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Got a bedroom with no closet? Read on for great storage solutions. (Getty Images)

Bedrooms come in all shapes and sizes. NYC regulations stipulate lots of criteria for what legally constitutes a “bedroom,” including square footage, ceiling height and means of egress, but unfortunately, one of the legal necessities is not “walk-in closet big enough to hold every item of clothing you own.” In fact, some NYC bedrooms have no closet at all! Don’t let that little detail stop you from signing a lease, though. Thankfully, there are plenty of no-closet solutions for storing clothing and more — and they often come with the added bonus of enhancing your decor. 

The Top No-Closet Solution? Armoires

If your bedroom has no closet but can spare a little bit of floor space, then an armoire or a wardrobe is the best way to go. Not only do these serve the same function as a closet, often even more efficiently because of the built-in organization, but they’re also a great way to inject your bedroom with character and personality. The only cons are the amount of space they take up and the added cost. Here are a few attractive and affordable (all under $250) options we found:

  • This three-door armoire from Ikea comes in black or white and has a sleek vibe that would suit any space, but especially a minimalist one. 
  • Louvered doors and a choice of three different wood finishes give this wardrobe, available on Amazon, a stylish appeal.
  • This light wood option from Target offers a mix of open and concealed storage, for those who like to display their shoes and bags (and keep them within easy reach).

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Garment Racks and More

A garment rack is an easy and budget-friendly fix for a spatially challenged bedroom. And if you’re worried about the way it will look, fear not: Even style maven Jenna Lyons uses themWe love the industrial look (and the amazing price) of this metal rack from Wayfair, which comes in multiple colors and even includes a bottom shelf for shoes and storage boxes.

You’re unlikely to want all your belongings on display, though, so garment racks are best used in conjunction with other storage solutions. We suggest a stack of pretty garment boxes (preferably with windows, so you can easily see what’s inside) or a slim and compact dresser, which will also give you extra surface space for jewelry, lamps and other odds and ends.

Another option is to elevate your bed using risers and store boxes or baskets in the extra space underneath. A bed specifically made for storage is also a great no-closet solution, though probably better suited for items you’re not reaching for on a regular basis. 

And of course, if you’re really opposed to putting anything on display, you can always use a screen or room divider to keep it all under wraps.

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More Ways to Make the Most of Your Space

Custom-Built Closets

Last but not least, if you’re planning to stay in your space for a while and are willing to invest, custom built-ins or even building a new closet could be the way to go. Custom closet systems are also an efficient way to make the very best use of whatever closet space you do have, whether it’s in the bedroom or not: The Container Store has options for every size and budget, and it even offers design consultations to help you find your perfect fit.

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