What Is the Standard Depth of a Closet?


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Standard clothes closets are at least 24 inches deep. This allows clothes to hang from a rack without hitting the back wall of the closet.

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What Is the Standard Depth of a Closet?
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Shelves for folded clothes should be 14 inches deep with widths of 12 inches for each stack of shirts or sweaters. At least 8 to 10 inches is needed between shelves vertically. A height of 84 inches is needed for hanging double rods. When calculating the length of rod space needed, allot 1 inch for shirts, 1 1/4 inches for pants or skirts and 2 to 3 inches for jackets. Very tall people may need more space allotted when designing a custom closet.

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