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A spare bedroom can become a walk-in closet

By Pat Logan
www.creators.com

Q. I am going to enlarge my master bedroom by combining it with one of the children’s rooms. I want to add a walk-in closet. How do I go about designing and building one?

You will have plenty of room to design and build a walk-in closet properly.

A walk-in closet should be designed with a minimum depth of 4 feet from the door. It should be the full height of the bedroom to provide room for shelves and closet rods. The minimum width of the closet depends upon the type of storage (shelves, cabinets, built-in drawers, etc.) you choose, while providing space to turn around once you are in there.

Before proceeding on your design, do some preliminary planning for the master bedroom layout. Plan to have the bedroom, closet and bathroom doors open along a wall or in a corner. The closet door should open outward into the room so it does not block access to items in the closet.

Now plan the type of storage to use. A shelf is often located above a closet rod and is typically 14 inches deep for larger items.

Closet rods for hanging long dresses should be about 70 inches from the floor and 12 inches from the closet wall. There should be about 5 inches of clearance above the rod. For hanging shirts, jackets and pants, one rod can be located above another. Leave about 44 inches between them.

Don’t forget good lighting. Install full-spectrum compact fluorescent bulbs for efficiency and the truest colors.

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