Regardless of whether you are interested in a walk-in or a built-in wardrobe design, it is important to ensure that it works for you and your needs. This is why ready-made wardrobes are very rarely suitable, as they have not been built with your specific space and needs in mind. We have compiled these 10 tips to ensure that your design is working for you.
- Maximize your usable space. Consider installing drawers instead of shelving or cupboards, as these will allow you to store more items. For spaces above shoulder height, however, shelving will be the better option, as you can see what is there.
- Maximize short hanging space. Try to keep your long hanging to a minimum and have another rail installed above your drawer units. This is a great place to store shirts, jackets, shorter dresses and even pants that have been folded in half.
- Allow for a laundry space. This could be as simple as a dirty clothesbasket or as intricate as a laundry chute, but your wardrobe design should have laundry provisions. We have even seen people install a washing machine and dryer!
- Allow for shoe storage. We are sure that you have a number of shoes that need a place to call home. Consider mounting your drawer and shelving units higher or putting them on legs so that you can store your shoes beneath them.
- Install a full-length mirror. It is extremely rare for a wardrobe or even a bathroom to offer a full-length mirror, so ensure that your design includes one. This will allow you to see your outfit, from head to toe, without needing to leave the room.
- Cabinetry should flow. If you have opted for built-in cabinetry for your wardrobe, it should utilise the same material and style as the vanity in your bathroom or any other cabinetry in your bedroom. This will ensure the same flow through the space.
- Make sure you have fun. At the end of the day, this is a private room so don’t be afraid to add a little personality. Why not paint one of the walls a bright or crazy colour, hang a wild wallpaper, install a chandelier, or turn it into a personal spa?
- You don’t need a window. In fact, having no windows can be a big plus for your wardrobe design – there is no chance someone will see you undressing! Whilst natural sunlight is nice, it can be achieved with a skylight rather than a window.
- Be sure to define the space. An issue can arise if you are using two different materials for flooring; just try to keep the colours as close as possible, even if the materials are different. Light tiles and light carpet will make the space look bigger.
- Fittings and decorative items. The size of the fittings and decorative elements in your wardrobe should suit the scale of the room, but they should have a cohesive flow with the bathroom and your bedroom to ensure they work together.
By following each of the above 10 tips, you can rest assured that your wardrobe design (whether it’s a built-in or a walk-in) is working for you. If you run into any problems with your design, make sure you speak with a wardrobe specialist – they will be able to answer your questions and offer suggestions regarding how to best proceed.