Easy access is the start of a functional closet! It’s important for all individuals to have the ability to get into their closet to retrieve and store items. If the doorway is too narrow, it’s more difficult to use the storage. Entrance width should be no less than 32 inches.
Hardware on doors needs to be easy to use without any gripping, pinching, and twisting. French doors, bifold doors, pocket doors, curtains, or sliding doors all work well, but floorspace and function need to be married together when choosing door type.
It’s important to install shelving that offers the greatest flexibility of use. Low and high clothing rods and/or adjustable shelving will provide usability for anyone short or tall, standing or seated.
Sometimes lighting is overlooked, but it’s important to be able to clearly find and see items inside. Make sure switches are placed in an easy-to-access location, not behind a wall of clothes or on a wall that gets blocked by furniture or an open door.