An Organized Coat Closet

We used the IKEA ALGOT system to create an organized coat closet in our mudroom, and it has helped keep all of our coats and outerwear neat and tidy!

An Organized Coat Closet with the IKEA ALGOT System

A huge thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this post! My favorable opinion of beautiful and durable products that help keep our home organized is 100% my own. 🙂 For more information, see my disclosures here.

Over the past few weeks we have been making some great progress in our mudroom! I was determined to have it organized for back-to-school, and we are well on our way. One of the pieces of the mudroom that was on my list to tackle was the coat closet. It wasn’t too bad to start out with…

Mudroom Coat Closet Before Photo

…but I am just a smidge obsessed with organized closets, so I wanted to get a better system in there to make it really neat and tidy.

[Pssssstttt… Looking to get organized? You can find all of our best home organization tips for every room of the house in this post!]

An Organized Coat Closet with the IKEA ALGOT System

My most favorite way to maximize space in closets is with IKEA’s ALGOT system.

[FYI… IKEA recently discontinued their ALGOT system and replaced it with BOAXEL, which is very similar.]

The mudroom marks our 7th (!!!) time using it to organize a space– you can see how we used it previously in our townhouse office, townhouse master bedroom, townhouse pantry, our current pantry, our boys’ current closet, and our current playroom closet. That’s a lot of ALGOT, but it works so well that I want to use it everywhere!!!

I did a detailed post about how to measure for ALGOT and decide on your pieces here, but another way that has been helpful for me to plan out the pieces of my ALGOT system is to use their online ALGOT planning tool.

With the tool, I can choose to start from scratch or use one of their pre-configured systems as my base.

IKEA's ALGOT Planning Tool for Creating ALGOT Closet Plans

From there, I am able to set my wall size– mine is really tiny this time since it’s just a little closet!

Using the IKEA ALGOT online planner

Next I select the size of my unit. I am using the 31″ wide shelves with the 77″ high wall uprights. If I had more wall space, I could also add extra units on either side for more storage.

Using the IKEA ALGOT Online Planning Tool to Create an Organized Closet

I choose my shelves and accessories next. I have always used the 15″ deep shelves in our standard-depth closets. This gives us a lot of storage space while also giving us enough room to maneuver past the shelves on either side if we need to. I chose the standard shelves for my closet, but there is also a metal shelf option that would be great for a utility space like a garage or a basement.

Creating IKEA ALGOT Shelving Using the Online Planning Tool

The only thing I couldn’t add using the planner was the clothes rail that will hang from the top shelf to hold our coats, but I can add that to my list manually.

Once I had my design all planned out, I had a few different options. I can buy my pieces online. (The combination I chose ended up being $46.) I can print a shopping list of all of the pieces I’ll need to create my combination. I can save my design and get a code that lets me pull it up on my computer again or take it to the store and pull it up there.

IKEA ALGOT Code to Retrieve Your Design from the Online Planning Tool

The first time I ever tried to come up with an ALGOT design, I was intimidated by the planning, but the online tool really makes it so easy to design what I want, and it is so helpful to have a list of the exact pieces I’ll need generated for me so I know I’m not missing anything!

It was fun to see our online design come to life in the mudroom!

Organized Coat Closet with IKEA ALGOT Shelving, Empty

And even more fun when it was all filled up and organized!

Organized Coat Closet Created with the IKEA ALGOT Closet System

white BUMERANG hangers

We have room to store shoes at the bottom, plenty of space to hang coats and snow pants, and two cute KNIPSA baskets to store things like gloves, hats, scarves, etc.

IKEA KNIPSA Baskets to Hold Hats, Gloves, and Scarves in an Organized Coat Closet
Organized Coat Closet Using the IKEA ALGOT System for Storage
Shoe Storage in an Organized Entry Closet

(If you’re wondering where our brooms and mops went, we have a plan for storing them neatly in our garage, which is right next to the mudroom, so I’m excited to show that when we’ve made more garage progress!)

Let’s take a quick look at the before and after:

Organized Coat Closet Before and After

I’m thrilled that we were able to create an organized coat closet in time for the busy back-to-school season– I know it will go a long way in keeping our outdoor items neat and tidy for many years into the future!

Organized Coat Closet with IKEA ALGOT Shelves

Here’s a quick list of everything we used in our closet in case you’d like to recreate this project in your own home:

Update– the mudroom is done! If you’ve missed any of our other mudroom posts, you can catch up and get more details about each of the projects here:

Our Mudroom Plan

Organized Coat Closet (You’re here!)

Command Center Gallery Wall

Built-In Mudroom Nook

Organized Mudroom Reveal

(Psssstttt… Working with a small space? See how we added a “mudroom” to our very tiny townhouse here!)

Have you ever used the IKEA ALGOT system to create an organized closet? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Have a great day!

A huge thanks to IKEA for sponsoring this post! My favorable opinion of beautiful and durable products that help keep our home organized is 100% my own. 🙂 For more information, see my disclosures here.

I am a Brand Ambassadör for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post.


  1. This is EXACTLY what I want to do for the closet in our laundry room (it’s right off our garage so it’s like the family coat closet while the guest is by the front door). Absolutely perfect – thank you for this! Was it hard to install?

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thank you so much, Andrea! The ALGOT system is SO easy to install– I think my husband could do it in his sleep at this point. 🙂 You just secure the rails to the wall, and the brackets slide right in to attach. Have fun with your laundry room closet project!

      ~Abby =)

  2. This looks perfect! What did you do with your mops/broom? That is my problem – I need to find a way to corral my vacuum cleaner and steamer/mop that hangs out in our coat closet! 🙂

    1. justagirlabby says:

      Thanks so much, Jeanette! We moved them to an organizer in our garage, right next to the door to the mudroom. Hopefully I’ll have photos of that up soon! Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

      ~Abby =)

  3. Looks really neat! I love IKEA.

    1. justagirlabby says:

      You and me both, Janet! 🙂 Happy Sunday!

      ~Abby =)

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