Walk-in Closets

A walk-in closet lets you see your wardrobe at a glance in a single space. Often seen as a luxury, a well-designed wardrobe space is a necessity because it keeps you from hopping around looking for various items in dressers, drawers and that well-known embarrassment that keeps you from bickering with your partner or even inviting friends home for coffee:  the floor closet.

With a walk-in wardrobe, you will never again have an excuse to complain “I have nothing to wear” because all you have to wear will be laid out for you.   If you are concerned about taking space out of your bedroom to do this, imagine the peaceful setting you can create around your bed without all the bedroom clutter, leading to what experts rather call improved sleep hygiene.

Here are the design necessities:  an area of double  hanging for suits, jackets, pressed shirts/blouses/tops and  trousers/skirts.  You’ll need a bit of longer single hanging for long coats or dresses. The clear depth for hanging is 21-22 inches.

A "U" shaped room works well. Be sure to leave a path between of at least 46 inches. If you have the available room add a stool or small chair. It will come in handy while putting on shoes or stockings.

Men will need drawers for underwear, handkerchiefs, pajamas and scarves. Also add floor to ceiling shelves – 15 inches deep for sweaters and folded casual shirts, exercise clothes and shelves for shoes. Put belt racks and tie racks on the wall. This will make it a real time saver; no more need to walk about the bedroom pouncing in and out of various small closets and bureaus while you’re making the children late for school. Lots of  hooks near the door and a large hamper will end the problem of clothes strewn about the room.

Women will probably need more space, so if you are sharing a walk-in closet with a discount/online shopping clotheshorse be prepared to compromise as well as suggest shopping addiction counseling.  Women need all the same storage men do, with the addition of a shelf for handbags, stuffed with paper or plastic to make them keep their shape and look as desirable as they day they were purchased.  Ditto shoes:  slanted shelves for well-kept shoes inserted with stretchers will keep them looking stylish and not like the dog just chewed on them.  Kicking shoes and pajamas under the bed does not create a good look.

As well as exercise clothes and shoes, women will also need drawers for lingerie, nightwear, hosiery, accessories and scarves and as with men, space for storing carefully folded sweaters and tops.  Some women like to use smallish hefty bags filled with the accessories for each outfit and hang it at the top of the hangar, saving even more time.

Coming home from work to see an apartment absent of clutter on the floor will give you a feeling of liberation.

Top Tip:  Your architect will need to know how much you will actually be putting in your closet.  Ask a candid friend to help you go through your wardrobe and give to charity the items that don’t fit “yet” (honestly, they never will) and items that don’t flatter because you bought them on one to many cappuccinos.  If you haven’t worn it in a year (some declutter even say six months), add it to the charity bag.  Start your new walk-in wardrobe with items you love and will actually wear (with some space left for future purchases) and your space will feel transformed.  But stay on to it: a disorganised walk-in closet will defeat the purpose of the exercise.

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