Closet Layouts

Closet Layouts

Description
Description

Closets, typically furnished with rods for hanging clothes, shelves, and often drawers or bins for additional storage, serve as crucial spaces for personal organization. The layout of a closet hinges on optimizing these elements for efficient storage and ease of access. This may involve zoning spaces for different clothing types, such as hanging space for dresses and suits, shelves for folded items, and racks for shoes. Walk-in closets may include an island for accessories or seating for comfort. Custom designs might incorporate special features like tie racks or jewelry drawers. Each layout aims to create a functional, personalized storage solution.

History
History

Closet layouts have seen interesting transformations. Originally, closets were small rooms for storing valuables, with clothes kept in wardrobes or armoires. The 19th century brought built-in closets, but they were tiny and sparse. The mid-20th century saw the rise of larger closets with standardized shelving and rods. The late 20th century introduced walk-in closets, becoming a coveted home feature. Present-day closets emphasize customization, with various storage solutions and fittings designed to accommodate personal belongings efficiently, creating organized and easy-to-navigate spaces.

Future
Future

The future of closets sees them evolving beyond mere storage. As living spaces get smaller, closets are becoming multi-functional, doubling as workspaces or vanity areas. Smart technology is also making its way in, with automated clothing racks and LED lighting. Modular designs allow customization based on individual needs. Challenges include balancing aesthetics with functionality and integrating eco-friendly materials. The demand for sustainable and space-efficient designs is pushing innovation, making closets more adaptable and personalized than ever before.

Common Questions
Common Questions
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.

Layouts

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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.

Island Walk-In Closets
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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

Drawings include:
Island Walk-In Closet plan, plan (people)

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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
Single Sided Walk-In Closets
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Clearance Space: 36” | 91.4 cm
Overall Closet Depth (Flexible): 4’-5’ | 122-152 cm

Layouts include:
Single Sided Walk-In Closet plan layout (back), plan (side), plans (people)

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Double Sided Walk-In Closets

Double sided walk-in closets are medium sized walk-in closets that have storage placed along two walls split by an interior clearance space. Like single sided walk-ins, double sided walk-in closets can vary in design and depth based on need.

With dimensions established by combining standard storage depths onto the central 36” (91.4 cm) clearance zone, double sided walk-in closets have widths that can vary between 6’-6.5’ (183-198 cm) for mixed storage or 7’ (213 cm) for two sets of comfortable hanger rods at 24” (61 cm) each.

Dimensioned layouts for a pair of Double Sided Walk-In Closets with options for two sides of hangers or drawers
Double sided walk-in closets are medium sized walk-in closets that have storage placed along two walls split by an interior clearance space. Like single sided walk-ins, double sided walk-in closets can vary in design and depth based on need.

With dimensions established by combining standard storage depths onto the central 36” (91.4 cm) clearance zone, double sided walk-in closets have widths that can vary between 6’-6.5’ (183-198 cm) for mixed storage or 7’ (213 cm) for two sets of comfortable hanger rods at 24” (61 cm) each.

Dimensioned layouts for a pair of Double Sided Walk-In Closets with options for two sides of hangers or drawers
Double Sided Walk-In Closets
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Overall Closet Depth (Flexible): 4’-5’ | 122-152 cm
Overall Closet Width (Mixed Storage): 6’-6.5’ | 183-198 cm
Overall Closet Width (Double Hanger): 7’ | 213 cm
Clearance Space: 36” | 91.4 cm

Drawings include:
Double Sided Walk-In Closets plan (shelves), plan (double hangers)

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Reach-In Closets

Reach-in closets are space saving closets designed to combine functionality and accessibility without the need to physically enter the closet space. With the flexibility to combine and arrange multiple storage options such as hanger rods, drawers, shelves, and inserts, reach-in closets are the most commonly used closet type due to their ability to easily add utility into small spaces.

Reach-in closets should be set at a standard comfortable closet depth of 24” (61 cm) and can be designed with various door types that often include sliding, bifold, and sliding pocket doors.

Drawings of standard door configurations, depths, and widths of Reach-In closets sized for clothes hangars
Reach-in closets are space saving closets designed to combine functionality and accessibility without the need to physically enter the closet space. With the flexibility to combine and arrange multiple storage options such as hanger rods, drawers, shelves, and inserts.

Reach-in closets should be set at a standard comfortable closet depth of 24” (61 cm) and can be designed with various door types that often include sliding, bifold, and sliding pocket doors.

Drawings of standard door configurations, depths, and widths of Reach-In closets sized for clothes hangars
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Closet Depth (Standard): 24” | 61 cm
Door Operation Types: Sliding, bifold, sliding pocket

Drawings include:
Reach-In Closets plan (sliding doors), plan (bifold doors), plan (sliding pocket doors)

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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.

Split Single Sided Walk-In Closets
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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

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

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