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Outfitting Your Closet




By the Numbers
Standard width for reach-in closet: 72 to 96 inches.

Minimum depth: 24 inches (so hanging clothes clear the back wall).

Minimum height to hold double hanging rods: 84 inches. (Mount the top rod at 81 3/4 inches, the lower at 40 1/2 inches.)

Shelves for women's shoes should be spaced 6 to 7 inches apart; each pair needs at least 7 inches of shelf space. Shelves for folded clothing should be placed about 12 inches apart.

Vertical Space Per Item
Women's Blouses: 30 to 36 inches
Men's Shirts: 38 to 39 inches
Women's Suit Jackets: 32 to 42 inches
Men's Suit Jackets: 39 to 42 inches
Pants: 46 to 52 inches (by cuff) or 28 to 32 inches (folded)
Dresses: 48 to 66 inches
Skirts: 34 to 44 inches
Coats: 46 to 66 inches
Outerwear Jackets: 40 to 44 inches
Robes: 46 to 66 inches

Rod Space Per Item
Shirts and Blouses: 1 inch
Pants and Skirts: 1 1/4 inches
Dresses, Suits, and Jackets: 2 to 2 1/2 inches

Martha Stewart Living, January 2005



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