Custom closets can be categorized in several ways. Structurally, they will always be either suspended, floor-based, or a combination of these two types. Closets can also be divided by purpose, such as bedroom closets vs. linen vs. pantries. Design-wise, however, closet types are separated by whether they are walk-in, reach-in, or wardrobe style closets.

What Types of Closets Do I Have in My Home?

Do you have walk-in or reach-in closets in your home? As a homeowner, you may have both. Walk-in closets are basically a room unto themselves devoted to storage. You walk into them to retrieve the items stored within, thus the name. Reach-ins, on the other hand, are also referred to as wall closets. They are built into the wall and you just reach your arm inside to remove needed items. Wardrobe closets are a type of reach-in closet. They are the original closet type and are most common in older homes. They significantly differ from ordinary reach-ins. The storage unit is constructed against the surface of a wall rather than recessed into the wall. In other words, it protrudes into the room. They are often trimmed with crown and base moulding to make them look more like furniture.

  • Walk-In Closets

    Types of closets include walk-in closets like this one
    Example of a large, mostly empty walk-in closet with custom closet organizers, lots of shelving, and a closet island. A closet lighting system installed under the upper shelves illuminates the shirts in the hanging areas.

    Everyone loves a walk-in closet. They hold so much. And they have the potential to be so much more than simple storage! A well-designed walk-in closet is like a private retreat where you are surrounded by all your favorite possessions. Many also double as dressing rooms. Custom built-ins allow the owner to sit and put on shoes or style hair in front of a table and mirror. In addition to hanging areas and shelving, walk-in closets can include other features like built-in dressers, vanity tables, closet islands, and more!

    Walk-in closets are considered to be a luxury item because you need a certain amount of space to have one in your home. The master bedroom is the most popular area of the home to include a walk-in closet. However, walk-in pantries for kitchens are a close second in both new and old homes. And they continue to gain in popularity. Because so many accessories are available for walk-in closets, they often have a luxurious feeling that can’t be equaled by any other type of closet.

  • Reach-In Closets

    custom reach-in closet
    This simple reach-in closet for a bedroom displays custom closet organizers and a floor-based structure.

    Reach-in closets are the most common type of closet in the United States. They are usually around 24-inches deep. This is the depth needed for a standard size coat hanger. Widths can vary. Some reach-ins are ultra-skinny like a broom closet while others span an entire wall.

    A common misconception about reach-in closets is that they always simple and never opulent. While there are probably more simple reach-in closets than luxury models, nothing could be further from the truth. For example, customize your reach-in with a closet hutch. The drawers, cabinets, and countertop offer similar function to a closet island. Built-in hampers, sliding mirrors, and various pull-out racks also increase both the functionality and lavishness of these closets. They can be quite beautiful. And the more organizers you add, the more they hold.

    Reach-in closet with custom organizers and accessories
    This reach-in closet features a lot of custom organizers and accessories. Closet picture courtesy of our parent company, Closet Works.
  • Wardrobe Closets

    custom wardrobe-in closet
    This built-in wardrobe closet has its doors open for a view of the interior storage. The stepped design is fitted to the sloped ceiling of the home’s bedrooms.

    Wardrobe closets are the most common type of closet in Europe. In the USA, this type of closet has become a popular add-on in older houses and homes where the original closet space is insufficient for the homeowners needs. If you need built-in storage for a room without closets, add a wardrobe closet. It’s easiest because you don’t have to cut into any walls. They install in a similar manner to kitchen cabinets. Wardrobes are always floor-based construction. This way, they can hold more weight. This is important because they need to support the exterior cabinetry and doors in addition to interior organizers. They also mimic the appearance of furniture or other built-ins around the home.

    But your wardrobe closet doesn’t have to be plain and simple. Include drawers with soft close slides. Inserts such as jewelry organizers and cedar liners turn your simple drawers into plush storage. The types of accessories you choose can quickly turn up the opulence. Pretty much every accessory that works in a standard reach-in will also work in your wardrobe closet.

Ready to Start Designing Different Types of Closets?

Once you are settled on the types of closets you want, you can start thinking about the design process. Make a decision about suspended versus floor-based closet sections. Keep in mind that floor-based areas will hold more weight. They can be particularly useful in pantries that store heavy bottles and canned goods. Be sure to measure your space carefully so that the new closet will fit. Think about what you need to put in the closet and make sure each item is accounted for in your new design. Include as many bells and whistles as your needs and pocket book will allow. After all, no one has ever regretted having too much storage. You just may find that you love your new closet! And couldn’t we all benefit from just a little more love in our lives?

 

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