Some spaces are woefully lacking in storage. In your home, three rooms stand out as ‘stuff’ magnets: the kitchen, bathroom, and the bedroom. A walk-in closet may not be feasible, but what about a walk-through closet?
A walk-through closet is one which is not enclosed. It could include built-in cabinetry, standard closet fittings, wardrobe cabinets, or even dressers. Being placed behind the bed rather than simply along a wall, walk-through closets provide an element of privacy — and may even be more like a dressing room — without completely dividing bedroom and storage areas.
The size of the room is an obvious factor. You will require a minimum depth of two feet for hanging storage, and an additional three feet is preferable for a walkway. If you’re hoping for double storage — against the bedroom’s exterior wall as well as against the divisionary wall — budget a minimum of six feet, though 7 feet or more would be preferable.
A floor-to-ceiling wall may help you feel more secure in the stability of the closet. You certainly wouldn’t want to wonder if the slightest touch will cause the wall to fall onto the bed or the closet fittings to detach.
If the wall goes to ceiling height, be sure to consider any additional lighting required, both on the closet side and within the bedroom area. Does the overhead light need to be re-centred?
Half Wall or Headboard
Half-walls or headboards will allow more natural light to reach the closet area.
Make the divider high enough that someone in bed is not disturbed by someone walking through the closet. Consider, too, the width of the wall, ensuring that side tables or nightstands are against the divider rather than randomly placed in a walking zone.
A glass wall maximises natural light and privacy. However, depending on the style of glass, you may be able to see how clean — or not — the walk-through area is.
Glass is also a thinner material than drywall, making it worthy of consideration when space is at a premium. Remember to choose tempered glass.
Draperies are another option and are much more cost-effective than drywall, built-ins, or glass.
They’re great for small spaces but, if you’re hoping to create storage on both sides of the walk-through, you’ll be limited to a dresser against the backside of the curtain.