Tips to creating the perfect walk-in wardrobe
1. Space is everywhere
Consider stealing some inches from the footprint of an existing room – space under eaves can be sectioned off for example, with drawers against the short wall and hanging space against the new full height partition. Or if you’re extending your home to incorporate a new bedroom or bathroom, plan the layout a little more carefully and include some clever storage space too.
1. Prioritise hanging
Put an extra set of drawers in the bedroom but you can’t hang your clothes there. Separate short and long garments and measure how many metres of hanging space you need for each, then add 20% more. An average 2.2m ceiling height will allow for two rows of short hanging, one above the other, or one row or long hanging with shelves or drawers underneath.
3. Make use of redundant space
Shelves above hanging rails or doors can be used to accommodate less frequently used items (hat boxes, say) and a set of closed cupboards will protect more expensive garments from dust. Install a set at the end of a long walk in wardrobe, and use mirrored doors to maximise the feeling of space.
4. News on shoes
Shoe bars only work with heeled footwear, so instead choose flat shelves and see through plastic boxes, which are great for stacking and locating the right shoes at a glance.
5. Consider clever fittings
Such as a pull out ‘shoe larder’ (similar to those found in kitchens) can stow multiple pairs in a narrow space, and mean shoes are stored separately.
6. Don’t forget lighting
Well-planned lighting shouldn’t cost more than 20% of the budget. LEDs give the best light for viewing garments, and spot lights can be adjusted.
7. Top drawers
Drawers are more expensive than shelves, so folding and stacking garments such as jumpers can help to maximise your budget.
How much does it cost to build a walk in wardrobe?
The average cost of a walk-in closet is about $1,500. But extra features and elaborate designs can bump up prices. Walk-in closets are most common in master bedrooms because of their versatility and storage options. Walk-ins can either be a few square feet or half of a bedroom.
What are the standard dimensions for a walk wardrobe?
The standard width of a walk in closet can range from 5 to 12 feet or more. This maintains a 3-foot hallway into the closet, even after you store or hang items along the walls. The standard depth of a walk in closet can range from 5 feet (for a square room) to 17 feet (or more for a bonus-room-style closet)