How To Design A Walk In Closet
Adding a walk in closet can upgrade a bedroom space from average to stunning. Imagine having clothes, shoes and accessories all fitting in a closet easily and uncluttered. The trick to designing a great closet is to make it functional, utilizing the given space to maximum efficiency. With the many finishes, fixtures and materials available today designing a dream closet is not that hard.
Sometimes it is the added little things that make the closet special
The first step to designing a walk in closet is to measure the area of the closet and the length and height of each wall. Then, using graph paper, draw out the outline of the finished interior walls in one view, and floor to ceiling view for every wall. Note the door, any window placements and any existing architectural details that may make a difference in fitting in the cabinet fixtures. Some standard measurements for fixtures are at least 22 inches deep and 66 to 70 inches length for long hanging clothes, and 36 to 42 inches for short hanging clothes. Reach-in shelving is rarely over 28 inches deep. One website that is fun to play with is easyclosets.com. It has a design tool to help plan what fixtures can fit where.
A walk in closet that is totally tailor-made accommodates custom-made fixtures. The homeowner chooses the materials needed, such as wood or a composite, and the finishes, paint or stain. If the budget does not allow total customization, many large stores and online closet sites have pre-made fixtures or other organizer systems. These come in a variety of finishes and sizes such as wood, plastic or metal wire. It is a good idea to see what is space is available for shoes, sweaters and drawers before a drawing is made. Take down the size of the fixtures wanted, and create scaled-down cutouts from paper. Then play with the arrangement of the fixtures and see what works.
A good rule to follow, when designing a walk in closet, is to allot 75 percent of the space for long and short hang space and 25 percent for shelf space.
Decide on a design style by matching the existing bedroom, or go for a space that is truly personal. Painted white fixtures give a clean, sleek look or add lots of glass to the cabinet fronts for a European feel. There are many types of wood available, such as cherry, alder or maple. For a traditional style try using dark stained woods; light stains do well with casual and country decor. Paint or finish the interior of the shelves a lighter color to brighten up the space when using dark woods or colors. Buy matching clothing rods to help give the closet a finished look.
Sometimes it is the added little things that make the closet special, such as a fold-down ironing board or a small fireproof wall safe to store jewelry. An out-of-site hamper or maybe a laundry chute fits into the design. Personalize the closet with jewelry, watch or sunglass drawers. A slide-out belt or tie rack is also a handy, space-saving addition. Upper shelves with inlaid glass doors or granite counter tops make an elegant statement. Lining drawers and cabinets with cedar makes the room smell wonderful and helps deter pests. Build in a sitting bench for trying on shoes.
Imagine having clothes and shoes all organized and in one place. With good planning and research, designing a functional walk in closet is simple. Closet systems can speed up the design process. Check out closet websites and stores, and start planning that perfect walk in closet.