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How much space do you need for a walk-in wardrobe?

How much space do you need for a walk-in wardrobe?

Find out how to plan the space, calculate the dimensions and create a functional and stylish walk-in wardrobe

Having a walk-in wardrobe is a dream shared by a great number of fashion aficionados and neat freaks: are you one of them? A wardrobe not only helps keep track of all your garments, but it can also add a touch of luxury and style to your home. However, before you start creating your walk-in wardrobe, you need to understand how much space you actually need. Here’s a simple guide to plan the ideal dimensions for your walk-in wardrobe.

1. Consider your personal requirements

Are you a serial hoarder or do you have all your outfits perfectly planned? The dimensions of your walk-in wardrobe depend a lot on your passion for clothing. Before you begin planning the project, our advice is to take some time to consider your wardrobe - both current and future - by answering questions such as:

  • How many clothes do you own? How many do you plant to buy in future?
  • Would you like to store your shoes, handbags and accessories in the walk-in wardrobe too?
  • Do you need room for seasonal garments too? For instance, heavy overcoats in winter and swimwear in summer?

Rationalising is the first important step to determine the overall bulk of the clothing to hang or fold, and hence the dimensions of a functional walk-in wardrobe.

2. Measure the available space

Once you have established what your requirements are, you will need to check the feasibility of the project, consequently considering various options:

  • Dressing room

Do you have an extra room, yet to be furnished? Turning a spare room into a walk-in wardrobe is the ideal solution to build your own glamorous dressing room, to try on the day’s outfits without being disturbed.

  • Walk-in wardrobe

For the sake of convenience and available floor space, do you prefer having your walk-in wardrobe right in your bedroom? Depending on the layout of your bedroom, you can opt for linear or corner projects or even free-standing solutions, tailoring the custom-sized structure for your clothing and accessories.

  • Wardrobe

Would a walk-in wardrobe be too bulky? A valid alternative is to make the most of the vertical space, fitting large cabinets with visible modules, to satisfy a fashion addict, or closed if you prefer your wardrobe neat and tidy.

Generally, keep in mind that to be as user-friendly as possible, a walk-in wardrobe should have a surface area of at least 2.5 sq.m. whereas the standard depth of the shelves is 60 cm.

3. Plan the interiors

Now comes the fun part: it’s time to think about how to divide up and accessorise the interiors of your walk-in wardrobe. Here are some options:


  • shelving units and shelves, which are indispensable to fold away your garments, shoes and handbags;
  • clothes racks, of various shapes depending on the intended garment, such as trousers, long dresses, trench coats, etc.;
  • mirrors and lighting, to select your outfit carefully and see how you look;
  • organizers, which are vital to keep you underwear, jewellery and small accessories in order.

Take the time you need to plan your project thoroughly so that you can create a space that is functional, organised and attractive: with the help of Scavolini furnishing experts, you’ll have a custom-sized walk-in wardrobe with bespoke modularity and finishes to adapt to any setting!

How much space do you need for a walk-in wardrobe?