Standard Bedroom Closet Dimensions (with Drawings)

Bedroom Closet Dimensions

You’re probably familiar with walk-in and reach-in closets, but which one is best for your space? The overall size alone can’t be the determining factor when comparing closets, there are several dimensions to keep in mind. Use this as a guide to determine the closet you need to organize and store your clothing.

On average, the reach-in closet minimum depth should be 24 inches for standard items and 28 inches for bulky hanging items. The length of the closet’s walls should be less than 12 inches. Standard dimensions for a walk-in closet should be 4 feet wide by 4 feet deep, with 24 inches of clearance.

What Are the Standard Dimensions for a Bedroom Closet?

Standard dimensions for bedroom closets vary based on the type of closet. Minimum dimensions for a walk-in closet should be 4 feet wide by 4 feet deep. Conversely, the minimum dimensions for a reach-in closet should be 36 inches wide by 24 inches deep. 

How Much Usable Space Should Be In a Bedroom Closet?

Assuming you use standard-size wooden hangers, use these spacing guidelines to ensure your closet can fit your clothes.

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Blouses and Shirts

For blouses and shirts, you need 1 inch of space on the clothing rod per item.

Folded Pants and Skirts

For pants and skirts that you fold over a hanger, allow 1 to 1 ¼ inches of rod space per item.

Dresses and Coats

For dresses and coats, you will need 2 inches of space on the rod per item. 

Suits, Sports Coats, and Blazers

Suits, sports coats, and blazers require 2 ½ inches of rod space per item.

Shoes Stored on Shelves

When storing your shoes on shelves, allow 9 inches of shelf width for men’s shoes and 8 inches for women’s.

Folded Clothing on Shelves

When stacking folding clothing, sweaters, jeans, and men’s shirts require 12 inches of shelf width. You can fold women’s t-shirts into 9-inch wide stacks. Never stack clothing higher than 12 inches as they can topple over.

Standard Dimensions for Bedroom Closet Hanging Sections

Most closets will include rods for hanging clothes. Hangers require at least 22 inches of depth to swing freely on the clothing rod. You should position the rods at specific distances from the floor and ceiling to accommodate several types of clothing.

You can group clothing by length into three categories: long hang, medium hand, and double hang. 

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Long-Hang

A long-hang rod should be at the height of 61 ½ inches. You can use this rod for overcoats, dresses, formal gowns, coats, and other long garments.

Medium-Hang

Medium-hang rods should hang at 52 ½ inches high. You can use this rod for blouses, long skirts, and coats that reach mid-thigh.

Double-Hang

A double-hang rod doubles the hanging space and is a quick and easy way to increase storage in a bedroom closet. The top rod should be 80 inches above the floor and the bottom rod 40 inches above the floor. There should be a minimum of 3 feet between the two rods.

Standard Dimensions for Drawers and Pull-Out Baskets

If you store smaller items inside of your closet, consider utilizing drawers or pull-out baskets. Both come in standard widths of 18, 24, and 30 inches. They also both come with standard 14-inch deep closet panels, but drawers can be deeper. 

You should position drawers and baskets so that you have enough room to open them without hitting an obstacle. Fully open baskets extend 26 inches from the back of the closet. Drawers need an additional ½ inch of space due to the handle.

Standard Dimensions for Bedroom Closet Shelving

Bedroom closet shelving can be a practical way to organize and store your clothing. Shelves can also store bulkier items used in your bedroom, like pillows and blankets. 

Ideally, the top shelf of a closet should be high enough so that items are out of the way. However, the shelf should also be low enough so that you can reach it without a stool. The standard bedroom shelf height is between 87 to 96 inches, but the shelf should be 12 inches from the ceiling.

The upper shelf in a bedroom closet should be 84 inches above the floor and 16 inches deep. This is the same height at the upper rod in a double-hang configuration and allows for storing larger items. Shelves should be 24 inches deep for storing more oversized items, but the average shelf depth is 11 to 15 inches. 

