How to create a walk-in wardrobe
Many of us dream of having a walk-in wardrobe. On the face of it a luxury, it is actually a practical additional space in your main bedroom, which will mean fewer pieces of freestanding furniture dotted around the room. Often quite small – particularly compared to a dressing room – there are a number of things to consider to ensure your walk-in wardrobe meets your needs. Here are four simple steps from sliding doors expert, Spaceslide, on how to create a walk-in wardrobe which offers style and functionality.
1. Identify fixtures and fittings
When planning your new walk-in wardrobe, identify the different items you’ll need to store there. This will help you to decide what fittings and fixings to install. For example, if you are a shoe hoarder, you’ll require more shelving or a pull-out shoe rack. However, it’s vital that you have enough hanging areas. Remember, it’s easier to fit an extra chest of drawers or storage ottoman into a bedroom than it is to squeeze in a wardrobe. Separate long and short garments so you can have two or three rows hanging on top of each other to maximise space. Modular storage systems are so flexible that they fit within any area of the home for any purpose. They allow you to choose the hanging, shelf and drawer combinations that best match your needs.
2. Make the most of lighting
It’s important to incorporate good lighting into your walk-in wardrobe, so that you can see and access all of your stunning garments easily. Avoid bright, cold lighting, which can drown out your look. Instead, opt for a hanging pendant light or decorative LED light fitting, which will create a soft glow throughout the space, as well as adding a touch of opulence. To really showcase your new walk-in wardrobe, consider installing lights within the units themselves. These will highlight elements of the wardrobe, such as a shoe area or hanging space.
3. Use every millimetre
Every space in your walk-in wardrobe should have a purpose. This includes often neglected but valuable space above or below hanging rails or in corners. Shelving or drawer units can be utilised to store less frequently used items, such as hats and scarves, or even for cosmetics or electricals.
4. Keep it behind closed doors
Once your new storage units are in place, use sliding doors to conceal them. Sliding doors are ideal as they won’t encroach on your room and thus you don’t need to factor in space in front of your wardrobe to open doors. They offer a slick look which will blend in with your bedroom décor. And they can also be customised with your choice of colours and materials, to inject your individual style into your room. Mirrored doors are a great option for a walk-in wardrobe as they reflect light around the room, which creates the illusion of more space. And, of course, they double up as a full-length mirror too, so you can check out your outfit combinations as you try them on.
With sliding doors, a walk-in wardrobe can be created anywhere. Consider utilising an empty corner in the bedroom or sectioning off an alcove. Sliding doors are an effective option for partitioning the space and can make a walk-in wardrobe possible in any bedroom where there is a minimum depth of 1.5 metres available.
About Spaceslide: Spaceslide is the UK’s market leader in manufacturing and installing quality fitted wardrobes and sliding doors and has a heritage spanning over 40 years.
Featured image: Create a walk-in wardrobe area in an alcove with the Premier Storage range from Spaceslide.
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