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These days, new home designs will often feature a walk-in wardrobe in the master suite. This benefit of additional space and storage is a luxury, especially for those of us who love fashion and have a wealth of clothing, shoes, and accessories to store! Considering how to design and maximise full use of the area can be difficult to envisage before you’re actually in your home. We have some tips to help you design the perfect wardrobe space to keep things neat, tidy, and aesthetically pleasing – after all, it is a room in your house, so why shouldn’t it look beautifully styled!
Do you prefer to hang all your clothes (ahem, to minimise on ironing)? If so, ensuring you have ample hanging space from the beginning means your clothing will be able to remain wrinkle-free and easily accessible. Longer vertical hanging spaces are perfect for coats, suit bags, dresses, formal wear, and bathrobes. It lessens the bulk in drawers and helps keep the clothing in tip-top shape. Having a combination of long and shorter hanging areas also doubles the amount of hanging space – two hanging rails in one space one on top of the other allows for twice the amount of business shirts, tops, and skirts to be hung in one section, leaving the longer spaces for more appropriate clothing. Having ample hanging space also makes your clothing visible to the eye, so there’s less time rummaging around in drawers to find that one special garment when you’re pressed for time!
You can never have too many drawers, right? Consider a mix of smaller drawers for undergarments and socks, and leave wider drawers for bulky items like pyjamas, Winter clothing, and jeans. A lot of walk-in wardrobes also now feature slimline drawers to allow for flat lay items. Things like ties, scarves, and jewellery all suit drawers that are vertically narrow allowing people to pull out the drawer and instantly see all their accessories at a glance. Lining these drawers with drawer liners or a soft fabric will also ensure your accessories are kept in immaculate condition, particularly if you have items made from silk and linen to store.
Open shelving can be a great way to store shoes, boots, hats and other items that can’t be hung or stored in drawers. Using wire and cane baskets or storage boxes in your walk-in wardrobe helps partially conceal the items so the shelves don’t look too cluttered and messy, and adds a stylish touch to an otherwise utilitarian space. Smaller open shelves can be used to store cosmetic items as well – perfumes, make up and other luxury items can be styled on a decorative tray to look appealing to the eye and help protect the surface of the shelf from any stains when the items are used.
If your walk-in wardrobe has cupboards, consider installing a floor length mirror on the front of the doors. It’s always good to have at least one large mirror in the house for those final outfit checks! Whether you have carpet or floorboards in your wardrobe, adding a small floor rug will dress up the area as well as protecting the floors – it’s a high traffic area, so keeping the floors in good condition will keep things looking fresh and clean. Walk-in wardrobes often don’t have a lot of natural light, so considering adding power points to add for additional lighting. Soft floor lamps to complement the overhead lighting will allow you to better see your clothing on the shelves and in the mirror.
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Sometimes, it takes a desperate plunge to enter the labyrinth that is your wardrobe. Edging your way past shoebox skyscrapers, climbing the mountain of dirty shirts and clearing a path through long forgotten belts, handbags and scarfs can be a challenge, and more than a little off-putting.
Organising your wardrobe is a satisfying experience. Take the time to do it properly, and you may find it becomes the beginning of an entire home re-haul. Start the process now with a few of these quick tips.
Everyone knows the age old rule – if you haven’t worn something in six months, it’s time to go. Sticking to it however, is another thing entirely. It can be difficult to let go of some clothes, so use this simple closet trick to help you.
Organising your wardrobe also means rearranging the clothing you are going to keep.
If possible, hang all of your tops and t-shirts. You are more likely to wear it if you see it, and it makes for a neater, more organised space.
Heavy woollen jumpers and sweaters need to be folded so they don’t lose their shape. Try purchasing shelving or storage cubes like this Ikea shelving unit to store any items that are not hung up like scarfs, bags or odds and ends.
Hang your pants and skirts using clip coat hangers. Fold in the sides so the clothing is marked by the clips and to create a more consistent edge that makes your wardrobe look neater.
Jeans can be folded and organised by cut, colour or brand, which jackets should be hung. Dresses should also be on coat hangers, and organising by colour is a good way to find what you need quicker.
Many people keep their shoes in the original shoe boxes. Over time they can wear and tear though, so a good alternative is something like these Ikea fabric shoe boxes. You can even see what shoes are in the box through the mesh!
Store your most popular clothing or items at eye level, less-used items below and the least-used items up the top for convenience.
Stackable laundry baskets are perfect for sorting clothes and taking to the laundry. Designate a basket for dark, lights and colours, and stack them up to save space!
Hooks create extra storage space in your wardrobe for your handbags, scarfs and other bits and bobs.
Colour coding your entire wardrobe can make finding things much easier.
Floating shelves look great, particularly in corners. Take advantage of your empty walls and use them productively without wasting precious floor space.
The backs of doors are also a great space to utilise. You can peg clothes or hang baskets or bins from them to store a whole range of items, just be careful of the weight!
It may seem obvious, but a well thought-out wardrobe can save you space. When every item has a place, you may find there is more room than what you thought!
Consider purchasing a coffee table that has shelving units. Placing storage cubes or drawers under your bed is also a great way to store more without ruining the aesthetic appeal of your room.
Take advantage of the space under your stairs. Add some shelving, and voila, you have a second linen or storage cupboard instantly.
Need more extensive storage? High shelving units are out of the way and provide plenty of room for anything you need put away.
Contact your local Hotondo Homes builder today for more sneaky storage solutions!