Wardrobes are often more than a place to hang clothes, wardrobes can also be a great storage solution. Cleaver use of space can make a wardrobe functional as well as provide more storage.

Available as kits, inserts, free standing, walk in and even custom built wardrobe solutions, the right choice will depend on needs and available space as well as the internal design.

Available space can mean a lot of things

  • wall space in an existing room
  • redesign of an existing built in robe
  • adding space by pushing the wardrobe into an adjoining room

How to design the right Wardrobe Solution

The first approach to choosing the right solution is to measure the space you need.

  •  Full length hanging – dresses, coats etc
  • Half length hanging – shirts, pants, jumpers etc

Then add in

  •  Shelf storage
  • Drawer storage
  • Shoe storage

and of course you can get fancy with

  • inbuilt mirrors
  • make up area
  • pull out belt racks
  • tie racks
  • hat racks

Armed with this information you are ready to approach a builder, wardrobe specialist, or simply go shopping for a wardrobe kit at Ikea.

All of this applies to any form of wardrobe, its a matter of how much space you need for your clothe, against how much space you have in the room.

Wardrobe doors

Basically you have a choice of 3 types

  • Sliding
    Great in that they do not intrude into the room if that is an issue, however a ‘wall of sliding doors’ can look a little over the top.
  • Hinged
    An old fashioned solution with a new twist is the ‘soft touch’ no handle doors. Just touch them and they open. Usually painted in a two pack paint that is the same colour as the wall itself. They blend in, very unobtrusive.
  • No Doors
    For the extroverted and the neat and tidy. Show off all of your clothes with an open wardrobe. Often made of timber or veneer, great for some, however we are just not that tidy.

Inserts for existing wardrobes are also readily available.

Wardrobe height and depth

For double hanging you really need at least 2m of height, otherwise the cloths on the top hanging space will touch those on the lower hanging space.

Ideally 2.1m just to provide good separation.  Even then it will depend on how long your shirts are, if you are tall you may well need more height.Having all double hanging can be a problem with dresses, coats and suits

Generally depth is at 650mm for sliding doors and down to 600 for hinged doors