Usually if there’s one walk-in closet, it’s designed in a neutral way for a unisex closet design.
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What makes a walk-in closet masculine?
Obviously, you may not agree with all the closets we include in the gallery as being “for men”. However, there are some common design elements that qualify a closet as being more masculine. Those elements include:
- Lots of wood, usually dark wood;
- Tie rack;
- Belt rack;
- Plenty of half-length hanging areas for suits (men don’t need the full length nearly as much as women for their dresses);
- Wrist watch and cuff link tray;
- Gadget tray (I’d love a proper tray for all tech devices with decent cord storage and organization);
- Less shoe storage (maybe); and
- Drawers for folded shirts.
Whether you’re adding a walk-in closet or designing a closet, below is our extensive gallery of masculine designs.
Modular black cabinets along with granite countertop add a striking contrast to the white island that’s fitted with drawers and chrome pulls. This walk-in closet has gray walls that blend in with the carpet flooring.
This walk-in closet sports a cohesive look showcasing open shelving in dark wood that matches the paneled walls and hardwood flooring topped by a gray rug. There’s a sleek dresser in the middle that’s placed against the full-length mirror.
Sleek walk-in closet with a patterned ottoman over a beige shaggy rug along with floor to ceiling cabinets fitted with large mirrors. It is decorated with a tall black vase sitting next to the glazed window that’s dressed in a gray sheer curtain.
You can tell that this is a man’s walk-in closet by how the shoe racks dominate the clothes wardrobe. There’s additional storage through the dark wood island in the middle that’s complemented by a leather lounge chair.
A blue double door opens to this walk-in closet with patterned carpet flooring and floating storage in dark wood that are fixed against the gray walls.
A walk-in closet situated next to the gray upholstered bed showcasing wide plank flooring and a French door that matches the white cabinets and shelves.
Rustic walk-in closet boasts a round stool and a small glazed window above the wooden dresser that’s flanked by floating cubbies. It has a wood beam ceiling and hardwood flooring topped by a striped rug.
Spacious walk-in closet with full height storage and a glass armchair paired with a blue side table that stands out against the beige carpet flooring. It is illuminated by stripped and recessed lights fitted on the regular white ceiling.
Men’s walk-in closet features wooden cabinets and shelves that blend in with the paneled walls and hardwood flooring. It is complemented by a brown shaggy rug that brings an added warmth in the room.
An abundance of natural light flows in through the full height glazing in this walk-in closet with light wood storage and a small counter on the side fitted with a beverage fridge. It is accented by framed artworks mounted on the white wall.
This walk-in closet showcases wide plank flooring and dark wood cabinets illuminated by stripped lights and recessed ceiling lights. It includes a wooden door that’s fitted with a full-length mirror creating a larger visual space in the area.
Cozy walk-in closet with natural wood shelving and a matching island fitted with ample storage. It is topped with modern white vases and a glass countertop.
Interesting sculptures add a sleek accent in this walk-in closet with wooden cabinets and black shelving illuminated by recessed lights.
Warm walk-in closet with brown carpet flooring and a high ceiling lined with crown molding. It is completed with full height storage and a granite top counter fitted with wooden drawers.
The classic walk-in closet offers open storage and a copper cluster chandelier fixed on the tray ceiling. There are ornate cabinets on top that add character in the room.
An angled view of the above walk-in closet showcasing a sleek black lounge chair that sits on a bordered rug over marble tiled flooring.
Spherical glass chandelier illuminates the patterned ottoman that sits on a beige rug over wide plank flooring. It is surrounded by natural wood cabinets and dresser that are fixed against the blue walls.
A small walk-in closet filled with dark wood shelving and taupe cabinets in high gloss finish adding subtle contrast for a lighter tone.
Spacious walk-in closet caters ample storage in dark wood illuminated by track lighting. There are matching islands in the middle that are topped with quartz countertop.
This walk-in closet boasts dark wood cabinets and a black tufted bench accented with coral pillows. It has beige carpet flooring and a glazed window inviting natural light in.
Men’s walk-in closet with a galley layout showcasing dark wood storage against the beige walls. It has light wide plank flooring that adds a brighter contrast to the wooden cabinets.
A classy drum chandelier hangs over the wooden island topped with a glass flower vase and a white marble countertop. It is surrounded by matching cabinets and open shelving.
The large walk-in closet features sleek dressers that are integrated with a cushioned seat. It matches the louvered and dark wood cabinets against the beige walls.
