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Again, you could consider using the back wall for hanging space.  Personally, I think this makes the closet less usable.

These walk-in closet design pages form part of the room design series.

If you’re one of those lucky people with the space for a walk-in closet, the planning process can seem slightly daunting. You want this space to be functional and beautiful, and with so much space to work with you might not know where to start. Fortunately, we’ve compiled the best tips from our design professionals to help you plan the perfect layout for your walk-in closet!

Now imagine that door is a set of shelves.  See how the hangars are interfering with the shelf space.

Here you have a dressing room with an island which means the room isn’t split in two.

A closet should be well lit so that you can see what you’re going to be wearing.  You’ll need lighting for when it’s dark outside and for during the day natural daylight is best.  A skylight works equally well as a window.

  Of course for a walk in or reach in, you only need the artificial light. Store outer clothing and accessories so that they are as visible and as accessible as possible.  If you see it you’re more likely to wear it and it will be easier to put together outfits.

A closet should have a seat nearby to make pulling on those socks, tights, trousers or whatever that bit easier. A good closet uses all available space. A good closet has well organized space designed with a combination of hanging, shelf and drawer storage.

Ideally closet space is adjustable and can be changed as storage needs change. A full length mirror is indispensable. Walk in closet design mistakes

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If the rod is installed too close to the shelf, it’s impossible to hang anything up.

5. Locate shelving and hanging rods near the door to the closet to create an open feel while entering.

Here’s a rod that’s too close to the doorway. You can see how the hanging rod itself doesn’t interfere with the doorway but once there are clothes hanging on the rail they encroach into the doorway. If the door opens inwards into the closet this prevents the door being opened and closed.

Here’s a standard closet with lots of wasted space.  If you don’t plan your closet, this is the arrangement that the builder is likely to give you.  A one height, non-adjustable closet rod and if you’re lucky you might get a shelf.

  There’s lots of wasted space at the bottom of the closet.

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First of all, so that you can understand the closet floor plan diagrams in this section, on the left here you can see how I’ve depicted a closet rod with hangers in the diagrams.

The storage walls in this section are drawn as a hanging rod.  In reality you’ll probably divide up the space between full and half height hanging, shelves and drawers.  More about this in how to design a closet (coming soon) and walk-closet dimensions.

For small walk-in closets with storage corners, consider a pocket door

The first of these walk-in closet designs caters for the minimum space necessary to have hanging space along each wall.

Here’s a few design principles to check for in your walk-in closet design.

3. Create a focal point by anchoring the space with a built-in dresser or hutch.

How deep are your closet shelves and drawers in your walk in closet design?  Shelves and drawers that are too deep are annoying in a closet because the items that are at the back of the shelf or the drawer are not accessible enough unless addressed by smart storage solutions.

  The design a closet page shows you how to avoid these problems. Walk-in closet design observations

4. Use adjustable hanging rods to double the storage space and keep related items close together.

If there is less space available try a hanging rod on one wall and shelving on the other wall.  12 inch shelves would hold a shoe rack and folded tops displayed sideways.  a 12 inch shelf wouldn’t really be deep enough for drawers but you could use some boxes to act like drawers.

A floor plan view on the left and an eye level view on the right

Here we have a slightly more roomy closet layout, again with hanging space along each wall.

Here’s a closet design with a slim peninsula.  It splits the closet up into his and hers.  In fact you could even build a wall in the middle of this layout if you wanted totally separate his and hers closets.

If you have a 4ft peninsula, then it does make sense to have a symmetrical split as there’s room for hanging space and drawers on both sides.

2. Designate top shelves as overflow storage to stow seldom-used items such as seasonal apparel and luggage.

If you do decide, despite the corner challenges, to add a storage wall along the back wall consider using a pocket door.  Also check out the design a closet page (coming soon) which talks (among other things) about how best to deal with corners in closets.

To finish this page off, I just wanted to mention a neat idea I saw once for a closet in a small space.  You know how you can get those kids beds that are raised with a wardrobe and maybe a desk underneath?  Well this apartment had a double bed raised to shoulder height off the ground and under the bed there’s a motorised closet.  Genius or what?

As far as walk in closet designs are concerned, this is one of the most ingenious that I have seen.  It’s a double depth closet where the front rods were on hinges and could swing out to reveal the back rod.  The back rod could just as easily have been included shelves and drawers.  This would be a great solution to put into a deeper space.  The space could easily be wider than indicated here as well.

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If you elect to have a 3ft peninsula spend some time thinking about the best way to split it.  It needn’t be split symmetrically.  For example you could have 12 inch shelves for half of the length and the other half of the length 24 inch mid height hanging space like so…

Moving up in size a bit we have some walk-in closet designs that have storage along two walls.

Some examples of the ideas discussed on this page and the other walk-in closet design pages are illustrated below.  It can help bring the ideas to life to have some colorful pics to look at.

Standard walk in closet installation with a rod and a shelf and a whole lot of wasted space

If the rod is installed too close to the shelf it’s impossible to hang anything up

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Here’s a closet where most of the hanging space is hidden behind the wall to the closet.  This closet would be fine if it was fitted with doors that opened the full span of the rod.

Here’s a design where the rods come into the corner.  This is another instance where the location of the hanging bars looks fine until the hangars are introduced.  In the corner the hangers are occupying the same space.

The kitchen and the bathrooms of our homes are frequently used functional spaces.  The closet is probably third on the list so it’s worth spending time thinking about your walk in closet design.  And I’ve got great news for you.  No matter what you’re budget, the success of your walk in closet design depends much more on the position of the rods, shelves and drawers than it does on the material from which it is built.

This first set of closet layouts are ideal for one storage wall.  I’d keep the back wall for a full length mirror.  It also means that the whole length of the wall can be used without the challenge of dealing with the corners as you might have seen in closet design mistakes.

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This closet design page forms part of the closet design series.

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By keeping functionality at the forefront of the design process you’ll create the walk-in closet of your dreams that’s both organized and beautiful! 

An alternative to a peninsula is to have a large stool in the middle of your closet.

If you have 2ft of space this becomes a bit too deep for shelves to be usable so the space is better used as a combination of drawers and hanging space.

As walk-in closet designs get larger I think they start to look like kitchens!!  We’re now in the realm of dressing room design.  These layouts sure would be luxurious!

I’ve just realized that I’ve named this page walk in closet design but most of the stuff that’s on these closet design pages applies to all closets: walk-ins, reach-ins, wardrobes as well as dressing rooms.

If you have space for a wide closet, here’s an arrangement that separates the closet spaces into his and hers.  I think the best arrangement is to have this corridor in between the bedroom leading to the bathroom, maybe even into his and hers bathrooms.

So let’s get straight into these walk-in closet designs.  We start off small and get bigger.  Jump straight to the 5 star luxury dressing room layouts if you like.

This walk in closet design features a double depth rod system where the front rods move to reveal the back rod

1. Use space above the hanging areas for storing purses and folded items.

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