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You’re probably familiar with walk-in and reach-in closets, but which one is best for your space? The overall size alone can’t determine when comparing closets; there are several dimensions to consider. Use this as a guide to determine the closet you need to organize and store your clothing.

A standard walk-in bedroom closet typically measures 4′ in width by 4′ in depth. If measuring in cm, then it will be 121.92 cm in width by 121.92 cm in depth. However, the minimum depth of a typical reach-in closet is 24″ to store standard items and 28″ to hang bulky items. The return walls should be less than 12″.

What Are the Standard Dimensions for a Bedroom Closet?

Standard dimensions for bedroom closets vary based on the type of closet. Minimum dimensions for a walk-in closet should be 4 feet wide by 4 feet deep. Conversely, the minimum dimensions for a reach-in closet should be 36 inches wide by 24 inches deep.

Standard Dimensions for Bedroom Closet Hanging Sections

Most closets will include rods for hanging clothes. Hangers require at least 22 inches of depth to swing freely on the clothing rod. It would be best to position the rods at specific distances from the floor and ceiling to accommodate several types of clothing.

You can group clothing by length into three categories: long hang, medium hand, and double hang.

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Long-Hang

A long-hang rod should be at the height of 61 ½ inches. You can use this rod for overcoats, dresses, formal gowns, coats, and other long garments.

Medium-Hang

Medium-hang rods should hang at 52 ½ inches high. You can use this rod for blouses, long skirts, and coats that reach mid-thigh.

Double-Hang

A double-hang rod doubles the hanging space and is a quick and easy way to increase storage in a bedroom closet. The top rod should be 80 inches above the floor and the bottom rod 40 inches above the floor. There should be a minimum of 3 feet between the two rods.

Standard Dimensions for Drawers and Pull-Out Baskets

Consider utilizing drawers or pull-out baskets if you store smaller items inside your closet. Both come in standard widths of 18, 24, and 30 inches. They also come with standard 14-inch deep closet panels, but drawers can be deeper.

You should position drawers and baskets so that you have enough room to open them without hitting an obstacle. Fully open baskets extend 26 inches from the back of the closet. Drawers need an additional ½ inch of space due to the handle.

Standard Dimensions for Bedroom Closet Shelving

Bedroom closet shelving can be a practical way to organize and store your clothing. Shelves can also store bulkier items used in your bedroom, like pillows and blankets.

Ideally, the top shelf of a closet should be high enough to keep items out of the way. However, the shelf should also be low enough so that you can reach it without a stool. The standard bedroom shelf height is between 87 to 96 inches, but the shelf should be 12 inches from the ceiling.

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The upper shelf in a bedroom closet should be 84 inches above the floor and 16 inches deep. This is the same height at the upper rod in a double-hang configuration and allows for storing larger items. Shelves should be 24 inches deep for storing more oversized items, but the average shelf depth is 11 to 15 inches.

When installing vertical rows of shelves, give each shelf 12 inches of space. The height of your lowest shelf should be 16 inches above the floor. This allows for tall boots and shoes to fit underneath it.

Reach-In Closet Dimensions

A reach-in closet is deep enough to hang clothes perpendicularly but shallow enough to reach the back of the closet. The minimum depth for a reach-in is 24 inches, but it may need to be 28 inches if storing coats. If your closet is less than 22 inches deep, it isn’t deep enough to hang clothes.

Return walls are the short sections of a wall that extend from the closet’s sidewall to the door opening. The length of a reach-in closet’s return walls should be 12 inches or less. If they are too long, it can create too deep a space in the closet to reach into.

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Walk-In Closet Dimensions

Walk-in closets should be at least 4 feet wide by 4 feet deep. Any storage should be designed to have a passageway of at least 24 inches between shelves or hanging clothes. Keep in mind hanging clothes take up 2 feet of depth.

A walk-in closet that is 4 feet wide will only accommodate hanging clothes on the back wall and one sidewall. A closet that is 6 feet wide will allow storage on both sides of the wall and the back wall. This will also allow 24 inches of space in the center of the closet.

