When planning a walk-in closet it is not enough to focus solely on the design, layout, and materials of the shelves and hanging areas. You will need to look up and think about lighting, as well as down and think about flooring materials. The floor is an important part of any room, including such a small room as a walk-in closet. You can have the best organizers and perfect lighting but if your floor is dull and uncomfortable, you may feel ill at ease walking into it.
Carpets are often used for walk-in closets. They are warm to your feet, a fully appreciated feature by those who like to walk barefoot from the bedroom to the closet. They are soft and quiet to walk on so you won’t wake your significant other if you have to get dressed early in the morning. They are also inexpensive and if your bedroom floor is carpeted, you can simply extend the same flooring into the walk-in closet for a seamless look.
You can also install hardwood flooring to give your little room a touch of elegance and warmth. Since wood has natural insulation properties, it is also warm to you bare feet. It is noisier than carpets though. And among other flooring materials, hardwood is the most expensive.
If you like the look of wood but deem real hardwood too expensive, you can opt of wood laminates. With all the technological advances in their manufacture, they now look virtually identical with the real thing. The best part is that they may even be more durable than certain types of woods. They are not, however, warm to bare feet.
Another option is radiant heat tile flooring. Since ceramic tiles can feel very cold, they are fitted with electric heating wires running underneath that can be controlled with a wall-mounted knob. With these wires, you can walk barefoot on the tiles even during the winter months. Obviously, this type of floor can be expensive but if you like walking barefoot on ceramic tiles, this can be an option.