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22 Ideas for Designing & Organizing Your Dream Closet

Looking to create a glamorous custom closet? Why not transform an extra bedroom, bonus room, or den at home into the dressing room of your dreams! Check out these 22 walk-in closet design and organization ideas to start setting up the custom closet you’ve always wanted.

Choose Your Color Scheme

Large Pink Walk-in Closet. Photo by Instagram user @creativetonic

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Before you start adding shelves, determine what color you’re going to paint your new closet. Most walk-in closet designs use white or beige paints, as these colors open up the room and reflect light better. But if you’re looking to add a pop of color, consider opting for a bubblegum pink closet or a sunny yellow wardrobe room!

Install Closet Doors That Make a Statement

Sliding doors into luxury closet. Photo by Instagram user @fambesinvest

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A glamorous custom closet doesn’t have the same feel with a boring old door. Whether you opt for classic French doors, modern glass doors, a vintage sliding barn door, or motorized doors that open at the press of a button, choose something that makes you excited to get dressed every day!

Pick Out Unique Carpet

One way to spice up your dressing room is with carpet! With eccentric options like animal prints, florals, and geometric patterns, your closet carpeting choices are endless. Or better yet…go the comfy route with fluffy shag carpet. It’ll make your whole closet feel like a giant slipper!

Go for Glossy Tile

Not a fan of carpet? Make your walk-in closet feel more like a department store by switching to a glossy tile. Not only does this option make your wardrobe room look shiny and new, but it’s easier to clean!

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Opt for Wood Floors

Hardwood floors inside walk-in closet. Photo by Instagram user @ville.lumiere

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Wood floors give your dream closet a more executive feel compared to carpet or tile. Depending on the type of wood you choose, you can either have a smooth, polished finish or a distressed, rugged look. This option is also ideal if you plan to design his-and-hers closets.

Build Racks & Shelves

Shelves in luxury walk-in closet. Photo by Instagram user @laclosetdesign

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The clothing racks and shelves you’ll need in your walk-in closet will depend on your inventory. For example, if you have more shoes than clothes, you’ll probably want more shoe racks. Make sure you incorporate a variety of heights, lengths, and widths with your shelving so you can store everything from maxi dresses and large coats to shoes and handbags!

Install Plenty of Lighting

Bohemian-style walk-in closet. Photo by Instagram user @patina_pine

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While having natural light from windows or a skylight in your custom closet is ideal, you’ll also want to have other sources of light. Overhead chandeliers, lamps, and shelf backlighting can all brighten up your space.

Don’t Forget About Mirrors

Every dream closet should have at least one full-length mirror to give you a head-to-toe view of your outfits. But why stop there? Add mirrors behind, to the side, or throughout the entire room. This makes the room feel bigger and gives you a 360-degree view of your wardrobe!

Use Ladders for Tall Shelves

Especially for closets with racks and shelves that span from ceiling to floor, it’s a good idea to have a sliding or prop-up ladder. That way, you won’t struggle to reach those handbags and hats on the top shelf!

Add a Center Island

Contemporary closet with marble island. Photo by Instagram user @teripughstudio

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Islands are a dream walk-in closet staple! Not only do they provide additional storage, but they’re also a great place to set accessories like clutches, jewelry, or sunglasses that you need to be able to grab quickly on your way out!

Include a Hair & Makeup Station

Don’t want to jump back and forth between your bathroom and closet? Move your hair and makeup station into your walk-in closet! All you need is a vanity table, a cozy chair, a mirror, and good lighting.

Find Comfortable Seating

If you need somewhere to sit while putting on shoes or while you’re thinking about the outfit you want to wear, a cushiony chair, ottoman, or chaise lounge can be a welcome addition to your custom closet.

Glam Up Your Space

When coming up with dream closet design ideas, think about your favorite clothing stores and the decor they use to inspire your fashion sense! Vintage serving trays, vases with fresh flowers, coffee table books about fashion, quirky wall art—these can be excellent decorations for your dressing room.

Include a Home Office

Walk-in closet home office combination. Photo by Instagram user @raraec

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Are you running a fashion blog or an Etsy shop where you sell clothing and accessories you design? You could always set up a desk, chair, and computer in your spare room to combine your dream walk-in closet with your dream home office!

Arrange Your Closet by Color

Colorful shoes in closet. Photo by Instagram user @laclosetdesign

Photo via @laclosetdesign

One closet organization idea is to arrange clothing and accessories by color. This system is visually pleasing for people who have colorful wardrobes, but it also makes it easier to find specific items—like your favorite little black dress, the red pumps you like to wear when you go out, etc.

Get Wooden Hangers for Your Clothes

Though wire hangers and plastic hangers are more affordable options, splurge on wooden hangers for your dream closet! Wood hangers can give your wardrobe room some uniformity and eliminate creases in your clothes.

Display Your Shoe or Bag Collection

Shoes and purses in luxury closet. Photo by Instagram user @laclosetdesign

Photo via @laclosetdesign

When designing your dream closet, it’s important to avoid hiding your accessories because they’re some of your best decorations! Move your favorite handbags, shoes, or jewelry to more visible shelves and give your dressing room a pop of color.

Store Large Accessories in Bins

If you’re struggling to keep hats, purses, and clutches organized on your shelves, pick up some wire bins for additional closet storage. With wire bins, finding your accessories on tall shelves is easy since you’ll be able to see everything that’s in them.

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Use Slide-Out Shelves for Hidden Storage

Slide-out closet drawers. Photo by Instagram user @laclosetdesign

Photo via @laclosetdesign

Need hidden storage in your custom closet? You can save space and hide some of your clutter by storing bags, hats, scarves, and other large accessories on shelves with in-and-out sliding cabinets.


Use Drawer Dividers with Small Accessories

If you’re storing small accessories like sunglasses, belts, watches, and jewelry in drawers, be sure to use dividers. This ensures everything stays organized and prevents your items from getting tangled or scratched.

Organize Your Items with Labels

A simple closet organization idea to incorporate into your custom dressing room is labels! Inserting labels or tags on bins, baskets, and dividers in your closet can make your items easier to find.

Keep Your Closet Free of Clutter

The whole point of devoting an entire room to your wardrobe is that it provides more space and opportunities for organization, so make sure your walk-in closet stays clean at all times. Don’t just toss clothing and accessories on the floor or the island. Keep everything in its place so you can get ready in a stress-free environment every day!