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Closet Size Design Guide

Here we share out closet size design guide including bedroom closet size, master bedroom closet size and walk-in closet size.
Modern light wood walk in closet with under shelf lighting panel curtain round chairA closet is generally used for storing things in a secured and organized way. It is an enclosed space that normally functions as a storage space in a household layout, and it’s used to store clothes and other essentials. For this reason it’s essential that your closet space has the size necessary to accommodate your needs.

Closets are frequently constructed into walls and nonfunctioning spaces such as the area below the stairs; the goal is so that they’re not instantly visible within the floor plan. However, if there are extra spaces, specifically in a bedroom, a walk-in closet might be a great option to add more storage space and easier access to the closet.

The size itself can’t stand as the principal factor in designing and configuring a closet. But in this article, you’ll be informed of some of the closet size standards that might give you a clearer picture. 

We hope these guidelines will assist you in picking the best closet size and design depending on your space and needs.

Standard Closet Size

Wood wardrobe closet in bedroomLet’s talk first about a standard reach-in closet. Well, this type of closet is generally deep enough to let clothes hang perpendicularly to the back wall.  It also must be shallow enough to allow the user to reach the closet’s back without the hassle of stepping inside the closet.

The usual depth of a standard reach-in closet measures 24 inches.  If you’re planning to store huge clothes such as coats and other sizable items, the depth must be at least 28 inches. Anything less than 22 inches deep won’t be that practical as it won’t let clothes be hung properly.

Moreover, it’s also necessary to consider the size of the reach-in closet’s return walls. Its return walls are the short portions of the wall that extend from the sidewalls of the closet to the opening of the door. 

Generally, return walls must measure 12 inches or less. Anything more than that will produce hard-to-reach deep spaces.

Talking about a standard walk-in closet, it must have at least a width of 4 feet and a depth of 4 feet. Its storage accommodations must be carefully constructed. The passageway between the hanging clothes or shelves must have a measurement of at least 24 inches.

If the hanging clothes are taking out 2 feet deep, a closet that has a width of 4 feet can only allow for hanging storage through its one-side and back wall. 

A closet that’s 6 feet wide accommodates storage on both side walls including the back wall while still providing 24 inches of space in the closet’s center.

Average Closet Size

Reach in closet in bedroom with size measurementThe average reach-in closet size is roughly composed of these measurements – 24 inches in depth, 8 feet in height, and 6 feet in width.  The door opening’s height is 80 inches. 

These measurements provide a much easier viewing and access to all items. Supplementary accessories and average-sized baskets can fit in this average closet size.

However, an average walk-in closet size technically has no standard dimensions. 

Even so, there are several general guidelines that might help in planning and constructing an average walk-in closet. 

The opening door usually has a width of 24 inches, the passage is 30 inches wide, and the hanging space is 19 inches deep. Using a pocket door will provide thorough access.

Minimum Walk-in Closet Size

Minimum walk-in closet sizeEach closet has different dimensions as it will depend on its purpose and the kind of door that’s attached to the closet. 

As an example, if a minimum walk-in closet size is roughly 4 feet deep and 4 feet wide, the smaller the pantry closet will be.  That’s because the shelves’ depth will be shallower than the depth required for hanging clothes using hangers.

However, the bigger is frequently much better, but there are some general guidelines for designing minimum walk-in closets (these do not include the door space):

  • Minimum walk-in bedroom or coat closet size – 4 feet deep and 4 feet wide
  • Minimum walk-in linen or pantry closet size – 32 inches deep and 32 inches wide

No closet size design guide is complete without reach-in dimensions which we’ll cover next.

Bedroom Closet Size

Bedroom reach in closet sizeThe most ideal bedroom reach-in closet size normally measures a width of 6-8 feet and a depth of 24-30 inches. 

The type of door that works best with this is a standard double door. In order for you to avoid blind passages, the interior side of the return walls should measure not longer than 18 inches. Read more about types of closet doors here.

A bedroom walk-in closet size must have a depth of at least 36-48 inches.  The bedroom closet’s width is practically half the room’s width. 

Moreover, a standard 12 x 12 bedroom can customarily accommodate a closet with a depth of 48 inches and a width of 6 feet.

Master Bedroom Closet Size

Walk-in master bedroom closet sizeA walk-in master bedroom closet size must have at least 7 feet of depth and 10 feet of width. Its overall size should measure at least 100 square feet for two users. 

That size allows more space for lining 2 or 3 walls that are incorporated with poles, cubbies, shelves, and elbow room so the user will easily access the items.

Walk-in Closet Size

Walk-in closet size for 2 peopleThe customary walk-in closet size suitable for 2 people must have a minimum measurement of 7 by 10 feet. It usually occupies an area of 100 square feet.  However, small walk-in closets can be constructed in spaces that measure 25 square feet.

A single-sided walk-in closet’s average size is about 4-5 feet deep and occupies around 24 inches.  This usually leaves a range of 36 inches as the clearance.

A double-sided walk-in closet is more flexible. Its depth ranges from 4-6 feet. The storage space on opposite walls has 24 inches of width each.  The middle has a 36-inch clearance, giving a total width ranging from 6-7 feet.

Shoe walk in closet with mirror doors small rocking chairSome closets have islands in the middle of them.  If this is also your case, you won’t be worried too much about the space.  However, if you’re trying to fill the island into the closet’s design completely, ascertain that there are at least 3 feet of clearance on each island’s side.

What did you think of this closet size design guide? Let us know if we missed anything in the comments section. For more closet-related content, check out types of closets page.