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Closet Height Standards (Rod, Shelf & Door Dimensions)

Here we share the closet height standards including most popular dimensions for closet rod, shelf and door height.
Bedroom with sliding closet doorsA closet is an essential part of any home. After all, this is where you will store your clothes and other essentials. The last thing you want is to open your closet only to see your clothes dragging on the ground or a shelf that doesn’t have enough clearance to store your extra pieces.

This is why it’s so important to get the dimensions of your closets correct. Here, we’re going to break down the standard measurements for closets so you can get your closet set up in no time.

Standard Closet Height Dimensions

First, let’s take a look at closet dimensions overall. When you’re considering the dimensions of your closet, the width and depth will depend on the type of closet you’re working with. For example, a walk-in closet is going to be larger than the traditional reach-in closet.

Reach in closet standard size in bedroomReach-in closets have a width of about 48 inches long to 72 inches long. The inside of the closet usually sits around a depth of 24 inches to 30 inches deep.

When it comes to walk-in closets, these measurements get a little trickier because there isn’t’ necessarily a set “standard” like you would expect from a reach-in closet. However, you’ll want a minimum depth of 1’9” where your clothing will hang and at least 2 and a half feet to use as a passage for standing, walking and moving.

What most closet types do have in common is how tall they are. The standard closet height dimensions that most architects and interior designers go by is a comfortable 8 feet.

Reach in closetThis gives the homeowner plenty of room to add shelves and rods as needed and generally works no matter if they’re using a walk-in or reach-in design.

Standard Closet Rod Height

Once you have your overall closet size nailed down, it’s important to ask how high should a closet pole be? This, again, depends on your closet. If you’re interested in a closet with a single rod, the rod is typically mounted to be 72 inches off of the floor. However, this is simply the standard and closet rod heights may be installed higher or lower than this.

Bedroom closet with double doors and closet rodThere are some factors that may change this measurement. For example, if you own a lot of long dresses, you might need a higher rod than if you were storing mostly t-shirts and dress shirts.

Another factor that will shift this height is if you choose to use a double-rod system in your closet. In these cases, the upper rod is usually installed at a height of 80 inches while the lower rod is positioned at 40 inches. Even if you don’t use these measurements, it’s important to leave at least 3 feet between the rods to leave ample room for clothes without them overlapping or causing the closet to look cluttered.

Standard Closet Shelf Height

The ideal height for a closet shelf leaves you enough room to store whatever you may need while being low enough that you can also easily reach those items. It would be fairly inconvenient to install a shelf at a height that requires you to find a step stool or sturdy chair every time you needed a book or your favorite accessory. This puts the recommended shelf height between 84 inches to 87 inches off of the floor.

For smaller closets with a lower ceiling a shelf can be installed directly above the rod. This rod is generally placed 68 inches above the floor, so the shelf would need to be positioned above that with enough room to accommodate your clothing hangers and provide the ability to easily remove them.

Bedroom with small closet and shelfAs for shelf depth, this recommendation can change depending on what you want to store. Items like spare t-shirts only need about a foot of space while shoe closets may need closer to 14 inches of depth to fit securely.

It isn’t recommended to go overboard and install an unnecessarily deep shelf. While this will give you plenty of space, it will also make it difficult to reach anything pushed towards the back wall without help.

Standard Closet Door Height

Most closet height standards for doors are about 80 inches. This equals the height of a standard entry door, so this height will ensure that the door to your bedroom, for example, is even with the closet you have across the room.

Bedroom with built in closet and multiple doorsIf you have an older home, you may notice that the ceilings are higher, usually at around 9 or 10 feet. This can leave you with ample room over the closet, giving you room to extend its height if you want a custom design.

As for closet width, the standard is around 6 feet. However, you can also adjust this and expand the width with bifold doors which are available in a number of different widths. These sets come in multiples of two inches. For more related info see the most common types of closet doors here.

Alison Balfour

Tuesday 18th of October 2022

"If you have an older home, you may notice that the ceilings are higher, usually at around 9 or 10 feet" It can also go the other way - the ceilings can be LOWER. My house is so old that the ceilings are under 7'!

David Bell

Tuesday 13th of October 2020

"This puts the recommended shelf height between 87 inches and 96 inches off of the floor." Better check your math. 96" is the ceiling height in most closets, and an 87" shelf would only give a 9" shelf height.


Tuesday 13th of October 2020

Thank you for your comment. I've added some additional information to the shelf height section to make it more complete.