A walk-in closet makes it so much easier to store and find your belongings. If you’re trying to stuff all your clothes, shoes and accessories into a narrow space behind folding doors, you will likely do better with a walk-in closet.
You have a couple of options when it comes to building a walk-in closet, and most of them depend on available space.
Room for a Walk-In Closet
The easiest and most fun way to get a walk-in closet it to claim an unused bedroom for the purpose. Using a small bedroom for storage is more like creating a dressing room than a walk-in closet, and allows in natural light from windows as well.
If you don’t have a spare room to turn into your personal dressing room, you’ll have to give up some space in your bedroom. Many master suites in modern homes are so large that residents set up sitting areas. This can be fun — like living in a suite at the Four Seasons! — but you may put that space to better use with a walk-in closet.
What Will You Put in Your Walk-In Closet?
Regardless of whether you use a spare room or create a walk-in closet in your bedroom, you need a plan for how you will use it. Take an inventory of your clothing, shoes and other items and see what you’ll need to devote the most space too.
For instance, do you have a lot of suits, shirts or blouses? If this is the bulk of your wardrobe, a good portion of your space should be devoted to bi-level hanging. Skirts are easy to hang with this type of setup, and if you have lots of pants, you can use hangers with vinyl sleeves that allow you to drape the pants over them and hang them closer to the floor.
Do you have a lot of long dresses? If so, you’ll need vertical space for these. You can buy hangers with clips for your pants so they hang longer and then use the same rod as the dresses. They will take up less space on the rod this way as well.
If you have lots of knit tops or T-shirts, you may want drawers in your walk-in closet. However, many people prefer to hang these as well. It results in fewer wrinkles and saves time you would otherwise spend on folding. Plus, you can see all your clothes at a glance.
Custom or Commercial?
You can use a commercial closet organizer — elfa is a good choice because you can change the setup around anytime you so desire — or you can have the shelves and drawers custom-made.
Custom is a bit more expensive, but you get exactly what you want. And with a closet, dimensions can matter more than in other rooms. For instance, if you are shorter or taller than average, you can be sure everything is at the perfect height for you if you go custom. Or if you special-order your size 15 shoes, you can have drawers or boxes that they fit into just right.
Do you want your own walk-in closet or dressing room? Call Falk Construction — we can make it happen for you. We specialize in remodeling and new builds, and we are general contractors too.