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Design the perfect walk-in closet

Whether you have a dedicated room that serves as a closet and dressing room, or a walk-through area fitted with built-in cupboards, you want to design a dressing room or closet that meets all your needs.


Walk-in or walk-through closets and dressing rooms are becoming a popular trend, and the addition of a well-planned closet can add value to your home. Having a separate walk-in closet has its benefits, most practical of which is the fact that your clothes and accessories are organised. When planning a closet or dressing room, take the following factors into consideration:


You don't want your walk-in closet to be a waste of space, so it's important to plan the area to maximise the smallest amount of space possible. Having said that, if it's your dream to have a luxurious, large closet for all your clothes, accessories and shoes, then by all means go ahead.


Closet manufacturers love to post pics of super-organised closets all spic and span with hardly any clothes on the shelves and hangers. If you're a perfectionist who is ultra-organised and keeps everything neat and tidy, that's OK. For the other 99.9 percent of us, that's not going to happen.

Think about how all those shelves and hangers will look when filled with clothes, or after you've spent an hour deciding what to wear for a night out. Yeah, that's right... a disaster zone! Doors, hinged or sliding, can hide a multitude of sins and you won't have to spend your life keeping everything organised to perfection.


In any closet you need a combination of shelf, hanging space and drawers. Some clothes need to be placed on hangers and others folded and stored on shelves or in drawers, so carefully consider your own needs when planning the layout. Take into consideration that drawers cost more than open shelves and that you can also contain clutter with storage boxes or baskets.

To make the most possible use in a small space, incorporate storage that frees up available space. For example, a pull-out trouser rack can be mounted on the lower level for easy access. Click here for step-by-step instructions for making a DIY pull-out trouser rack.

Another practical storage idea is to make a unit with pull-out shelves for shoe storage. Ball-bearing drawer runners start at around R15 per pair at, making this a very affordable project for shoe storage.


Having a closet custom fitted will obviously be far more expensive than the DIY route. However, for a closet that resembles a professionally-fitted one, you need to have a certain level of skill and a selection of power tools. If you feel capable enough to take on this project, you can choose from a variety of materials to assemble the storage space.

A visit to Builders or your local hardware and timber merchant will enlighten you as to the options available, which can include painted SupaWood [MDF], MelaWood in standard or super-gloss [laminated SupaWood or BisonBord}, or local timber.


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