10 Ways to Get the Walk-In Closet of Your Dreams
Goodbye, basic closet.
As a long-time member of the small space home club, I’ve been drooling over walk-in closets for most of my adult life. And although I’ve never had one of my own, most of my clients do. In addition to my walk-in closet gawking, I’ve been lucky enough to spend some quality time in quite a few of them and I’ve learned some important takeaway lessons. Mainly, no matter what your budget or closet square footage is, there are tons of inspirational ideas you can steal from the luxe closets we all drool over to make your own walk-in closet just as dreamy.
1: Add in some shoe storage.
If your one true love is shoes, don’t be afraid to go all in with rows and rows of shoe storage. Some hardcore shoe lovers would rather give up space that most of us might normally dedicate to hanging racks or drawers in favor of additional shoe storage…and that’s totally OK! Don’t be afraid to build your closet around the things that you truly love the most.
2: Convert an attic into a closet.
If you have an attic in your home and don’t need it for general storage, consider converting the space into a walk-in closet for yourself. You might need to get creative based on the unusual angles, but don’t let that stop you.
This space made use of some simple pre-fab shelves and racks and went more luxe with the decor (wallpaper on the ceiling, glam furniture and a beautiful gold mirror).
3: Save money with budget-friendly options.
A budget walk-in closet is definitely doable, and this is fab example of how you can make some wallet-friendly decisions and still create a great space. This closet uses crown molding for shoe storage, wall hooks to showcase (and store!) handbags and hats, and a galvanized pipe rack to hold an enviously stunning clothing collection. It's totally cost-efficient and still manages to look organized and luxe.
Make It: DIY Clothing Rack
4: Create a faux walk-in closet.
Even if you don’t quite have space for a walk-in closet, you’re not completely out of options. You can try to create a “faux” walk-in closet in your space by making use of an unused corner in one of your rooms. In this example, an entryway was turned into a coat closet with a hanging rack, a simple bench and shoe storage. You can easily recreate this approach in a master bedroom, guest bedroom or even a wide hallway.
5: Take advantage of ample space.
If you’re lucky enough to have more square footage than you know what to do with, why not go all in with your walk-in closet dreams and create an over-the-top two story space like this? While a closet like this would definitely require a bigger budget, there are still some great ideas to get inspired by. The backlit storage is a showstopper, but I love the idea of including your washer/dryer setup in your closet.
6: Experiment with color.
If you’ve been dreaming of making a big design statement in your home, consider going dark in your walk-in closet. Here, they used dark colors on the walls and ceiling, while choosing a lighter color for the carpet. Your closet is also a great spot to experiment with wallpaper, and using it on the ceiling can really help you to create a unique space.
7: Make your closet look like a chic boutique.
If you like to “shop 'til you drop,” it might be time to make your closet feel more like a retail store. Get inspired by some of your favorite shops and focus on the lighting of your space in order to really change the mood. Or consider adding some glass sliding doors, even if it’s just in one spot. Finally, don’t be afraid to use unusual materials in your closet, like these gorgeous herringbone wood floors.
8: Turn your reach-in into a walk-in.
Another solution for those of us with smaller spaces is to turn a reach-in closet into a quasi walk-in closet by simply removing the doors. In this example, a deeper reach-in closet looks more spacious by creating an open feel. And while you can’t quite fit as much in a closet like this as you could a walk-in, you still allow yourself more storage options when you don’t need to worry about allowing room for doors to open and close.
9: Use dressers to add more storage.
Another great budget-friendly idea is to use standard furniture in your closet to create a built-in look and feel. Here, inexpensive Ikea dressers manage to look much more upscale and luxe with the addition of a simple countertop that extends into the corner of the space. This is another great example of a space that manages to create a faux walk-in closet feel in an unused corner of a room.
10: Go over-the-top glam. (Because why not?)
For those of you who are ready to create the luxe walk-in closet of your dreams, take a cue from boutique hotels and luxe department stores and try creating something that's super glam. You can achieve a look like this by using luxe curtains, stone or faux stone flooring, statement lighting and a statement centerpiece (such as the big “M” initial in this example). This is a great option for anyone who has really unique handbags or clothing to display and wants their space to feel truly over-the-top.
