The Ultimate Closet Design Guide: Types, Features, Benefits

We love closets. Don’t you?

Closets make staying organized easier, in turn reducing stress and in-home clutter. Custom designed closets take things a step further by not only offering better organization, but offering better organization that fits your exact wishes for style and function.

There are a surprising number of options available to people thinking about a new closet. To make things easier on anyone considering upgrading their home storage, we’ve listed the most common types of closets as well as their main features and benefits.

Reach-In Closets

More likely than not, this is the sort of closet you had growing up. Reach-in closets, where you can reach in to get what you need but can’t fully enter, are the most common type of closet found in homes. The variety of reach-in closets seen most often are the kind that have a large rod you can hang clothing from with a shelf or two above the rod.


  • Very adaptable budget-friendly design. Reach-in closets offer a lot of design flexibility without needing to cost a lot. You can add hanging adjustable shelves, place a dresser inside for built-in drawers, or add functionality with built-ins that include accessory trays and shoe storage.
  • Improved accessibility. Having everything in a contained space makes it easier to access whatever you’re storing. You don’t have to go from dresser to drawer to bathroom to bedside and back – it’s all there in front of you. Accessibility in reach-in closets can be increased even further by having a custom built-in closet system installed.
  • Small home friendly. Not everyone has space for a walk-in closet–and that’s okay! You can still use custom built-ins and other solutions to elevate your reach-in closet to a more comfortable, luxurious storage space.

Walk-In Closets

If there was a school for closets, walk-ins would be at the top of the class. There’s no denying that a walk-in closet is convenient, comfortable, and in many cases, very stylish. Many varieties of walk-in closet exist, including double-sided walk-ins, wrap-arounds, ones with islands and beyond. To gain this definition, all a storage space needs is to be large enough for an adult to move around comfortably inside.


  • They can store a lot. The most obvious benefit of a walk-in closet is the fact that it can store far more than a reach-in or any other type. Since there is no set measurement for the size of a walk-in closet, they can fit as much as you want. Think of all the shoes!
  • You deserve luxury. There’s an air of luxury about a closet you can walk into and out of. There’s room to add decor and style touches that other closets don’t have. That might mean a comfortable daybed beneath a window or a chandelier hanging from the ceiling. The options are endless.
  • They boost resale value. People love walk-in closets and that will be reflected in the value of your home if you ever decide to sell it. More often than not, the amount spent on adding a walk-in closet to a home is recouped during its eventual sale.

Linen Closets

There are a lot of different types of closets but there’s only one main difference between all kinds: whether you can walk into them or not. A linen closet is a closet you can’t walk into, but can reach into. They usually have a door that opens onto a series of parallel shelves where towels, sheets, blankets, and other linens are stored.


  • Helps you prepare for the unexpected. A linen closet is a must-have if you have in-laws that like to stop by for a surprise overnight. An organized custom-designed closet filled with clean sheets for visitors means your mother-in-law never will never have a chance to complain.
  • Dedicated storage leads to less clutter. Knowing where your things will go and having a dedicated space for them makes it a lot less likely for clutter to build up.

Utility Closets

A utility closet is a type of closet that, unsurprisingly, contains access to utilities of some kind. Typically this will be a heater, boiler, electrical panel, washer and dryer, or similar useful-but-not-pretty items for the home. These closets are usually smaller, with not a lot of space to walk around, and are focused purely on functionality over aesthetics.


  • Keeps ugly things out of the way. Let’s be real: utility equipment isn’t cute. For things you need to keep a comfortable home but don’t want to display because of aesthetics, the utility closet is an excellent solution.
  • Opportunity for creative storage. Utility closets tend to have unused space in and around the equipment they enclose. A few custom built-ins in this space can elevate your utility closet and increase the variety of things you’re able to use it for.

Pantry Closets

Closets aren’t always for clothing… sometimes they’re for food too. A pantry can be as simple as a cupboard you put your cereal in, but for some homeowners a pantry is an entire closet they put their cereal (and other non-perishables) in.


An organized pantry helps you save money on groceries. Having a dedicated space for non-perishable food items makes it easier to take stock of what you have. With this type of closet, you’re greatly benefitted by custom shelving that’s built to fit the various heights and widths of different boxes and cans.
Contained storage gives you more design freedom in your kitchen. Having food sitting everywhere doesn’t add up to a beautiful kitchen. If you’re interested in upgrading your kitchen through renovation, a pantry closet offers you out of the way storage that keeps counters clean for cooking, gathering, and entertaining.

Whatever type of closet, however you want it designed–Twin Cities Closet Company has the experience to turn your design dreams into reality. If you’re curious about how a custom closet renovation might look in your home, get in touch with our team to discuss bringing your vision to life.

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