These Four Walls
- Back wall and side walls - Place your tape measure in one corner and measure to the opposite corner, recording measurements on a piece of paper for later reference.
- Return walls - Return walls are located on either side of your closet door. Measure from one corner of the wall to the outside corner of the doorframe to get an accurate measurement of your usable space. Make sure to measure the entire wall, including the doorframe and molding, so you know the width of your door opening.
Reach for the Ceiling
- Standard ceilings - To measure the height of a standard flat ceiling, place your tape measure on the floor next to the nearest empty wall. The wall will help steady your tape measure and give you an accurate measurement up to the ceiling.
- Angled ceilings - Angled ceilings present more of a challenge than standard ceilings. Measure the height of the ceiling in multiple areas, but remember, you can only use a closet storage system that fits within the lowest height.
- Measure the door placement, height, and width.
- If your closet door swings in, measure the door (including hardware) to allow necessary space for the door to swing open all the way.
- Don't forget to take drawers and other closet add-ons that slide out into account.
Unfortunately, not all walls are created equal. Obstacles such as light switches, outlets, and other structural hiccups can put a kink in how you measure your closet. Take these obstacles into account, since you don't want your new closet organizer to block them.
Measure from the end of the nearest wall to the edge of the obstacle. Next, measure the distance from the bottom of the obstacle to the floor. If your obstacle sticks out from the wall, measure the height and width of the obstacle along with its depth.