Sizing Up: Discover the Standard Width of Bedroom Closet Doors

Hey folks, Hank here! As a professional woodworker and DIYer in Chicago, I know about designing and installing bedroom closet doors. Proper sizing is crucial for aesthetics and functionality, so in this post, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about standard door widths, factors to consider, and custom solutions. Stick with me, and you’ll have closets that are as stylish as they are practical!

Why Closet Door Width Matters

Regarding home renovation projects, the devil’s in the details. And for bedroom closet doors, that detail is width. I’ve seen folks slap any old door onto a closet without considering the size, and the result is never pretty. It’s too narrow, and you’ll squeeze your clothes through whenever you need to grab something. If it’s too wide, you’ve got awkward gaps letting light flood your closet.

The correct width is all about maximizing your space and access. When those doors are sized just right for your closet, everything inside is easily reachable. A wider door allows extra organizational tools like a clothing rack or shelving unit. Beyond function, door width also impacts your bedroom’s overall look and feel. The perfect width ties the whole space together into one cohesive design.

So whether you’re building a new closet or just swapping out the doors, measure twice and cut once. Trust me, it’s worth the effort to get it right!

How much closet space do you have

Standard Widths to Consider

Most closet doors fall within a few standard width sizes. Here are the usual suspects:

Single Doors

For your essential single-door closet, you’ll typically see these widths:

  • 24 inches (61 cm)
  • 30 inches (76 cm)
  • 36 inches (91 cm)
  • 48 inches (122 cm)

That’s the gist across most countries, but regional styles can vary. Folks in the South opt for wider single doors around 36 to 48 inches. In the Northeast, space is tight, so 24 to 30 inches is more common. The room layout and total closet size will factor in here, too.

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And if you want to get custom with it, the sky’s the limit! I’ve designed single doors as narrow as 20 inches for reach-in closets and as wide as 60 inches for walk-in dressing rooms. Work with your contractor to create the perfect width for your needs and preferences.

Double Doors

For more expansive closets, double doors open things up – literally! Typical widths for double closet doors include:

  • 48 inches (122 cm)
  • 60 inches (152 cm)
  • 72 inches (183 cm)
  • 84 inches (213 cm)

Have you got a palatial walk-in closet? Go even wider with double doors up to 96 inches! Though with a closet that big, consider cool space-saving options like pocket doors.

The width of double doors depends on the spacing between each entry. Some have a 12-inch gap in between. Others are designed with an 18-inch gap or more. This allows you to adjust your total double door size as needed.

Factors to Consider for Door Width

Once you have those standard widths, it’s time to think about the ideal door size for your specific bedroom and closet. Here are a few key factors to consider:

Closet Usage

What will you use your closet for? Will it just be clothes and shoes, or do you need room for more oversized items like suitcases and bedding? If you’ve got lots of gear to stow away, go for a wider door, around 36 inches or more. Using the closet just for daily outfits? A 24 to 30-inch door should do the trick.

Bedroom Size

The dimensions of your bedroom itself will inform the right door size. Is it a cozy bedroom with limited floor space? A narrower door can make your room feel cramped. Sprawling master suite? Splurge on a larger door width to match the grand proportions.

Be sure to measure the physical space you have to work with and find a door width that enhances, rather than overwhelms, the room.

Consider you bedroom style

Door Type

The type of door you choose will impact the ideal width. Here are some examples:

  • Sliding doors: Require wider openings of 36 inches or more to allow room for the door to slide back and forth on its track cleanly.
  • Bifold doors: They can work with narrower openings as small as 24 inches since the folding panels don’t need as much operating room.
  • Pocket doors: Also require ample width, around 40 inches or more, to recess smoothly into walls or dividers.
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Consider the pros and cons of each door style and pick the right one before settling on measurements.

Codes and Regulations

Always check your local building codes for precise minimum and maximum opening sizes. Generally, egress doors should be at least 24 inches wide and 32 inches for ADA compliance. Building codes exist for safety, so don’t ignore them!

Measuring Your Actual Opening

Once you know the ideal door width based on those factors, it’s gone time! Break out your tape measure and get your exact closet opening dimensions.

Gather Your Supplies

For this project, you’ll want:

  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • Paper or notebook


Follow these steps to measure like a pro:

  1. Clear out your closet! Remove all clothing rods, shelves, boxes – anything obstructing the opening.
  2. Determine if the walls are perfectly vertical. Use a level and check all sides.
  3. Starting at the top, measure the opening from side to side. Note the width. Repeat for the middle and bottom.
  4. For the height, measure from the floor to the top of the opening on all sides.
  5. Use a stud finder to locate any framed walls. Make a note of stud locations.
  6. Account for baseboards, crown molding, or any other obstructions. Measure their thickness.
  7. Record all measurements and details neatly on paper.
  8. Measure twice more to verify accuracy!

Pro tips:

  • Use a helper! It’s easier with two people, one to hold the tape and one to record.
  • Make sure your measurements are perfectly horizontal and vertical. Even 1/4-inch offsets can make a difference!
  • Snap photos of the opening from multiple angles for easy reference later.

Get those measurements dialed in, and you’ll be ready to shop for the perfect closet door solution.

Other closet doors

When Standard Just Won’t Cut It

What if your closet opening is an oddball size? Don’t worry; you still have options! Here are some tricks to make a custom door fit your space:

  • Order a door made to your exact measurements. A local woodworker or carpenter can create a fully custom door constructed for your unique opening width and height.
  • Opt for sliding doors. When appropriately installed on a track system, their adjustable panels can accommodate nearly any width.
  • Try bi-fold doors. Adjust the number of foldable panels to achieve your desired custom width.
  • Install multiple narrow doors with shared frames or trim molding to fill a larger opening. Get creative!

With the right specialty contractor or crafty DIY skills, you can transform even the most awkward closet into a functional space with a meticulously sized custom door.

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Installing Your New Door

Once you’ve got the perfect door for your closet, it’s time for installation. Here are your options:

  • If you’re handy, take it on as a DIY project! Have a helper, watch some online tutorials, and take it slow.
  • For trickier installs, hire a contractor or carpenter. Well worth it for the expertise, and they have all the right tools for the job.
  • Read up on the installation guide that came with your door first. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions closely.

Some key tips:

  • Take doors off hinges and trim molding slowly and carefully to avoid damage.
  • Use shims during installation to ensure doors are plumb and level.
  • Ensure new doors have proper clearance – at least 1 inch on either side.
  • After hanging, add finishing touches like door stops, handles, and hinge screws.

Installing doors is satisfying work! Just measure meticulously, use proper tools and hardware, and call a pro if you need a hand.

Walk in closet doors 1


Let’s wrap up with answers to a few commonly asked questions about bedroom closet door widths:

What’s the standard minimum width?

Most building codes require interior doors to be at least 24 inches wide. More comprehensive is excellent, but 24 inches is the usual minimum.

Can I install wide doors in a small room?

It’s possible. Just maintain adequate clearance – at least 12 inches – on either side of the door. The door shouldn’t bump into walls or furniture when opening.

Any benefits to custom widths?

Absolutely! Custom doors tailored precisely to your opening size maximize your storage space. And it looks much nicer than a standard door with significant gaps on either side.

Closing Thoughts

Well, this overview gives you the tools to measure and install bedroom closet doors confidently. The width you choose makes a substantial functional and aesthetic difference. Take your time, do your homework, and the result will be well worth the effort!

If you’re tackling this project yourself, let me know how it goes! I’m always happy to offer more tips and tricks to you, fellow DIYers. Now grab your tape measure, and let’s get those closets looking fabulous.