Posted on: 14 September 2015
Stand-alone wardrobes are expensive and can take up a lot of space in a room. A built-in wardrobe makes a great practical and stylish addition to any bedroom, and the walk-in version is even better! Here are some top tips to help you maximise the space you have available when designing a built-in, walk-in wardrobe whilst saving money at the same time.
Tips to maximise space
When designing your walk-in wardrobe, look out for wasted space in your bedroom. A prime spot for stealing extra hanging space is beneath sloping eaves which can be partitioned off. Include a few drawers positioned against the short wall too.
Make best use of shelf space above your garment hanging rails by using it to store seldom-used items, (hats or ski-boots for example). Install a full-length mirror at the end of a long walk-in wardrobe to make the space look bigger.
Rather than installing expensive, space-guzzling shoe rails that are only really suitable for footwear with high heels, consider shoe drawers or plastic boxes instead. These are great for keeping flat shoes clean and tidy, they don't take up nearly as much room as rails, and they're cheaper. Choose the see-through plastic styles so that you can locate the shoes you want without having to rummage through all the drawers.
When you're choosing doors for your walk-in wardrobe, go for sliding or pocket doors. These won't take up as much space in your bedroom.
When designing your walk-in wardrobe, remember that hanging garments take up much more space than a set of drawers. Work out how many metres of hanging space you'll need by measuring your long and shorter garments. For example, a ceiling height of around two metres will allow you to fit two rows of short garments, or one row of long ones with shelving or drawers beneath.
Maximising your budget
Although it can be tempting to choose expensive, handmade wooden wardrobes, remember that your walk-in wardrobe will not be on public display! You can have a practical and well-designed walk-in wardrobe built professionally using cheaper materials that will do the job just as well, and invest some of your savings on a smart set of exterior doors.
When finalising your design, bear in mind that drawers work out much more expensive than shelves. You usually can fit just as many garments folded on shelves as you can in drawers, and your clothes can be protected from dust by fitting a sliding door across the front.
Lighting is one area that can prove expensive, unless you have the luxury of natural light from a window. LEDs in the form of spotlights are perfect. They're long-lasting, power efficient, and can be adjusted to illuminate your walk-in wardrobe as you want it. Site spotlights underneath shelves to save space and maximise illumination.
You can make best use of valuable space in your bedroom by having a built-in, walk-in wardrobe. Have a chat with your local supplier for more advice and to get an estimate.Share