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How to create a functional Walk in closet.

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Published: 02/06/2018 by Home Pros Guide


Walk in closets have always been a symbol of luxury, but those days are over. With some good design choices, you can have and enjoy the walk in closet of your dreams. The first thing to do is create the most functional space possible.

Let’s start with these practical steps:

Select a Walk-In Closet Shape

  • an “L” shaped closet. Occupy two of the walls of the room leaving you space to move.
  • a “U” shaped closet. Occupy three walls for maximum storage.
  • a straight walk in closet. The straight closet design allows for his and hers sides and works well in smaller areas.

Add Good Storage

Most of us have  lots of accessories, not to mention a wardrobe of seasonal items that need to be stored most of the year. Having dedicated storage for all clothing and accessories makes it easier and less stressful to find the items when you need them. Adding plenty of drawers to your closet design is the best way to keep items organized and dust-free.

The right organizational plan consisting of shelving, hanging space, drawers and cabinets keeps a closet looking neat and uncluttered.

Choosing a Style is Key

Review walk in closet ideas and decide on a style for your closet. Contemporary styling is the best for a clean, uncluttered space to display your clothes beautifully. Have a definite style in mind to keep a walk in closet looking cohesive and stick with it!


A Dressing Island

If you have space, a dressing item is the perfect spot to drop all your things until you use them again. Islands come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Be sure to select one with plenty of storage drawers and shelves to maximize storage. Add trays or boxes to your island top to catch smaller items like jewelry, pocket change or keys.


A Seating Area for Dressing

For your walk-in closet to be truly functional and a space you want to enjoy, you’ll need seating. An ottoman is the perfect solution. You can lay out outfits on the ottoman, or sit on it to get your shoes on. For additional storage, try a storage ottoman that opens up.


A Vanity Section

Regardless of the amount of space available, you can add one to your walk in closet. The key components to a vanity area include:

  • ·       A countertop
  • ·       A mirror.
  • ·      Dedicated lighting. Use a lamp, a lighting bar or whatever lighting works best in your closet’s vanity space
  • ·      Drawers. We recommend drawers for easily storing all make-up and grooming tools when not in use
  • ·       A stool or seat.

Artful Organization

Once you’ve invested in a walk-in closet upgrade, it’s time to showcase your items like a pro. Some ways to artfully organize your closet include:

  • ·       Grouping items like bags or shoes in one section
  • ·       Color coordinating all clothes and accessories
  • ·       Creating vignettes or combinations of your favorite items for display
  • ·       Adding favorite framed personal images or inspirational photos. 
  • ·       Including favorite art and fashion books on your shelves and counters
  • ·       Using a coordinated series of clothing hangers


Besides artfully displaying your items using the tips above, don’t over-do it, keep displays minimal and allow for open space to shine through. The saying, “less is more” is the secret to beautiful closet displays.