Despite being used on a daily basis the walk-in wardrobe doesn’t always get the same attention to detail as other rooms in the home.
They should provide you with easy access to your clothes and accessories, but quite often they end up being unorganised and a cluttered nightmare.
We would like to give you a useful list of guidelines which can improve your wardrobe space. We can help you create a walk-in robe that is functional, organised, well measured and has maximum storage capacity.
Let’s start with something where the importance of it (in a walk-in robe) is often underestimated – the lighting.
Whether your illumination comes from natural or artificial sources make sure that there is plenty of it! Having a well-lit robe will not only make things easy to see and access but will also make your space more inviting.
Downlights are always a winner but if you have the budget and would like to add some glamour you could consider installing a beautiful pendant light, or even a skylight.
No wardrobe is complete without hanging space.
They maximise space and are great for both small and large robes. Rails are the best solution to hang items such as dresses, coats, shirts and trousers.
A good height for long hanging items is approximately 188cms and for shorter garments around 94cms. The proportion of how much of each rail height should be installed will vary person to person but around a quarter of hanging space allocated for long garments is a good place to start. Hanging rails for shorter items can be placed one above another to save on space.
There are, of course, the basic rails on the market but also there are other effective options which can help get the most out of a small space or some that can provide a more sophisticated design. Your available options will depend on your budget as well as the size of your robe.
Drawers and Shelves
Drawers and shelves keep things looking organised and tidy and are great to store items such as underwear, knitwear and accessories.
You could consider using small baskets or dividers inside drawers to neatly store scarves, ties or rolled up belts etc.
Maximise storage by adding higher shelving or pigeon holes right up to the ceiling. Here you can store items not used often such as off-season clothing or spare linen.
Keep your look tidy and attractive by utilising nice storage boxes with lids, this will not only be more visually pleasing but will help keep everything dust free.
If you have the budget for custom joinery you can choose your measurements to match your storage requirements. However, as a general guide most drawer measurements are 25cm high by 45cm deep. So, should you choose, for example, 3 drawers on top of each other your overall height will be 80cm (allowing for 5cm for a kickboard).
Open shelving is practical and cost effective and great for those who prefer a more visual and open set up. Best to have shelving above waist height and they are great to store your handbags, neatly folded garments and any awkward items such as hats.
You can consider using nice boxes or baskets to store items on the wardrobe floor but don’t forget that all important shoe storage.
Floor space often gets wasted, so installing shoe shelves to the bottom of your wardrobe will not only fix that problem but will keep your footwear neat and organised. Nobody wants to spend half an hour searching for the second shoe to a pair only to find it squashed and scratched!
You can also think about stacking boxes filled with off-season wear when you don’t need them. This will help keep your wardrobe current and from being over filled with unused garments.
A good measurement to use when constructing shoe shelving is approximately 22cm to 26cm for most footwear. Boots will tend to require more space than that so measure before you add the shelves in, you don’t want to have your boots hanging over the edge as this won’t be practical and will look untidy.
What about a mirror?
Having a full length mirror in your walk-in robe is practical as it’s a great way to get ready quickly and for you to check yourself out from top to toe.
It will also reflect any light source in there and will give the illusion of space making your robe feel bigger than it is.
You want your walk-in robe to have a good balance between usefulness and practicality.
But to make it more visually appealing you could consider adding some decorative wallpaper, some colour or texture or a nice piece of art. If you have space, a beautiful chair and/or footstool would be great additions.
Whatever way you choose to layout your walk-in robe just be sure to keep it tidy and organised – no-one wants to waste time searching through piles of clothes and mess!