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Closet Depths

Closet depths are set based on the dimensions of various common clothing elements such as shoes, folded clothes, and shirts hung on hangers. When designing a closet, consider the specific efficiencies of each different storage element to better serve your closet needs.

The comfortable recommended depth of a closet is 24” (61 cm), but closet depths as narrow as 20” (50.8 cm) can be used if desired. Shelf depths of 12” (30.5 cm) should be used for shoes and smaller clothing elements. If shoes are larger than these measurements, specialty inclined shoe racks can be incorporated to save space without adding additional depth. Drawers for folded clothes should be set at a minimum of 18” (45.7 cm) with deeper drawers for multiple rows of folding clothing at a depth of 24” (61 cm). Deep drawers are consistent with standard closet depths 24” (61 cm).

Dimensions and measurements of various required depths for closet shelves, drawers, deep drawers, and hangers
Closet depths are based on the dimensions of various common clothing elements such as shoes, folded clothes, and shirts hung on hangers.

The comfortable recommended depth of a closet is 24” (61 cm), but closet depths as narrow as 20” (50.8 cm) can be used if desired. Shelf depths of 12” (30.5 cm) should be used for shoes and smaller clothing elements. If shoes are larger than these measurements, specialty inclined shoe racks can be incorporated to save space without adding additional depth. Drawers for folded clothes should be set at a minimum of 18” (45.7 cm) with deeper drawers for multiple rows of folding clothing at a depth of 24” (61 cm). Deep drawers are consistent with standard closet depths 24” (61 cm).

Dimensions and measurements of various required depths for closet shelves, drawers, deep drawers, and hangers
Reach-In Closets

Reach-in closets are space saving closets designed to combine functionality and accessibility without the need to physically enter the closet space. With the flexibility to combine and arrange multiple storage options such as hanger rods, drawers, shelves, and inserts, reach-in closets are the most commonly used closet type due to their ability to easily add utility into small spaces.

Reach-in closets should be set at a standard comfortable closet depth of 24” (61 cm) and can be designed with various door types that often include sliding, bifold, and sliding pocket doors.

Drawings of standard door configurations, depths, and widths of Reach-In closets sized for clothes hangars
Reach-in closets are space saving closets designed to combine functionality and accessibility without the need to physically enter the closet space. With the flexibility to combine and arrange multiple storage options such as hanger rods, drawers, shelves, and inserts.

Reach-in closets should be set at a standard comfortable closet depth of 24” (61 cm) and can be designed with various door types that often include sliding, bifold, and sliding pocket doors.

Drawings of standard door configurations, depths, and widths of Reach-In closets sized for clothes hangars
Split Single Sided Walk-In Closets
Drawing with dimensions of a layout for Split Single Sided Walk-In Closets for two separate people

Split single sided walk-in closet layouts are paired closets that separate the space into two distinct zones with storage along a single side. Often connected to master bedrooms, the split single sided walk-in gives each person their own closet while maintaining a minimum and efficient footprint. The split single sided walk-in closet layout can incorporate an extra door at the end of the closet that is commonly linked to a master bathroom or other ancillary space.

Each single sided closet should have a minimum width of 5’ (1.52 m) which provides enough space for 2’ (61 cm) of storage with a 3’ (91 cm) clearance aisle for access. Combined, the split single sided walk-in closet should be a minimum of 10’4” (3.15 m) wide with an adjustable depth depending on floor plan demands.

Split single sided walk-in closet layouts are paired closets that separate the space into two distinct zones with storage along a single side. Often connected to master bedrooms, the split single sided walk-in gives each person their own closet while maintaining a minimum and efficient footprint.

Each single sided closet should have a minimum width of 5’ (1.52 m) which provides enough space for 2’ (61 cm) of storage with a 3’ (91 cm) clearance aisle for access. Combined, the split single sided walk-in closet should be a minimum of 10’4” (3.15 m) wide with an adjustable depth depending on floor plan demands.

Single Sided Walk-In Closets

Single sided walk-in closets are the smallest type of walk-in closets that combine an individual storage wall with an internal clearance space for access. The clear walls of a single sided walk-in closet are often equipped with mirrors or wall-mounted hooks for additional vertical storage.

The overall depth of a single sided walk-in closet can vary as desired, but overall closet depths between 4’-5’ (122-152 cm) are commonly used to save space.

Two configurations of door placements to the front or side of Single Sided Walk-In closets with dimensions
Single sided walk-in closets are the smallest type of walk-in closets that combine an individual storage wall with an internal clearance space for access. The clear walls of a single sided walk-in closet are often equipped with mirrors or wall-mounted hooks for additional vertical storage.

The overall depth of a single sided walk-in closet can vary as desired, but overall closet depths between 4’-5’ (122-152 cm) are commonly used to save space.

Two configurations of door placements to the front or side of Single Sided Walk-In closets with dimensions
Island Walk-In Closets
Dimension drawing of the layout of an Island Walk-in Closet with two rows of hangar space, a back shelf and central island

Island walk-in closets are sized to incorporate a central island in the form of a bench, seat, work surface, storage fixture, or dresser while still providing adequate movement space around the room. Island walk-in closets are luxury closets that are considered “oversized” and are best suited for master bedrooms and generous guest suites because of their larger area requirements.

A circulation zone of 3’ (91 cm) should be provided around the center island allowing for movement, access, and room to dress.

Island walk-in closets are sized to incorporate a central island in the form of a bench, seat, work surface, storage fixture, or dresser while still providing movement space. Island walk-in closets are luxury closets that are considered “oversized” and are best suited for master bedrooms.

A circulation zone of 3’ (91 cm) should be provided around the center island allowing for movement, access, and room to dress.

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