Updated on November 18, 2020 by Lyric Fergusson
Who doesn’t need more storage?
If you have a closet or bureau that’s bursting with your clothes – pieces you certainly don’t want to toss – then it might be time to look into more storage options. We’re big fans of portable closets, organizers that immediately make room for your items with just a few racks and shelves.
Here are a few of the best portable closets:
The Best Portable Closets
(Best budget option — $)
Why it’s great: It’s *very* easy to put together. That’s huge in my book! There’s not much worse than purchasing storage and then not being able to use it for a while because you’re trying to assemble it. A bonus is that you can add fabric box drawers in the smaller spaces – which is great if you have a bunch of smaller items to store. This organizer is available in gray or black.
Keep in mind: Just be careful not to put too many pieces in this closet. While it can hold plenty of clothes and accessories, it can’t hold all of them.
Good for: Lots of options for the ways you can assemble this closet.
(Most adaptable — $$)
Why it’s great: First off, it’s adjustable! Choose a width between 5 feet and 7 feet, which means this can fit in a lot of rooms. Plus, there’s bonus storage on the top of the organizer for items you don’t use as often. All together, you can have 10 shelves with this system! This unit is offered in four finishes, so you can choose the one that matches your decor.
Keep in mind: This includes wall-mounting hardware – great if you have kids and/or pets who like to jump or climb on absolutely everything.
Good for: Lots of clothes. This unit is quite sturdy!
(Best looking — $$)
Why it’s great: No tools are required to put this together! We dig the look of the fabric, which gives it a look of belonging over that of an afterthought. You’ll discover that you’ll have extra storage both on the top – for luggage or other storage containers – and the bottom, which can cover a number of pairs of shoes. This unit is available in beige or gray – the perfect neutrals that should match your style.
Keep in mind: The colorful tubes are there to help you make the assembly process simple.
Good for: Keeping dust and other resin away with strong, protective covers.
(Most protection — $)
Why it’s great: This storage unit is made out of breathable fabric, allowing air to pass through. Because of that, this unit keeps out dust, mold, mildew and odor – perfect for all your clothes and your allergies. We’re also a fan of the see-through window, which allows you to see everything you’ve stored without having to unzip the fabric. And by the way? You can wash this closet’s fabric.
Keep in mind: This unit is also easier to move than some others, so don’t feel like you’ll need to keep it in the same spot once it’s assembled.
Good for: Heavier items – this can hold up to 50 pounds.
(Best fabric — $)
Why it’s great: There’s so much storage space in this unit that you’ll just need to go on a shopping spree to fill it up! The non-woven fabric cover is water resistant, meaning a leak from an upstairs neighbor won’t affect you too much. This wardrobe comes in three colors – black, dark brown and gray – and it should take less than an hour to build.
Keep in mind: You can use this closet with or without the fabric cover, depending on the aesthetic you’re aiming for.
Good for: Clothes that are both hung and stored on shelves.
(Best for smaller spaces — $)
Why it’s great: As one of the smaller units here, it may be best in a room that needs a little additional storage. We like the zipper that wraps around the front of the wardrobe, because if you aren’t the neatest, you can throw items in here and zip it back up. (No one will know!) The peekaboo window around the top is a nice touch, letting you see if you have room for just a couple more blouses.
Keep in mind: While it doesn’t come with wheels, they could easily be added to this wardrobe.
Good for: Complementing your current closet storage.
(Most luxurious — $$$)
Why it’s great: This unit is stunning. You know how your favorite boutiques display their items so beautifully? Now you can create that same feeling in your own home. The top shelf is perfect for luggage or other storage containers you don’t use as often, and the bottom shelf makes a great space for a few pairs of shoes. It comes in two colors: all black or black/white.
Keep in mind: Consider using this for items beyond clothing or accessories: We love the idea of turning this into a plant shelf!
Good for: A lot. This organizer can hold about 350 pounds all together.
FAQs about portable closets
1. How can I hang clothes in a room without a closet?
One of the easiest and least expensive methods involves getting a clothes rack – basically, a portable closet. These storage closets are designed to hold your clothes and accessories, and each one can organize a little more or less of each. Plus, a portable organizer allows you to place it where you feel it fits best in your room. You’ll also be able to find options in so many price ranges: There are plenty of units that are under $100 if your budget is pretty tight. Because after the money you’ve invested into your outfits, you should be able to store them as they were intended.
2. What do you do when you don’t have a wardrobe?
There are still plenty of options for you! For clothes that you fold, you can store them in a trunk or bins under your bed. But you’ll still have pieces you’ll want to hang up, and the easiest way to do that is with a portable closet. Inexpensive, movable, and available in a variety of sizes and colors, you can find a closet with the shelves and racks you need.
3. What is the best portable closet?
We think the best portable closet is the one that fits the space where you’re going to place it! If you have a little apartment, you’ll need to find a closet that fits around your bed and any other furniture you have in your room. But if you have a large master bedroom, you may be considering buying one for either inside or near your current closet. Either way, you’ll need to consider what articles of clothing you want to store in your portable closet to determine what you’ll need from the storage you buy.
4. How do I neatly organize my closet?
If you purchase a portable closet, you’ll notice right away that they often leave your items out in the open. If it’s important for you to keep it tidy, you might want to consider only storing certain items here – maybe even giving it a theme. This could be where you store only your work clothes, or just your sweaters, or only your workout clothes. By creating a category for your portable storage unit, it will become less crowded and much more pleasing to the eye. (But if you know you won’t keep up the clean look, definitely look for a unit with a cover!)
5. Is a custom closet worth it?
This is all up to you and the space you have in your home. Many people who are looking for portable closet space typically don’t have the square footage or the means to create something custom where they live. Larger houses might have more dedicated space for storage, but smaller homes or apartments may not. Because of that, researching the wide variety of options for portable closets could offer you the same type of solution you’re looking for.
A lot of storage doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. No matter what room you need extra storage in – yours, the children’s, a guest room – you can find an affordable wardrobe that can organize your clothes and rid the room of clutter.