In this closet island ideas guide you’ll see design options for master closets, with drawers, dressers, organizers, shoe storage, wardrobes and accessories you can try.
Having a walk-in closet feels like a dream come true, especially if you are into fashion and style. With an organized wardrobe, you can easily find clothes, shoes, and accessories you plan to wear for the day. And what can make your walk-in closet more luxurious is to have an island at the center of it.
Central islands are regarded as high-end storage options you can integrate into your home. Installing a wardrobe island gives you extra storage and at the same time an increase in the value of your home once resale is considered. A closet island is a pretty popular and sought-after feature you can install in your home.
There are different types and designs you can check out when choosing central islands. To start with though, here are some designs that might inspire you on the central islands that can fit your style and room.
This room is an all-white walk-in wardrobe with white shelves, drawers, cabinets, and a closet island in the middle. A stylish matte black chandelier and cabinet hardware adds a modern twist to a minimalist room.
Best Features of a Closet Island
Choosing a standalone storage space can be as easy as matching its style with what you have in your walk-in standalone storage space. But is that enough? Of course not! Here are the best features you should consider when searching for incredible walk-in closet ideas with islands.
Lighting – Lighting is an easy-to-forget feature but one you can never go without again once installed in the standalone storage space. Catering to both functionality and aesthetics, lighting up your closet island can help you locate items easier and faster while creating a beautiful sight with an illuminated island.
You can set the lighting in the standalone storage space in a way where it automatically lights up, taking out the need of rummaging in the dark to find the switch. This feature is best used for central islands with jewelry drawers with a glass case, where you can also use them for display.
Install low-voltage LED lighting on the insides of the standalone storage cabinets or underneath the countertop for a soft glow and luxurious ambiance.
General Storage – Choose a standalone storage space with enough general storage that can house your hats and purses, as well as other accessories you may have, for safekeeping.
Drawers – Drawers can increase the functionality of your standalone storage space and open up more storage space for your belongings. Whether you choose a closet island with 1 or 4 drawers, it is a great addition that can save you the trouble of getting a dresser for your bedroom.
Jewelry – Jewelry drawers can also serve as decor when a glass case is installed on the top of the unit since you can freely display your jewelry collection. You can also display antique clutches and belt buckles in the jewelry drawers if you don’t have enough space to store them.
Shoe Shelves – Install shelves in your wardrobe island to accommodate your shoe collection. Whether you choose to have adjustable or angled shelves, the important factor is that you have enough space for your shoes.
Accessories – Some central islands also come with different accessories, from jewelry drawer inserts to drawer dividers. Depending on the accessories, they can either add storage space or cater to your organization skills and help you neatly arrange your items. Other accessories you can consider include:
● Lingerie storage
● Drawer organizers with lock and safe security features
● Built-in iron boards
● Pull-out shelves
Countertops – The closet island’s countertop is an important space reserved for outfit planning, folding, and packing. You can also use it for aesthetics by choosing elegant materials, from granite to quartz. You can also check out wood and glass if you want other options.
Built-in Seating/Bench – A built-in seating/bench that comes with your wardrobe island gives seating space helpful when dressing. This can be attached to one end of the closet and can also have additional storage under it.
The recommended height for the bench is 18 inches, which is a bit lower than standard chair height but makes it easier to be integrated with the wardrobe island.
Laundry – Pull-out laundry hamper drawers can also be integrated with the wardrobe island. On the functionality side, it adds space and at the same time hides laundry, which can be messy and out-of-place in an elegant walk-in closet.
Master Bedroom Island Decorating Ideas
If you have a walk-in closet within the confines of your master bedroom, islands can offer a serious amount of storage space. This storage is not only for hanging clothes but can be used for shoes and handbags on shelves and jewelry in drawers.
Depending on the walk-in closet dimensions you may be able to accommodate a large storage island, sitting bench, shoe racks and other useful accessories. Here are some ideas to try if you are thinking about or planning on designing a master closet island at home.
