A custom walk-in closet is something many homeowners dreams of having. The problem is, if you don’t take the measurements for the walk-in closet dimensions properly, you might not get the most out of the space, or you’ll risk having an inefficient and poorly designed closet. 

One surefire way around this is working with professional custom closet designers. They have all the tips, tricks, tools, and expertise you need to ensure your walk-in closet dimensions are accurate. Not to mention, they can help create a space that’s functional, beautiful, and adds to the flow and custom closet for your home.

A Guide to Selecting the Right Walk-In Closet Dimensions for Your Home

But if you’re planning your custom closet with efficiency in mind to take these measurements by yourself, we’re still here to help! Don’t miss the rest of this post to learn all about selecting the right walk-in closet dimensions for your home, as well as other considerations for designing this space in your home. 

Standard Walk-In Closet Dimensions

As their name suggests, walk-in closets should have enough room that you can comfortably “walk-in” to the space. As such, most walk-in closets are at least five by seven feet. That being said, it isn’t uncommon to see seven by 10 foot walk-in closets, or even bigger depending on the size of the home and the needs of the homeowner. 

When you’re choosing dimensions for your own walk-in closet, you’ll need to carefully consider how much space you have to work with as well as the design and style of the closet you’re going for. 

Double-sided and wrap-around closets

A common style for many walk-in closets is a double-sided formation. It could be a walk-through closet as well, meaning you can enter and exit on either side. This means on either side of the closet you’ll have either hanging space, shelving, or both. A depth and width of at least five feet is a good idea for these closets. That allows for a foot of shelving or hanging space on either side, as well as three-feet of space in the center of the closet.

Alternatively, you could have a wrap-around closet with a single entry-point, and three walls (rather than two) for hanging space and shelving. 

You can also choose between an L shape or a U shape for this design. For an L shape, one wall is left blank, where you can add a mirror, seating, or other items of your choice. In the case of a U-shape design, all three walls (with the exception of the wall with the doorway) have shelving or hanging space. 

For both designs, plan on the closet being at least five or six feet deep. For the L shape closet, you’ll also want it to be at least five feet wide. Then, for a U shape, opt for at least seven feet deep. 

Other Considerations for Walk-In Closet Dimensions

Now that we have the basics of walk-in closet dimensions covered, let’s talk more about other measurements and considerations for the rest of your closet. How deep should your shelving be? How high should your hanging rods be? These, and more, are questions we’re about to answer!

Hanging space

Most walk-in closets include some hanging space where garments can be hung up where they’re kept wrinkle free and are easy to access. But how much room should you plan for?

When it comes to the depth of your hanging space, aim for at least two feet. This allows the hanger to comfortably rest without being obstructed by the wall. 

As for vertical hanging space, this depends on the type of items you plan to hang up. For shirts, jackets, and the like, a minimum of 41 inches is encouraged. For pants, dresses, and other long garments? Aim for a minimum of 84 inches. 

Shelving space

You’ll also want to carefully consider how much shelving space you’ll need in your walk-in closet. Depending on the items you plan to store, your requirements will vary.

For example, shoe shelving should be at least 12 inches deep. If you’re stacking multiple shoe shelves atop one another, be sure to give them at least six or seven inches between each shelf so your shoes can fit easily. 

As for sweaters, jackets, and other garments you plan to store in shelving? Go for a depth of at least 18 inches.


Drawers are incredibly convenient in walk-in closets, and they’re a luxury that often doesn’t work in traditional reach-in closets. If you plan on having drawers in your walk-in closets along the side, what are the dimensions you’ll need? Much like shelving, you’ll want your drawer depth to be at least 18 inches for most garments. If you prefer deeper drawers or want to place items side by side, go for a minimum of 24 inches deep. 

Walk-in closet dimensions for a peninsula

In roomy walk-in closets, many homeowners plan to add a peninsula or island to the center of the space. Along the walls of the closet, they still have shelving and hanging space. But this peninsula or island provides them with additional storage, as well as a surface area for folding and other uses. But if you want to do the same for your closet, how much room will you need? 

For island and peninsula walk-in closets, plan for the island or peninsula to take up at least three square feet of space. Additionally, you’ll also need about three feet of space surrounding them. That means you’ll want a minimum of 13 square-feet to work with for your walk-in closet dimensions to make this style work comfortably. 

Walk-In Closet FAQ

Still have more questions about walk-in closet dimensions and other considerations? Read through this FAQ to find the information you’re looking for!

How does the DIY closet design process work?

This will depend on the custom closet company you work with. At Coastal Closets & Showers, we streamline this process to make it easier than ever for you.

Step 1: Design

The DIY process begins by selecting one of our closet design layouts below. Then using our measurement guide, you will take measurements of your space and submit the walk-in closet dimensions to receive your free DIY quote.

Step 2: Manufacture

Once design and pricing is finalized, your plan goes over to our experienced manufacturing team. Then, it’s produced on site with Coastal’s state of the art CNC and Edgebander machines.

Step 3: Pick Up or Delivery

Once all materials have been cut and wrapped, they’re ready for you to pick up from our manufacturing facility! We also offer a delivery service for an additional fee if that’s best for you. Then you’re ready to start installing your DIY custom closet checklist

What custom closet materials can I choose from?

Again, this depends on the company you work with.

However, here’s what you can expect with Coastal Closets & Showers:

  • Panels and shelving: Your closet systems are manufactured with high quality, ¾” furniture grade, composite panels. The surface is a durable thermally-fused laminate.
  • Soft edges: Our white melamine components are manufactured with 2mm rounded soft edge banding. The best part? It’s guaranteed to never chip or peel. We’re also sure there are no sharp edges on panels or shelving
  • Drawer boxes: Drawer boxes are made with ¼” birch drawer bottoms and 9-ply plywood boxes with an ultraviolet cured finish. 

What about windows and lighting?

Whether or not your walk-in closet allows for a window depends if it has an exterior wall. Otherwise, you’ll need to be especially careful about the lighting you choose for your space. Even if your closet does have a window, you’ll still want to ensure there’s adequate lighting to help you find what you need early in the morning or late at night. 

If your closet does have a window, be sure to account for this when you’re planning your walk-in closet dimensions. If the space wasn’t built yet but you don’t want to give up shelving or hanging space to a window, you can also consider installing a skylight so you can still get natural light in the space.


The right accessories can make or break a closet. This includes things like the jewelry storage, shoe racks, hooks, mirrors, and more. You want to be sure the accessories you choose are appropriate for your storage needs but still work with the space you have to work with. 

Learn all about choosing the right custom closet accessories for your space in this post

Who can I call for custom closet design on the Treasure Coast?

You’re in the right place! Coastal Closets & Showers is here to help!

We work with all tastes and budgets to ensure that you will love your new closet space. Decide on a new design layout and we will take care of the rest.

Coastal Closets & Showers has its closet/cabinet/organizers/closet services extended all over St. Lucie, Vero Beach and Stuart Fl. Our services are customized to meet your space and budget requirements according to the complexity of the design and materials you select.

Contact us today and find out how our services work.

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