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Walk-in Closet Sizing: How to Know How
Much Space You Need

Whether you’ve been collecting walk-in closet designs on Pinterest for a while or the baskets, totes, and other quick-fix closet storage solutions you’ve tried just aren’t cutting it, Inspired Closets is here to get you started on your walk-in closet creation journey. There’s a lot that goes into creating and building a walk-in closet you love, like determining if you have enough room in your home (and budget) to accommodate the walk-in closet size you need, planning out the right design, and finding someone to actually build and install it.

At Inspired Closets, our team manages your project from start to finish. Whether you’re building a new home and want to thoughtfully plan your closets ahead of time, remodeling your existing closet, converting an existing room or space, or adding a new walk-in closet to an existing space, partnering with a professional is your best chance at a successful experience. Working with the right custom closet company also saves valuable time and eliminates a lot of stress in the long run.

Our experienced designers know the standard size of walk-in closets and all of the details that go into them. They’ll think of every possible option, listen to the frustrations you have with your current space, and ask you all the right questions to ensure that you’re getting a custom solution that will best serve you and be functional for years to come.

Ready to get started? Continue reading to learn exactly how the custom walk-in closet creation process works, the average walk-in closet size, and how you will greatly benefit from working with a closet design expert.

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What Do You Need from Your Walk-In Closet?

When you sign up for a free, in-home design consultation with one of our designers and they come to visit your home, they’ll start by asking what you want to be able to do in the space and how you want it to function so they can determine the necessary walk-in closet size and features.

To better answer these questions, the designer will take a detailed inventory of your wardrobe along with what is currently stored in your closet and elsewhere that you want your new closet to accommodate. This will give a better idea of how you need the space to function, what the walk-in closet size should be, and which types of storage are required to meet your needs. Plus, knowing what’s most important to you will allow the designer to create a plan in which every item has a dedicated place, no matter your walk-in closet’s size. You and your designer will talk through things like:


How many clothes do you have? What types of clothes do you own? Will you need space for folded items like sweaters and pants, hanging items like dresses and suits, or both?


How many shoes do you have? Do you own a lot of tall shoes like boots, shorter shoes like sneakers and sandals, or a mix of everything? What type of space will storing your shoes require?


What types of jewelry do you have and how much? Do you envision storing your jewelry in designated drawers, or do you want things like necklaces and earrings to be hung up or displayed in a case?


There are so many different types of accessories, and we’ll account for them all. Purses, hats, belts, scarves, ties, luggage, glasses—how much of each accessory do you have, and what type of storage is required for each different item?

After taking inventory of what you own, our designers will then ask you to think about what you use most often. This way, the things you regularly reach for are located where you can access them quickly and conveniently.

You can also have dedicated sections for different types of clothing, like a long hang section for summer dresses, shelves for fall sweaters, etc. With enough room and logical storage to keep all your clothes in one place, you won’t have to store off-season or lesser-used items elsewhere. The right organizational structure, whether you have an average walk-in closet size or not, allows you to fit a lot more in the space.

Layout Space: How Big Should a Walk-In Closet Be?

Now that you know exactly what you need space for and how you want your closet to function, the designer will determine if you have the room to create a walk-in closet that accomplishes everything. They’ll also consider where in your home you want the closet to be. For example, is it an addition to the primary bedroom or a room with a smaller footprint? Is there a logical area in the room to build a walk-in closet if one doesn’t exist already?

Our designers will also note any obstructions (access panels, light switches, attic access, even which way your door swings) that need to be designed around. When going through design options, they’ll show examples of how they’ve dealt with any given obstruction in the past and talk about how they’ll handle it in your particular space.

General Sizing for Walk-In Closets
Minimum Size


Small walk-in closet sizes can be, at the absolute minimum, 4 x 4 feet or 16 square feet total. This leaves room for the 24 inches needed to hang clothes as well as the standard 24 inches of clear walkway for people to be able to step inside of the space. Even though a 4 x 4 walk-in is technically possible, it may not be the most functional for a closet that gets regular use, and it will ultimately be more of a “step-in” closet than an actual walk-in.
Average Size


Just like the name implies, a walk-in closet needs to be large enough for you to walk inside it comfortably. The standard size of walk-in closets starts at about 6 x 10 feet or 7 x 10 feet for two people. In general, 100 total square feet is ideal for adequate storage and easy navigation. Plus, this size will allow you to create storage on all three internal walls as opposed to just one or two.
Maximum Size


If you have more than the average amount of 6-7 x 10 feet, the sky’s the limit! There’s no maximum size for large walk-in closets, and you can create one as big as an entire room if you want.
ADA Requirements

It’s important to note that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires more space than the standard average walk-in closet size listed above to allow someone in a wheelchair to maneuver within the walk-in closet. As opposed to 24 inches, ADA guidelines state that a clear space of 30 inches wide by 48 inches deep is needed to accommodate a wheelchair.

