5 Tips to DIY
Your Master/Reach-in Closet
and Make It Functional
I believe you need to hire a professional to design a functional closet for you, especially when the space is too large or too small. Years of experience taught me how to visualize and maximize the space in the most challenging and small areas. Although, if you do decide to design and install closet yourself, here are some tips I would like to share with you in order to avoid the most common mistakes.
1. Drawers Depth
I know that most people prefer a deep drawer. Keep in mind that deep drawers require a bigger space. The best drawer depth in order to keep everything organized is between 14”-16”. I find this depth ideal since deeper drawers tend to get really messy. Make sure that the very top drawer does not go higher than 46”. This way you will be able to see what is inside of the drawer without using a stepping stool.
2. Double Hanging
Double hanging means hanging a rod at the top and at the bottom. Maximize the space and use it wisely. You will be surprised how double hanging can change the capacity of the closet and almost double the space. For 9-foot ceilings, I recommend to hang the top rod no higher than 84” off the ground and the bottom rod no lower than 42”. The perfect gap between both rods should be at least 36”.
3. Long Hanging
Long hanging in the master closet. If you try to update your master closet, always consider installing a small unit for long hanging only. Long hanging could be used for jump suits, long dresses, and coats. You don’t necessarily need to have a long hanging section in a reach in closet, but I do believe that having it in your master closet is a must. If you don’t have many long clothes, an 18” wide space will be perfect.
4. Location of The Drawers
The most common mistake that DIYers make is to install drawers next to the wall where the casing is installed. If the depth of the drawer is 14”, make sure you have a clearance of at least 28-30” to allow this drawer to open fully, unless you install a filler. The best location for the drawer is always the middle of the facing wall. The worst location of the drawer is behind the door.
Always consider the size of the hangers. Standard hanger width is 20”. This is especially tricky for small walls that are 20” wide or less. You need to make sure that the door that you open or close will not touch the hangers. In this case, the best solution will be to install a shelf unit instead of a hanging rod to allow the door to open and close without any interruption.