Clothes Storage Ideas with No Dresser


More than 70 clothes storage ideas with no dresser for every situation. Whether you’re in college, your first apartment or a small home, these clothes storage ideas and products will keep everything neat and tidy.

woman placing folded clothes on shelves

I’ve lived in over 25 different homes thanks to the military. I’ve lived in all types of homes and situations. There are many reasons you may not have a dresser for your clothes. But whatever the reason, these clothes storage ideas will work for you when you don’t have a dresser.

What Can I Use Instead of a Dresser?

Whatever the situation, there are reasonable alternatives you can use for clothes storage when you don’t have a dresser.

  • Shelving unit
  • Cube shelf unit
  • Under bed bins
  • Trunk
  • Suitcases, vintage or even your current ones
  • Shoe racks can be used for clothes, too
woman leaning on rack of hanging clothes

Clothes Storage Ideas with no Dresser

Often when you don’t have a dresser, it’s because you’re living in a small space. Whether you have closet space or not, these tips are useful for for a small bedroom or studio apartment.

Expert Tips for clothes storage not using a dresser

  • Declutter so you only have to find space for clothing you actually wear and enjoy.
    • Organizing and storing fewer clothes allows you to access your items more easily and gives you more peace in the morning when you’re getting dressed.
  • Look for flexible solutions you can repurpose if and when you do add a dresser to your home.
  • Look for a solution that works for you and your lifestyle. There’s not one right answer. The right answer is what you will find useful.
  • Take advantage of all available space for creating dresser alternatives and that often means being creative.
  • Look for otherwise unused areas to add storage
    • Under the bed
    • Back of door or on wall behind the door
    • Pull your bed or other furniture 2-3 feet away from the wall and store shelves or tubs there.
    • Shelf added over the door for out of season clothing.
  • Because you can’t change the amount of floor space you have, take advantage of the vertical space on walls to add shelves or floor-to-ceiling shelving units. Always choose the tallest shelving unit you can to maximize and create usable space.
  • Fold clothing items and stack them neatly to make the most of space.
woman looking at clothes hanging on rack
  • Hang items you’d usually store in a regular dresser drawer.
    • Tank tops
    • Scarves
    • Belts
    • Ties
    • Jewelry
  • Rotate seasonal clothing so that only the current season’s clothing is in your prime real estate storage, which is the easiest to reach areas.
  • Fully utilize the closet shelf you already have. Use shelf risers and shelf dividers to give you plenty of space to use as a clothes storage area.

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Shelving Units

Shelving units are the obvious choice because it’s a flexible clothing storage option that is cost effective and can be moved when you relocate. You can fold and stack larger clothing items on the shelves. Place smaller items in bins or baskets on the shelf to keep them neatly contained on the shelf.

Open shelves or a small closet unit with a door are both a perfect storage solution.

A storage unit, such as locker style units, are a great option, too.

wood shelf and hanging clothes storage
compartment shelving unit for clothes
black wire shelving unit

You can often stack shorter shelving units on top of each other to utilize more of the vertical space, create more shelf space and create extra storage space.

4 plastic stackable storage shelves
wood and wire shelving unit
white cubbie storage unit

Take advantage of the vertical space in your room or closet. Look for extra tall shelves or shelving units designed to go all the way to the ceiling.

floor to ceiling storage shelves
industrial look wall mounted shelves
tall black shelving unit

If you’re even a little bit handy, you can create the middle shelving unit yourself with plumbing parts and wood shelves.

Clothing Rack

If you have enough room and simply prefer not to use a dresser, you can take advantage of different styles of clothes racks. They come in both rolling garment racks and stationary versions.

You can also add an additional clothes rod to your closet to double the hanging space.

Closet hanging shelves

These hanging shelves are made to hang from the closet rod, but can also be hung from coat hooks on attached to a wall. They work well for both bulky sweaters and also small items like baby clothes or underwear.

closet rod hanging fabric shelf unit
2  grey fabric hanging shelf unit
cream fabric hanging shelving and drawer unit for closet rod

Under-the-bed clothes storage products

The space under the bed is perfect for storing clothes. I prefer an option with a lid to keep clothing from getting dusty, but if you’re accessing the clothing each day, an open rolling drawer can work well.

If your bedframe is not tall enough to accommodate bed storage containers, you can raise the bed height with simple bed risers.

2 fabric under-the-bed storage containers
4 clear plastic under-the-bed storage containers with wheels
wood under-the-bed storage drawer with wheels

You can store any clothing that can be folded, shoes and even bedding and towels under the bed.

long, shallow wire basket with handle
2 black fabric shirt storage bins for under the bed
2 grey fabric shoe storage bins for under the bed

Back-of-the-Door Storage Solutions

Hang items on the back of the door or on the wall behind the door. In some cases you can do both if there’s enough space for shallow shelves or hooks hung at different levels so they can clear each other when the door is open. Consider using both the closet door and the door into the room. This is a great place to add additional clothing storage.

black metal over-the-door storage shelf
grey fabric over-the-door hanging bins
black fabric over-the-door hanging bins

DIY Clothes Storage Hacks

A quick trip to the thrift store or checking your local yard sales or online resale groups will often result in great solutions to replace a traditional dresser.

  • Bookshelf – use a book shelf you already have or a thrifted one.
  • Add wall shelves from the floor to the ceiling. You can customize the space to meet your exact needs.
  • Repurpose old trunks and old suitcases (or even your current suitcases). These can be stacked with the out of season clothes on the bottom and the in season clothes in the container on top where it’s easily accessed.
  • Repurpose clean sturdy boxes. These can also be stacked or placed under the bed for storage. Cover the box with wrapping paper or adhesive shelf paper for a DIY clothes storage box that matches your décor.
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  • Hook a hanger over top frame of window or door and hang folded clothing, scarves or belts over the hanger.
  • Hang inexpensive peg board on the wall and hang jewelry and scarves as decorative wall art and for storage.
  • Frame corkboard and hang jewelry.
  • Stack free wood wine crates, inexpensive wood crates or wooden boxes to create floor to ceiling shelves.
  • Add towel rods or thick molding to the wall to hang hangers holding folded shirts, sweatshirts and sweaters. It’s important to know how to fold and hang sweaters so they don’t stretch out on the hanger.
  • Place wood shelves on steps of and A frame ladder to create a shelving unit.
  • Hang wood ladder on the and add wood to create shelves.
  • Use hanging wire baskets, the type for fruit or root vegetables, hung from the ceiling for small items.
  • Use rope and a standard shelf from a big box store to create a hanging shelf. You can hang it from the wall or ceiling.
  • Place a shelf unit or trunk at the foot of your bed for additional storage.

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person folding clothes
rack with clothes hanging in front of window with white curtains
wood shelves with folded clothes

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