When it comes to interior home design/renovation, I dare to say that the closet is probably high on the list of priorities for most women… maybe even some men, too!
I’ve never had a huge closet and that’s been fine. Even with this massive renovation and a 5th bedroom conversion into a master bathroom, laundry room and closet, our master walk-in closet is not super large. What it IS is functional, bright and the best possible use of space in our 1960’s-built colonial.
While this space is important, it’s also one of the last rooms addressed so budget is critical at this stage. It seems I have quite the conundrum on my hands, huh!?
To pimp the closet, or to not pimp the closet… THAT, my friends, is the question.
After weeks of scoping out assorted dream closet designs on PINTEREST and assessing our storage needs, I worked with my contractor and the closet designer to come up with a practical and cost-effective layout for what’s going to become a his + hers shared walk-in.
Yes, this softie of a shoe/fashion-loving wife is sharing her closet. Now, that’s true love.
Let’s start at the beginning. This is what the shell of
my our closet looks like:
The entry is via pocket door directly off the back of our master bathroom.
The pros: a large bright window for tons of natural light, 2 swanky light fixtures for added light + decor, (soon-to-be) refinished hardwoods and tons of potential.
The cons: not a huge amount of space (the room is long, but only about 6′ wide).
While I don’t have a ton of clothes, I’m a self-admitted designer shoe hoarder. I needed a solution that would not only give me and my husband enough space for our entire wardrobe, but I also needed a storage solution that would allow me to display my 60+ strong collection of shoes and assorted handbags.
So, this is what we came up with:
Here are a few additional views to give you a better idea of how the space is used for hanging vs. drawers and shelves.
Now, let’s break it down!
Limited Long Hang
I opted to keep my long hanging space pretty limited for a number of reasons. First, I’m not so much a dress girl. I definitely own a few, but they are more special occasion clothes than everyday. Our master bedroom has an entire wall of closets along one side, so I am planning on using some of that space for seasonal clothes (coats, swimwear, etc.) and things like dresses, which don’t get worn very often.
Divide + Conquer
For our lifestyle, double hanging design is key. It allowed me to break up my wardrobe into functional groupings — tops, pants, skirts, etc. Also of importance, is both hidden and exposed folding space. Hidden will be a nice addition for lingerie, socks, pajamas and workout wear. Exposed folding space will be dedicated to sweaters and casual tees. I’ll be using shelf dividers like THESE to keep my stacks nice and straight.
Hang It Up + Set It Down
After the closet is installed, I’ll be on the hunt for a small low bench to place in front of the window. Something just like THIS. It’s always nice to have a place to set stuff down — including my butt. When you enter, the area directly to the left of the door will be outfitted with a LEANING LADDER. Another small detail I thought would be pretty AND useful. The ladder rungs allow you to set out/hang entire looks — a godsend when planning outfits for the next day or packing. When not in use, it’s equally fun to look at and a simple way to add a decorative element to your space.
Shop Your Boutique
If you can see it, you’re more likely to wear it. That’s my mantra for closet organization. If you’ve had me work with you and your closet, I’m sure this sounds familiar. Step numero uno for seeing your clothes is eliminating the clutter caused by mismatched and rogue hangers (aren’t those wire hangers simply the worst!?). Shopping your closet becomes much more fun when your closet is actually set up like a boutique — organized and merchandised with matching hangers throughout. I love this slim line HUGGABLE HANGERS. They’re inexpensive and help fit a ton of clothes into not so large spaces without looking crowded.
Sprinkle With Accessories
Treat your closet as you would any other room in your house and add some personality through accessories! TRAYS and CATCH-ALLS for your jewelry and sunglasses can be just as pretty as they are useful. Think out of the box and if you have some wall space, add art! I love the look of vintage silk scarves stretched and framed — like THIS. Pull some of your prettier pieces and display them front and center. I guarantee these little details will make you smile every time you walk into the room.
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