Bedrooms and Baths

Types of Closets

Are you renovating your bedroom or moving into a new home? Or are you simply looking for a storage solution for all your personal belongings? There are different styles and types of closets, but in general, it boils down to three: walk-in closet, reach-in closet, and wardrobe. All these closets work to store and organize your belongings, especially when it comes to clothing. Some houses have closets built in a small space, while some have it in a larger space that it can become a walk-in closet.

You can consider your options and make an informed decision that can satisfy your storage needs, based on your space and budget. Know more about the types of closets here:

1. Walk-in closet

Walk-in closet

The walk-in closet is very popular, not because most people own it, but because it’s often perceived as the dream closet full of clothes, shoes, and bags. It offers more depth and space than a wardrobe or a reach-in closet since it can occupy an entire room. Its main advantage is you can store everything beautifully without worrying a lot about space. It is well-loved because of its versatility, and its storage opportunities. Inside a walk-in close,t, you can place cabinets, wardrobes, drawers, hanging rods, shelves and other storage solutions for mostly clothes, bags and shoes.

Walk-in closets are often found in master bedrooms and can be as small as a few square feet or as large as a bedroom. It must be at least 6 ½ feet wide for easy access and enough space. Large walk-in closets have extra space for dressing area and perhaps a vanity. Spacious walk-in closets can also have a center island, often in the form of seating, which can help with getting dressed.

However, even with spacious storage, you still have to give careful consideration with the closet’s design. The corners and angles in a walk-in closet are tricky and need to be used correctly to maximize the space.

2. Reach-in Closet

Reach-in closet

Reach-in closets are typically found in children’s bedrooms or any regular-sized bedrooms, as well as hallways. These are a closet solution that seems to be a condensed version of a walk-in closet, since when you open its doors, it’s like another shallow room in there where all your stuff is within reach. This style is a common, built-in storage solution for most homeowners.

This type of closet is usually filled in with shelving, drawers and closet organizer systems on the back wall. It can be anywhere from 3 to 8 feet wide, with a depth of 24 to 30 inches. The storage space can be filled with drawers, shelves, poles, compartments, and open racks. You can also add stackable storage components like bins, boxes and cube organizers. Reach-in closets with hinged doors can increase storage by adding hooks or adding pockets at the back door for things like keys or shoes.

3. Wardrobes and armoires

Wardrobes and armoires

Of course, this list isn’t complete without the classic wardrobes and armoires. For those bedrooms with no built-in closet systems, these are the storage fix. It’s very practical, especially if building a closet is not in the budget or is not feasible with the existing design of your room.

A wardrobe is a type of furniture that is big enough to fit in all clothes and other personal belongings. Because it’s not a built-in unit, you can move it to other rooms if needed. Common wardrobes have those closet organizers such as drawer storage and hanging bar inside. Some high-end wardrobes might include built-in drawer inserts to organize smaller items like socks, undergarments, ties, and scarfs; a pull-out pant press; or even glass shelves that lock in place.

Wardrobes can come in different types. Most are made of wood, while some can be as simple as zippered-front fabric wardrobes. Some have hinged doors, some have sliding doors, some are meant for corners, while some are meant for hallways. Usually, wardrobes have some mirrors on the back of the door for you to check on your look as you dress up.

Meanwhile, armoires are furniture pieces that don’t usually go up the way to the ceiling. It’s a smaller type of wardrobe, with a short rod and few drawers for folded clothes or bedding. Armoires are small enough to fit clothes of infants and toddlers and to work as toy storage for your children’s rooms. It can also be placed in a guest bedroom or in a home office.

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