Space is a luxury especially when most of us live in apartment dwellings with limited square footage. That is why space planning especially for storage and wardrobes is essential. Modern wardrobes today come with a multitude of features that can help you optimise your space and create a more organized place where you can store all your essential items.
Before embarking on designing your dream wardrobe, it is good to have an overall idea of how many clothes you intend to store, what categories of items you want to keep in the wardrobe and if any particular items require custom shelves or drawers for storage.
Below are some of the key features that you should consider incorporating into your wardrobe design:
- Hanging Space
Shelves are a great way to have an overview of all your items at a glance. Each category of clothes can be folded and placed neatly on the shelves to display your entire collection. It also is a good way for displaying key items such as handbags and shoes. Items accessed daily can be placed at eye level so that it is easily accessible and returned once you come back home.
Drawers are perfect for storing smaller items like socks, ties, scarves, and other small necessities. Add in drawer organisers to level up your organisation game and customise them to fit your needs. Drawers are also great if you have jewellery that you would like hidden from the public eye but best keep it discreet.
Hinged doors or sliding doors? Well, choose sliding doors if you do not have much walking space in your bedroom and it will save you the inconvenience of squeezing to open your wardrobe in a small bedroom. You can also choose sliding doors that provide a seamless look for your wardrobe for a sleek finish, or get mirrored sliding doors so you can do an outfit check as you get ready.
Hinged Doors, also known as traditional doors, are most commonly used in homes. They allow you to have a complete view of your wardrobe compared to sliding doors which conceal one side of the wardrobe at one time.
If you have a lot of long dresses, coats and pants in your wardrobe, prioritising hanging space is a must. Hanging your clothes keeps them wrinkle-free, and is a great way to store items that cannot be folded, like silk tops or shirts.
Mirrors are optional but can be a great addition to your wardrobe. Having a mirror on the inside of your hinged door lets you check on your outfit as you get ready, and saves you from having to hang or display a mirror in your bedroom. Another way is to get mirrored sliding doors. One advantage of having mirrored sliding doors is that the mirror reflects the room for the viewer and gives an illusion of a bigger space.
Lighting is a great way to enhance the look and feel of your wardrobe. Having a good lighting system will frame your wardrobe and may even help it to look bigger than it is. In some cases, having lights in your wardrobe may even highlight small details on your clothes such as stains or dust that you may not have noticed before.
Having wardrobe lighting is also good if you do not want to use harsh overhead lighting at night, the soft warm glow from the wardrobe is sufficient to provide ambient light for you to view and access items in the wardrobe easily.
All of the elements mentioned above are good fodder to help you start thinking about how you want to design your dream wardrobe. Start with planning out how many items you have and how you want to organise them, then choose if you want more hanging space or shelving and drawers. Last, to enhance the overall experience you can consider lighting and the types of doors. Happy designing!