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How to Plan Your Dream Walk-In Wardrobe

Have you always had a hard time fitting your clothes, shoes, handbags, coats, accessories in your bedroom wardrobe? A walk-in wardrobe is the answer. Sadly, not everyone has the ability to get one because of the limited space in your existing home; but if you are one of the lucky ones that do not have the pre-built constraints or are designing your new home, this blog post is for you. We go over some of the most important factors to consider while designing the walk-in wardrobe of your dreams!

Remember that the main purpose of your walk-in wardrobe design is not just to look good, but to be functional for you in your day-to-day life. You will be using this space frequently, so you’ll want its spacing and layout to make sense.

Go Through your Current Wardrobe

Before you can even start, you need to know what you have. Creating a list of everything you would want to store in your wardrobe. Decide what you want to keep, and what you want to get rid of. There is no point in cluttering up your new space with items you will no longer need.

Plan your New Space

In order to best utilize your walk-in wardrobe, create specific locations for all of your articles of clothing. No matter what the size or configuration, include a variety of storage components. Single hanging for long dresses and coats; double hanging for shirts, trousers and tops; shelving or pull-out racks for shoes; shelves for jumpers, t-shirts and handbags; and drawers to keep undies and pyjamas out of sight. Don’t forget about jewellery, belts, watches - a thin pull-out drawer is ideal.

Invest in the Lighting

If there’s any area of your walk-in not to skimp on, it’s lighting. When effective lighting is installed, the contents of your wardrobe will be brought to life as the various textures and colours will be illuminated. Downlights or overhead lights alone are a less effective option. When stood underneath this kind of harsh light, the direction can cast unflattering shadows over the face and body. Add LEDs on the inside of cabinets and underneath the shelves for a more effective way of illuminating items. Pendant lights over the seating area can be added purely for aesthetic purposes.

Illusion of space

If you need to cram as much as possible into a small area, you want to avoid the feeling of being hemmed in on all sides. There are many tricks that you can use to make a small space feel larger than it is - from adding lots of mirrors to the use of translucent shelves or glass doors. The materials you choose for the cupboards will also have an impact on the space. Dark wood or colours are trending for their ability to add warmth and colour to a room, but a room filled with dark cabinetry can easily feel claustrophobic.

Keep the Flow

One thing that can absolutely ruin a walk-in wardrobe, no matter what size, is the flow. The biggest culprit is doing anything you can to include an island. Make sure to leave adequate walkways of minimum 900mm throughout your space.

Add a Personal Touch

This will be your own serene escape, so you want it to have design elements that suit your taste and will make you comfortable when choosing or changing your outfits. Create a focal point that will be visually appealing in the centre of the area. Consider having your seating area in the middle of the floorspace, or a dresser with a large mirror – a place to do your makeup. No space for a seating area? Layering accessories and adding artwork are also great ways to personalize the space.

You might not have racks of designer clothes or a stash of expensive handbags, but it’s still worth creating stylish storage and a tidy space for your belongings.

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