-foot-wide wire-shelf system typically costs more than $ and really pulls ahead of our other closet-system picks with its wood components, which start closer to $1, In our research we found that the Elfa was still more straightforward and probably less expensive than custom closet systems, which are like buying a car—the true prices are hard to find without talking to a salesperson, and they change depending on where you live and what’s available. The Elfa system is easier to price and buy. However, for you to get the most value for your money, we think it makes sense to invest in an Elfa system only if you plan to live in your space for at least five years.

Modular closet system

If you want a modular system of cubbies and shelves that don’t require drilling into your walls, we like ClosetMaid’s Stackable Storage Organizers because they’re of better quality and have more pieces available than other modular systems we considered. They’re easier to find in stores, and the pieces are solid (although not as polished as those of the other systems we recommend). They are easy to confuse with ClosetMaid’s Cubeicals, though, and we haven’t tested that system to know whether the two are compatible with each other. The system includes shoe cubbies, drawers, and shelves, plus various cubby units that you can mix and match to get the setup you need. It doesn’t include a closet rod, though, so you may want to keep the one you have and use these freestanding pieces to maximize the floor space.

ClosetMaid’s stackable system is readily available at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Staples, and Target, and if you want to find a specific piece in stores, the company’s website has a “Where to Buy” button on every item; we thought it was fairly easy to make a list of the components we needed and source them this way. We also think this stackable system is easy to expand if you need to add components, especially since the line has been around for several years and hasn’t changed. What’s available now will probably still be available in a year or two.

Jackie used an older version of this same system for 11 years in her own closet and sewing studio. And though the laminate particle board isn’t as solid as Elfa shelves and drawers, this system does last, and it gets the job done.

What about IKEA Pax?

If you’re willing to DIY it, IKEA’s Pax wardrobe offers some interesting opportunities for creating built-ins for your closet. The Pax is technically a wardrobe meant to stand alone outside a closet, but we’ve seen great examples of people hacking units to create more-functional closets. Some of our readers recommended this option as an alternative to an installed system. It takes a little extra work to set up the wardrobe in a closet, but when done well, a Pax hack can look very clean and streamlined. Owner reviews are generally strong; people say they like the wardrobe’s tall height and the number of options available to configure the inside. We also talked to Wirecutter staffers who use and like the Pax.

What to look forward to: Soon we will test Kepsuul, a stand-alone closet organizing system sold direct-to-consumer online and through Lowe’s, Home Depot, Amazon, and Wayfair.

Seasonal-storage options

These bins and bags will keep your summer clothes or your winter bedding organized and packed neatly away until you need them. By incorporating tightly sealed under-bed storage, you can free up closet space while also keeping your valuables safe from moisture, moths, and dust.

Under-bed bins

A Container Store Clear Weathertight Tote full of clothes.

Affordable and airtight, a trusty, under-bed bin is shallow enough to stow under a bed to maximize storage space. Of the 12 under-bed bins we researched and the five we tested, we think The Container Store's Qt Clear Weathertight Tote is the best. It’s made of thicker plastic and has a sturdier lid. Six latches located around the entire bin (not just at the ends, as on other bins) keep the lid securely fastened. It was the only bin we tested that gave us confidence it would protect against moths or water sneaking in (although we didn’t specifically test for those conditions). One of our editors used Clear Weathertight Totes for a cross-country move to protect items she didn’t trust hauling in a cardboard box, and the bins worked perfectly.

We tested the 8-inch tall quart size, the biggest Clear Weathertight Tote that would fit under most beds (at 8 inches tall, it will require at least 8 ½ inches of clearance for smooth access). But smaller, quart and quart sizes (both the same 8-inch height) are also available. The quart tote is small for an under-bed box, but the size made it easy to carry when filled and to slide out from under a bed with a 9-inch clearance. At 8 inches tall, these bins were taller than others we tried, but the extra height allowed more room for bulkier blankets and outerwear. Larger under-bed bins can be unruly to use in a tight bedroom—the largest we tested was wider than a twin bed by about 5 inches, leaving exposed sides to trip over. We thought the bigger boxes weren’t as easy to use as the smaller Clear Weathertight Tote. For closet storage, The Container Store offers the Clear Weathertight Tote in several larger and deeper sizes. We also recommend a few other options in our guide to storage containers.

Blanket bags

A blanket stored in a Misslo Folding Breathable Jumbo Storage Bag cube.

