Master Suite Design - Dream Closet Dimensions, Features and Layout

Dream Closet Design Ideas For a Master Suite

Nothing is more luxurious than a big beautiful walk-in closet in the master suite. If you live in an older home with smaller closets or are planning a master suite addition, including a large walk-in closet can make your life easier, extend the life of your wardrobe, and add value to your home.

A well designed walk-in closet is smart and efficient. It can go a long way toward making you feel more organized and less stressed. Depending on the amount of space you can comfortably allocate, a walk-in closet can be a wonderful place to prepare for work in the morning, or get ready for a night on the town.

Whether you're adding a master suite addition or remodeling you have the perfect opportunity to upgrade to a modern walk-in closet that can store your clothes comfortably, serve as a private dressing area, a place to relax and prepare for your day, and more. If you have the space, amenities like a dressing table or island, full-length triple-mirror, or comfortable seating take your closet to the next level.

Let's take a look at the dimensions, features, and layouts for the perfect master suite walk-in closet.

Layout and Space Needs for Your Dream Closet

Your walk-in closet should measure at least 7 feet by 10 feet, preferably 10 by 10 if two people will be using the space. That gives you enough space to line two or three walls with shelves, cubbies, and poles with enough room to comfortably reach them and dress.

A 10 by 10-foot closet is big enough to add a seating area where you can comfortably put on socks and shoes, or fold laundry. If you have additional space consider adding an island where you can store large bulky items like extra blankets or sweaters. The island can include special drawers to hold jewelry or watches and with a cedar lined drawer adds additional storage for delicates.

Storage and Organization Options

Consider your wardrobe when designing your space. You'll need hanging racks for shirts, blouses, pants, and skirts. Doubling up and having high and low hanging bars can increase storage space without taking up too much linear space. Plan on having at least one hanging rack for evening gowns, and long coats.

Consider cubbies designed for specific pieces of your wardrobe. You can store shirts and sweaters, in specially designed cubbies that can keep your clothing visible and accessible. Taller cubbies are perfect for boots. Add shelving close to the ceiling to store hats or seasonal items.

Your designer can work with you to determine your storage needs. While there are closet organizing systems available, a custom designed closet can give you exactly what you need in terms of functionality and look beautiful doing it! A custom designed closet can also take advantage of every available inch of space. You'll also get better quality. Instead of coated wire shelving and fiberboard, your contractor will use high-density melamine or solid wood to give you a durable beautiful space that will last a lifetime.

Custom designed closets also offer a much wider array of amenities and storage options. These include jewelry drawers, tie and belt holders, shoe racks, roll-out ironing boards, hamper baskets, lighted makeup stations and full-length mirrors that fold out from between the shelves and swivels open.

Your designer can help you to customize your dream closet to meet your specific storage needs.

Special Amenities

There are a few amenities that can make your dream closet even more functional and enjoyable. If you have the space, a stacking washer and dryer is one of the most functional additions. Compact units require a space about 40 inches deep and 32 inches wide. If you chose to add a laundry station, make sure you include additional costs into your budget for plumbing and electrical, along with a few extra feet of counter space for folding,.

Lighting is another “amenity” that is not only necessary, but with a little thought, can add a wonderful design element to your space. Consider code compliant recessed fixtures that can be positioned strategically to avoid casting shadows. If you're looking for something a little more stylish, you can add a modern chandelier or wall sconces to complete the look of your space.

You'll want air circulation in the closet to help remove moisture and odors. While windows are a wonderful addition for adding light and ventilation, they take up valuable wall space and unless you upgrade to Low-E glass, sunlight can fade colors and degrade fabrics over time. If possible, tie your space into your heating and cooling system and add a vent or two. If that's not an option, a simple ventilation fan like you'd find in a bathroom can do the job.

Finally, if you have the space, an island can take your custom closet to the next level! It can act as a work table for folding as well as being a wonderful space for storing special items. Just make sure you still have room to move around comfortably.

A spacious walk-in closet can offer you years of functionality, enjoyment, and convenience. It can extend the life of your wardrobe and add value to your home when it comes time to sell. Your designer can help you to customize your dream closet to meet your specific needs. A custom designed walk-in closet is an investment that will pay off in lifestyle dividends for years!


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