The crown molding in this extravagant walk-in closet is a delicate touch that gives the space a high-end feel. Much like a boutique, the presentation of the clothes, shoes and even books makes the lovely space feel like more than just a room to store belongings. Cabinetry by Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.
Seating Area and Mannequin
To make your dressing experience more like a shopping experience, add a seating area outside of your closet — the perfect place for your friends to sit and help you pick out the right look. And for an extra touch of glam, add a life-size mannequin to model your possible outfits. Photo courtesy of California Closets
Digging through a pile of wrinkled ties each morning before work can really put a damper on the rest of your day. Why not make it easier with a built-in drawer inset? This inset keeps ties wrinkle free and visible, saving you valuable time and helping you look great in the process. Photo courtesy of Studio Becker
Nothing kills the look of a fancy closet faster than a pile of filthy clothes. Hide your dirty garments with a built-in laundry cabinet. On top of being discreet, most laundry cabinets come with an easy-to-remove basket, making laundry day just a little easier. Photo courtesy of California Closets
The gold accents in this ultra-feminine walk-in closet look fabulous against the creamy-white furnishings, and the vintage-inspired curtains tie the entire room together. Because this spacious closet has a place for everything, keeping the lavish space clutter free is not an issue. Photo courtesy of Studio Becker
To really make your closet resemble a high-end boutique, give each piece of jewelry a place of its own. Jewelry inserts feature separate compartments for rings, necklaces, bracelets and any other small trinket that may need storing. And since each lovely piece is so easily accessible, you will always know your choices ahead of time and won't have to spend all morning digging for a pair of matching earrings. Photo courtesy of Studio Becker
While a jewelry drawer insert is great for most knickknacks, a person with multiple long necklaces may need a different type of storage. A great way to decorate your closet, show off your favorite gems and make accessories handier is a tie rack. They're great for necklaces, scarves and, of course, ties. Be creative, and see what other uses you can dream up with these useful closet helpers. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid
The open space, striking cherry cabinetry and frosted glass make this closet just as tasteful as a stylish boutique. Extra touches, like the vase in the forefront and candles in the background, add to the closet's charm and appeal. Design by Danenberg Design
Another nice aspect of a boutique is the fact that you never have to sort through clutter to find something, and with clear drawer dividers, you will no longer have to sort through clutter in your closet, either. Now your favorite belts, gloves, sunglasses and scarves can live in perfect harmony — in their own separate living spaces, of course. Photo courtesy of California Closets
Sometimes, it's the little things that make the biggest difference. In this elegant walk-in closet, a decorative ceiling adorned with a fabulous chandelier sets the tone for a clean, luxurious space. Colorful flowers and lovely glass doorknobs are charming additions. Design by Julie Massucco Kleiner
A Place for Everything
Rows and rows of hanging space assure that all clothes, including long coats and dresses, have a place of their own. And let's not forget the bags and shoes, which are allowed to take center stage along the back wall. A carefully created display room makes coordinating the perfect outfit a breeze. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid
The clothes and shoes may be the most important aspect of your closet, but be careful not to ignore the rest of the room. After all, a fresh coat of paint can take any room to a whole new level. The mint walls in this walk-in closet add a whimsical touch to the stylish space. Photo courtesy of ClosetMaid
Adding a well-designed window to your walk-in closet allows the sunlight to flow through the room, making electric lights almost entirely obsolete. One thing to keep in mind when putting windows in your closet space is to keep direct light off of your clothes so they are never at risk of being damaged. Design by Trish Beaudet
Behind the Veil
Like the back room of an ultra-luxurious jewelry store, adding a lavish curtain to the entrance of your walk-in closet can give the whole look a feeling of exclusivity. After all, when shopping in your own closet, what customer could be more special than you? Photo courtesy of California Closets
Room to Breathe
While an island in the center of a large walk-in closet is a great place for extra storage, sometimes extra space to move around is the greatest luxury of all. An organized, spacious closet is calming and peaceful, while a cluttered, busy closet can be overwhelming. Photo courtesy of California Closets