When it comes to shelving, drawers, and hanging items, anything that has to be reached for should be within 15-48 inches from the floor for easy access. At Inspired Closets, we also install pull-down rails and other accessibility measures that make navigating a walk-in closet simple. Our designers are experts at creating spaces that accommodate the needs of every individual homeowner.

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Different Types of Walk-In Closets

There are different types of walk-in closets with unique storage methods. A designer will help you determine which option is best for your walk-in closet size as well as select options that create balance within the space.




A single-sided walk-in closet has built-in storage on one side of the closet, so it only takes up about 24 inches of space. This design is ideal when working with a small walk-in closet size or a smaller overall space.



Generally wider than a single-sided closet, double-sided walk-in closets have 24-inch storage on two sides of the closet, usually on opposite walls. With 24 inches of storage on either side and 24 inches of clearance in the middle, this style of walk-in should be a minimum of 6 feet wide, preferably larger if two people will be using the space at once. It’s common to find the double-sided storage style in average walk-in closet sizes.



If you have enough space, including an island in the center of your walk-in closet creates even more storage, a place to fold and organize clothes, as well as a beautiful focal point. Like any other closet walkway, there needs to be at least 24 inches or two feet of clearance surrounding the island, so this feature is most common in large walk-in closets.
Wrap Around


Wrap Around

A wrap around walk-in closet has storage on all three walls. Like a double-sided closet, it’s important to think about how all of the storage types in a wrap around closet interact with each other and how much space they leave for you to walk in between them. Wrap around closet storage takes up the most space and usually requires a larger walk-in closet size.
Full Room Conversion


Full Room Conversion

If you have extra rooms in your house and a lot of clothes that need storing, a full room closet conversion could be the way to go. Full room closets are usually built in the wrap around style with an island in the middle for maximum usability and storage.

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Budget Considerations

The budget for a walk-in closet starts with the size of the closet you’re creating and the types of storage features you want it to have. At Inspired Closets, our designers present homeowners with three different versions of their final design, each showing a different installation method at a different price point. Rest assured, no one style is better than the other! Each option is functional and beautiful—it really just comes down to cost, space, and personal preference.


Single Dollar Sign

A fully wall-mounted closet system is attached to the walls and totally suspended from the floor. Wall-hung closets use the least amount of product and therefore usually end up being the least expensive solution.


Double Dollar Sign

The hybrid closet installation method is, you guessed it, a combination of both wall-mounted and floor-mounted sections. Depending on the design, hybrid walk-in closets land somewhere in the middle price-wise.


Triple Double Sign

A floor-mounted closet extends to the floor which creates a built-in look. A lot of homeowners interested in this style opt for base molding to elevate the built-in appearance even more. Because this style uses the most product, it’s generally the most expensive.

There are a range of additional features to think about when building a walk-in closet as well. Your designer will help you consider what you need to accommodate your wardrobe, what you would benefit from, and what will make your days go smoother. Common additional walk-in closet features include:

Accessory Storage

Accessory Storage

If you have a lot of shoes, your designer may suggest installing a Shoe Shrine® for designated shoe storage that can be adjusted over time. Similarly, you can opt for jewelry organizers, a tie rack, and more to accommodate whatever accessories you have.


Lighting is a crucial component of the functionality of any walk-in closet. There is a range of options from strip lighting, an integrated solution that doesn’t take up any additional space, to focal piece overhead lighting, to sconces. Your designer will help determine the best solution for your space, as well as design around any existing light features.


If you have enough room in your walk-in, installing a countertop on top of a bank of drawers creates a vanity space for perfume you use daily, for jewelry trays and necklace stands, and is a fun place for pictures of your loved ones.
Ironing Board and Hamper

Ironing Board and Hamper

Having a fold-out ironing board and a pull-out hamper right in your walk-in will not only save you time, but it can also save space elsewhere in your home. Having these items in your closet just makes sense.

A custom walk-in closet will simplify your day-to-day, but only if it’s designed with intention and installed correctly. Now that you understand different walk-in closet size options, how much space you need to create one, and the process, we invite you to schedule a free, in-home design consultation with one of our experts.

Our team makes what otherwise feels like a daunting process easy, and we do it right from the start. Our goal is to save you time, eliminate stress, and create a custom walk-in closet that you’ll truly love–a space that will become a source of calm in your life.

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