How to Make Your Walk-In Closet Look & Function Better

This post is sponsored by Lowe's Canada, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I'm very happy to be partnering with Lowe's Canada to update our master bedroom closet - while hopefully showing you how to make your own walk-in closet better too!

If you have a walk-in closet, you're pretty lucky. Even if it seems a little on the small side, it's still bigger than most bedroom closets. Read on for my closet renovation plans and my tips on how to make your awesome walk-in closet look and function better!

Our Walk-In Closet Before

Of course, any good makeover begins with the ugly, poorly lit before photos, right?

Personally, I think that sometimes the people on those TV makeover shows make their space look extra awful for the “before” photos, just so the “after” look that much better. You know, maybe they throw their clothes around a little. Or dump some dirt on the rug.

Sadly, this is literally what our master bedroom closet looks like right now, as I write this post.

And that's pretty much what it's looked like for the last two years. Yup, not pretty. But we're going to do something about that!

Our Closet Plan

Lowe's Canada has plenty of closet organization options in several styles. We really like the clean and simple look of wood closet organizers because they look like they are custom built-ins compared to say, the wire organizers, so this is what we're going to work with. Below you can see the layout we eventually came to after lots of chicken scratchings on paper.

The Storage Solutions We're Looking At

We plan to use:

  • The ClosetMaid SuiteSymphony Starter Tower in the 16 inch version and in the 25 in. version, one on my side and one on my husband's. Since the rods on either side are adjustable, this made fitting everything into our closet space pretty simple. We actually don't even need one of the rods, but the starter towers are the way to go in our opinion for beginner closet planners who are also on a budget.
  • The ClosetMaid Horizontal Stackable Organizer.
  • The ClosetMaid 10 in. Deep Flat Panel Drawer - it fits into the Starter Tower!
  • Some sort of tie and belt hanger. Although we're not sure which option yet.
  • An existing floor mirror. Although if you don't have one, Lowe's has some floor mirror options here. Same goes for art and laundry baskets.

Tips to Make Your Own Walk-In Closet Look and Function Better

You and I can both make our walk-in closets look and function better with just a few steps and a little elbow grease. Here's how:

1. Empty the Closet 

So, first things first. You have to clear out your closet. Go ahead, pull out EVERYTHING.

2. Sort Your Clothes 

Sort everything and pair similar garments together. In this case you want to sort long hanging things (like dresses) into a different pile than the shorter hanging things (like shirts). And while you're at it you might as well get rid of all those things you're not wearing anymore. Go ahead, I give you permission to donate those jeans from 1987. You know they don't fit you anyway. Throw away that t-shirt that's filled with holes. You haven't worn it in two years. You do not need to keep everything!

3. Determine What Storage You Need 

Given the clothing, shoes, bags, scarves, belts, etc. that you have left after your little sort and purge adventure in step 2, decide how much storage you need in your walk-in closet. What I mean by that is:

  • How much long hanging storage will you need?
  • How many shoe cubbies do you need vs space for boots?
  • Do you need one, three, five or ten places to store bags?
  • Does your partner need tie and belt hangers?
  • Do you need somewhere to put your scarves?
  • Will you store your jewelry in the closet?


4. Choose and Configure Your Storage Solutions 

With all the clothes out of your closet (and sorted) it's much easier to take measurements and plan out your exact closet organization storage solutions.

  • Sketch out the rough layout of your closet on a piece of paper. I drew ours first in a notebook, then in a layout program called Room Sketcher, which is what you see above.
  • Add the dimensions for the walls.
  • Make note of any doors or other immovable fixtures.
  • Sketch some different ideas. Use the internet to get inspired.
  • Source your closet organizers to fit your closet and storage needs.
  • Check out Lowe's Canada's Pinterest board, Simply More Space, for inspiration.

5. Assess What's Left 

Now that you've removed all the clothes from your closet and planned your storage, you should know whether you need any of the existing shelves and rods. If not, remove them and paint the walls in the space. Lowe's carries a large selection of high-quality paint from top brands such as HGTV Home by Sherwin-Williams

6. Install the Closet Organizers 

Buy, assemble and install your closet organization solutions and restock your closet!

Now that there's a plan in place and the closet is prepped, the closet organization pieces can be purchased and installed. This is where we'll pick up with our next post the big reveal! Follow the blog to find out what we ultimately chose to make our awesome walk-in closet look and function better!

About the Author

Shannon Acheson

Home Made Lovely

Shannon is a 40-something wife, homeschooling mom, creative entrepreneur, writer, and designer. She loves white, black and wood decor, the idea of a farmhouse in the country, white wine, dark roast coffee, and cheesy romantic comedies. Home is her favourite place on earth and she wants to help you make it yours too.

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