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Phew! I just finished designing our master bedroom closet and I think that was probably hardest thing I’ve ever had to design! Now I know why professional organizers charge so much for their closet design ideas!!
Before I put mouse to software (Chief Architect Home Designer® Architectural) I spent a lot of time on the internet researching: reading articles on closet design and downloading images. When I designed Cantasita I made sure we had plenty of storage everywhere. Because it’s so much easier to have everything in its place when you have a place for everything!
I’ll admit it, I have a lot of clothes and, especially, shoes. Even though the master bedroom closet is about 20 feet long and 7 feet wide, I want to maximize every inch of space!
LAYING OUT CLOSET DESIGN IDEAS
Ideally, you want to take an inventory of all the clothes, shoes, and accessories that are going into the closet. Unfortunately a lot of my things are in storage so I had to rely on my memory.
After the drywall was installed I took accurate measurements of the space. Never rely on blueprints for accurate measurements! I put these dimensions into my design software to create the room. Placing the cabinets first helped me to figure out the remaining space for hanging clothes.
First of all, one thing that was very helpful in designing our master bedroom closet was standard measurements for rod & shelf heights. Therefore, I’ve put all of these measurements, including some for shoes, into a cheat sheet – Closet Design Measurements – for you. Click here to download it. You’re welcome!
MY CLOSET DESIGN IDEAS
This is the wall opposite the door. The hanging area to the left is Sir CB’s. Since we have 10 foot ceilings, I added shelves above the rods for extra storage and took all the cabinets to the ceiling.
The cabinet with the cubbies is for my shoes. The cubbies will hold flip-flops and flat sandals while the shelves above are varying heights for booties, flats, and high heels.
All my hanging space starts to the right of the shoe cabinet. The corner cabinet will hold purses.
MEN’S CLOSET DESIGN IDEAS
Sir CB’s side is the left quarter of the closet… just a little less than me . Since he’s very tall I needed to add extra height to all his hanging space so his clothes wouldn’t be hitting the floor. His area at the end has double rods (adjusted for his height) for hanging shirts, jackets, and pants. Another single rod is for coats and slacks that he hangs full length. In addition he has a cabinet with shelving for shoes & boots plus folded clothing. On the side of his cabinet will be a full length mirror.
CLOSET DESIGN IDEAS FOR WOMEN
On the opposite end I have a single rod for hanging dresses. Next to it, on a curved rod, will be my gowns. On both sides of the closet I have double rods for shirts, pants, jackets, and skirts. There’s a jewelry cabinet hanging on the side of the shelving cabinet. What’s noteworthy is the shelving cabinet also has a clothes rod mounted 36″ from the bottom to hang my boots – I use boot clips for that. The shelves above are all spaced at 12″ for folded clothes.
Finally the last wall. Everywhere are shelves above the rods. The corners will have curved rods for better space management and easier access. The back of the door has a large hook for my bathrobe and pajamas. You may be wondering where is the laundry hamper? I had it built into a cabinet in the master bath! The finishing touch will be an ottoman or bench. #dreamcloset