Should You Convert a Spare Bedroom into a Walk-in Closet?

So you’ve had a spare bedroom vacated and you’re wondering how to take advantage of that free space. There are plenty of ways you can approach this newfound project and one of the most popular is to turn it into a walk-in closet. Some people love the idea of walking into a room that’s full of their favourite clothes, collector’s pieces, wardrobe essentials, and the like. A walk-in closet is an ultimate form of luxury that’s dedicated for all of your glitz and glam. 

But is it exactly a good idea? Should you convert an old bedroom into this seemingly spacious interior built for storing clothes and accessories? Before you pull the trigger, you may want to consider a few things first. After all, a walk-in closet is a serious project and one that will take up a huge chunk of space inside your home. This article will tackle the pros and cons of converting a spare bedroom into a walk-in closet so you can make the right choice for your next remodelling task.

Resale value

If you were to redesign or make significant changes to an adjacent bedroom, how will it affect your home in terms of resale value? Are the benefits of a walk-in closet enough to outweigh the loss of a bedroom? These are just some of the questions you may want to ask yourself.  Let’s say you have a three bedroom home. Most real estate agents will advise against a home remodelling project that reduces the number of bedrooms you already have because it narrows the pool of potential buyers to a certain extent.

Careful consideration of the available space is needed if you are starting with a 3 bedroom home. However, you can get away with a walk-in closet if you have a four or five-bedroom home as converting one bedroom won’t have that much impact compared to a home that’s left with two bedrooms after the project is completed.

Benefits of having a good-sized walk-in closet

A spacious and well-designed walk-in closet is a major selling point for any homeowner. If you have a three to four-bedroom home along with a good-sized walk-in closet, then you’re in the sweet spot for resale. One benefit of this remodelling project is that you can keep seasonal clothes in one space. You don’t need to store your winter clothes up in the attic or go through the entire wardrobe just to find your favourite summer polo. All of these things can be tucked away into a single space where they’re nicely organised.

For many homeowners, a new space is like a blank canvass. The possibilities open up and you have all of these ideas flowing in your head. With more space to play with, you can choose to add hanging space for shirts as well as longer items like coats and dresses. A walk-in closet gives you an opportunity really make the available space your own, and make it function in ways an old closet could not.

Creating a new walk-in closet brings value to the home for you as the current homeowner. Whatever the size of the bedroom you’re working with, you can create the closet space you’ve always wanted by using a bit of thoughtfulness, creativity, and preparation.

Exploring your options

The good thing about planning a walk-in closet is that you have options. This is especially true for homeowners who are in a three-bedroom townhouse or house type situation. Before committing to a walk-in closet, you may want to consider adding things such as closet shelving, built-ins, and furnishings to the spare bedroom. With the right lighting, a countertop, and a mirror or two, you can make a bedroom an ideal space to use as a fully functional dressing room. You can get in touch with us at Bo Renovations if you want more information regarding townhouse renovations.

When looking at a resale perspective, you could market it as a spacious closet and changing room, but with the understanding that it could quickly and easily be converted back to a standard bedroom anytime. This makes the room a bit more versatile and you get to save a huge chunk of money versus committing to a fully decked out walk-in closet.

If you’re dead set on remodelling and creating a walk-in closet out of an adjacent bedroom, we recommend looking for space to create a new bedroom as well. Think of all the areas in your home where a bedroom might fit into the floor plan. Is there enough room on the 1st floor for this? Would a basement bedroom make sense? Perhaps you have attic space that could be converted into a bedroom that’s big enough for two people?

Converting a spare bedroom into a walk-in closet requires careful planning and consideration. Be sure to check the following points to make your next remodelling project a successful one.

  • The room is not being used at the expense of any other important household project.
  • You have ample lighting inside the walk-in closet.
  • There’s ventilation in the room so that it doesn’t feel claustrophobic.
  • You resist the temptation of using the walk-in closet floor as a laundry basket.
  • Everything is well organized. Since there are a lot of different items a walk-in closet would have to support, it is fairly easy for everything to go south and turn into a cluttered mess.

Talk to your local renovations contractor to find out more about how to carry out this conversion.

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