How to Draw Closets in a Floor Plan


Closets are a detail added to a basic floor plan. Using regular graph paper, each graph square typically equals one foot. A planned, "penciled in" closet, assures the measurements will fit the room. Closets are built into the room taking up measured floor space or recessed into the wall taking up another rooms floor space. Draw the closet onto the floor plan and there will be no unpleasant surprises when you actually build.

Things You'll Need

  • Graph paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Study your original floor plan to determine where the closet best fits. Measure the closet for depth and length that fits the space available. Be aware of windows and doors in the existing floor plan that could be in the way of opening a closet door.

  • Decide if the closet will be entirely enclosed in the one room, or if there is more space to recess the closet into a room next to it. Often there is space under a stairway or next to a furnace that could be used for a closet. Look at the surrounding rooms on the floor plan.

  • Sketch a walk in closet like it might be a small bedroom. The closet marking on a floor plan is a length of slashes with a line drawn through ///////////. On a computer, highlight a row of slashes; right click on it and go to "Character". Check "strike through" for a standard closet symbol or, write "closet" on the space.

  • Draw a "reach in closet" at least 2 feet deep to hold hangers. With a pencil and ruler mark 2 grid squares perpendicular to the line indicating the wall. This allows 24 inches on the floor plan if you're using one grid square per foot. A closet rod needs to be 65 inches high to hang long dresses, 55 inches for shorter dresses and 40 inches if you plan on a double rod for shirts and pants. The length of the closet is determined by the space available in your design.

  • Trace a line parallel to the wall line the length of your desired closet. Mark the door opening by indicating a door way with an open space or a break in the line drawn for the wall. A slash mark going into the closet also notes a door and not just an opening. Leave enough space for a standard sized door, or mark what you want for a customized door.

  • Design a recessed closet by drawing a straight line 2 feet or more away from the wall line, into the adjoining room. Don't break the parallel line for an opening doorway as you are drawing the back of the closet. Mark the doorway for the closet on the room's wall. Measure the space for the door and place the door in the center of the provided space. Indicate the walls surrounding the door and with a solid line penciled darker than the original wall line.

Tips & Warnings

  • Study your surrounding floor plan to see what the closet might bump into before you actually draw.
  • Always plan in pencil.
  • Be prepared to rewrite the plan.
  • Measure everything twice.

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