A Comprehensive Guide to Walk-In Wardrobe / Closet Dimensions and Layouts
Many people feel like their closets are too small or that they're not laid out very well. If this is the case for you, don't worry, you're not alone.

Many people have trouble with their closet layout, especially when it comes to maximizing the space they have. There are many factors to consider: dimensions, shelving, storage, and more.


This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about the walk-in closet layout and dimensions. We'll provide tips for every kind of space, from small closets to large walk-in wardrobes and dressing rooms. So whether you're starting from scratch or just looking to improve your current layout, read on for expert advice!


Important Things to Consider Before You Start


Before you start making significant changes to your dressing room, you should ensure that it meets the most important criteria. If you don't have these things in place, your remodel won't matter. So keep this checklist handy while you're re-arranging your closet:

  • Budget: Set a budget for your project, so you don't head over to the stores and impulse buy.

  • Measurements: Make sure you have taken accurate measures of your space before shopping.

  • Lighting: Decide if you want to use lighting in your closet, how much light, etc. Also, check that there are electrical outlets nearby. If you plan on using full-length mirrors, that will also need to be accounted for.

  • Shelving: Figure out if you want to use shelved areas, hanging rods, etc. and how much space you dedicate to each element.

  • Folding Space: Determine if you plan on incorporating a folding system and how much storage you need.

  • Storage: Decide if you want to use storage bins, baskets, etc. and how much space you will dedicate to each element (i.e., different types of clothes).

  • Size: The size of your closet is also very important. You need to make sure that you have enough space from one end to the other and from the top of the closet to the floor. According to our guide, a standard walk-in wardrobe should be at least 61 cm (24 inches) deep and 183 cm (72 inches) long. With this much space, you'll have plenty of room to store all your clothes and other belongings.

Dimensions for a Walk-In Closet


First off, there are two types of walk-in closets: Standard and Custom. A Standard closet is just that: standard. It's the most common type of walk-in, and it meets the minimum size requirements. However, a Custom walk-in is any walk-in closet that doesn't fall into the standard measurements. It's a little more high-end and can be designed to fit your exact preferences.


However, there are different types of standard walk-in closets that are discussed below:


Different Types of Walk-in Closet Layouts & Dimensions


Depending on your needs, a walk-in closet can be customized in many ways with shelving, drawers, shoe racks and hanging space. Here are some of the most common variations:


1. Single-sided walk-in closet Layout & Dimensions:

Single-sided walk-in wardrobe by al meera
Credit: Al Meera

This is the most basic walk-in closet style, and it is one wall filled with hanging rods, shelves, and drawers. This closet style is straightforward but does not allow for much versatility in design or customization.


These closets are usually 1.2-1.5 m (4-5 ft) deep and occupy about 61 cm (24 inches) of total depth, and this leaves 91 cm (36 inches) of space from the back wall to the edge of the door as a walkway.


2. Double-sided walk-in closet Layout & Dimensions

Double-sided walkin closet by al meera
Credit: Al Meera

This closet style has two walls filled with hanging rods, shelves, and drawers. This allows for far more storage and can be oriented so that one side is for short items, and the other is for long items. This layout also allows for more room to put shoe racks or baskets under shelves or on the closet floor. These closets have widths that can vary between 1.8-2 m (6-6.5 ft) for mixed storage or 2.4-2.6 m (8-8.5 ft) for all long storage.