Closets are enclosed spaces dedicated to the storage of things. Most commonly used for storing clothes in a household layout, closets are often built into walls and unused spaces below stairs so that they are not immediately visible within the floorplan. When space is available, particularly in relation to a bedroom, walk-in closets may be used for extra storage and ample space to access the entire closet.

What should you consider when designing a closet layout?

The factors to consider when designing a closet layout include: ergonomics (especially in the case of limited mobility), existing wardrobe, storage needs, flexibility, and space for other items depending on use (mirror, seating, laundry hamper).

How do you design a walk-in closet?

The design capabilities of a walk-in closet are dependent on the size or amount of space allotted. Elements that can be implemented or factors to consider include: overall shape of the closet, amount and kinds of storage, islands, dressing benches, and appropriate lighting. It may be an optimal decision to include a built in dresser when designing a walk-in closet. It is also recommended to achieve an open feel upon entrance through strategic order and placement of storage (ex. hooks and rods nearest to entry).

What is a media closet?

A media closet is an enclosed space specifically used to store and conceal all the various components of a home entertainment system in one location. These components can include: DVD players, collections, gaming consoles, speakers, stereos, etc.

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Split Single Sided Walk-In Closets
Drawing with dimensions of a layout for Split Single Sided Walk-In Closets for two separate people

Split single sided walk-in closet layouts are paired closets that separate the space into two distinct zones with storage along a single side. Often connected to master bedrooms, the split single sided walk-in gives each person their own closet while maintaining a minimum and efficient footprint. The split single sided walk-in closet layout can incorporate an extra door at the end of the closet that is commonly linked to a master bathroom or other ancillary space.

Each single sided closet should have a minimum width of 5’ (1.52 m) which provides enough space for 2’ (61 cm) of storage with a 3’ (91 cm) clearance aisle for access. Combined, the split single sided walk-in closet should be a minimum of 10’4” (3.15 m) wide with an adjustable depth depending on floor plan demands.

Split single sided walk-in closet layouts are paired closets that separate the space into two distinct zones with storage along a single side. Often connected to master bedrooms, the split single sided walk-in gives each person their own closet while maintaining a minimum and efficient footprint.

Each single sided closet should have a minimum width of 5’ (1.52 m) which provides enough space for 2’ (61 cm) of storage with a 3’ (91 cm) clearance aisle for access. Combined, the split single sided walk-in closet should be a minimum of 10’4” (3.15 m) wide with an adjustable depth depending on floor plan demands.

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Overall Closet Depth: Flexible; 10’ | 3.05 m
Overall Closet Width (Single): 5’ | 1.52 m minimum
Overall Closet Width (Combined): 10’4” | 3.15 m minimum
Clearance Space: 36” | .91 m

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Split Single Sided Walk-In Closets plan layout, plan (people)

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Island Walk-In Closets
Dimension drawing of the layout of an Island Walk-in Closet with two rows of hangar space, a back shelf and central island

Island walk-in closets are sized to incorporate a central island in the form of a bench, seat, work surface, storage fixture, or dresser while still providing adequate movement space around the room. Island walk-in closets are luxury closets that are considered “oversized” and are best suited for master bedrooms and generous guest suites because of their larger area requirements.

A circulation zone of 3’ (91 cm) should be provided around the center island allowing for movement, access, and room to dress.

Island walk-in closets are sized to incorporate a central island in the form of a bench, seat, work surface, storage fixture, or dresser while still providing movement space. Island walk-in closets are luxury closets that are considered “oversized” and are best suited for master bedrooms.

A circulation zone of 3’ (91 cm) should be provided around the center island allowing for movement, access, and room to dress.

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Overall Closet Width: 13’ | 4 m
Overall Closet Depth: Flexible; 13' | 4 m
Area: Varies, 169 ft2 | 15.7 m2
Variations (Island): Seat, additional storage, dresser
Benefits: Sitting area, extra surface, two people
Clearance Space: 36” | .91 m

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Island Walk-In Closet plan, plan (people)

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Wrap Around Walk-In Closets

Wrap around walk-in closets are walk-in closets designed to maximize storage space by combining the back wall with the side walls for additional storage. Organized as either L-Shaped or U-Shaped layouts, wrap around walk-ins organize storage on two or three consecutive sides of a central clearance space.

