While many people love to talk about kitchens and bathrooms, one of the most important parts of any functional home is storage. The great thing about building a custom home is that you can pick the perfect storage solutions for your items. Having the right type of closet is key to having an organized, practical home. Here is a quick guide to the most common types of closets available.


Walk-In Closet

Walk-In closets are by far the most coveted. As the name implies, these types of closets are large enough that a person can step into them. Walk-ins can be of varying sizes, anywhere from 3×5 to as large as a master bedroom! This style of closet is popular because they’re large enough to customize to fit all your storage needs. You’ll often find them in master bedrooms, but in custom homes, many people put them for all bedrooms as well.


Reach-In Closet

Reach-in closets are the most common style of closets in homes. They’re smaller than walk-ins and are typically narrow with a set of hinged or sliding doors covering them, although they do come in many different styles. This style is narrow and allows you to reach in to grab what you need, as the name implies. They can be found in bedrooms, entryways, or hallways.


Built-In Closet

A built-in closet is a cross between a wardrobe and a reach-in. They typically look like furniture pieces but are more permanent fixtures. They’re a great option if there isn’t space for traditional closets. They can be as large as needed and are easy to customize. They’re not as popular in custom homes but are big overseas.


Wardrobe Closet

A wardrobe isn’t built into the walls like other closets. Instead, these are stand-alone furniture pieces that operate the same way. They come in many different styles and sizes and are a great option if there aren’t enough built-in closets. They’re not as popular these days and are often supplemental to other closet space.


Linen Closet

A linen closet is a name for a smaller reach-in closet that is used to store sheets, towels, bedding, and extra goods. They’re typically located in hallways near the guest bedrooms or in bathrooms. They tend to be small and narrow but are perfect for storing extra household goods.



Pantries are key to having an organized kitchen space. This type of closet is located in or near the kitchen and is used to store food or culinary equipment. Pantries can be heavily customized and can be either a small reach-in or a large walk-in.


Coat Closet

A coat closet is extremely important in places like Toronto that have many different types of weather. They’re typically located near entry points in a home and are perfect for storing coats, umbrellas, shoes, and other items you usually grab before running out of the home. They’re great at keeping entryways, which can easily become cluttered, well organized.


Utility Closet

A utility closet is similar to a linen closet but is used to store household goods that are not linens or food. They typically hold utilitarian goods, such as cleaning supplies, boxes, vacuums, tools, and suitcases. They’re also great for holding sports equipment and other hobby supplies.


Having a mix of different closet styles is the perfect way to keep your custom home organized and clutter-free! Ready to start building your dream custom home? Contact us today.