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A walk-in closet can be an absolute dream for any fashionable homeowner. The perfect place to store clothes and shoes, a walk-in closet is more than just a cupboard: it is a place to model for yourself and get ready for the day in style!

While walk-in closets are not incredibly common, they are easier to add to a room than many people think. You could simply take space from a large bedroom, steal it from an adjoining room or include your new closet as part of a home extension. Don’t worry if you cannot spare too much room - even in a small space, proper organisation can leave you with plenty of valuable storage.

As with any home improvement project, you are far more likely to be happy with your new closet if you have the work done by professionals. Most walk-in closets are created through partition wall construction. Ensure that this work is done by an experienced local builder or carpenter. A carpenter can also offer bespoke furniture design services to help you get more use out of your space. Finally, even closets need proper lighting, so be sure to factor in the costs of hiring an electrician when budgeting for your project.

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Finding space for a walk-in closet

One of the most difficult parts of creating a walk-in closet is actually finding the space for it. In an ideal situation, your will have a huge master bedroom with plenty of space to donate. For those of us who are not quite that lucky, other possibilities include taking advantage of an alcove or reducing the size of an adjacent room. Failing all of this, you could simply include your new walk-in closet as part of a home extension.

One thing that you do not want to do is sacrifice space in an already tiny room just to create a tiny closet. The partition walls and storage features will all take up space and if you fail to take this into account, all you will be left with is a narrow cupboard and a claustrophobic bedroom. In a case like this, it would be better to invest in good storage rather than a new closet. You could even include a dividing curtain to give yourself a small fitting area.

An important thing to keep in mind about taking space from an existing room is the location of utilities. Any plug sockets or switches which are in the way will need to be moved by a local electrician, while radiators will need to be relocated by a heating engineer or plumber. 

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Planning a walk-in closet

Successfully creating a walk-in closet is all about planning how to best utilise your space. Start by asking exactly who will be using the closet and what for. How will the space be divided? What kind of storage will each person’s belongings require? 

Considering this early on is more important than you might think. For example, long dresses will require tall hanging racks, though if you will only be hanging shirts and trousers you could instead install two shorter hanging areas, one on top of the other. Take the time to look over your belongings and estimate how much space you will need for shoes, shirts, dresses, blazers, hat boxes or anything else you might have. This is your space, after all, so it should reflect your needs.

The next step will be to measure out the size of your new space. Note down the width and height of each wall, as well as the size of the floor area, and draw yourself a simple plan of your closet. This will be a big help when it comes to choosing storage furniture; alternatively, you could show your plans to a carpenter and ask them to install bespoke furniture which will make use of as much space as possible. While buying furniture can be cheaper, it can also leave you with a few awkward nooks which can be difficult to fill. Another advantage of having bespoke shelving installed is that you can choose whichever material you want, so take your time to look at the different options online.

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Even if you do not have much space in your closet, there are a number of hacks which can boost the amount of available storage. For one, it can be good to prioritise flat shelves if possible. They are more versatile than drawers, not to mention cheaper to install. Shelving can also be installed in places which you may not usually consider, such as around the top of your closet. If you have a narrow nook, you could even install a pull-out shelf, similar to a kitchen larder. It will also be a good idea to avoid a traditional door in a small space, as it will take up room every time you have to open it. Instead, opt for a simple sliding door.

One thing that you cannot forget is to give your walk-in closet proper lighting. Energy-saving LED downlights will be a good choice, though you could also opt for a stylish pendant light. To make things as easy as possible, have your electrician install the switch close to the door.

Before getting started with your closet, it will be worth taking the time to think about additional features. For example, if you have more than enough space for shelving, you could decide to use one of your walls for a large mirror. Not only will this make the space seem larger, but it will also be perfect for modelling clothes. In the same vein, do you have room for a vanity table, even if it is just the top of a chest of drawers? If so, do you have space for a seat? 

Finally, consider how you will decorate your new closet. Decor can have much more of an impact in a small space, so do not worry about spending too much. Your closet could be instantly transformed with a wallpaper statement wall or a comfortable rug.