This luxury walk-in closet has a solid wooden island at the center of the room, adding an elegant appeal to the entire closet.
The dark brown wooden cabinets match the color of the closet island and the oblong rug on the floor. The color contrasts well with the white flooring and ceiling.
This sturdy master standalone storage space is in the middle of three gigantic open shelves that appear to be made from the same wood. The white solid top of the island stands out among the dark brown wood material, from the flooring to the shelves and the island itself.
If you want something brighter, this master wardrobe island is in color white that matches all the drawers and cabinets surrounding the island.
The matching hardwood floors stand out in the room, play well with the color of the bench. The indoor plant at the center of the island adds freshness to the room.
This all-white American luxury walk-in wardrobe has a lot of floor space that allows you to move around as needed with an island at the center of the room. It is the perfect storage for jewelry and accessories.
The white color further brightens the room, making the walk-in wardrobe appear bigger than it technically is.
Wardrobe Island with Drawers on One Side
Wardrobe islands usually have drawers to serve as a more private storage space you can keep important and expensive accessories.
Drawers are an excellent addition to a walk-in wardrobe, where watches, jewelry, and other small items can be kept and protected. In these storage units, you can also keep cuff links, brooches, sunglasses, wallets, and scarves.
One of the popular jewelry drawers comes with a line of satin or velvet. The addition of this material somehow gives additional appeal and importance to the furniture. It’s not surprising especially if you keep your precious family heirlooms in the same storage.
Here are some designs of wardrobe islands with drawers you can check out.
This dressing hub with drawers has a light gray color that goes the same way as the shelves surrounding the dressing hub. The room has recessed lighting that gives the entire room enough brightness needed when changing clothes.
This particular standalone storage space with drawers seems to be connected to one of the big closets in the room like it’s part of it, with the same color, style, and design. The drawers in the standalone storage space come in two columns and are a bit shorter than the drawers in the cabinets.
The dressing hub in this spacious walk-in closet is positioned near the window rather than the center of the room compared to most wardrobe islands (since the ottoman is positioned there).
The light color of the carpet floor contrasts with the dark color of the dressing hub and shelves, giving it more texture.
This gray dressing hub looks sleek and stands out in this ensuite walk-in closet. The white shelves for the shoes and bags match the white marble flooring of the room.
Meanwhile, the metal cabinets with glass doors match the closet island’s coloring. See more types of closet doors on this gallery page.
Island with Two Sets of Drawers
If one side of the drawers is not enough, you can drawer on both sides of the dressing hub for more storage space. Here are some ideas you can use for your own dressing hub at home.
This walk-in closet features a light gray dressing hub with two sets of drawers, which can be assigned one for the wife and one for the husband. It also features a smaller dressing hub beside the bigger one, which can be used to store shoes.
This large walk-in closet has an dressing hub with drawers installed on two sides. This particular dressing hub has a wooden base with a marble countertop.
The wooden base matches the stain of the wooden flooring and the cabinets and shelves surrounding it.
Besides drawers, a dressing hub could also be designed as a dresser. Here are some designs of these closet island dressers.
This dressing hub features a light olive green color that matches the cabinet and shelves, save for the lighted shelf dedicated for shoes. The minimalist design of the walk-in closet works well with the neutral colors used in the room.
This chic walk-in closet has a wardrobe dresser positioned at the center of the room. This wardrobe dresser is particularly large and features two sets of drawers and shelves.
The blush color of the island adds a sweet element to this modern-style room.
Wardrobe islands can also act as an organizer where you can keep important belongings like jewelry and other accessories. Here are some designs you can imitate to have a dressing hub organizer of your own at home.
This luxurious Australian wardrobe sports marble floors and dark wooden drawers, cabinets, and a dressing hub with a marble countertop. This elegant dressing hub is perfect for storing shoes, especially with the size of the pockets and how they are styled.
This walk-in wardrobe showcases a wooden closet island dresser, drawers, and shelves. All these elements use the same wood stain, unifying the room’s design.
