cultural difference 34: closets

June 12, 2010

There are very few walk-in closets or built-in closets in Germany.

Instead, we have a “Kleiderschrank,” a free-standing closet for clothes, in our bedroom and typically other cupboards and cabinets in the hallway and/or living room.

Some houses have an “Abstellkammer,” a small storage room, and most apartments have a place in the basement where you can store stuff that you don’t use that often.


One comment

  1. Walk-in closets in my experience are a “luxury” item. At least they only seem to exist in the more upscale housing. The housing I have, built in the 1950s, has shallow closets. We have a free standing closet in our bedroom for our “fancies”, dressy occasion clothes. The term I’ve always used for it is “armoire.”

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