Using standard hanger rod depths of 24” (61 cm) for sizing, L-Shape wrap around walk-ins have a minimum width of 5’ (1.52 m), while U-Shape wrap around closets are slightly larger at a minimum width of 7’ (2.13 m). Overall closet depths can vary based on need, but are commonly around 5’-6’ (1.52-1.83 m( for efficiency.

Layout variations of wrap around U-shaped and L-Shaped Walk-In Closets with dimensions
Wrap around walk-in closets are closets designed to maximize storage space by combining the back wall with the side walls for additional storage. Organized as either L-Shaped or U-Shaped layouts, wrap around walk-ins organize storage on two or three consecutive sides of a central clearance space.

Using standard hanger rod depths of 24” (61 cm) for sizing, L-Shape wrap around walk-ins have a minimum width of 5’ (1.52 m), while U-Shape wrap around closets are slightly larger at a minimum width of 7’ (2.13 m). Overall closet depths can vary based on need, but are commonly around 5’-6’ (1.52-1.83 m( for efficiency.

Layout variations of wrap around U-shaped and L-Shaped Walk-In Closets with dimensions
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Overall Closet Depth (Flexible): 5’-6’ | 152-183 cm
Overall Closet Width (L-Shaped): Flexible; 5’ | 152 cm min.
Overall Closet Width (U-Shaped): Flexible; 7’ | 213 cm min.

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Wrap Around Walk-In Closet layout (L-Shape), layout (U-Shape)

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Single Sided Walk-In Closets

Single sided walk-in closets are the smallest type of walk-in closets that combine an individual storage wall with an internal clearance space for access. The clear walls of a single sided walk-in closet are often equipped with mirrors or wall-mounted hooks for additional vertical storage.

The overall depth of a single sided walk-in closet can vary as desired, but overall closet depths between 4’-5’ (122-152 cm) are commonly used to save space.

Two configurations of door placements to the front or side of Single Sided Walk-In closets with dimensions
Single sided walk-in closets are the smallest type of walk-in closets that combine an individual storage wall with an internal clearance space for access. The clear walls of a single sided walk-in closet are often equipped with mirrors or wall-mounted hooks for additional vertical storage.

The overall depth of a single sided walk-in closet can vary as desired, but overall closet depths between 4’-5’ (122-152 cm) are commonly used to save space.

Two configurations of door placements to the front or side of Single Sided Walk-In closets with dimensions
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Clearance Space: 36” | 91.4 cm
Overall Closet Depth (Flexible): 4’-5’ | 122-152 cm

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Closet Depths

Closet depths are set based on the dimensions of various common clothing elements such as shoes, folded clothes, and shirts hung on hangers. When designing a closet, consider the specific efficiencies of each different storage element to better serve your closet needs.

The comfortable recommended depth of a closet is 24” (61 cm), but closet depths as narrow as 20” (50.8 cm) can be used if desired. Shelf depths of 12” (30.5 cm) should be used for shoes and smaller clothing elements. If shoes are larger than these measurements, specialty inclined shoe racks can be incorporated to save space without adding additional depth. Drawers for folded clothes should be set at a minimum of 18” (45.7 cm) with deeper drawers for multiple rows of folding clothing at a depth of 24” (61 cm). Deep drawers are consistent with standard closet depths 24” (61 cm).

Dimensions and measurements of various required depths for closet shelves, drawers, deep drawers, and hangers
Closet depths are based on the dimensions of various common clothing elements such as shoes, folded clothes, and shirts hung on hangers.

The comfortable recommended depth of a closet is 24” (61 cm), but closet depths as narrow as 20” (50.8 cm) can be used if desired. Shelf depths of 12” (30.5 cm) should be used for shoes and smaller clothing elements. If shoes are larger than these measurements, specialty inclined shoe racks can be incorporated to save space without adding additional depth. Drawers for folded clothes should be set at a minimum of 18” (45.7 cm) with deeper drawers for multiple rows of folding clothing at a depth of 24” (61 cm). Deep drawers are consistent with standard closet depths 24” (61 cm).

Dimensions and measurements of various required depths for closet shelves, drawers, deep drawers, and hangers
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Shelves (Depth): 12” | 30.5 cm
Drawers (Depth): 18” | 45.7 cm
Deep Drawers (Depth): 24” | 61 cm
Minimum Hangers (Depth): 20” | 50.8 cm
Comfortable Hangers (Depth): 24” | 61 cm

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Closet Depths plan (shelves), plan (drawers), plan (deep drawers), plan (minimum hangers), plan (comfortable hangers)

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