The closet island dresser features several sets of drawers for clothes and accessories and small pockets in the upper part for shoes and other footwear.
This large walk-in closet features an island dresser with open drawers that are particularly small for the size of the entire room but its style matches the open shelves surrounding it.
Elegant Closet Lighting
Lighting is important when you dress up and prepare for the day. For walk-in closets, the best lighting fixtures to consider are the following:
- Overhead recessed lighting (For general lighting)
- Chandelier (For mood and ambiance)
- Integrated LED lighting (To install behind or under the shelves and accent accessories and items)
- Dedicated lighting (To install in the dressing table for prepping)
This solid closet storage island is positioned at the center of elegantly created shelves in this luxurious dressing room.
The ceiling and the bottom of the closet island are installed with elegant pink neon lighting. The shelving is backlit with cabinet LED lighting which gives the entire room a luxurious feel.
Closet Storage Island
You might also want to consider a closet storage island for your walk-in wardrobe. Here are some modern closet storage island designs you can try.
This big dressing room is filled with two big white wardrobes filled with shelves, drawers, and baskets. In the middle of two big wardrobes lies a white closet storage island that has drawers with half of them having glass doors.
This gigantic white wooden closet storage island is filled with drawers and shelves for clothes, bags, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories you have.
Compared to other islands, this is particularly big and covers a lot of space in the middle of the room. It matches well though with the color and design of the other shelves in the room.
Island with Bench
Another element you can include in your closet island is a bench. This can be elegant and at the same time functional addition to your walk-in closet. Here are some ideas you can use for your own closet island with a bench.
This large luxurious walk-in wardrobe features a furnished bench at the center of the room, acting as a closet island.
The wooden closet island with a bench is a bit lighter in color than the two wooden shelves on the walls. And the top of the bench matches the color of the carpeted floor.
This elegant wardrobe features large glossy cabinets and shelves, in dark color and clean lines, matching the design of the flooring and the top of the closet island bench.
This beautiful walk-in wardrobe has a quirky interlocking closet island bench at the center of the room. The design of the closet island bench is unique enough to stand out and the contrasting colors of turquoise and blues and browns and creams further make it an attraction.
In this modern walk-in wardrobe, you will see two-column of white cabinets and drawers with black doors. At the center of the room is a closet island bench with a white base color that matches the cabinets and an olive green cushion.
This spacious and bright walk-in wardrobe features a large suede-covered dressing bench in the middle of the room. Walnut drawers, shelves, and cupboards surround it.
And the two skylight windows, along with the light-colored flooring, add brightness and warmth to the room.
Island with Seat
Besides being a bench, a dressing hub can also come with a seat. It may occupy more space but it also provides additional functionality to the island. Here are some examples of wardrobe islands with this style.
This estate home’s custom closet features a dressing hub with two seats on both sides. This can be a perfect walk-in closet for husband and wife since it can be divided into two areas, one for each. The closet island is made from the same wood as the shelves.
This light-colored large walk-in closet has a unique wardrobe island with a seat that appears to be a loveseat made from drawers. The closet island is filled with drawers for storage and safekeeping.
Narrow Island Decorating Ideas
If you somehow have a smaller walk-in wardrobe, you can use a narrow dressing hub so that you can minimize the space it covers. Here are some designs of a narrow closet island you can choose from.
This modern walk-in wardrobe features a granite-topped center dressing hub with drawers. The dark color of the drawers, cabinets, and dressing hub scream elegance, especially when contrasting with the light-colored flooring.
This bright walk-in wardrobe is filled with wooden shelves, drawers, and a dressing hub with a solid white countertop.
The dressing hub is narrow in width but a bit longer in length compared to other central islands. It also matches the style of the cabinets, shelves, and even flooring, resulting in a more unified design.
This built-in narrow dressing hub features several drawers for storage and a white surface that matches the white shelves in the room while the brown solid countertop gives it more texture and adds something different to the room as it stands out.