Large walk-in closets that have a width of more than 10 feet can accommodate seating, walkways, or storage islands. As mentioned before, these structures still need to have at least 24 inches of walkway space on all sides.

If you would like a closet island, the width of the closet needs to expand by 5 feet. This includes 2 feet of space for the island and 3 feet of room for the required walkway. If you want a closet with shelves on both sides and an island, your closet should be 12 feet wide.

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Other Types of Walk-In Closets

In addition to island walk-in closets, there are also single-sided, double-sided, and wrap-around walk-in closets.

The single-sided walk-in closet is the smallest of its kind and similar to a reach-in closet. Storage goes on the opposite wall of the entrance, and there is clearance space for access.

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A double-sided walk-in closet has storage units on opposing walls and a clear pathway in the middle for you to enter. A wrap-around walk-in closet is the biggest closet, with the design maximizing the storage space. Units are on three walls creating ample storage space.

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Smallest Walk-in Closet Size

To be considered suitable, a walk-in closet must be at least 4 feet wide by 4 feet deep. There is barely enough room to hang clothes on the back wall and one sidewall of this walk-in closet. While this is the ‘standard’ size for a walk-in closet, it is also the smallest.

Narrow Walk-in Closet Dimensions

Consider how much space will be available to walk around when estimating a walk-in closet’s ideal dimensions. A walk-in closet should be at least 4 feet wide by 4 feet deep at a minimum. Then think about what kinds of garments or storage you’ll have in the closet.

Between shelves, drawers, or hanging garments on storage furniture, there must be at least 24 inches of walking room. To account for the garments hung on the hangers, an additional 2 feet of depth is required.

Single-Sided Walk-In

The smallest type of walk-in closet is the single-sided walk-in closet. There will be enough clearance area to walk into the closet, but just one wall will be used for storage.

The dimensions of a normal single-sided walk-in closet are 4 feet deep by 4 feet wide, but the width can be changed to accommodate whatever space you have available.

Double-Sided Walk-In

When designing a double-sided walk-in closet, the dimensions are flexible based on the types of storage you want to include. A double-sided walk-in closet has storage on both sides, with a clearance area that divides the storage into a hall-like passage.

If you want to include shelving on one end and a hanging rod, or rods, on the other, the width can range from 6 to 12 feet, depending on how deep your shelves are, in addition to the conventional 4 feet deep.

If you want both storage alternatives to have hanging rods on opposing ends, you’ll need to include more hanging area allowances. This will increase the width to 7 feet while maintaining a depth of at least 4 feet.

Island Walk-In

The walk-in closet on the island is the largest of the closets we’ll look at in this tutorial. It has a center-of-the-closet island fixture that may be used as seating, storage, or a work area.

On all four sides of the island, there must be sufficient clearance. Allow for 3 feet of clearance on both sides of the island right away. Then, whether it’s for hanging clothing or shelving, you’ll need to account for the depth of storage you’ll be placing.

The overall dimensions of the closet would be 13 feet by 13 feet if the central island was 3 feet wide by 5 feet long, with hanging closet space on either side of the walk-in construction and storage along the back wall.

Dimensions.com’s picture depicts the exact arrangement we mentioned, as well as a clear strategy for the space and storage.

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Wardrobe Closet Dimensions

When there is insufficient closet space, or your room doesn’t have closets, a wardrobe closet is a good option. Wardrobe closets are the most common type of closet in Europe and have become popular in the US in older homes. This is an easier alternative than cutting into walls to create closet space.

Wardrobe closets install in a manner similar to kitchen cabinets. They are a floor-based construction so that they can hold more weight. They can also mimic the appearance of other furniture around the home.

On average, wardrobe closets are typically 24 inches deep but can be as narrow as 12 to 18 inches deep. The height of the closet depends on the style, but the standard height is 72 inches. The width of wardrobe closets varies from 24 to 96 inches.

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How Much Usable Space Should Be In a Bedroom Closet?

Assuming you use standard-size wooden hangers, use these spacing guidelines to ensure your closet can fit your clothes.

