When you don’t have the right furniture in your bedroom, you could resort to using your beautiful accent chair as a hanger for your clothes. You know this happens. You have worn an outfit once, but you have another wear before you need to put it in the washing basket. As you don’t have any motivation to hang those clothes up again, they spend a few days on your chair.
Imagine how life would be different if you put your walk-in wardrobe ideas into action. No longer is your bedroom your de-facto clothes store; now you have a place where your beautiful outfits are meant to live. Here we explore some of the best walk-in wardrobe design choices to inspire you.
Your first step is to identify where your walk-in wardrobe will fit. You have the option of incorporating it into your bedroom space, installing a full-height partition to separate it off from your sleeping area. Alternatively, you can take one of your bedrooms and convert this into a wardrobe. If you are thinking of extending your home, adding room upstairs and downstairs, consider adding in a walk-in wardrobe space to your blueprints.
There is always an option to put drawers under beds and in odd spare spaces. However, finding room to hang your clothes is more challenging. Therefore, you need to prioritise hangers – mostly because you can store up to 20% more clothes this way too. It is possible to have two rows of racks in the average room height. If you put a rail along the ceiling and one halfway down – then you double your options. You can always use a pole to retrieve those outfits slightly out of reach. You can still use any spare space underneath for drawers and shelves for your shoes.
If you have areas above the door or odd L-shaped sections, there is an opportunity for hanging rails and shelves. Creating a walk-in wardrobe design, you need to be imaginative and maximise every inch. For instance, how about having a full-length mirror on the back of the door. Not only will this be a practical tool when dressing, but it will also increase the sense of space in your walk-in wardrobe.
You also need to use some practical considerations when making the most of the space. Shoe bars, for instance, are only useful for people who love heels. If you have a mixture of shoe-ware, you are better off with flat shelves. You can then stack your shoes and see the pair you want with just a glance.
If you choose free-standing storage for your walk-in wardrobe, you are going to lose a lot of space. You are better off having something bespoke built for your new wardrobe. Better still, you want to seek out a walk-in wardrobe design that uses a modular system. You need a range of spaces for different items of clothing.
You should also consider sliding doors. You want to close off sections of your wardrobe to prevent it looking too cluttered. However, swinging doors will be awkward and reduce space. Therefore, having a sliding door will be a small detail that will revolutionise your space. If you don’t like these doors – as they tend to stick or look quite functional – you may wish to use pocket doors instead.
As a small luxury, when having your fitted and modular wardrobe installed, consider underfloor heating too. You won’t want to lose wall space to radiators, and you will regret the choice to dress in the cold. Appropriate heating could be the difference between a space that becomes essential to your home and another wasted and untidy storage cupboard.
As with heating, you need to consider the lighting. Think of the impact of lighting in the changing rooms of shops. You either feel like a queen or like a pudding – and it usually has a lot to do with how you are lit. Therefore, your walk-in wardrobe design needs to have a well-planned lighting scheme. Be aware; this is a significant cost. If you choose LED lights, to maximise your appearance in your clothes, you will need to set aside about 20% of your budget. Small choices like adjustable spotlights could take an ordinary wardrobe and offer a sensational walk-in closet and dressing area.
The best walk-in wardrobe ideas use every inch of space and balance practicality with the sense of luxury you are trying to evoke.
Office and marketing manager for Sloane & Sons Stylish Chairs, who sell a range of high-quality tub chairs, accent chairs and more.