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Closet architecture: Delving into Different Types of Closets for Your Home

What does your morning routine look like? And more importantly, how does it make you feel? Do you start the day off on a positive note, or do the steps you take to get ready create stress, overwhelm, and put you in a negative headspace? Believe it or not, the types of closets we have in our homes–and how well those closets have been designed–impact us at key points throughout the day. A thoughtful, easy-to-use closet, or lack thereof, can truly make or break your mood.

How, you might be wondering? Let’s walk through a typical morning. After you wake up, get out of bed, and head to your closet to get dressed, are you met with a cluttered space that makes it nearly impossible to find the top you had already picked out in your head? Or, are you greeted with custom organization that makes it easy to see all of your options and quickly find what you’re looking for? Next, it’s time to head to the kitchen. When your pantry has a dedicated spot for everything and flows seamlessly into the rest of the space, cooking breakfast and packing lunches become simpler processes that take less time. Finally, you’re ready to head out the door. Does your entryway have a dedicated place for your jacket and purse so you can quickly grab them on your way out? Or, do you exit your home through a chaotic jumble of shoes, backpacks, and coats?

If the different types of closets and storage spaces in your home feel disjointed from everything else, they can have subtle, or sometimes obvious, negative impacts on your daily life. When building or buying a house, so much focus is put on certain rooms of a house–like the kitchen and bathrooms–for good reason. They are large, high-traffic areas that get a lot of use. Hours and hours are spent contemplating layout and sight lines along with flooring, countertops, tile, lighting, and paint colors. By the time you get to the entryway closet or the linen closet in the upstairs hallway, decision-making fatigue has set in.

As a result, almost no real thought about design or usefulness is given to closets. And, because these spaces are critical to everyday life, homeowners almost always regret not spending more time planning out their closet styles. Let’s get rid of that regret, shall we? By considering each closet in your home before you actually have to use it, you can prevent this common headache and save time and money down the line by having storage that works from the get-go. Keep reading to learn about the different types of closets in your home, how each type can meet your storage needs, and how they can be designed to make your life a lot easier.

Closet Styles to Match Your Home

The founding principles of architecture are strength, usefulness, and beauty. And, even though strength and usefulness are key factors in all types of closets, beauty matters, too. Closets can–and should–be created with not only functionality, but also overall design and aesthetics in mind. A closet that flows with the rest of the home not only gives you a more seamless experience, you’ll also just enjoy using your space more.

Whether you prefer a space that’s sleek or eclectic, farmhouse or industrial, your style can be accomplished through colors, finishes, and other design elements and finishing touches. However, even closet design has to start somewhere, and there are foundational architectural and interior design styles that most homes follow.

Common Interior Design Styles


Minimal and clean with a neutral color palette, polished surfaces, and strong geometric shapes and asymmetry.


Clean, sleek lines and a lot of solid colors, primarily neutrals paired with pops of bright tones.


Think French country and British Colonial classic styles with a focus on symmetry, mid-tone colors (nothing too bland or too bold), and a mix of solids and patterns.


The bridge between traditional and contemporary design–a balance between historic pieces and updated silhouettes and materials along with overall neutral color schemes.

Modern Closet
Contemporary Closet
Traditional Closet
Transitional Closet


While closets can range from intricate to simple, there are certain design choices that can be made that lend themselves to a more modern or traditional style, or even something in between. Working with a closet design expert will help you blend both beauty and function to create different types of closets that are not only ideal for you and your needs, but they work well with the rest of your home, too.

Types of Closets: An Overview

Boutique Closet

Boutique Closets

Boutique closets are as high-end as it gets. Usually 12 by 15 feet on average, or whole room conversions, these types of closets give homeowners and closet designers the most space to work with. Therefore, they’re usually full of all the custom accessories and features (an island is a must), and there’s plenty of room to execute the exact style you desire. Just because there’s a lot of space doesn’t mean laying out a boutique closet is easy–a purposeful, well-thought-out design executed by experts ensures the space functions as it should and no space goes wasted.

As the name implies, boutique closets are meant to mimic the feel of shopping in a boutique, only in your own home. While they’re high-end and luxe, like any other closet, boutique closets can be more modern or traditional. Whether the product is wall-mounted, floor-mounted, or a mix of both, along with the types of cabinets, doors, and shelving, all make a difference in the closet’s overall architectural feel. And, color and styling, especially details like rugs, pillows, and other decor, give each boutique closet its own distinct personality.