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  • Blouses and Shirts: You need 1 inch of space on the clothing rod per item for blouses and shirts.
  • Folded pants and skirts: For pants and skirts that you fold over a hanger, allow 1 to 1 ¼ inch of rod space per item.
  • Dresses and coats: You will need 2 inches of space on the rod per item for dresses and coats.
  • Suits, sports coats, and blazers: Suits, sports coats, and blazers require 2 ½ inches of rod space per item.
  • Shoes stored on shelves: When storing your shoes on shelves, allow 9 inches of shelf width for men’s shoes and 8 inches for women’s.
  • Folded clothing on shelves: When stacking folding clothing, sweaters, jeans, and men’s shirts require 12 inches of shelf width. You can fold women’s t-shirts into 9-inch wide stacks and never stack clothing higher than 12 inches as they can topple over.

FHA Bedroom Closet Size Requirements

The Federal Housing Administration (FHA) does not require a room to have a closet in the bedroom at this time, contrary to popular assumption. The FHA last required this in 1993. Other lenders, especially when considering the region or era of the home, may have closet criteria. This is why it’s always a good idea to verify your guidelines or building codes.

What are the ADA Closet Requirements?

According to the ADA, at least one storage area must be within reach of an uncluttered, level floor space. The closet’s farthest points, such as the back of a shelf or a garment rod, must be no more than 21 inches away from the entrance point. That would be the aperture for a reach-in closet, which would be the clearance path for a walk-in closet.

Wheelchair access is not possible through a swinging door. Consider a pocket or sliding door or even removing a door entirely for maximum accessibility.

If the closet is designed as a walk-in, the opening must have enough clearance on all sides and enough interior area to turn a wheelchair around. The entrance must be at least 32 inches wide, but for easy access, it is advised to be at least 36 inches wide.

A minimum of 5 feet of open space within a walk-in closet that meets ADA regulations is also required. This is to ensure that the wheelchair can turn 360 degrees.

Stacy Randall

Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent’s former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.

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FAQs

What are the dimensions of a standard bedroom closet? ›

The minimum dimensions for a reach-in closet are 36 inches wide by 22 inches deep. A standard reach-in closet would be 36 inches wide by 24 inches deep. If this is a closet primarily used for coats, outerwear, or other bulky items, you should consider increasing the depth to 28 inches deep.

How much space do you need for a bedroom closet? ›

A standard full-size walk-in closet for two people should measure a minimum of 7 by 10 feet. It should preferably have an area of 100 sq. ft as this allows you to have storage units on all three walls with even a sitting area in the middle. In case you want a smaller one, small walk-ins can be built in as low as 25 sq.

What is a good size for a closet? ›

Most people prefer to have an average closet size of 100 square feet because this allows for plenty of storage and dressing space. Most homes come with 7 x 10 feet size closets that are big enough for two adults to share the area.

What is a good size for a master bedroom closet? ›

How Much Space Do You Need for a Master Closet? A walk-in master closet should be a minimum of seven feet by 10 feet, and preferably 100 square feet for two users. That gives you space to line two or three walls with shelves, cubbies, and poles, and the elbow room to reach them easily.

Where should a closet be placed in a bedroom? ›

It's always best to locate bedroom closets so they are perpendicular to the bed wall. That way you can create a focal point directly in front of the bed with a dresser, chest, built-in cabinets, art, tv, picture windows, or even a fireplace like we did with this project.

What is the standard depth of closet shelves? ›

Closet shelves come in standard depths of 12", 14", or 16". You can go deeper with a custom depth shelf for linen or storage closets not intended for clothing depending on what you plan to put on them and whether you want to include closet accessories.

What is the minimum width of a closet? ›

The Basics

Walk-in closets require two essential components: space to walk in and room for hanging clothes. The former requires at least 30 inches. Typically, a person of average size will want this much room just to stand or walk comfortably without bumping into anything.

What is the minimum size for a bedroom? ›

A room needs to meet a specific minimum requirement for square feet to be legally called a bedroom. It is expected that the room will be large enough to accommodate a bed. The most common measurement for a bedroom is a minimum of 70 square feet of floor space. This translates to a room measuring 7-feet by 10-feet.

