The wardrobe is a space often left as a final thought in home design, particularly when you have areas like the bathroom and kitchen to focus on. While these do have much importance, the wardrobe can be just as crucial, with good closet design saving time, improving organisation and making getting ready for the day (or night!) that little bit more luxurious. At Darren James Interiors, we believe the wardrobe should be given the attention it deserves and here are a few reasons why:
Need to quickly get ready on the way to dinner with friends? Rushing to find that matching pair of shoes before work? With an organised and well-designed wardrobe, you know exactly where everything is and can quickly get ready. This also makes returning items to your closet easier and more efficient.
Improve organisation and maximise space
With a place for everything and everything in its place, your wardrobe can become a haven of organisation, while also preventing overstuffing and messy cupboards. Added organisational fixtures and tools can make this easier and your interior designer can help identify what to choose to suit your needs.
Add a touch of luxury
Rather than going for something off the shelf or letting your wardrobe be an afterthought, designing something efficient, useful and best of all, aesthetically pleasing, can also add some luxury to your home. A beautiful wardrobe is a value-add for the home and will make getting ready more enjoyable.
If you are ready to renovate or in the process of building, there are a few things you should remember when working on the wardrobe:
Full hanging and half hanging
It is important to have a number of different hanging spaces for different lengths of clothing. Full hanging for dresses and coats, 3/4 for shorter dresses and pants and half for shirts and skirts. Choose how much of each you have based on your current wardrobe and if you think it will be similar moving forward.
Shelving and drawers
Some items will work better folded, or may not hang up at all, like shoes and hats. Shelving allows for easy storage of these things and also gives you the opportunity to put favourite items on display. Depending on the size of your wardrobe, you can even use this to highlight perfumes, cologne and accessories. Drawers should store socks and underwear and will usually take up the least amount of space in the wardrobe.
Open or closed storage
In the past, most homes only had closed cupboards, but now open wardrobes are becoming popular, particularly in walk-ins, as they allow homeowners to showcase certain items. Your choice will depend on how you use the cupboard and who you live with.
Number of people
You also need to think about how many people are going to be using the wardrobe. Usually a wardrobe is split between people, with many choosing ‘his’ and ‘hers’ sections.
Your wardrobe is an extension of your personality. Take careful consideration when designing the space – it’s more important than you think! If you need some help, get in touch with the Darren James team today, we’d be happy to be of assistance.