How to Design Your Own Walk-in Closet

Updated November 21, 2016

Everyone uses their closet space differently -- one person stores wrapping paper and bows, while the next has a shoe collection that would make Imelda Marcos proud. Walk-in closets offer valuable storage space for all your favourite things, but that space can be difficult to utilise efficiently. A custom design aids with organisation and ensures the best possible use of this enviable type of closet space. Designing a custom walk-in closet is simplified by a closet organisation system designed to fit every need and space.

Assess your needs. Determine what you really use your closet for. For example, if you only own three pairs of shoes, a rack made for 25 won't be the best use of your space. If you find yourself regularly storing gifts for birthdays and holidays in your closet, a good plan will accommodate that requirement. After listing the actual uses of your closet, consider features you would like to add, such as drawers.

Create a floor and wall plan either by hand or on the computer. Begin with a to-scale drawing of the closet. Include all windows and doors, accurately placed on the drawing. Then add elements such as lighting, fixtures and any other specifics you want in the closet. After completing a detailed outline of the closet itself, insert the custom design elements you wish to include. The best drawing will inform the builder which elements will be featured on each wall. For example, you may wish to keep one wall open for hanging clothes, or mount a large mirror on one section of wall. Larger walk-in closets may feature additional elements, like a dressing table, built-in window seat, or a safe. Include elements like power outlets or lighting on your plan. Discuss specific elements with your builder to ensure your plan is feasible and he knows exactly what you want.

Review the elements available from organisation systems such as California Closets, Antonius by IKEA or elfa by the Container Store if you don't want to start from scratch. Create a plan that combines your specially designed elements with the ready-made options that suit your needs.

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Based in northern Virginia, Rebecca Rogge has been writing since 2005. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Patrick Henry College and has experience in teaching, cleaning and home decor. Her articles reflect expertise in legal topics and a focus on education and home management.