How wide does a closet need to be to hang clothes on both sides? ›

It's for this reason that a closet must be 6 feet wide to allow for hanging areas on both side walls; a narrower closet would not have 2 feet of clear space between the two hanging sections.

How do you measure a closet? ›

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What is the average depth of a bedroom closet? ›

Ideally, the depth of the closet should be around 24 inches deep. For bulkier clothing items like winter coats, the closet depth can be as much as 28 inches. Another factor to consider for your reach-in closet dimensions is the return walls.

What is a good size is a master bedroom with bathroom and walk-in closet? ›

Size the Space

A master suite typically refers to a bedroom that has a private bathroom attached to it and a walk-in closet a minimum of 6 feet by 10 feet up to 10 feet by 10 feet or larger. In luxury master suites you can find both a his and hers walk-in closet.

How much space do you need for a master bathroom and closet? ›

3. The master bath should be a minimum of 80 square feet to 100 square feet. 4. The walk in closet needs to be at least 7 feet wide to get hanging space on each side plus a 3 foot wide aisle.

How do I build a bedroom closet? ›

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Which is the best direction for wardrobe? ›

The vastu consultant said the best direction for wardrobe placement according to vastu is the south west direction. He mentioned that this way the positivity will flow throughout the bedroom. The placement should be such that the doors of the wardrobe open towards the north or east direction.

Is it OK for the bed to face the wardrobe? ›

Even so, the coffin position is not always bad depending on distance and other factors. So it is absolutely fine when your bed faces your closet.

What is the width of a closet? ›

Usually anywhere from 3 to 8 feet wide with a limited depth of 24 to 30 inches, reach-in closets are commonly found in hallways, kids' rooms and bedrooms of older homes.

How far from the wall should a closet rod be? ›

How Far From The Wall Should A Clothes Rod Be? A typical convention is 12 inches from the back closet wall or centerline rod. This will hold a myriad of items in their place. If you want more space between them and don't risk sacrificing some hanging length, measure 24 inches.

How deep should drawers be in a closet? ›

Drawers for folded clothes should be set at a minimum of 18” (45.7 cm) with deeper drawers for multiple rows of folding clothing at a depth of 24” (61 cm). Deep drawers are consistent with standard closet depths 24” (61 cm).

How tall is a closet? ›

The standard closet height dimensions that most architects and interior designers go by is a comfortable 8 feet. This gives the homeowner plenty of room to add shelves and rods as needed and generally works no matter if they're using a walk-in or reach-in design.

Is 6 feet wide enough for walk-in closet? ›

What is the smallest size a walk-in closet can be? A walk-in closet needs to be at least 4ft wide by 4ft deep – large enough to install at least three hanging rails in a U-shape.

Is 18 deep enough for a closet? ›

Walk-In Closet Shelves

Typically you want a walk-in shelf that is between 16 to 18-inches deep. This will allow for the right proportion of space for the hanger rods, while also giving you enough depth to put up shoe boxes and medium storage totes.

Is 12x12 bedroom small? ›

A 12-by-12 bedroom's small, boxy footprint seems even more awkward and tighter when you consider standard furniture sizes; a queen-sized bed, for instance, measures 60-by-80 inches or 5-by-6.7 feet, consuming a big chunk of floor space.

How big is a 10x10 bedroom? ›

10ft by 10ft (305 cm x 305cm) is a small-sized room and measured 100 square feet. This blog will show you 12 layout samples with illustrated 10×10 bedroom floor plans and what type of bed you can opt in to maximize your space and add interest to your tiny bedroom. Let's get started!

Is 10x10 bedroom small? ›

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So, while a 10- by 7-foot area is pretty small, a 10- by 10-foot room is not what most people would consider spacious or roomy. A twin-size bed should fit fine and still have enough space to move around the bed.

