How To Organize Clothes Without A Dresser

Whether it’s by choice or due to a lack of space, you can totally organize clothes without a dresser. A dresser is typically used for the smaller articles of clothing such as undergarments, socks, small shirts, and quite possibly those pieces you rarely wear anyways. And although it may seem weird to live without one, you can store your clothing just as efficiently as if you did. Keep reading to discover storage ideas for small spaces, tips for DIY dresser ideas, and more.


Clothes Storage Ideas For Small Spaces

When living in a small space, your number question is most likely, “How can I organize my room without a dresser or any other large piece of storage furniture?” With little to no space to store your clothes, you basically have no choice but to get creative.

And if creativity isn’t your thing, no worries. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to make the limited amount of space you have work in your favor. Below are just a few innovative ways to consider making the most of your space:

  • Hang your pants by the belt loops using S-hooks.
  • Add a couple rows of shelving on the wall to store bins for underwear, socks, and undershirts.
  • Use the door to hang a shoe organizer. You can also store other accessories in those pockets such as folded scarves and rolled up belts.
  • Invest in a hutch-style bed for underneath storage. 
  • Use a storage-style headboard that comes with space for bins and baskets.
  • Utilize shower curtain rings on a hanger for tank tops. Then, hang it on the back of a door.
  • Invest in hooks that can hang on the wall or door. These work best for accessories, pants with loops, or tank tops.
  • Add risers to your bed and use the space to store clothes-filled totes.
  • Use a rolling, or layered, clothing rack.

DIY Dresser Ideas

Having the hooks, the bins, and the baskets are fine and dandy but what do you actually do with clothes when you don’t have a dresser? No worries if nothing comes to mind. There are practical ways to create do-it-yourself dresser-like pieces that are both minimal and chic.

For starters, a couple of your new best friends are going to be the thrift store and antique shop. You can come across some amazing pieces of furniture that can be repurposed and used in replacement of a dresser, but still offer the same kind of storage capabilities. Be on the lookout for old trunks as they will have plenty of space and are able to be redone to match any style of decor. Trunks are perfect for holding the bulkier items like shoes, pants, or jackets. 

If you have the space, consider using an open closet style with various racks and shelving units. Purchase a few bins in different sizes and consider using the smaller bins for the little pieces of clothing, with the bigger sizes obviously holding bigger items. Conveniently hang your clothing on the racks, but keep the pieces to a minimum to keep the area from looking cluttered. 

Foldable Closet Organizer Clothing Storage Box

If you have room at the end of your bed, opt in for a cute bench that offers a storage area under the seat. And if there is a space under the bench, use it for a cute set of matching bins or a rolling storage cart.

Fabric Storage Ottoman

Last but certainly not least, rethink using your bookcase for other clothes that work well folded. Leaving your clothes in the open will make them easier to see, grab to put on, and put away on laundry day.

Ideas for Bedrooms Without a Closet Space

Perhaps you have a bedroom without a closet. You’ll need some closet space alternatives that can still get the clothes storage job done. In this case you’ll want to think pretty minimal starting with only keeping out clothes for the season.

Save your precious space by putting the unneeded clothing in sealed plastic bags and storing them in a safe place. This will instantly cut back on clutter and free up at least three seasons worth of space.

If under or behind your bed isn’t an option, think upward. Depending on how tall you are, use your walls to hang shelves, racks, or cute cubbies. One place that’s rarely used is above the bedroom door. This is one area that could use a shelf-cubby type addition and hold more than you may realize. 

Over The Door Closet Valet

Remember those hanging fruit baskets? Time to bring those back out, except this time to help with creating an innovative storage space for your clothes. Consider rolling your clothing – such as shirts,pants, or socks – to fit more than just a few pieces. 

Don’t hesitate to use space in other rooms. With the right kind of furniture, you can house some of your clothes in them. Take advantage of these extra areas by using a dresser that doubles as a TV stand, or a side table that can hold a bin full of accessories. 

Do you have a corner space to spare? Consider hanging a corner clothes rack complete with shelving on top. Now you’ll have a place to not only hang clothes, but also upscale with some cute colored totes or boxes.

Corner Garment Rack

Embrace the Space to Organize Your Clothes Without a Dresser

Once you get the ball of ideas rolling, the possibilities almost seem endless. The idea behind all of these suggestions is to help you utilize the space you have without feeling cluttered or overwhelmed. Instead of seeing the lack of space you have, embrace and make the most of the space you do have.

Whether you choose to go with boxes, bins, bookshelves, or built-ins, keep in mind that a little space can go a long way. Don’t allow your lack of space cause you to make decisions that stress you out. 

CHIME IN: Do you have tips for organizing clothes without a dresser or closet space? Share them in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

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