Blanket bags protect your bedding from dust and damage while it’s stored away. These bags are less of a hassle to open and close than a vacuum-sealing space bag, and they’re more generously sized than many hard storage bins we’ve looked at, so they hold bulkier bedding with ease. We researched 12 bags and tested two, and our favorite is the Misslo Folding Breathable Jumbo Storage Bag.

The Misslo bag was the most hassle-free to get a king-size comforter into, thanks to a top that zipped open on three sides. The bags are made with a thicker material, which allows them to stand up on their own, and they have a sturdy zipper. In our testing we were able to unfold, unzip, and fill the Misslo bags in less time than we did The Container Store’s Natural Cotton/PEVA Storage Bags. Jackie’s been long-term testing the Misslo bags for three summers to store her winter bedding off-season, and they still look new. It’s a breeze to access their contents when she suddenly needs to grab a blanket on a chilly night.

The set of two Misslo bags includes two sizes. We tested the larger bag (28 by 20½ by 15¾ inches) with our bulkiest bedding and still had room to throw in the duvet cover and some sheets. We think the smaller bag (24½ by 18 by 12½ inches) would work well for seasonal kids bedding and guest bedding.

Compression storage bags

Clothes stored in a SpaceSaver Vacuum Storage Bag

Although we generally prefer plastic bins or blanket bags for storing clothes and bedding, vacuum bags can be a decent option if your storage is tight. After researching 18 vacuum bags and testing three, we recommend SpaceSaver Vacuum Storage Bags. They shrank more and faster, looked better, and held their seal better than the rest.

We tested the jumbo-size bags, which are 30 by 40 inches and could hold a queen-size comforter or several pillows. They shrank down significantly faster and looked flatter than the Vacwel Jumbo Vacuum Storage Bags we tested in a similar size (30 by 43 inches). We filled both bags to the same height with fluffy bedding, pillows, and clothes, and the SpaceSaver bags compressed by a little over 60%; the Vacwel bags compressed by only about 50% (in our testing neither achieved the 75% to 80% reduction they advertised). We reused all the bags we tested, and they compressed back down to roughly the same size. Since our original testing, we’ve used the SpaceSaver bags in a cross-country move and to pack several boxes for shipping, and they’ve held their seal through four or five repeated uses.

Jackie has used these bags since to ship test bedding around the country for photography, donations, or returns to companies, and she’s never received a complaint that products arrived dirty, wet, or otherwise damaged. She also used them for a cross-country move and reported that although they were fine overall, after a few months in storage, some bags lost their vacuum seal. She’d stored the bags—compressed and sealed—in plastic bins, and we recommend that you do the same because almost all vacuum bags eventually lose their seal.

Of the three compression bags we tested, Acrodo’s Space Saver Compression Bags were the easiest to use—rather than dragging out the vacuum, you simply roll the air out and seal. They compressed by about 50% and held that compression for our hour test. They shrank enough to be helpful in the short term for creating extra space in a storage box and protecting clothes from the elements, and we had no problem reusing and resealing them.

We tested the smaller size, which was easier to compress—the fuller the bag, the harder it is to roll them. So, unlike the SpaceSaver bags, these aren’t a great choice for storing big bedding.

Sources

  1. Beth Penn, home organizer and founder of Bneato Bar, phone interview, November 16,

  2. Toni Hammersley, author of The Complete Book of Home Organization and blogger at A Bowl Full of Lemons, email interview, November 17,

  3. Julie Morgenstern, home organizer and author of several books including Organizing From the Inside Out, phone interview, November 20,

  4. Sharon Lowenheim, professional organizer and founder of Organizing Goddess, phone interview, November 21,

  5. Debbie Harwin, professional organizer and owner/president of I Need My Space, phone interview, November 21,

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Hangers and hanger add-ons

House Day Pack Metal Wonder Magic Hangers

This innovative product triples closet storage space by allowing you to hang up to five articles of clothing on a single hanger.

Whitmor 4-Tier Swing Arm Hanger

You can hang five pairs of pants in the space of one hanger with this clever design.

AmazonBasics Velvet Suit Hangers

These velvet hangers will make your closet look much more uniform. Their slim design also allows more of them to fit in a contained space.

Hanging storage

mDesign Over Closet Shelving Organizer

This features two pull-out drawers that fit underneath existing wire shelving. Plus, it's large enough for shirts and pants or multiples of socks and underwear.

