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Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Art Of Planning Internal Layouts For Wardrobes

The Art Of Planning Internal Layouts For Wardrobes
Contemporary wardrobes are available in an endless array of designs, but choosing the look is the easy part - much more important is planning the internal fittings & making sure every spare inch is used & the result is an efficient storage space.

First, make a list of everything in your existing wardrobe, detailing how many of each different type of garment you have, for example long dresses, shirts, trousers etc. Make a note of how much space they are currently using, & whether its hanging or shelves. You are undoubtedly replacing your wardrobe because you need more space, so think about how much more of hanging & shelf space you would like.

Then its time to look at the other items you will want to store, for example handbags, underwear, socks, knitwear, scarves, belts, hats & handbags & ties. Count the number of shoes & boots you have & think about whether they can go on a shoe rack or whether they need to be stored standing up.

Finally, decide what other pieces you would like to put inside it, spare pillows, blankets, sheets & pillowcases, & make a mark by any that you dont need to get to very often. Would you like drawers for makeup? Somewhere to put your hairdryer?

If you are planning on using your wardrobe to replace other pieces of bedroom furniture then that space needs to be taken into account too.
Once you know the number of items of clothing you have and what are they are you can start the next phase.

If you dont already, you will need to know how large your new wardrobe is going to be, so measure up the area you will put the wardrobe in, allowing for skirting boards, light switches, windows & doors. Dont forget to measure your ceiling height, as its best to have as tall a wardrobe as possible.

Now its time to put pen (or pencil) to paper & start planning the internal design. Using squared graph paper, draw the outline of the wardrobe, measuring to scale & make it an easy to use & remember one, like 1 square = 10 centimetres. You will need to understand what size the cabinets of your chosen wardrobe are, but as a rule of thumb a sliding door cupboard is 1 to 2 metres, a single cupboard with hinged door 50 centimetres & a double cupboard with hinged door is 90 centimetres. If you dont know what size cupboards you will have it might be good to get some professional help, or look online at wardrobes to see what size each cabinet is likely to be. Do bear in mind that cabinets can be divided in half vertically, good if you want lots of drawer & shelf space (small shelves are useful for handbags) coupled with a smaller rail for extra long hanging garments.

Tip: Use a pencil to draw in the rails, shelves etc as they will change as you go along!

Height wise a cabinet can accommodate a clothes rail for long clothing or 2 rails for shirts/tops/skirts, with room underneath. There is also usually room to put a shelf near the top for non-everyday items. Instead of a rail you could have a pull out trouser rail where trousers are hung folded over, & a rail right up the very top of a cabinet with handle a so you can pull it down to get the clothing on it best for special occasion clothing only though. Most cabinets are at least 2.2 metres tall, & some go up to 2.8 metres. As a rule of thumb allocate 90 centimetres of height per rail of shirts/skirts/tops & for a trouser rail, & 1.2-1.5m per rail of long dresses, coats etc.

There are plenty of smaller but very useful storage options you can have fitted in between rails, for example a pull out shelf with dividers for ties or a shallow pull out basket for light folded items.

Then its time to look at storage for your folded items (knitwear, jeans, underwear etc) & accessories like hats, handbags etc. Almost all new wardrobes are ordered with at least one internal chest of drawers at the bottom. These are usually good value & very practical, but not everyone wants to use these drawers for every day items, as they are usually not very deep. If you would prefer to have drawers higher up some wardrobes hanging drawers as an option, or you could have pull out wire baskets, especially useful if you want to see whats inside before you open them. These are also better for bulky items as they can be quite deep.

Wardrobes usually come with a shelf and two hanging rails per cabinet, & extra shelves are easy to get & very useful. Most people use the first shelf near the top of the wardrobe for storage of spare duvets etc & hang the top clothes rail from it, especially as they wouldnt be able to reach a clothes rail that was hung at the very top of the wardrobe. Further shelves are always useful, but be aware that they are 60 centimetres deep, so unless there is a large clear area above them its difficult to see the contents, especially if they are not far apart, so they can often be a false economy. Instead its better to look at pull out shelves, drawers & baskets as they can store a lot more in a smaller space!

Some of the new Italian wardrobes also have a few really useful specialist storage options. Such as pull the wire racks for shoes. They take up a metre of the height, but as they are fitted to the sides & are only about 20 centimetres wide (at most) there is room on the bottom of the wardrobe next to them. Each one can hold three rows of shoes and they are 60 centimetres deep, so thats 180 centimetres of shoe storage per rack. You could have one on each side and use the space between them for a basket of clothes, boots or other bulky items.

A very recent development is a pull out module for handbags/hats. This is a 30 45 centimetre wide cabinet the same height & depth as the wardrobe that is pulled out from the wardrobe - revealing a 60 centimetre cupboard with shelves to put everything on. There are about 6 shelves, each at 60 centimetres wide, so thats 12 feet of width to play with! These are useful if you have some spare space between the wardrobe & the wall (although you need to get a wardrobe with this option they are not stand alone units.)

So by now you should have allocated space for almost everything, except perhaps belts or ties. A useful option to store these is tie rack / belt rack, which is placed inside the doors, that way everything is easy to see & they dont take up precious shelf space.

Talk to your supplier about these options though, as some of them are not available everywhere. Usually, if you are buying a modular or fitted wardrobe, especially an Italian one there will be a good choice, but budget wardrobes that come pre designed wont have these choices. They will be more expensive, but made to order wardrobes are a much better use of space, & will allow you to store between 20% & 40% more.

Your supplier should be able to offer you a computer generated diagram based on your design, showing how the cabinet will be completed before committing to that design. But if your needs change dont panic, most internal accessories can be moved, and are not fixed.


For the right wardrobe talk to Go Modern, who have a wide choice of sliding door wardrobes, hinged door wardrobes & walk in wardrobes. Their wardrobes are also shown online, with prices, measurements & options & they even have bedroom furniture to match.




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