January 21, 2013

Design Help: Closet Dimensions

Woman's Reach-in Closet - Source

Standard Depth Measurements

For reach-in closets, the standard depth is 24 inches and is used for suits, shirts, dresses, and pants. The 2 foot depth is required to handle your hanger. For coats and jackets, use a depth of 28 inches.
  • Minimum depth 24 inches 
  • Use a depth of 28 inches for coats 

Standard Width Measurements

A closet doesn't have a standard width. A rule of thumb is to have a minimum of 48 inches or 4 feet of rod length per person who uses the closet. Coats and jackets need between 3 to 4 1/2 inches of width. Men's clothing needs about 2 1/2 inches for every garment while women's cloths need less since they are generally smaller and wear thinner and tighter clothing. Each garment needs about the thickness of your hand so you can reach in and take out an item easily. This will also keep your cloths apart enough so they won't squash together and wrinkle.
  • 48 inches of Road length per person

Rod Height

Rod height may vary. The height for skirts, blouses, suits, shirts and pants has to be at least 45 inches. Floor length dresses needs a height of 72 inches while a street dress needs 63 inches. Children's cloths need a rod height of 30 inches.
  • 45 inches - general adult clothing
  • 63 inches - street dresses
  • 72 inches - floor length dresses
  • 30 inches - children (ages 3-5)

Man's Closet - Source


Closet shelves should be at least 11 inches deep to accommodate clothing, up to 15 inches max. Deeper shelves provide more storage but increase the possibility of loosing items in the back. A good way is for the first shelf to be 15 inches with 11 inch shelves above will suffice. There should be at least 3 inches between the rod and the first shelf to be able to remove your hanging items. Space shelves between 8 and 9 inches apart unless they are for shoes.
  • 3 inches between rod and first shelf
  • 11 to 15 inch depth for first shelf
  • 11 inch depth for second shelf
  • 8 to 9 inches between shelves

Walk-in Closets

Walk in closets come in all sizes. Small ones have a bit of space to walk around, chose cloths, and possibly change in. Medium sized walk-ins are generally big enough for you to sit in with some having a full length mirror. Seating is good for putting on shoes with a bit of space to move around and change in. The largest walk-ins can be as a big as a bedroom with all the space you would need to move around, change your cloths, sit down and put on your shoes as well as fixing your makeup and hair. Which ever size you are designing for, be sure that the space is suitable for your existing and future wardrobe.

Large Walk-in - Source

Closet Storage Solutions

One of the best sources for closet organizers and storage is Amazon. You can find anything from hangers, to storage boxes to shoe organizers.


  1. Thank you for this amazing article.Here we can find so good things and I want to tell you that I have to tell you that nowadays is really, really hard to find good closet organization.

  2. For many of us, space is at a premium. If you live in a tiny house or apartment and have a small closet to match, you have to use collapsible space saver hangers to pack as many things in as possible. You give many tips for us who have small closets and how effectively use them. Glad i found your article.

  3. very helpful information. Makes sense.

  4. I like the image of the "street dresses" hanging in the closet. Thanks for your help!


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