These days, there are so many possibilities for your built in wardrobe design that it can often be difficult to know where to start. It is important that the space is functional, for one, and that it is able to accommodate all of your clothing and accessories with ease. To help you decide on the best possible design for your wardrobe, we have outlined these 7 key principles.
1. Use the vertical dimension in both directions
Make sure that you take advantage of all the available space, from the floor all the way up to the ceiling. Bins can be placed on high shelves, roll-out boxes can sit on the floor and a third hanging pole can even be added if your ceiling is over 9 feet high. Keep in mind that those less-accessible spots could be used for out of season storage.
2. Think about the lighting of the space
Whilst natural skylights and windows are certainly a bonus, you should keep in mind that sunlight can fade some items and that valuable storage space will be taken up. When using artificial lighting, make sure that it is situated between you and the contents of the wardrobe, otherwise it will cast a shadow on the items you are trying to see.
3. Know your wardrobe and your habits
Wardrobes always work better if you know in advance how they’re going to be used. If you bunch your socks, for example, they’ll need more space than if you roll them. The same goes for if you neatly stack your shirts instead of hanging them up. Think about how you would currently like to utilise your space and make sure this is embraced.
4. Design with visibility in mind
Being able to actually see all of your socks, ties and underwear (instead of only the top layer) will give you the most amount of choice when getting dressed. Take advantage of the many accessories available to ensure that your built in wardrobe is arranged as desired, from see-through wire bins to drawers with dividers or glass fronts.
5. Don’t ignore the available floor space
Even though you might be the only person who sees the floor, it is a vital feature because you’ll probably be standing on it in your bare feet once a day. Carpet is your best option if you want to ensure maximum warmth, but these spaces can be difficult to vacuum. If you’re worried about this, you might like to consider floorboards or vinyl.
6. Look out for mold, mildew and other breeders
All wardrobes require some airflow and dehumidification, otherwise they can become breeding grounds for mold, mildew and even insects. A bathroom-sized fan that is timed to go off at certain intervals or a small dehumidifier is perfect for avoiding a musty space, as it will help to pass air through the space even with the door closed.
7. Beware of using cedar
Whilst it is true that cedar wardrobes do keep moths away, it is important to consider that the scent can permeate your adjacent spaces. To prevent your bedroom from smelling similar to a guinea pig cage, only use cedar in attics or basements that are isolated. There should always be at least one additional door between you and the cedar.
By taking each of these 7 principles into account, you can rest assured that your built in wardrobe design is exactly what you were looking for. It can be all too easy to become caught up in the excitement of choosing accessories and the like, but don’t allow yourself to make choices that could be potentially disastrous. By carefully considering your options, you should be fine.