- Closets are frequently not built to be optimized. Hanging shelves or hanging closet organizers are an easy, affordable way to add additional storage to a cramped space.
- Our top pick is The Container Store’s 6-Compartment Natural Canvas Sweater Organizer. It provides roomy shelves for neatly stacking sweaters or pants and is made of high-quality canvas fabric that retains its shape.
The tiny closet in my bedroom is the bane of my existence. It’s poorly organized, with upper shelves that I can’t easily reach and sliding doors that make getting the clothes at the very center of the rack a challenge.
But even if you don’t share my closet woes, you can probably still benefit from some organization. Hanging shelves are a great way to make use of your closet’s dead space, adding extra storage for anything from sweaters and pants to purses, shoes, and accessories.
They’re also perfect for people who can’t fit a dresser in the bedroom, and they help keep the closet floors clear for shoe racks. Hanging shelves come in all different shapes and sizes, so you’re bound to find one that suits your closet and your wardrobe.
Note: Make sure your closet rod can support the weight. Once they are filled, hanging shelves can get very heavy, which can cause the rod to bend. A good approach is to avoid weighing down the hanging shelves by overpacking them.
Here are the best hanging shelves for closets you can buy:
- Best hanging shelf overall: 6-Compartment Natural Canvas Hanging Sweater Organizer
- Best hanging shelf with accessory pockets: Whitmor Hanging Accessory Shelves
- Best 3-compartment hanging shelf: Made by Design 3-Shelf Hanging Fabric Storage Organizer
- Best hanging shelf for purses: Zober Hanging Purse Organizer
- Best hanging shelf with a clothing rod: Whitmor 4 Section Fabric Closet Organizer
Keep scrolling to read more about our top picks.
The best overall
The Container Store
The Container Store 6-Compartment Natural Canvas Hanging Sweater Organizer can hold up to 24 sweaters without adding too much bulk to your closet.
For optimal additional storage without adding too much bulk to your closet, check out The Container Store 6-Compartment Natural Canvas Hanging Sweater Organizer. As the name suggests, it has six roomy compartments that hold up to 24 sweaters, while only taking up 12 inches on your closet rod.
It is also attractive for a clothes organizer, made of thick, natural-colored canvas. The whole thing attaches to the rod with two sturdy metal hooks and has reinforced shelves that retain their shape even when loaded down with garments.
"The more structured shelving helps to keep it from sagging and my clothes stay folded and organized," writes one customer. The hanging sweater organizer has a 4.6 star rating at The Container Store based on 97 reviews.
The Wirecutter named this the best hanging organizer because of the strong materials and the "deep and wide cubbies that can even accommodate shoe boxes."
Pros: Six compartments, up to 24 sweaters, sturdier than other fabric shelves, hooks
Cons: Slightly pricey
The best with accessory pockets
The Whitmor Hanging Accessory Shelves feature five organizing shelves and three sleeves on the side for stashing smaller items like scarves and belts.
Everyone has a few random items that clutter up the closet because they kind of don’t belong anywhere. The Whitmor Hanging Accessory Shelves give you a place to stash those odd belts, scarves, and other doodads so they stop clogging your closet (or bedroom) floor.
This is a five-shelf unit that measures 11.5 x 12 x 42 inches. It holds plenty of sweaters, tops, pants, shoes, etc. What makes this shelf really stand out are the three mesh accessory pockets on the side that can hold jewelry, scarves, stockings, or anything else that needs a home.
This option is a bit saggier and less sturdy than our top pick from The Container Store, but the organizer has a metal frame inside to help hold the shape and hangs from the closet rod by two chrome hooks for easy installation.
"I bought this for my mother who just moved into an assisted living facility. She is short and can’t reach the shelves in the closet. Works perfectly. The shelves have enough backing to hold their shape when items are put on the shelf. Love the pockets on the side," writes one Amazon shopper.
Pros: No assembly required, affordable, side pockets
Cons: Shelves sag a bit when very full
The best 3-compartment hanging shelf
The 3 Shelf Hanging Fabric Storage Organizer from Target is a great option for small spaces thanks to the compact size.
Want a more storage space but don’t have much room to spare? Target’s 3 Shelf Hanging Fabric Storage Organizer is a great pick for teensy closets. It has three storage compartments, two smaller and one larger, that together hold up to 20 pounds.
The shelf comes down only 27 inches from the hooks that attach to the closet rod, which means you’ll have plenty of floor space to utilize beneath. It’s made of relatively attractive neutral colored canvas and can accommodate fabric drawers.
"These hanging selves make my closet look neat and organized. And, so easy to set up and enjoy," writes one Target customer. Overall, the product has a 4.8-star rating based on 90 customer reviews.
Pros: Affordable, different-sized shelves, can be used with bins or fabric drawers
Cons: Some reviewers complained of odd smell
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