How to Maximize the Storage Space in Your Closets and Cabinets

Are the closets and cabinets in your house too small? Do you find it difficult to fit in all your belongings into the little available space? Don’t worry! By using the right products, you can make them more organized and maximize their storage capacity.

At Millbrook Cabinetry, we have been designing stylish custom cabinets for our clients in Ontario since 1991. We offer innovative storage solutions for kitchens, bathrooms and other spaces.

Maximize Your Closet Storage

If you’ve pared down your possessions and are still at a loss to fit everything into your closet, read on for tips which can help you.

Nook Shelves

Use the hidden space at the recessed ends of your closet by adding a set of wire shelves. They are available in a variety of widths, shapes and colors to suit your requirements. They help you find what you need with ease and look great aesthetically.

Double Closet Rods

They have one upper and one lower rod mounted in parallel, whose height you can adjust to access the clothing easily. The differing heights help separate clothes by type and ensure longer items don’t drag on the floor. By installing an extra closet rod, you can instantly double the amount of hanging space.

Twin Closet Shelves

There is a lot of space above the top shelf in most closets. Use it by adding a ledge above the existing one. You can also install dividers in between to stack clothing and handbags.


Add S-hooks to the wire shelving in your closet. This is a great way to store mops, brooms and other cleaning tools.

Hooks Racks

If there is any free space on your closet walls or door, you can fix a rack of hooks there. Use it to hang your coats or your suitcases. Your handbags, loungewear and pajamas can also be stored in this manner.

Under-shelf Baskets

Use under-shelf baskets with a wide opening to keep your sweaters, scarves and other apparel. They allow easy access to the contents within.

Tool Aprons

Tool aprons can be altered to store almost any household item. Just sew a variety of pocket widths and mount them on a door (using a wood strip).

Glove Racks

Add a glove and cap rack on the back of your closet door. It helps to dry these items if they are wet and prevents them from getting misplaced.

Belts and Other Hang-Ups

A wooden hanger and some cup hooks can help store all your belts in one place. If your belts have unusually thick buckles, widen the cup hook a little. You can also hang small handbags
this way.

Vertical Containers

Does your closet have a lot of vertical space between the top shelf and the roof? Don’t let it go to waste. You can use it to store handbags and seasonal items like sweaters in stacking drawers or labeled bins.

Maximize Your Cabinet Storage

No matter how many cabinets you have, fully utilizing them isn’t possible without proper organization. Here are a few cabinetry solutions to help you increase their storage capacity: 

Store-bought Inserts

You can use store-bought inserts to increase the amount of stuff the cabinets hold. Buy plate racks, drawers or shelf risers.

Sliding Organizers

These can be great to store scarves, bangles and other jewelry items. Add one in any free space or on the door to ensure easy access to such items.


Add pegboards on the walls of your cabinet. They offer flexible storage space, which can be adjusted over time according to your needs.

Nesting Tables

Install a built-in nesting table in your kitchen cupboard. It can be tucked away inside and pulled out when an extra chopping surface is required.


Add shelves under your countertop. This is a great way to add extra storage for small dishes, magazines and cookbooks.


Install cubbies around your kitchen’s door frame. They are ideal to hold items such as vases and cookbooks.

Use the Top of Your Cabinet

You can stash special-occasion serving platters and extra pantry supplies in this area.

Rollout Drawers

They provide additional shelves for your pots, pans and other kitchen items. They slide out for easy access and can hold heavy items like mixers.

These tips will help you solve your cabinet and closet storage problems. At Millbrook Cabinetry, we design and install custom products in homes across the Niagara region. Our designers will work with you to understand your style preferences. For more information, contact us today!

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