When installing vertical rows of shelves, give each shelf 12 inches of space. The height of your lowest shelf should be 16 inches above the floor. This allows for tall boots and shoes to fit underneath it.

Reach-In Closet Dimensions

A reach-in closet is deep enough to hang clothes perpendicularly but shallow enough to reach the back of the closet. The minimum depth for a reach-in is 24 inches, but it may need to be 28 inches if storing coats. If your closet is less than 22 inches deep, it isn’t deep enough to hang clothes. 

Return walls are the short sections of a wall that extend from the closet’s side wall to the door opening. The length of a reach-in closet’s return walls should be 12 inches or less. If they are too long, it can create too deep a space in the closet to reach into. 

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Walk-In Closet Dimensions

Walk-in closets should be at least 4 feet wide by 4 feet deep. Any storage should be designed to have a passageway of at least 24 inches between shelves or hanging clothes. Keep in mind, hanging clothes take up 2 feet of depth. 

A walk-in closet that is 4 feet wide will only accommodate hanging clothes on the back wall and one side wall. A closet that is 6 feet wide will allow storage on both sides of the wall and the back wall. This will also allow 24 inches of space in the center of the closet. 

Large walk-in closets that have a width of more than 10 feet can accommodate seating, walkways, or storage islands. As mentioned before, these structures still need to have at least 24 inches of walkway space on all sides. 

If you would like a closet island, the width of the closet needs to expand by 5 feet. This includes 2 feet of space for the island and 3 feet of room for the required walkway. If you want a closet with shelves on both sides and an island, your closet should be 12 feet wide.

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Other Types of Walk-In Closets

In addition to island walk-in closets, there are also single-sided, double-sided, and wrap-around walk-in closets. 

The single-sided walk-in closet is the smallest of its kind and similar to a reach-in closet. Storage goes on the opposite wall of the entrance, and there is clearance space for access. 

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A double-sided walk-in closet has storage units on opposing walls and a clear pathway in the middle for you to enter. A wrap around walk-in closet is the biggest closet, with the design maximizing the storage space. Units are on three walls creating ample storage space. 

Wardrobe Closet Dimensions

When there is insufficient closet space, or your room doesn’t have closets, a wardrobe closet is a good option. Wardrobe closets are the most common type of closet in Europe and have become popular in the US in older homes. This is an easier alternative than cutting into walls to create closet space. 

Wardrobe closets install in a manner similar to kitchen cabinets. They are a floor-based construction so that they can hold more weight. They can also mimic the appearance of other furniture around the home. 

On average, wardrobe closets are typically 24 inches deep but can be as narrow as 12 to 18 inches deep. The height of the closet depends on the style, but the standard height is 72 inches. The width of wardrobe closets varies from 24 to 96 inches.

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Related Questions

How many clothes can fit on a clothing rod?

No matter your closet size, you should have a closet rod space of 4 feet. Each garment has different space specifications, but factor in about 2 ½ inches for each piece of clothing. In addition to the width of the rod, you should also consider the weight of your clothes.

The weight capacity of a clothing rod will depend on the material it’s made out of and the length of the rod. A 6-foot oval aluminum closet rod can hold about 45 pounds. However, a rod of the same length but made from 1 5/16-inch steel polished chrome can hold 170 pounds.

On average, jeans are 1 ½ pounds, shirts are a ½ pound, and suits are 4 pounds. 

What are the ADA requirements for closets?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a standard bedroom walk-in closet should have adequate space to maneuver in a wheelchair. Those in wheelchairs should be able to access items inside of the closet easily. 

The minimum space should be 30 inches wide by 48 inches deep. Reach ranges within the closet should be 15 to 48 inches above the floor. This includes shelving, hooks, and hanging rods.

Stacy Randall

Stacy Randall is a wife, mother, and freelance writer from NOLA that has always had a love for DIY projects, home organization, and making spaces beautiful. Together with her husband, she has been spending the last several years lovingly renovating her grandparent’s former home, making it their own and learning a lot about life along the way.

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