Bright walk-in closet illuminated by a contemporary chandelier that hung over the glass top island. It has wide plank flooring and taupe cabinets that blend in with the concrete walls.
Wooden cabinets run throughout this walk-in closet boasting plenty of semi-flush mount lights along with a vintage chandelier that hung over the wooden dresser.
The sophisticated walk-in closet offers wooden cabinets that are fitted with full-length mirrors inlaid with ornate metal borders. It is complemented by a cushioned armchair over terracotta flooring.
Do guys need their own walk-in closet?
It depends on how many clothes you have of course. Even then, it’s sure nice to have space. While the ongoing joke is that women have more clothes, accessories, and shoes than men, I think men have more than they think. Typically, our shoes are stored all over the place, but it’s sure nice to have them all in one place which is a well-organized closet with excellent and plentiful shoe storage.
Work clothes alone add up. Whether in a trade, have a uniform or wear a suit, you’ve likely accrued plenty of work clothes over the years.
Then there’s casual wear, formal wear, workout wear, loungewear, footwear, hats, ties, belts, summer garb, winter clothes… the list goes on and on.
While I don’t have my own walk-in closet, I could certainly have one. My clothes fill up 2 closets plus dresser drawers. My footwear alone takes up a lot of space. Maybe you’re thinking I really don’t have that much, but when you closely assess, you’ll be surprised.
I don’t consider myself having all that big of a wardrobe. However, for this article I took inventory of my clothes and was astonished to discover I have the following:
- 8 suits (trousers and jackets)
- 10 ties
- 3 belts
- 30 long-sleeve shirts
- 6 sweaters
- 20 short-sleeve shirts
- 8 workout shirts
- 5 workout shorts
- 5 bathing suits (I love swimming)
- 10 casual wear pants (jeans, dockers and outdoor pants)
- 3 lounge pants
- 30 undershirts
- 25 pairs of underwear
- 25 pairs of socks (some that need to go)
- 11 pairs of footwear (crocs, boots, runners, casual and formal)
- 1 robe
- 5 jackets/coats
- 1 pair of ski pants
- 20 watches (I like watches)
- 2 pairs of cuff links
When looking at that list, it’s no surprise I could definitely use a walk-in closet. Not a grand one, but my own clothing room would be very useful. Currently, my clothes are split among 2 large closets, one dresser, and the shoes… the shoes are all over the place.
I don’t think what I have is atypical except the 20 watches.
It’s all about organization
While some of our featured masculine walk-in closets are huge and could store as many clothes as a small department store, many of our featured closets aren’t really that big. For instance, take a look at the image at the very top of this post. It’s a gorgeous walk-in closet built by Easy Closets, but it’s not tremendously big. It wouldn’t take many clothes to fill it up. The point of such a room for men is that provides excellent organization. Each item has a place and so everything is easily found and well cared for.
How much do men spend on clothes?
Again, there’s no universal figure. I can put an approximate price tag on my wardrobe, which is as follows. Please keep in mind that my wardrobe was put together over many years and it could probably benefit from a culling.
When I eyeball my clothes, watches, footwear, etc. it comes in at about $25,000, which isn’t a tremendous amount of money.
My suits weren’t top of the line, that’s for sure. I bought most of my suits shortly after graduating college when I landed a job. I didn’t have much money and so I had to settle for inexpensive suits.
A quality suit wardrobe alone can easily cost $10,000 to $25,000 and that’s not including another $3,000 on formal footwear, $2,000 on ties, $1,000 on belts and a $3,500 wristwatch. Obviously this is high-end work attire, but that’s not unusual these days for corporate jobs; one expected to dress well.
Where did I spend big bucks?
I spent quite a bit on shoes, casual shirts, casual pants, and watches.
I wear jeans mostly and so I buy higher-end jeans because they’re more comfortable and fit better. Same thing with shoes. I like watches and so that’s a bit of a splurge. I also buy fairly expensive workout gear for comfort purposes.
I would probably spend a lot more on suits if I still needed them for work (I accrued the suits when I had a suit-required job). These days, I wear a suit maybe a couple of times per year. Going forward, when I buy new suits, I’ll invest in 2 high-quality suits and leave it at that.
Quality vs. Quantity
I should probably cull my wardrobe. There are many items I no longer wear.
In recent years, I’ve bought fewer items, but the stuff I buy, I invest in higher quality. I will continue this trend going forward because typically spending more results in a better fit. I’m not sure it will last longer; that remains to be seen.
I’m not sure I’ll ever have my own walk-in closet, but I can dream… and looking at the gallery of walk-in closets for guys above certainly inspires me.