Walk-in closets are more than just a luxury. Compared to a closet in the wall, walk-in closets give you a better and more organized view of your wardrobe and many of your personal belongings. If your career requires you to dress to impress, or if your personal wardrobe is too huge to still be accessible via normal closets, then adding a walk-in closet to your home is a practical and necessary choice.
And before you say it’s going to be too expensive or that it might take up too much space, think again. There are plenty of ways to install a luxurious walk-in closet at home without the luxurious price tag.
Convert an Idle Room Near the Bedroom into a Walk-In Closet
Who says your walk-in closet has to be inside the bedroom? If you have a small, spare room near the bedroom that’s just idle or being used for storage, you just need to rearrange that space to turn it into a walk-in closet. As long as that spare room isn’t being used to store food or chemicals that can damage clothing, it can be used to store your wardrobe.
It doesn’t even have to be an actual spare bedroom to be effective. Even storage closets with limited space can be converted into a full-fledged walk-in closet. You just need to install additional shelves, garment racks, wall racks, and other clever storage solutions to make the most of what little space is available. You can also add stackable storage boxes for stuff that you won’t need right away.
If the space is at risk of developing mold or mildew that can and will damage your wardrobe, you can use desiccant products designed to be used in enclosed storage spaces to prevent the buildup of moisture. Alternatively, a cheaper way to do this is to open a box or two of pure baking soda and just leave it open in the closet; it’s a really budget-friendly way of dealing with unwanted odors and moisture.
Create a Wardrobe Corner in the Bedroom
A little rearranging can go a long way. Instead of looking for a separate space to turn into a walk-in closet or having one built inside the bedroom, a much simpler and cheaper solution is to just dedicate a corner of your bedroom to your entire wardrobe.
A good space to do it would be right beside your conventional wall closets. If your regular closet is getting too full, simply let some of that stuff out into the bedroom in an organized and accessible manner. Get a separate garment rack to hang your fanciest formal attire; apart from providing a solution to your clothing storage problems, this option also allows you to use your nicest clothes as bedroom decoration with a very personal touch. Put cabinets and dressers in this corner as well for more storage options.
Make this space official by furnishing it with a large mirror, some artwork, or even a room divider to properly partition the space and hide any chaotic visual clutter. Give this space its own lights to reinforce the idea that it’s a separate and independent space from your sleeping area. Hang a bunch of hooks in this corner to create more space for showcasing clothes. With a little DIY, a bit of hard work, and a weekend to organize and do it all, having a luxurious walk-in space for your wardrobe isn’t really that hard to accomplish.
Combine Both Ideas for More Storage Space
If all your stuff won’t fit into one corner of the bedroom or even the small storage closet you have at home, why not combine both ideas? The main purpose of having a walk-in closet is to make your wardrobe more easily visible and accessible. This means that having separate walk-in closets, as long as they’re not too far removed from each other, can actually be a viable storage option.
It’s also a good way to organize your stuff better and more efficiently. This way, you can dedicate certain areas to certain types of clothing and accessories: your regular closet can house your normal clothes, the wardrobe corner can house your work and workout clothes, while the separate walk-in storage closet can house your formal attire; it’s entirely up to you. Play around with storage configurations until you find the ones that suit your lifestyle best.
BONUS IDEA: Get a Bed that Transforms Into a Closet
Back in 2016, several European companies have come up with an exciting under-the-bed storage solution that’s equal parts clever, practical, and luxurious. This bed design allows the mattress to be lifted up and held up by a support system, exposing a walk-in closet space that also functions as a stable bed frame. Obviously, these unique beds can be expensive, but if you know how to do carpentry (and are looking for a good excuse to try out your skills), you can build one yourself from scratch.