How to Organize 209 Pairs of Shoes? Turn A Bedroom Into a Walk-In

My client Hanna had just moved and the tiny reach-in closets in her new home were not nearly sufficient to house her clothing. Her gorgeous collection of clothing was being stored in wardrobe boxes.

This wouldn't do! Her clothes needed more space.

The solution? We converted an extra bedroom into a master closet - dressing room.

The first challenge was the room itself. It had 2 large windows, so we built island sections in front of them to create "wall space" for hanging sections. We also designed a peninsula-island with more hanging sections and drawers to utilize the floor space.

It was essential that we create unique storage solutions for all of Hanna's treasured clothing and accessories:

  • 104 pairs of flat shoes (tennis, sandals, flip flops)
  • 50 pairs of heels and wedges
  • 55 pairs of boots, most needed 20" height, some ankle boots
  • Approximately 40 purses
  • Multitude of belts and necklaces needing hooks
  • 15 ft of long hanging (pants, dresses, gowns)
  • 25.5 ft of half hanging (blouses, tops, jackets)

Slatwalls were the perfect solution to the accessories dilemma, optimizing abundant vertical space to keep Hanna's belts, necklaces and other accessories organized and easily accessible.

The final design, with the warm and elegant Candlelight finish, made use of every inch of space. We were able to fit everything into this room and then some!
Shoes and Boots

We had to make sure that Hanna's 209 pairs of shoes each had a place to live. Notice the cubbies on the right - they're for her knee-height boots.

Hanging Accessories

Every inch of space was used! We added a slatwall behind the entry door for hanging belts, necklaces, and scarves.

Hanging Rods Plus Purse Shelves

We created a section for long hanging slacks and dresses with shelves above for Hanna's purses.

Room for Dresses & Coats

Dresses and coats need more space so they don't get crowded and wrinkled. This is the long hanging rod section of the closet. And you'd never guess that there is a window on this wall!

Optimizing Room Space with Peninsula

This peninsula takes advantage of the center of the room by creating more storage spaces - and a place to fold!

Peninsula Storage

The end of the peninsula is wide enough to accommodate drawers on each side, along with a slatwall for longer hanging accessories.

Double Hanging Rods and Shoe Shelves

This corner is packed with storage options from shoe shelves to short hanging rods for blouses, skirts and pants.

I was thrilled that Hanna was really pleased with the outcome. She wrote me soon after the installation to say:

Tarja, you are a magician!

I literally lost sleep wondering how I would be able to get all of my prized possessions into the space I had to work with, and you somehow figured out a way. I cannot thank you enough for creating the most perfect wardrobe room for me!

You are so passionate about what you do, and that really shines through. You are incredibly detail-oriented and your infectious personality made you so fun to work with. I appreciated that you continually checked in with me throughout the entire process - from making sure that all my questions were answered when we were in the initial stages of design, to seeing that the installation was running smoothly.

Thank you, thank you, and thank you! Now off to finish unpacking these wardrobe boxes... :)

Thank you, Hanna, for choosing California Closets for your walk-in closet makeover!

Tarja Hull California Closets Design Consultant

Tarja Hull, Design Consultant


Tarja Hull is a design consultant at California Closets Orange County. She is passionate about creating beauty and order in the home.



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