Design tips for a walk-in closet that makes a master suite more functional and less cluttered
One home improvement that can add real convenience to your life, and value to your home when it comes time to sell is a luxurious walk-in closet in your master suite. Whether you’re remodeling your master bedroom, adding an addition to create a luxurious master suite, or considering converting a spare room, a large walk-in closet can help keep your clothing organized, make getting ready for work in the morning, or cocktails at night a more pleasurable, efficient experience. And your clothes will last longer too!
Let’s look at what you’ll need to consider before turning that spare room or extra space in the bedroom into a master suite walk-in closet.
Your Walk-in Closet: Layout And Space Needs
You’ll need to do a little planning to determine how much space you’ll need. Start by assessing your storage needs. Here are some tips to get you started.
- Start with Your Clothes – This is important. You want to make sure that you’ll have enough space to gently and comfortably store your belongings. The depth of your cabinets and racks will range from 14 to 24 inches to accommodate your clothing. Most items including shirts, blouses, jackets, and coats will require at least 24-inches. Anything less won’t properly fit your clothing.
Base your design around the clothing you own. For example, folded sweaters and shirts will need between 9 and 15 inches of linear space; coats can require 68 inches of vertical space, pants and jeans need 50 inches of vertical space and skirts can require 45 inches.
- Figure Out How Many Double and Single-Hang Sections You’ll Need – to maximize storage in your walk-in closet, take inventory of how many long dresses, winter coats and jackets you own to determine single space needs. Then look at skirts, shirts, pants, blouses, and slacks to make sure you have enough double hung space.
- Think About The Corners! – Corners are tough. They can be utilized for additional storage with proper planning. Corner shelves can help you to use this space. Consider hanging ties or handbags, or even store suitcases. When you’re investing in your closet, you want to utilize every possible inch of space. Don’t forget the corners!
- If You’re Converting A Spare Room, Consider an Island – If you have enough room, an island can be an excellent addition to your walk-in closet. Ideally, you’ll need 36 inches of space on each side of the island, but you can get by with as little as 24. The more clearance space you have, the more functional you can make your island. With 36 inches of walk around space, you can include pull out drawers which can house sweaters, delicates, jewelry or more.
- Don’t Forget the Cubbies – Cubbies are an excellent addition that can house sweaters, shoes, handbags, and other items. If you have lots of boots, remember to include taller cubbies on the bottom to accommodate storage.
- Think About Fun Functional Additions When Planning – Benches, dressing tables and makeup mirrors, specialized storage, a full-length dressing mirror and other functional touches can personalize add a level of luxury to your space. Don’t forget proper lighting, ventilation, and decorative touches like art or hidden speakers for your enjoyment.
Think About Location
Unless you’re planning a master suite addition, proximity is important. While technically you can put your walk-in closet in any unused or unusual space, like the attic, your first choice should be to keep it attached to the master bedroom.
Ideally, using the bedroom closest to the master bedroom is the best option. This allows you to close off the room from the rest of the house and create an opening in the master bedroom as an entry. Closing off a room and creating a doorway is an easy renovation that can be reversed to convert the closet back into a bedroom if you decide to sell in the future.
The most important thing to remember, no matter whether you’re taking space from the existing master, building an addition or converting a bedroom, is to make sure you have the minimum space available. Most master walk-in closets range between 5 to 12 feet (or more) in width. The minimum width allows you to have a 3-foot hallway if you hang all of your clothing on one side. Depth can vary from 5 to 17 feet of depth depending on your situation.
The room’s dimensions will help to determine what amenities you can include. For example, f you’re converting a bedroom, the windows can reduce the hanging space available, however adding a dressing table can be a great option. Natural light is perfect for applying makeup or getting a real feel for a piece of clothing’s color!
Adding a walk-in closet to your master bedroom is a great project that can make your life more organized and increase the value to your home. If you’re unsure where to start, or need ideas, contact us and speak to one of our designers. They can review your existing space and explain all of your options. At Joseph & Berry, we are experts at designing functional walk-in closets for master suites four our Dallas area clients. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.