How do you measure a closet wall? ›

Width
  1. Follow the vertical approach for height and adjust to horizontal to measure width.
  2. Secure the 1” mark against the left wall of the closet then pull the tape until you reach the right wall. ...
  3. Measure at 3 heights on the wall (low, middle, high)
  4. Record the smallest measurement on the worksheet.
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How high should closet shelves be? ›

Generally, a closet shelf is about 85 inches above the floor, which allows for rod to be mounted underneath for clothes hangers. The height of the shelf is optimal for you to reach folded clothing and stills allows for storage below and to walk below the shelf.

How do you measure for closet doors? ›

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Can a closet be 20 inches deep? ›

A closet can be 20 inches deep, but it will be very small and won't do its job very well. While cheap wire hangers are typically just under 16 inches wide, oversized wood hangers can be 22 inches wide.

How deep is a closet with bifold doors? ›

Reach-in closets should be set at a standard comfortable closet depth of 24” (61 cm) and can be designed with various door types that often include sliding, bifold, and sliding pocket doors.

What is the standard bathroom size? ›

The average size of a full bathroom in the US is five by eight feet, or 40 square feet. The average size of a primary bathroom in the US is 115 to 210 square feet, with an average of 160 square feet.

Is a 9x12 bedroom too small? ›

In terms of square footage in today's modern houses, a 9-by-12 room is a relatively small space. However, if it's your first bedroom to yourself, a craft space that you don't have to clean up at the end of each day, or the entrance foyer to your home, it can feel much larger.

What is the smallest size room for a queen bed? ›

What is the best room size for a queen bed? Queen beds fit best in bedrooms that have at least 9.6 X 10 square feet of space and are a great option for rooms with as much as 10 X 14 square feet of space.

Where should a toilet be placed in a bathroom? ›

Try to place the toilet facing an open wall or door, if possible, rather than a fixture. Generally, this will ensure enough clearance room in front of the toilet. For other bathrooms, aim for a 30-inch front clearance space for the toilet.

Why is the toilet always next to the shower? ›

The main reason bathtubs, toilets, and showers are placed next to each other in a bathroom is to allow for the most cost-effective and efficient plumbing solution. Having plumbing on one side, connected to all the utilities, will make maintenance easier and create an ideal condition for the bathroom to operate.

How much space do you need between toilet and shower? ›

'It is recommended that you have at least an 18-inch gap at the side of a toilet and 30 inches in front so that it is easy to clean and use. When it comes to the gap between a shower and toilet, you need to make sure that whoever is using the shower can do so safely and comfortably.

How wide does a closet need to be to hang clothes on both sides? ›

It's for this reason that a closet must be 6 feet wide to allow for hanging areas on both side walls; a narrower closet would not have 2 feet of clear space between the two hanging sections.

Is 18 deep enough for a closet? ›

The standard minimum depth for a reach-in closet is 24 inches, but a closet intended to store coats or other bulky hanging items may need to be as deep as 28 inches. A closet less than 22 inches deep isn't deep enough to allow hanging clothes.

Is 4 feet wide enough for a walk-in closet? ›

What is the smallest size a walk-in closet can be? A walk-in closet needs to be at least 4ft wide by 4ft deep – large enough to install at least three hanging rails in a U-shape.

How far apart should closet rods be? ›

Rod Height: the standard rod height for a single closet rod is 60 inches. When installing double rods, we recommend the top rod be hung 80 inches from the floor and the bottom rod 40 inches from the floor. We recommend spacing the rods 3 feet apart.

Can a closet be 20 inches deep? ›

A closet can be 20 inches deep, but it will be very small and won't do its job very well. While cheap wire hangers are typically just under 16 inches wide, oversized wood hangers can be 22 inches wide.

How deep is a wall closet? ›

The standard closet depth is 24-inches or two feet. You can't go any less than this because the hanger itself is around 20-inches for an adult hanger. This means that you will have a few inches to spare for wider clothing.

How deep is a closet with bifold doors? ›

Reach-in closets should be set at a standard comfortable closet depth of 24” (61 cm) and can be designed with various door types that often include sliding, bifold, and sliding pocket doors.

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