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Walk-in Closets for Your Home Wish List


If there’s one design element that’s hard to get too much of, it’s a well-designed, enviable walk-in closet. If you don’t have a walk-in closet, odds are you want one. And if you have a walk-in closet, you might want inspiration on how to redesign it, organize it or remodel for a larger one.

So below are some stellar walk-in closet designs, ranging from luxury options that are the closets of dreams to small space walk-in closets. We’ve also included some walk-in closets notable for their clever organization systems. Take a look below for some amazing walk-in closet designs.

Luxury Walk-In Closets

Luxury closets may not be an option for many of us, but it’s fun to dream. If you do have a large space, these might be possibilities as you think of remodeling. Below are some impressive walk-in closets, many of which don’t even look like closets because they’re so huge.

What makes luxury walk-in closets so amazing are some of the ritzy design elements. For instance, some of these even have chandeliers in them. Rich woods are also a common theme in luxury closets. Take a look below for some walk-in closets that might be fun to dream about for one day.

Walk-in Closets
Set-in lighting is a functional style choice in larger walk-in closets. Image: Beyond Time/Shutterstock

Small Walk-In Closets

On the surface, small space walk-in closets seem like an oxymoron. After all, how can a small space have room for a walk-in closet? The spaces below make room. From compact spaces to well-organized designs where every square inch counts, below are some great examples of walk-in closets that work in smaller spaces.

Elements that help organize everything in the most functional of ways possible are a mainstay in small walk-in closets. For instance, shelving systems, drawers and baskets help make the most of limited walk-in closet space. Take a look below for some small walk-in closet inspiration.

Walk in Closets Shelving
Smaller walk-in closets often have plenty of shelving. Image: All About Space/Shutterstock

How to Best Organize Your Walk-in Closet, According to an Expert

Walk-in closets are great. In fact, it’s sometimes the main selling point on a home. All those shelves. All that hanging space. Options galore.

But that’s just the thing–all of those options can get very overwhelming very quickly. Piles of shoes, clothing placed on hangers in no particular order, heaps of laundry. Sounds familiar?

If you’re in the business of whipping things into shape in your walk-in, we’ve got some good news for you: it’s not that difficult! There’s nothing worse than coming home from a vacation to a messy closet–or dreading the task of packing/unpacking because you know it will yield a big ol’ mess in your closet. Lucky for those keen to sharpen their organizational skills, we spoke to professional organizer Barbara Reich of Resourceful Consultants in New York about how to maximize that closet space, tidy things up and eliminate clutter. She lives by a few staple rules, like putting your most used clothing in “prime real estate,” utilizing shelf and closet dividers, and making sure your closet represents your lifestyle.

Walk-in Closets Chandelier
An accent like a chandelier gives a classy look, as does the recessed lighting in the cabinets. Image: urfin/Shutterstock

In terms of hanging clothing items, Reich is all about it–especially for ease of visibility. “Hang as much as possible. It’s easiest to see what you have. You can even categorize your hanging clothes using At-A-Glance Closet Organizing Dividers from Organize-It,” Reich said. “Use uniform hangers to eliminate the visual noise within your closet.”

For drawer organization, she recommends drawer dividers, like these ones from the Container Store, which can be used to separate smaller items (socks, intimates, etc.).

Walk-in Closets Drawers Shelving
Smaller walk-in closets can make good use of drawer systems. Image: mariakraynova/Shutterstock

Lastly, Reich suggests styling and structuring your walk-in closet space so that it reflects your daily life. “Make sure your closet represents the life you live today, not the life you wish you had or the life you used to have,” she said. “For example, eliminate the sizes that don’t fit and the clothing that’s no longer relevant––you don’t need a professional wardrobe if you no longer work or if you work in a casual environment.”

Walk-in Closets Wood
Rich wood textures give a high-class look to this large walk-in closet space. Image: Beyond Time/Shutterstock
Walk-in Closets Light
Here’s a system that’s well planned. Shelves work well on top of drawers and the top shelf would be good for storing larger items. Image: Jodie Johnson/Shutterstock
Walk-in Closets Island
A large walk-in closet can make more room for island areas. Image: EPSTOCK/Shutterstock
Walk-in Closets Floorplan
Some smaller closets have a more narrow floor plan. Image: RonTech3000/Shutterstock
Walk-in Closets Drawer System
Large shelving designs are great for storing shoes. Image: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock
Walk-in Closets Cubbies
This comprehensive system makes wonderful use of shelves, a cubby system, drawers and plenty of rack space. Image: alabn/Shutterstock
Walk-in Closets Color
A lighter color scheme in a smaller walk-in closet can open up the space. Image: ben bryant/Shutterstock
Walk-in Closets Bins
Pull-out wire bins are a wonderful way to organize clothing items. Image: Ttatty/Shutterstock


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