How to Organize a Walk-In Closet

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Walk-In Closet Ideas: Best types of bedroom closet storage


Efficient master closet layouts incorporate several types of storage, each designed for different needs, including a combination of open shelving, multi-level hanging rods, shoe racks, cabinetry, and drawers.

Here are photos of the top 6 master closet design ideas for 2014 new homes - to give you an idea of how to integrate a variety of storage options in your next walk in closet.


How to Organize a Walk-In Closet #1: Island Cabinet

Cabinetry islands are making their way into more new homes.  Island cabinets act as a drawer storage center, staging area for laundry, and folding table - maximizing the utility of your master bedroom closet.

If you want to keep your master bedroom more open, consider adding an island cabinet to the closet in lieu of a second dresser or chest.

Master Closet Design

See more examples of closets with an island cabinet in The Maple Lane and The Dugan.

How to Organize a Walk-In Closet #2: Built-in Wall Cabinets

Built-in cabinets are a great way to create hidden storage - especially when paired with open shelving and wrap-around rods.


In this design/build home, a dual-drawer cabinet was added with a mirror and open shelving above.  This photo shows the "his" closet - there is an identical "her" closet located directly opposite.

Walk-In Closet Design - Layout and Storage Ideas

Hardwood flooring was carried into the master closets. While home owners generally choose to include carpet in the master bedroom and closet, some prefer the feel of walking on hardwood floors.

See another example of a master closet with a center cabinet in The Bryson.


How to Organize a Walk-In Closet #3: Separate His and Her Walk-In Closets

In this custom home master bedroom layout, the (smaller) "his" closet is included in the master suite and the (expansive) "her" closet is located on the other side of the bathroom. This his and her walk in master closet design is perfect for maintaining personal space.


Walk-In Closet Design - Layout and Storage Ideas

See a floor plan of this version of The Summerlyn here. In this floor plan, you'll also find a second story laundry room just outside these master bedroom, for easy coordination.  


How to Organize a Walk-In Closet #4: Master Bedroom Closet with Laundry

Looking for home plans that connect the master bedroom directly to the laundry room? In this floor plan, the master bathroom leads to the closet - with direct door access to the laundry room.

Master bathroom laundry room combo

Because the bathroom layout is relatively compact, the master bedroom / laundry room design adds invaluable ease of access to two of the most used rooms in the home. 


How to Organize a Walk-In Closet #5: Built In Ironing Board Storage

In many new homes, the master bedroom is on the second floor and the laundry room is on the first floor, making laundry chores tedious at times.

While it can be tempting to install a laundry chute (if the layout allows), adding an ironing board to the master closet wall can also make a big difference in your morning routine.

The ironing board easily folds into a wall cabinet for long-term storage. An upper shelf is included for iron storage.


Master Closet

See another example of a built in ironing board in The Shelby.


How to Organize a Walk-In Closet #6: Simple Design

Sometimes, the best closet design is the simplest - when you have a large closet space to work with, do not feel like you must fill it with a cabinet or walls of shelving. In fact, you may regret over filling your closet.

When designing your closet space, think of what types of storage you want most: rods, open shelving, drawers, racks, or counter tops.


Walk in Closet Ideas

In this photo, multi-level rods allow maximum storage (for different sized items). Built in open shelving serves as a shoe rack or folded clothing center.

There is also ample floor space in this master closet to set a row of laundry baskets - so you can keep them out of the bedroom and bathroom.

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