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Custom Closets in DC: A Design Idea for Every Neighborhood

5 minute read, by Closet America, on Jul 24, 2017

Looking to remodel but in need of a little inspiration? Check out this list of popular DC custom closet design choices to get your creative juices flowing.

One of the best things about Washington DC, in my humble opinion, is the incredible variety of our neighborhoods. Whether you’re looking for active nightlife, family friendly coziness, utmost luxury, or a colorful hipster vibe, you’ll find it here. As a design expert at Closet America, one of my favorite parts of the job is getting an inside peek into the lives of each of these unique neighborhoods.

Over the years, I’ve worked with clients all over the city and have noticed something interesting—depending on where you live, your home may be in need of a specific custom organization solution. These trends are always fun to watch, and I’ve outlined five of my favorite neighborhoods below with the design request that we most commonly receive.

Custom Closets That Fit Popular DC Neighborhoods

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Trinidad: Custom Reach In Closet

If you live in Trinidad, you’re definitely what I would consider lucky. It’s a beautiful, well-rounded neighborhood that draws families and students alike for weekends at Union Market or the long line at Bullfrog Bagels. Plus, as a homeowner you have the opportunity to reside in a 1920s rowhouse—and unlike other areas, even a fully renovated home is considered relatively cheap in the Trinidad zip code.

Whether you’re working with a brand new interior or you’ve started with a row house that’s more of a fixer-upper, you’ll probably find the lack of closet space to be a slight drawback. That’s why many of our Trinidad clients vote for adding a custom reach-in closet system (or two) to their homes. With beautiful and custom-designed shelving that perfectly fits your space, you’ll be surprised at how much more you can fit into a standard reach-in. Adding double rods also makes a bedroom closet that much more viable for those of us with more expansive wardrobes.

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Adams Morgan: Custom Walk In Closet

For the young professionals who enjoy a walkable neighborhood with great local perks, Adams Morgan is pure paradise. As long as you leave your car parked after 9 pm and avoid 18th street on the weekends, this is a really fun and low-stress neighborhood to choose. Having the National Zoo practically in your backyard doesn’t hurt either.

I’ve designed several custom walk-in closets for clients who live in the Adams Morgan area, and it’s been really fun to stop by every now and then for a consultation. A customized walk-in is perfect for professional couples who are looking for innovative ways to keep their wardrobes organized. It’s also the best way to store your DC uniform in a way that keeps items at their highest quality.

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Shaw: Custom Kid’s Closet

With a growing youth population and a super rich history, Shaw is one of those areas of DC that inspires me the most. There are plenty of amenities for youngsters, too—the Shaw Library is always a favorite, as well as the Cardozo or Bundy playgrounds. This is a place that can really feel like home, no matter your age.

A custom kid’s closet helps busy families get their clutter under control. Most organization systems are adjustable and can grow with your child as they enter middle and high school, and will help keep their clothes, toys, and shoes corralled in the right place. If your kids’ rooms currently look like the annual 5th street block party, you may want to consider investing in one of these.

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Mount Pleasant: Custom Pantry

Mount Pleasant would probably be my first choice for a DC neighborhood. The homey row houses surrounded by older established trees really breathe character into this quiet neighborhood, and I would love to sit on my front porch every evening for the rest of my life.

It’s also a great place for the more food-inclined to get their fix. From Bad Saint’s spicy deliciousness to the local Each Peach Market, it’s easy to find or make a really good meal.

For the families who moved here to be in a really good school district and now have ravenous high schoolers to feed, I always recommend going in with a custom pantry. With pull-out wire baskets to hold snacks and a custom beverage rack to hold your collection of vino, a well-designed pantry can turn a chaotic kitchen into a haven. Just imagine: your next picnic at Rock Creek Park can come straight from the most organized pantry you’ve ever seen.

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DuPont Circle: Second Bedroom Master Closet

In my best dreams, I get to live in one of the mansions or stately brownstones of DuPont Circle with all of my sophisticated neighbors. I could sip a hot cup of coffee at Kramerbooks and watch the Capital Pride Parade every year without having to worry about parking. The neighborhood may in fact be a lot more down to earth than my idealized version of it, but it’s definitely nice to dream.

One benefit of living in DuPont Circle is that you have a lot more room to work with in your home. For those of you with seriously luxurious closet dreams, this can be the perfect place to turn a second bedroom into a custom walk-in closet. Imagine a layout that includes an island or peninsula, all the luxury accessories you could want, beautifully lit and finished cabinets and soft-close drawers—the whole nine yards. These are some of my favorite projects to work on, and our clients really seem to be in love with the results.

Choosing a Custom Closet to Fit Your Needs

No matter where you live or what storage limitations your home may include, you can definitely benefit from the help of a custom organization system. From Bellevue to Colonial Village and nearly everywhere in between, every home has an organizational need that can be helped with custom design—and at Closet America, we’re passionate about helping you find the idea that works best for you.

Interested in learning more? Reach out and schedule your free design consultation today with another of our design experts. We’re happy to come directly to your home, measure your space, and create a 3D model of your design using our screen-to-machine software so that you can see your ideas come to life. Get ready to enjoy the closet of your dreams, no matter where in DC you consider home.


Lead image source: Unsplash user Matt Briney

Closet America was able to work with my unique circumstances in order to give me the best use of my space.

Amy B.,
Fairfax Station, VA

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