Custom Closet Design Rules to Follow

Miami Custom Closets



Have room for a walk-in closet? Well, you’re in luck! Here’s how you and your designer can turn it into the closet of your dreams.

Custom closet design isn’t for everyone. It takes time to organize a wardrobe and itemize every single space. It is best to approach a custom closet project by first accessing your storage needs. Here are some guidelines that will put you one step closer to having that one-of-a-kind space.

Figure out the dimensions of your clothes.

This is a big deal. Do you keep your clothing hanging or on shelves? Maybe you use both.  Your designer is going to make sure you get the best possible solution for all your clothing. It is important to know the dimensions and depth of your hung clothing as this will determine how much space you will need. Standard depth of closet cabinets and panels range from 14 inches to 24 inches. Most clothing items will fit inside a 24-inch-deep area. Any less depth may not fit your clothing, remember to plan accordingly.

Here are a few clothing dimensions that are good to know:

– Sweaters and shirts take up about 9 to 15 inches of linear space if folded

– Allow up to 68 inches of vertical space for coats

– 50 inches of vertical space is required for pants and jeans

-Allow up to 45 inches of vertical space for skirts.

Calculate the double and single hang sections.

Take inventory of what you own. Do you have more dresses? Or blouses? Have large coats and jackets? What you have in your clothing collection will determine whether to include more double hangs or single hangs. Double hangs should be used for shirts, blouses, and slacks. While dresses, long coats and jackets need single hangs. If you have a lot of dresses make sure you gather them up so you know how much single-hang space you need. If you don’t have many, use only double-hang sections as this will help maximize your storage space.

Men’s closets usually don’t require many single-hang sections. Add more double-hang sections to better accommodate a wardrobe comprised mostly dress shirts and slacks.

Work with the corners.

Corners can be tricky to work with, and they are even more complicated in closets as there’s usually less space to work with. Try to use as much space as possible. Corner shelves will help you maximize your space. You can use them to hang clothes or store items. They also help a design flow.

You may not have the space for a corner shelf. If this is the case, you can have your panel overlap the connecting wall. The resulting corner space may have the most ease of access, there won’t be any wasted storage space. Use these spots for clothing that isn’t worn as often, like seasonal attire.

Make room for your shoe collection.

If you want to include a shoe rack, organizing the space will be the first challenge. The other will be making sure your shelves are big enough to store your shoe collection.

A general rule of thumb is to allow a space of 7 to 12 inches per pair. A pair of women’s shoes usually measure from 5½ to 10 inches wide, while a men’s pair is about 6½ to 10½ inches wide. Try to have enough linear space to accommodate the shoes you wear most often. For boots, make sure some of your shelves are high enough to fit them.

Have a bench to sit on.

A beautiful custom closet demands a comfortable spot where you can put your socks on, tie your shoes and button your shirt. Use a free-standing bench, it’s the best and perhaps most affordable option. Place it next to your island or an unused wall.

Built-in benches look great below windows, particularly higher windows. You may even include a drawer for some extra storage space.

Lockdown a space for your accessories.

There is usually no shortage of ties, belts, purses, and jewelry. Create an organized space for these items so they aren’t rolling around getting misplaced.

Fill up dead wall space with belt and tie racks. You may even place racks to keep purses hung and organized, allowing quicker outfit combinations.

Your island or vanity can contain a drawer for smaller items. Use a jewelry tray inside a drawer to keep your belongings organized and in one place.


Your dream closet should reflect your personal style and personal storage needs. For more help designing your custom space, please reach out to us at or visit our website