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Six Tips for Crafty Storage Spaces


Designated space designed for activities like scrap booking and gift wrapping is increasingly popular.

And if you’re one of the lucky people who has a space that can be utilized for these activities, here are some suggestions on what to consider as you implement your design plan:

1) Define what kinds of crafts you’ll be doing in that space and what kind of equipment/tools and storage you will need in order to be able to enjoy utilizing your space while being efficient at the same time.

2) Figure out location and size of work surface (where it will be located in the room and how big it can be). Will this be a large table or a custom laminate surface?

3) Storage. Determine what kind you need and where it should be located. If the room has a Reach-In closet, you should vary the shelf depths inside that closet so you can store large items on deeps shelves, yet be able to easily access small items on shallow shelves.

4) Utilize wall space to help keep you organized. Install a “tool rack” of some sort with hooks on the wall nearest your work surface so you can easily grab what you need to work on your craft.

5) Task lighting should be accessible on your work surface so you can see detail in anything that needs close up attention.

6) Share your goals, pictures and things that need to be accommodated with your storage design professional so they can guide you through the process to a successful completion for an artsy-craftsy space that your friends will wish was theirs!






Chicago Custom Closet Design with Screen to Machine


Most of our clients have the same priorities when they consult with us to create custom closet organization storage solutions – increased function and space maximization.

They want to make sure that they can not only fit in all the “stuff” they already have – but want room to add more in the future.

They also want their Chicago custom closet design project to look good, work properly and fit the space.

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And all of those ultimate goals are achieved by starting each Chicago custom closet design project with a solid method of manufacturing.

At Closet Organizing Systems, we utilize a method that’s known in the industry as "screen to machine”.

What that means is that the computer design program is fully integrated with the technology of the machinery. Computerized code is sent directly from computer to the CNC woodworking machinery. All variables are calculated with high precision accuracy for results that are top quality.

After we meet with you for your Chicago custom closet design consultation, we utilize software to create a detailed drawing that gives you an idea of what your closet will look like.

Once you sign off on that design paperwork, our engineering takes over to produce a more detailed set of internal fabrication drawings.

We don’t just rough sketch something out and cut it with a saw.

We calculate the most efficient way to layout (referred to as “nesting” in the woodworking industry) the shelves and panels so we get the most from every sheet of material. This allows us to not only give you the best price possible, but it reduces our waste, which in turn contributes to our “green” efforts.

If your project is complicated (let’s say there’s some fluted columns involved) our technology allows us to calculate hinge location and spacing, along with rabbets (which are similar to a Dado, which is a groove cut in to one piece of wood that allows another piece of wood to fit snugly) and edgebanding tolerances that are within a sixteeth of an inch.

Now, honestly, most people are not concerned about tolerances within a sixteenth of an inch - but doesn't it give you peace of mind to know that we do?

Closet Organizing for Kids - Eight Excellent Tips


Closet organizing for teens and younger children can be challenging, no matter what methods you put into place.

And if you thinCustom Reach In Closet by Closet OSk about it from their perspective – it’s pretty difficult for teens to take the time to actually hang up a garment in their Chicago closets when they are glued to Xbox live or have an average of 80 text messages day, according to recent studies.

But there is hope!

With good planning and assessment of what needs to be stored and how – you might get lucky enough to actually see part of the bedroom floor by utilizing closet organizing. closet organizing Chicago

So here are some important things to think about when planning your custom storage solutions for the kid friendly spaces in your home:

1) Determine what items need to call this Chicago closet space home. Are there toys and sports equipment, in addition to clothing, that need to be stored here?

2) What percentage do you want to hang and what percentage do you want to fold? And, if space allows in your closet system, do you want drawers?

3) Where does dirty laundry end up? Would you like pullout baskets/drawers in your closet system for that?
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4) Be sure to have adjustable hanging sections so if children are very young, space will allow triple hang (three rows of hanging garments). As the children grow and the clothing takes up more space, you can remove one of the rods and have traditional double hang.


5) Make sure to have low shelves for children to easily put away the most frequently used items.

6) Incorporate kid size hangers. Standard hangers are often too large for such small clothing items.


7) Teach children how to treat clothing and reward them for with special rewards for keeping it organized. It’s an investment in time that will pay dividends for the rest of their lives.


8) Incorporate hooks for easy closet organizing with anything from sweat pants to back packs.

Note: These photos are from a project we did in the Healthy Home 2010. A small child’s closet and a “princess” closet were included in this entire house project. The other was for three young boys featured in the Luxury Home Tour.

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