Everybody loves a walk-in closet. Chances are, if you don’t already have one, you want one. Whether you’re currently dreaming of taking over the spare room, or have an existing walk-in that could use a little oomph, you’ll find plenty of design inspiration in our guide to the dream closet.
First, the fundamentals. Any walk in closet ought to be at least seven feet wide, giving you a minimum of three feet in the middle of the room once drawers and clothes rails are added. Railing should run down only two sides of the walk-in, leaving the shorter back wall clear to prevent cluttering and tangled hangers at the corners.
Your dream closet will require a combination of ambient and task lighting, giving you a useful variety of lighting options and letting you adjust the light level up or down depending on your needs. For your ambient or overhead lighting, consider adding a dose of drama to the space with a chandelier, like the Annika or the Giselle. Or, if that kind of extravagance simply doesn’t suit your space, perhaps a large suspension light mounted close to the ceiling is for you. Floor lamps or wall sconces are both good options for task lighting – behold the extra large Raduga Floor Lamp, and the whimsical Muriel Sconce.
Storage and Display
Your walk-in should contain at least one set of drawers for folded or out-of-season items. If you have the space, you may also wish to add a display cabinet, vitrine, or simply some great looking shelves to give your favorite accessories a home. Glass, whether mirrored or clear, can help prevent the appearance of overcrowding; think the Katie Mirrored Dresser, Cling Shelves or Shine Showcase.
Adding seating to your walk-in closet transforms it from ‘just’ a place to store your clothes into a dressing room made for lingering. Given the limited dimensions of many walk-ins, ottomans are a great seating option that fit almost anywhere – some, like the Leo by American Leather, include hidden storage to really make the most of your space. If you’re lucky enough to have a little more room at your disposal, a chaise like the Niagara adds a big splash of old Hollywood glamor, while a modern bench like the Margo or the Elan keeps things understated and chic.
No walk-in would be complete without at least one full-length mirror. In addition to their obvious function in dressing, they also make the closet seem bigger and brighter. The Opalina Appendiabiti combines the functions of a wall-mounted mirror and a coat hook, for extra space efficiency. The clever revolving base on the Soglia Standing Mirror offers you the flexibility to effortlessly check your look from any angle.