Regal Bazaar Double-Sided Hanging Gift Bag and Wrapping Organizer

Another Kuper fave, this holds all your wrapping materials in one convenient place.

Whitmor 4-Section Fabric Closet Organizer

With four shelves to store clothing and a horizontal bar for extra hanging space, this organizer can provide plenty of extra storage.

Whitmor 5-Section Closet Organizer

The five open shelves in this organizer allow easy access to folded clothes. The entire unit simply hooks onto the clothing rod for easy relocation if necessary.

Hanging Closet Bin With Chalkboard

A Kuper pick, these closet bins attach to a door, rod or hanger to expand storage.

Delta Children Nursery Storage Piece Set

This hanging storage set for baby or toddler items is a fast, easy way to organize your little one's clothing.

Closet hooks

AmazonBasics Wall-Mounted Coat Rack

These wall-mounted hooks are great for corralling bags and jackets.

Command Forever Classic Large Metal Hook

This Command hook is attractive, sturdy, easy to apply and designed to not damage walls.

Jewelry organizers

Akro-Mils 64 Drawer Plastic Parts Storage

Each drawer in this unit offers plenty of storage space, and you can double the number of items in each drawer by using dividers.

Brotrade Hanging Jewelry Organizer

This hanging jewelry organizer features 80 pockets that keep items in full view.

Over-the-door storage options

Smart Design Over-the-Door Organizer Pantry Rack

This over-the-door pantry organizer features six shelves and also works great on a closet door.

Lynk Over Door Accessory Holder

This organizer has nine hooks to hold scarves, belts, hats, jewelry and more.

Shelf dividers

Clear Shelf Divider

This clear shelf divider keeps folded items in a neat stack on the shelf while providing a convenient valet knob for hanging tomorrow’s outfit.

Lynk Tall Shelf Dividers

This tall shelf divider slides onto a solid shelf and keeps larger items organized.

Lynk Vela Shelf Dividers

These are made of durable fabric and epoxy-coated steel. The dividers simply lock onto any solid shelf and stay securely in place.

Shelf organizers

Honey-Can-Do Adjustable Coated Steel Wire Shelf

Double the amount of shelving in the closet using these metal shelves.

OXO Good Grips Lazy Susan Turntable

A lazy Susan is great for hard-to-reach places.

Whitmor White Wire Under-Shelf Basket

Using an under-shelf basket can create more storage in any closet.

Shoe organizers

8-Pair Shoe and Purse Organizer

You can easily separate your family's shoes with this spacious shoe cubby.

Whitmor Over The Door Shoe Rack

Each bar can be flipped up to create more space for the row below and accommodate all sizes of shoes.

Whitmor Over The Door Shoe Shelves

This organizer neatly stores 13 pairs of shoes in large, see-through vinyl compartments.

Other closet organization essentials

AmazonBasics Tension Curtain Rod

You can use three tension rods to create a shelf for bins, baskets and other lightweight items.

Position the first rod about an inch from the back of the closet wall and about a foot above the current shelf. Place the second rod 6 inches in front of the first and the third rod 6 inches in front of the second. Keep in mind that the larger the rod, the more weight it will hold.

Billy Bookcase

Hack Ikea's Billy shelf for a custom-closet look. Use ready-made shelving in bedroom closets for instant storage with designer appeal.

Spacesaver Premium Large Vacuum Storage Bags

Vacuum-sealed items take up less space in the closet, and this set is perfect to get you started.

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Final Verdict

If you have a walk-in or reach-in closet, you can't go wrong with the Rubbermaid Configurations Deluxe Closet Kit (view at Amazon). The basic set includes shelves and hanging rods, and you can opt to customize the kit further with add-ons like baskets and shoe storage. Those tight on space should check out the Umbra Enfold Over the Door Organizer, which includes four gusseted mesh pockets and a hamper.

When researching picks to include in this roundup, we took into account the useful features and real-world scenarios when recommending the best options on the market. For background, we consulted with organizing expert Ellen Karas, who has over two decades of experience helping people organize and refresh their homes. She's also the co-founder of Creative Organization Solutions, a Chicago-based organizing company.

Erica Puisis writes about cleaning, interior design, and home organization for The Spruce, and is always looking for new storage solutions to better organize her home. For this list, she considered the practicality and design of each type of closet organizer, as well as which type of closet it's best suited for. She consulted dozens of customer and third-party reviews, along with insight from our product testers.

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