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Walk in closet: how to choose the right walk in closet for every furnishing need?

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How to choose the right walk in closet  for your room? If you have this specific furnishing need – which, by the way, is very common -, know that you are in the right place.

In fact, in this article, we are going to talk about walk in closets, indicating what they are, why they differ from wardrobes, what their main benefits are, what the different types of such furniture are, how the furnishing projects that envisage them should be realised, and so on.

In practice, this is a real comprehensive guide to walk in closets. We will guide you step-by-step to understand the particularities of these pieces of furniture and the needs they provide. In this way you will be able to select the most suitable model for your needs, so as to meet all the functional and aesthetic requirements of your interior design project.

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Let’s start here: what is a walk in closet?

In a nutshell, what are walk in closets? They are more or less large pieces of furniture that are entirely intended to house their owners’ clothing and clothing-related accessories. In other words, they are wardrobes, much more complex in shape and structure than ordinary wardrobes.

Going into even more detail, what are the elements that define a walk in closet? The answer should list a large number of furnishing details. In fact, these special pieces of furniture, which house our outfits, are often made up of drawers, a linen department, mirrors, shelves, shelves for bags and suitcases, hangers, shoe racks, a make-up corner and so on. They are more generally made up of several modules, each of which has specific functions.

The conformation of walk in closets is such that, despite their sometimes considerable size, one can move around in them easily. What exactly do we mean by this? It is simple: these furnishings are really practical, because they not only serve as wardrobes, but are also changing rooms. In fact, in front of a walk in closet, one can pick up and store many clothes without having to worry about floor space.

It goes without saying that such furniture allows us to put on and take off several items of clothing at the same time. Which allows us to more comfortably assess what outfit we want to wear on any particular occasion. What we have just mentioned is just one example. More generally, we would like to emphasise that a walk in closet is a very practical piece of furniture, which makes functionality and spaciousness its strong points.

But at this point we are already talking about the differences between walk in closets and traditional wardrobes. And this is a subject we will deal with in detail in the next paragraph.

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What is the difference between a walk in closet and a wardrobe?

Why choose a walk in closet instead of a more traditional wardrobe? Well, it is obviously a question of different needs. In fact, in some cases, the former are preferable and, in other cases, the latter should be preferred.

So let’s see what the differences are between these two types of furniture. Understanding why they differ and how they differ will help us make the most appropriate choice in each context.

Let’s start by saying that the most obvious discriminator is the space available in the room. It is not the only one, however, because the style of the bedroom also plays an important role. In any case, what is the difference between a wardrobe and a walk in closet? Generally speaking, the latter are less visible to the eye, because they are hidden from view, which gives the room ample ‘breathing space’. Also generally speaking, walk in closets are more spacious than wardrobes, partly because their modular structure is more extensive.

Therefore, an ordinary wardrobe is more bulky in relation to the floor space and, as a rule, less capacious. In fact, by taking up more space, it not only reduces the floor plan of the room, but also limits the walkable space around it. And this is a fact that, again as a general rule, does not allow clothes to be worn completely comfortably. Or rather, a walk in closet gives you greater freedom of movement and, then, allows you to mirror yourself full-length or almost full-length. Not only that, it also allows clothes to be taken out and stored easily and several compartments and drawers to be opened at the same time.

Warning: we are not saying that walk in closets are preferable to traditional wardrobes in every situation. We are just listing, in a quick way, the differences between the two types of furniture. As we have already stated, it is the particular specifications of each project and the practical and stylistic needs that will guide the choice, time after time. In short, these are the priorities that decide which of the two furniture solutions is to be preferred. That’s all.

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What are the advantages of walk in closets?

In part, we have already discussed them. However, it is worth taking up the concepts again and expressing them in more detail. So, here are the main benefits of introducing a walk in closet in your bedroom furniture:

– Space saving

This is the most important and most obvious benefit. Walk in closets make it possible to recover and make available to people a substantial amount of space within the room. To the benefit of convenience.

– Greater order

Thanks mainly to their modular composition, this type of furniture helps to arrange clothes in a more rational and tidier manner than traditional wardrobes.

– The change of season? A distant memory!

Do you know how tedious it is to do the seasonal change of clothes in a wardrobe? Well, thanks to a walk in closet, this operation is no longer necessary. Precisely because, as mentioned in the previous point, the modular nature of this type of furniture allows you to arrange your clothes at will, so that they are organised to perfection.

– Great flexibility

A wardrobe has constraints to respect, due to its structure. A walk in closet, on the other hand, enjoys greater design freedom. Indeed, modules, shelves, drawers and other components can be placed in the space with greater discretion. In this sense, the client can give more space to his or her imagination.

– Uniqueness and prestige

This furniture is truly elegant and gives the room a stately atmosphere. It is no coincidence that many of the most beautiful bedrooms in the world contain walk in closets. In some cases, when it is possible and the client requests it, the interior designer can even provide for an entire room to be dedicated to a walk in closet.

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What different types of walk in closets exist?

How many and what different types of walk in closets exist? It is not easy to give a precise answer to this question, because there is such a wide range on offer. In fact, it is possible to make these cabinets in many different formats, sizes, shapes, materials, colours, etc. There are so many customisations that can be made that it is complex to reduce the possible types to just a handful.

In any case, if we really want to give some guidelines, we can say that, generally speaking, a classification of the different types of walk in closets could be as follows:

– Linear

The cabinet occupies the space behind a single wall.

– Angular

As the name suggests, the cabinet occupies two sides of the bedroom , forming a corner.

– Horseshoe

The configuration unfolds on three sides of the room.

– With sides

A particular type of walk in closet that has two supporting sides.

– Open

The views and accessories are visible, as there are no closing doors.

– Closed

A furnishing proposal that follows the functionality of a classic wardrobe.

– Straight with boiserie

This type is built into the wall and includes shelves, shelves and, more generally, wooden elements.

– With sliding doors

These doors are mostly made of wood.

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Which lighting to choose for walk in closets?

We have said almost everything about this particular type of furniture. However, the question remains which type of lighting is preferable for a walk in closet. Again, the answer is: it depends. In fact, different choices are possible, varying according to technical requirements and personal taste.

Apart from natural lighting, in general, a walk in closet can accommodate these light points inside:


Often proposed in strips that are installed on the profiles of shelves and doors, they are space-saving and very versatile.

– Spotlights

Built into the structure of walk in closets, they require more careful planning than LEDs.

– Lamps

This is a more traditional choice than the first two. The overall dimensions are larger and the interior designer’s experience proves decisive in achieving a result that is both impressive and equally satisfying for the customer.

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