WARDROBES & STORAGE

When renovating a bedroom space a common change to the room is the addition or alteration of a wardrobe.

WARDROBES & STORAGE

When building or renovating you should design a wardrobe space from a functional perspective. In this article, the Style Plus team provides tips on planning and designing your new wardrobe space:

• Planning a Wardrobe System.
• Designing a Wardrobe System.
• Wardrobe Lighting.
• Choosing Your Wardrobe Doors

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PLANNING A WARDROBE SYSTEM

Planning is essential and is commonly not taken seriously until the renovation is under way. The following are a few tips for planning your wardrobe system:

• An important part of planning your wardrobe space is to consider the floor plan and the placement of walls and doors. Do they need to change? Will it be a structural change?

• Undertake planning early in the renovation planning stage then unnecessary additional costs in the form of variations will not impact the project budget.

• Knowing how much you can spend on your wardrobe helps the planning process and nails down what resources you will be able to utilise. Without a budget in mind, you can not properly design a workable storage solution for your particular wardrobe design.

• Decide what you need from your wardrobe and how you want the space to fit your lifestyle.

• As space is sometimes at a premium in homes, you may need to consider sharing a wardrobe with your partner. Deciding what you have to store is especially important for shared wardrobes and designating specific areas for each person is essential.

DESIGNING A WARDROBE SYSTEM

Designing a wardrobe often involves making use of available space and empty storage space.

Wardrobe rooms (walk-in-wardrobes) can be a room or half-hidden corners. Current trends leave the room open. This makes the bedroom look more spacious.

Generally, there are three shapes that a walk-in-wardrobe can take:

• ‘U’ shape wardrobe.

• ‘L’ shape wardrobe.

• A straight room wardrobe.

The ‘L’ shape wardrobe is generally positioned between two of the rooms’ walls. Whereas the ‘U’ shape occupy more space (three walls) but they look more interesting. However, when it comes to the straight room wardrobe, this design is the most functional choice, since their sides enable maximal storage. Additionally, there is always some extra space for a mirror or a chair and so on.

If you do not have enough room for a walk-in wardrobe, the reach-in wardrobe would be an option.

When designing your reach-in wardrobe try to think out-of-the-box. Forget about the obvious choices. A reach-in wardrobe can be designed in so many interesting ways.

Don’t waste a whole wall when you can use the one with the window on. One option is to include the window into your design and build around it. This provides you with the perfect opportunity to also design a cosy window seat.

Hide your wardrobe behind a glass divider or wall behind your bed where access is from both sides of the bed. And behind the wall is your wardrobe system.

Maybe you don’t even need a large wardrobe with lots of storage space or maybe you do need some extra storage space. In either case, a bed with built-in storage is a perfect idea. You can use these extra compartments for blankets, pillows but also for clothes.

WARDROBE LIGHTING

When designing your wardrobe whether it is a walk-in or a typical built-in wardrobe, consider what lighting is required. A good lighting design will help you distinguish black socks from brown socks and allows you to find long lost items in the back corners of your wardrobe. In general the best lighting solution depends on how you use the space and the size of your wardrobe.

Consider fitting wardrobe lights that switch on and off automatically. Install an overhead motion-sensor light that screws into an ordinary socket, or utilise existing wiring for a spring-loaded automatic light switch in the wardrobe door jamb

Natural light from a wardrobe window is a plus. However, direct sunlight can cause fading of dark fabrics. Windows also take up prime storage space on the wall. Consider skylights with UV protection and clerestory windows nestled under eaves that offer natural light and ventilation.

If using artificial light, remember that the light source should be between you and the contents of the wardrobe. If it is behind you it will cast a shadow on what you are trying to see.

LED lights are an efficient solution for spotlighting your accessories. Used with glass shelves, these fixtures can light up an entire cabinet of items you want to display.

CHOOSING YOUR WARDROBE DOORS

The location of your wardrobe and the amount of space you have in the room will determine the best type of door for your wardrobe. No matter the style, you want a wardrobe door that gives you easy access to the contents inside and reflects the look of your home. There may be a case where you do not want doors and leave the wardrobe with an open design!

Sliding doors are great for a wardrobe because they do not take additional space and simply slide from one side to another revealing the storage compartments behind them. Creative use of different materials such as melamine, glass and mirrors can also add drama and detail to your wardrobe especially if it covers an entire wall. Additionally, installing quality componentry will ensure your sliding doors will glide through the tracks with the lightest touch.

Bi-fold doors are an alternative to sliding doors because they give you access to the full width of your wardrobe and only take up half as much floor space as a swinging hinged door. However, bi-fold doors also use twice the number of moving parts as sliding doors and that means twice the opportunity for binding or falling off the tracks.

Hinged swinging doors allows you to increase the storage capacity of your closet by mounting hooks, pockets or racks to the back of the door. However, a standard hinged door that swings outward means you can not have anything in the way. This can create a traffic flow problem for tight spaces.

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