Walk-In Closet

Walk-In Closets

Walk-in closets can range from smaller spaces that allow you to step inside and turn around to access the storage on each wall, to a closet that’s the size of an entire room. On average, walk-in closets are 6 by 8 feet and they typically cover three walls. Walk-ins are the type of closet that are most commonly found in the primary bedroom where homeowners spend the most time getting ready.

Depending on how much room they have, walk-in closets can accommodate any custom closet accessory or feature you could want. From jewelry trays to pull-out hampers, valet rods, and even an island if there’s enough room, a closet design expert will help you decide which accessories will improve your closet and make your life easier. Walk-in closet styles and architecture can be more practical or luxe–it completely depends on the homeowner’s preference and what will work well with the rest of the home.

Reach-In Closet

Reach-In Closets

As the name implies, reach-in closets are a common storage space where you reach in to get what you need. You’ll often find these particular types of closets in primary bedrooms, guest bedrooms, and spare rooms or home offices. They feature storage on one wall that’s usually behind bi-fold, bi-pass, or French doors, and they’re typically 6 by 3 feet on average.

Because reach-in closets are one of the smaller closet styles, the architectural design of the closet is key. Despite size, a reach-in can absolutely still incorporate unique and high-end features, like a built-in bank of drawers, shoe storage (we love our Shoe Shrine®), and more to customize organization and storage for any homeowner.

It’s easy to think you don’t need expert help on a reach-in closet because of its size. However, if we’ve learned anything in our years in the custom closet industry, it’s that the impact of space utilization is often felt more profoundly by homeowners when the closet is smaller. Every square inch really does matter when you have fewer inches to work with, making consulting an expert even more important.

Entryway Closet

Entryway Closets

Whether they’re by the front door or in a mudroom, entryway closets play a key role in the flow of any home. Because a home’s different entry points are high-traffic areas used by everyone in the home, for these closet types, the priority is maximizing functionality and usable storage space. Dedicated storage for each family member to keep the things they use the most, like bags, shoes, and outerwear, makes coming and going quick and easy. This can be accomplished through lockers, cubbies, custom cabinets, drawers–whatever makes the most sense architecturally for your needs and your space.

The entryway also sets the tone for the rest of the house. So, ensuring it’s easy to keep tidy, organized, and welcoming has a big impact not just on everyone who lives in the home, but any guest, too. One of the main goals of a thoughtfully designed entryway closet is for it to successfully flow into the rest of the home, both functionally and aesthetically. From high-end to simple and sleek, entryway closets can be designed to match any style.

Pantry Closet

Pantry Closets

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the pantry is the heart of the kitchen. Whether your pantry closet is big or small, architecturally, it’s important that functionality and practicality come first. However, like any other closet style, there are so many ways to customize your pantry to make it work for you and ensure it matches the rest of your kitchen. Aside from colors, hardware, and other finishes, custom cabinets, drawers, storage for glassware and trays, and dedicated organization for small appliances improve how your space looks as well as how it functions for your family.

Linen Closet

Linen Closets

Linen closets, usually the smallest type of closet in the home, are often found in hallways and bathrooms. They’re commonly used to store towels and spare bedding, but many homeowners also utilize any extra space to store other household necessities like toilet paper, lightbulbs, and cleaning supplies. How and what you plan to use your linen closet for is key when considering how it should be designed.

Linen closets might be small, but practical designs and optimal use of the space are still important to ensure these closet styles function the best they can. Linen closets can also have custom organization solutions that help make the most of the available space, and they can also have features, like drawers and adjustable shelving, that make it easy to keep things in order.

Considering Closet Types Ahead of Time

There’s a saying, “Get the little things right and the big things take care of themselves”. At Inspired Closets, we believe this applies to building or buying a home, too. The design and usefulness of closet space may seem small compared to the kitchen, but its impact on daily life can be just as profound.

If you’re interested in seeing more examples of different types of closets and how they can be designed to be both beautiful and functional, download our digital brochure. Ready to take the next step and work with a design expert to plan your closet space ahead of time or transform existing closets so they work exactly how you need them to?

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