Your Dream Walk-in Closet Checklist and Design Ideas

Lucky enough to have space for a walk-in? Here are some design inspirations you can view to get ideas for that closet you’ve always wanted to have.

Updated on June 12, 2017 18:06 pm

Camille Besinga

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Have excess square footage to spare, or a tiny room or nook that you’d like to convert into usable space? A walk-in closet is an excellent idea to make that extra space functional, and a great way to organise your stuff, too. The most exciting part is designing your walk-in to make dressing up an even better experience.

Just don’t forget the following requirements when planning your walk-in closet's layout and look:

1. Shelves or drawers for folded clothes
2. Racks for pants and bottoms, jackets and hanger-hung tops, and long dresses and coats
3. Shoe rack or shelf
4. At least one full-length mirror
5. Hooks, racks, shelf, or drawers for bags

On the other hand, your walk-in optionals may include:

1. A chair, ottoman, or sofa
2. Space for a vanity dresser
3. Cabinet for toiletries and other small items
4. Jewellery rack

Get ideas on how to spruce up your walk-in closet below:

Good lighting will help you decide on the outfits you like best, so if you have a window, make full use of it in your walk-in. (Just make sure to add curtains if you don’t have a lot of privacy from next-door neighbours!)

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White cabinetry will pop out against decorated walls. Use beautiful wallpaper, or stencilled paint to get this luxurious effect.

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Have a minimalist B&W wardrobe? Go the minimalist route by simply placing a black clothes rack, and hang some hooks on the wall for your bags. Then, let your shoes line the walls.

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Place a carpet and some floor pillows in the centre of your walk-in closet to add lavish comforts to your dressing-up experience.

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Drawers and baskets also let you hide those little gewgaws that would otherwise look cluttered on open shelves.

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Here’s another example of a walk-in closet making use of an eye-catching wall treatment. Graphic wallpaper is a great way of decorating such a narrow space.

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Even if you’ve got such a narrow space, as long as there is room for a chair to sit on while, say, putting on your shoes, then place that chair in there!

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Closing up closets with mirrored doors makes your walk-in closet look neat and tidy, and a centre island acts as a vanity, as well as space for you to lay down your outfit options while trying on clothes.

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The opulent look of this walk-in closet is provided by the mirrored surfaces and ambient cove lighting.

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If the space you want to convert into a closet is that space behind your bed, take your cue from this room, which used curtains to seal off the area.

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A big, brightly hued ottoman is also another way to bring in style and colour into a tiny space.

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Chandeliers lend a glamorous touch, while revolving clothes racks make efficient use of corner spaces.

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Don’t have a big budget for converting your space into a walk-in? This blogger used lots of store-bought stuff from Ikea to get her that closet she loves.


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