Island with Glass Top
Another design that wardrobe closet islands seem to have is a glass top, adding a certain elegance and luxury to the entire furniture. Here are some central islands that feature a glass top.
This white central storage furniture with a glass stop is part of this large white walk-in wardrobe ensemble that includes white shelves and tan marble flooring. The dressing hub sports several drawers for additional storage and safekeeping of important belongings.
This walk-in wardrobe features a dark brown custom-built central storage furniture with glass on top connected to one of the wooden shelves in the room. The central storage furniture features two dressers with their own top glass perfect for a couple.
This clean and elegant walk-in wardrobe features a high central cabinet with a glass on top, adding to the homey feel of the room. The central storage fixture is made from the same material and design as the cabinets and shelves and uses similar colors as the flooring.
The central storage fixture with glass top features in this walk-in wardrobe is creatively designed, considering it’s connected to the main white shelves. The dressing hub appears like a crate that fits the overall design of the room.
This luxurious walk-in wardrobe showcases an elegant central storage fixture with a glass top at the center of the room, coupled with an extravagant chandelier.
The room is in all white, from the shelves and drawers to the wardrobe central storage. The ceiling and flooring are also light-colored. And the large windows add more lighting to an already bright room.
Shoe Island for Wardrobe
You can also use shoe space for the wardrobe, especially if you have a collection of shoes that you want properly kept and taken care of. Here are some designs to check out.
In this modern wardrobe, you can see two shoe islands, which are installed beside each sides The islands have three shelves, where shoes can easily fit. And its color matches the color of the cabinets and shelves, unifying the design of the room. The closet paint color uses a sand paint color that offers a harmonious feel with the other room finishes.
In this wardrobe, there is a tall shoe dressing hub with 9 shelves that can accommodate a lot of pairs of shoes, with shelves and hangers on both sides of the dressing hub for clothes. The entire walk-in wardrobe feels homey because of the rustic appeal of the shelves and the wooden flooring.
This all-white walk-in wardrobe showcases a sturdy white shoe cabinet for the wardrobe. Compared to most shoe islands, this particular one comes as a dresser where shoes are kept safely stored away.
A beautiful chandelier also hangs prettily on top of the dressing hub which can provide a nice ambiance. Ceiling recessed lighting helps add the exact amount of illumination from a dimmer light switch when needed.
White is one of the most common colors used at home and this goes the same way for central islands. Since white easily matches with other colors, a white central storage fixture is a good choice.
This white floating storage furniture features several drawers with a clear solid brown top that matches the color of the wooden flooring. The dressing hub has this rustic feel that matches the appeal of the chair and all the cabinets inside the walk-in wardrobe.
This luxury walk-in wardrobe features two sleek and smooth white central islands in the middle of the room. All furniture has the same white glossy surface that stands out from the dark brown wooden flooring.
This walk-in wardrobe has a classic style that features a white marble floor tile and floating storage furniture at the center of the room. The cabinets and dressing hub have a gold border that adds the luxurious appeal to the home and a gray stool further adds character to the room.
Furniture to Add to Your Walk-In Wardrobe
More than a usual floating storage structure that functions as storage, you can install other furniture types in your walk-in wardrobe. Here are some examples of walk-in central wardrobe storage furniture.
This elegant-looking room features a white wooden floating storage structure and a small homey bench. The solid marble on top of the wardrobe adds luxury to the room and matches the color of the bench.
At the center of this luxurious walk-in wardrobe features a modern floating storage furniture that seems to function as a coffee table.
The white part of the storage space matches the white bench, flooring, ceiling, and chandelier. And the glass part of the dressing hub brings a modern twist to the room.
Small Wardrobe Ideas
If you lack space but want to have a floating storage structure, here is one way you can do it.
This minimalist walk-in wardrobe offers a clean vibe with its white floating storage structure, shelves, and cabinet but wooden style flooring and interior of the white cabinet. The storage furniture also has this glass slot that can be used for display and storage at the same time.
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