Reach In-Closets Systems

[BLOG] Published: 2022-05-08 - Updated: 2023-06-06

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Reach In-Closets Systems Reach In-Closets Systems Features Reach-In Closet System Measurements You Need to Know Reach-In Closet System Pros and Cons Cost to Build Reach-in Closet Systems

Reach In-Closets Systems

Reach-in closet systems, also known as wall closets, are the most common type of storage in most homes. Reach-in closet systems are ones that you can reach into but not walk into.


Reach-in closet systems usually have a couple of hanging rods and a shelf above them. With the addition of built-ins, the reach-in closet system may be converted into a wonderfully efficient space that can still accommodate your entire wardrobe. Any available wall can be used to construct a new reach-in closet system.

Reach In-Closets Systems Features

Reorganizing the insides of your closets with custom-built organization systems can quadruple your storage capacity. It will also make things easier for you when you relocate. Transform your cluttered, disorganized closet into your own lovely, well-organized retreat.

One or two hanging rods with a shelf above them are usual in most reach-in closet systems. This isn't the best use of space unless you just store hanging things. This is where bespoke closet features that are adjustable come in handy. You may add various beneficial storage elements to your reach-in closet with the help of a custom closet designer, including:


  • Adjustable shelves: You can move them around depending on what you're storing. As your closet expands, add extra shelves if necessary.
  • Trays for accessories: Accessory trays make it easy to keep belts, ties, and jewelry organized alongside the rest of your clothes.
  • Unique lighting elements: Reach-in closets have unique lighting elements such as LED closet rods or shelf lighting. They are another option to bring the utilitarian design to a reach-in closet system.


Photo 2 closets with LED lighting inside closet cabinet


ProTip Takeaway: Installing LED panels on the closet system's baseboards might provide just enough light for a gentle, subdued effect.

Built-in drawers: When the dresser is built into the closet, there's no need to walk back and forth from the dresser to the closet! Socks, underwear, and pajamas can be stored with the rest of your things in built-in drawers.

A shelf and a rod: You’ll find that most reach-in closets only have a single hanging rod and shelf above it. It's preferable to add a custom reach-in closet system with several rods, shelves, cabinets, and other storage features. This will help you to make the most of every square inch of space. (Closet Factory, 2021)

ProTip Takeaway: A well-designed reach-in closet system allows you to include inventive storage components such as flexible shelving, baskets, laundry hampers, jewelry drawers, and more into hard-to-reach areas.

Reach-In Closet System Measurements You Need to Know

When there isn't enough room for a larger walk-in closet, reach-in closet systems are usually installed. Even with a reach-in closet, though, you'll need enough depth for your clothes to fit between the closet's back wall and the door.

A reach-in closet's minimum measurements are 36 inches wide by 22 inches deep. The dimensions of a normal reach-in closet are 36 inches in width by 24 inches deep. If you plan to use this closet mostly for coats, jackets, or other bulky goods, consider expanding the depth to 28 inches.

ProTip Takeaway: If your available space is less than the above, you can still include shelves and drawers in your design, but no hanging rods.

Reach-In Closet System Pros and Cons



Increased house value


Limited sharing space


Storage that can be customized

Not suitable for hoarders


Save on time spent


Natural light can discolor clothes


Minimalistic wardrobe


Can be overwhelming

utilities of the highest quality



bringing function to the room



Easy access to possessions




Reach-In Closet System Pros

  • Increased house value: Adding custom reach-in closet systems to your property can increase its resale value. It also makes the home stand out on the market and attracts potential buyers. 

To make your reach-in closet systems more efficient, you don't have to invest a lot of money. In fact, the most common blunder made by homeowners is going over the top with a remodel that doesn't complement the rest of the house.

  • Storage that can be customized: Using closet organizers may maximize storage in a compact space. With built-in drawers, adjustable shelves, accessory trays, and even tilt-out baskets, an experienced closet designer can help you make the most of every inch of your reach-in closet. If you’ve imagined your dream closet, a professional will make it possible to turn it into a reality.
  • Easy access to possessions: You can say goodbye to rummaging and fumbling through your belongings in search of that perfect dress you know is somewhere in there.

