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What Are the Pros and Cons of a Walk-In Wardrobe?

By D. Nelson
Updated May 16, 2024
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A walk-in wardrobe is a closet that is spacious enough that a person can literally walk inside of it. To some degree, a walk-in wardrobe can be viewed as a little room that serves as a space for clothes, blankets, towels, shoes, and almost any item that a person may have around the house and which can fit inside of the wardrobe. This kind of wardrobe can have a number of pros and cons. On the upside, this closet can allow for easy organization of clothes and other items and can also provide a person with a greater degree of privacy in a busy household. On the downside, this kind of wardrobe can end up being more difficult to clean and can be expensive and time consuming to add if it is not already part of a structure.

People who benefit from walk-in wardrobes most are those who have a lot of clothes, shoes, and accessories. A small closet is often not large enough to store all items without damaging them since an occupant might have to stack boxes and crates on top of one another. A walk-in wardrobe, on the other hand, can provide enough space so that each article of clothing that needs to be hung up can be given enough space and all boxes containing shoes, hats, and other accessories can be neatly lined against the walls.

A walk-in wardrobe can also be good for gaining privacy, especially while dressing. Individuals who benefit from this addition can step into the wardrobe in order to try on different clothes without having to worry about being disturbed. Mirrors and benches and can be added to a walk-in wardrobe, creating a private dressing room.

Not everyone can benefit from a walk-in wardrobe. For some people, this kind of closet may actually create more mess. If not organized properly, a wardrobe can turn into another storage space, like an attic. Those who are not interested in organizing a space for the orderly storage of clothing and accessories may find that they lose or misplace items that they store in this space.

A person who does not already have a walk-in wardrobe in his or her home may find that the addition of this big wardrobe can cost a lot of money and require extensive installation or renovation. In order to build an effective walk-in wardrobe, it is necessary to have enough space and to make sure that there are electrical outlets, especially if light is necessary. While hiring a carpenter or other contractor to build a wardrobe may be easier, it can be much more expensive.

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Discussion Comments

By Animandel — On Aug 28, 2014

@Laotionne - I understand what you are saying about the location of the walk-in wardrobe, but I don't share your opinion. Unlike you, I like the closet off of the master bedroom because I can hop straight out of the shower and walk into the closet.

I get dressed in the closet and then when I walk out of the bedroom I am all but ready to go.

By Sporkasia — On Aug 28, 2014

I live in an old house that has great walk-in closets with the cedar plants used to build the walls. The smell is overpowering in a good way when you walk into them. My closet can get pretty messy, but that's okay since I can simply close the door aand no one is the wiser.

If I did not have the closet then I wouldn't have anywhere to hide the clutter, and people would see exactly how bad of a housekeeper I really am.

By Laotionne — On Aug 27, 2014

Personally, I see no drawbacks to having a walk in closet, and the bigger the better. However, I do have a problem with the location of some of the closets. My friend and her husband recently bought a house and the walk in wardrobe is off of the master bathroom.

You have to go through the bathroom to get from the master bedroom to the closet. I don't like this setup. I would rather have the closet positioned so I could walk directly from the bedroom to the closet and then have a separate entrance to the bathroom.

I guess this would be less of an issue for me if I were the only one in the house using the closet and that bathroom. Otherwise, the location could be inconvenient.

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