Can You Afford a Custom Closet?
Walk-In Closet Buying Guide
All a girl needs is adequate space for her stuff. We’re not asking for Kim Kardashian’s closest, but a simple walk-in would be nice. Imagine finally having space for your summer and winter clothes, and organized compartments to store your bags and shoes. Say goodbye to cramming your awesome wardrobe into a tiny space.
Walk-in closets are fairly easy and affordable to build. The only requirement is that you have the space. If you have a large master bedroom, you can take a corner of it to build the closet. Or, you can demolish the old closets and build them out. Some people sacrifice all or part of a spare bedroom for a walk-in, but that approach has its pros and cons, as you’ll read below.
Walk-In Closet Prices
Assuming that you’re not actually planning to build a Kardashian-style closet, budget anywhere from about $1,000 to $10,000 for the project, with the average costs falling closer to $2,000 to $4,000. The price is determined by the size of the closet, the amount of demolition and construction work required, the configuration of your home and the finishing options you choose.
- A standard 5X8-foot walk-in closest would likely cost about $1,000 to $3,000 to build, not including any kind of organizing system.
- A larger 5X12-foot closet might $2,000 to $4,000, also not including an organizing system.
- Closet organizing systems cost anywhere from about $1,000 to $6,000. Ready-made systems fall on the low end of that price range, while custom designs fall on the high end.
- A professional organizer to help you make that closet looks beautiful costs about $50 to $150 per hour.
Walk-In Closets and Resale Value
In most cases, adding a walk-in closet will increase the resale value of your home. Closet size is a major selling point these days - nearly everyone wants a walk-in. However, the one exception is if you sacrifice a bedroom to create your walk-in. Going from a three-bedroom house to a two bedroom, for example, will almost always decrease the resale value. However, if you’re planning to stay in the home for a long time and a walk-in will make you happier with the space, the project still makes sense.