Reach-in closet systems will make it easy for you to reach and access all of your possessions. You'll know just where to look for whatever you require.

  • Save on time spent: You can store everything close together in their proper places thanks to the flexible features available with reach-in closet systems.

ProTip Takeaway: You won't waste time running across the room from the closet to the jewelry box to the dresser and back to the closet because your possessions are just an arm's reach away.

  • Minimalistic Wardrobe: Who doesn't want to get rid of their clutter? This type of closet is ideal for minimalists or those wishing to declutter or downsize their closets. Because you can see everything in a reach-in closet, it helps you keep your wardrobe streamlined. This forces you to get rid of what you don't wear and helps you to eliminate any doubles. (Bay Home and Window, 2017)
  • Utilities of the highest quality: You can dramatically improve the appearance of your reach-in closet with built-in drawers, cabinets, and sliding racks. These together with several shelves, hooks, and rods can also increase the storage capacity of this sort of closet, to the point that you may not even need a door. (Carolina Closet, 2015)
  • Bringing Function to the Room: Custom reach-in closet systems components are mounted to the closet wall, this way you have more design options when designing your closet.

Closet systems with open backs allow the wall to be seen, so painting the back wall a complementary color is one method to highlight the unique finish of the closet system.

Reach-In Closet System Cons

  • Limited sharing space: Due to a lack of room, sharing a closet with two people can be quite challenging.
  • Not suitable for hoarders: They are not suitable for people who need to store a large number of seasonal things. A reach-in closet system is not for you if you have a strong attachment to a variety of clothing items that you simply cannot part with.

ProTip Takeaway: If you don't declutter or donate unworn goods on a regular basis, your closet might soon become swamped with clothing.

  • Natural light can discolor clothes: Removing the doors to your reach-in closet can make it appear larger and provide easier access. However, if you live in a home with a lot of natural light, you'll need to make sure your clothes aren't discolored by direct sunshine.
  • The fitting can be overwhelming: The process of fitting all of your belongings into a reach-in closet system may overwhelm you. (All About Closets, 2015)

Cost to Build Reach-in Closet Systems

According to Fixr, a reach-in closet system will cost you less, ranging from $500 to $1,500. This cost will depend on the components included and the space being remodeled. New shelving, hanging and other storage solutions, a fresh coat of paint, and/or a new or upgraded closet door are all common examples.


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In many circumstances, people who desire a more functional closet but don't have the space for a complete walk-in will choose a reach-in closet system. It is far more cost-effective for individuals who are on a tight budget. (Fixr, 2021)

Turn Reach-in Closets Into Dream Closets With Smart Remodeling LLC

Reach-in closet systems, rather than walk-ins, are an architect's favorite sort of storage unit. They are commonly seen in secondary and children's bedrooms, though they are also popular in some master suites. Our experts at Smart Remodeling LLC understand all about accessibility and convenience of use.

Our custom reach-in closet systems are created specifically based on a client's demands. Some people have even dedicated a reach-in closet to their shoe or accessory collection. We can custom-build your reach-in closet system to turn your idea into a reality.

Our Custom Reach-In Closet System Finishes

Our distinctive materials and color palettes are created by our creative designers to give you a unique closet design. We provide a wide selection of finishes, from basic tones to unusual textures which are imported if needed to accommodate a wide range of needs and design trends. Our materials are more durable and easier to care for. These materials can also be easily adapted to your own style.


Our team collaborates with you to learn about your ideas and needs and then transforms them into well-crafted design solutions. Smart Remodeling LLC has you covered no matter how big or small your space is, with anything from simple designs to intricate reach-in closet systems.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our experts. Call us on 832 800 8889 or visit our offices at 12711 Fuqua St, Suite 106, Houston, TX 77034.


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