4 Cardinal Rules of Wardrobe Design

Getting your dream wardrobe isn't as easy as lifting a photo out of the internet and replicating it in your home. You must consider the space you have, your budget and the layout of your bedroom before deciding on the best place for your clothes. This article highlights the most important things you should plan ahead for, in order to ensure that your dream wardrobe doesn't cause more pain than joy for you.

1. Settle the "what goes where?" question

This is the most important thing before any piece of wood or stone is laid. What are you storing, and how will they sit? Which clothes are hung, and which are folded? How much storage do you need? Do you want to share with your spouse or have your things in separate closets? How would you like your shoes, bags and other accessories to sit? Group items according to dimensions – dresses, shirts and t-shirts, trousers, jackets/coats and accessories.

2. Space is everything

At the heart of this matter, of course, is how much space there is. If you're limited in space, you may have to fold more clothes than you hang. You can use online photos as guides, and, together with the contractor, come out with something that's both functional and aesthetically pleasing for you.

Think of ways you can save space, such as double-hanging for shirts and trousers, as they don't need the entire wardrobe length. You can divide the wardrobe into small sections so that you can have single-hang and double-hang where needed. This also makes everything look neat.

3. Maximise corner spaces

You can redeem corners by planning the design around the corner space. Even though corners create a complication when designing storage, you can create shelve that span both walls so that you have usable closet space at the corner. These shelves can store accessories or bags or even linens.

4. Don't forget the bench and mirrors

The best part about custom wardrobes is leaving room for you to dress in there. Consider wall-length mirrors and a bench which can help you sort through different outfits and then get comfortable as you dress up. Of course, this means that the windows should have translucent glass to allow light in but give you privacy to throw your towel to the side when you come from the shower. A bench can be helpful when wearing shoes, working buttons or even to throw outfits onto until you find the right one. Instead of a fixed bench, install a free-standing one that you can always move to where you need it most at any time.