Planning a Walk-In Closet

Everyone wants one, but even if you have the space, planning a walk-in closet can be daunting. With so many different options, the choices can be easily overwhelming, but like any other planning task, a little thought can make the job much easier.

Functionality First

The first thing you need to consider when planning a walk-in closet is functionality. You need to be able to find the items you use most frequently. Place hanging bars and shelves at places and heights where you can get to them easily.

Hanging Bars

Hanging bars can be set at any of three levels: one level for blouses and jackets, a lower level below that for pants and skirts, and a higher level for full length dresses and coats. Determining what items you have the most of will help you figure out how much space should be devoted to each type of hanging bar.


Drawers can be used for jeans or other pants, like leggings or yoga pants, that do not require hanging, for lingerie and other underthings, and sweaters that should not be hung. Determine how many you have of these types of clothes to determine how many drawers you will ultimately need.

Jewelry Storage

Another helpful storage space to think about is jewelry storage. Think about what you need and select hanging space accordingly for necklaces. Plan drawers for earrings and rings as well as other accessories. A dresser for this purpose could be the anchor point in your closet. Drawing the eye from the surrounding clothes to a small dresser with a mirror on top and other jewelry pieces can add an extra element of organization to your closet.

High Shelving

Above the hanging racks, you can place shelves for storing purses and hats, as well as other less-used items. Things for wardrobe maintenance can also be kept there, such as an iron or steamer, and a small sewing kit to take care of repairs quickly.

Open Shelving

Open shelving is a good option for shoe storage. Using the entire vertical space will give you enough room to store shoes and boots with slanting shoe display shelves. Using pegboard with adjustable pegs to allow for shelving changes is a good way of keeping a few options open when planning your closet.

Other options

In order to keep things tidy, a tilt-out hamper can be installed underneath a set of drawers or shelves. A bottle of pre-treating solution can also be kept nearby in order to take care of stains in clothing before they set.


Make sure there is good overhead lighting in your walk-in closet. Lighting can be as simple as an ordinary button light, or as ornate as a crystal chandelier. Whichever you choose, you should make sure that the lighting is adequate, and that the lighting reflects the true color of your clothing as much as possible.

Planning a closet can take time, but with a little thought about what you actually need, creating a good walk-in closet space can be very rewarding.

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  1. I read your blog about planning a master closet. Very informative, but needs more pictures. I think whomever is writing this blog should be interviewing me for some more ideas or details.

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