Master Closet Design: What Do We Need

For the first time Charlie and I will have a walk-in closet for the master bedroom so I’m beginning to study other successful closets to formulate our plan.

Vera Wang’s closet – Source: via Jo on Pinterest

Claudia told us at her blog Ferret and Hound to make a list of what the closet will house before building. Clothes, shoes, hats, purses, belts, etc.? And approximately how many of each.  We wouldn’t need a place for 100 pairs of shoes if we only have 20, which seems about right.  To quote Claudia:

  • “How many shoes did we want out at once?
  • How much hanging clothing space did we need?
  • Shelves or drawers?
  • Handbag storage.
  • What about spaces for boxed items?
  • Who will use the closet and/or require more of the space and
  • how should it be divided so that things don’t get mixed together?”

Well-lit closet but too grand for The Glade – Source: via Jo on Pinterest

Gosh, that’s sooooo much to think about. Let’s start with the last two items.  I’m sure I require more space than Charlie because I have more outfits and more special dress clothing like caftans and evening gowns. I have more shoes, purses and belts so I think splitting the closet right down the middle might not work for us.  And the layout might need to be asymmetrical. 

A nice place to sit inside the closet seems a reasonable request – Source: via Jo on Pinterest

I do like to have some shelves (for handy access), some drawers (to keep the dust away), and lots of hanging space.


Floor to ceiling shoes in a tiny foot print. – Source: via Jo on Pinterest

I’ve never, ever had a place for my shoes other than a jumble on the floor of the closet so I really look forward to easily accessible shoe storage.

The closet list:

  1. Hanging bars for long clothing as well as shirts and pants. (I fold my trousers over a hanger and Charlie hangs his full-length on pants hangers.)
  2. Some drawers for sweaters and T-shirts.
  3. Shelves for often-used items.
  4. Shoe storage both active and long-term.
  5. High shelves or closets for hats and handbags.
  6. Hooks or special hardware for scarves, belts, ties and robes.
  7. A place to sit down
  8. Good lighting.
  9. A full-length mirror.
  10. Finally, how about a little style.

Ten items, is that asking too much for a master bedroom closet?  I’m excited to talk this list over with Charlie and begin to put some designs on paper because it also needs to be economical. True frugality is not necessary but we won’t be spending $10,000 on a closet.

Any suggestions? What’s your must have?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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