Building a Better Way: Closet Design

Many of the carefully thought out design details Childress & Cunningham creates are for improving construction techniques, but some are just for small changes to increase your quality of life in the spaces we create for you.

Walk-in closets are great, but not every bedroom can fit in a large closet.  Instead, the typical bedroom closet is two feet deep, just enough for its hanging contents.  Access can be by sliding or bifold doors that take up a wide area of wall space (often six feet).

In the plan above, we demonstrate that by increasing the closet depth by about one foot, the typical closet can become a more functional walk-in hybrid.  The hanging rods are turned 90° as they would be in a conventional walk-in closet with about three feet of rod length on each side.  This amounts to the same overall hanging length of the typical bedroom closet, but it opens up space on the back wall for additional built-in shelves, and allows for 9+ linear feet of hanging rod plus 15+ linear feet of shelving in just a slightly larger footprint.

The full length of each hanging rod is readily accessible to a person standing just inside the single-swinging door.   Furniture can be placed more easily in the bedroom, since there is no need to reserve space for a large bifold or double door, nor does the floor area need to remain clear for the full width in front of the closet.  Unreliable sliding door hardware can be avoided.

This small footprint walk-in closet can be utilized in almost any bedroom situation, and adds value, function, and furniture placement options.