Creating a walk in wardrobe does not necessarily mean sacrificing a bedroom; there are a number of creative approaches that can definitely help. Some enticing tips that can be learned from the fashion trade mean it’s possible to organize all your preferred style essentials in such a way as to enhance access to your clothes and other accessories and to maximize the storage capacity in your home without sacrificing precious space. Here are a few ideas about how to make the most of the very best options available.
Floor to ceiling design
Every inch counts so if planning to annex a corner of a relatively large bedroom start by deciding how much space can be sacrificed; some smaller walk in wardrobes can be created in an area that is roughly five by seven feet, with a ceiling height of about eight feet. A soft, velvet curtain across the opening is sufficient in place of a door, providing a little bit of allure as well as saving space.
In a small wardrobe choose a pale or neutral shade of paint or wallpaper to make the most of the petite dimensions. Shelves and drawers can be lined with favorite fabrics; while a high shelf placed all around the room, close to the ceiling, is a perfect resting place for hats, scarves, bags, belts and other accessories.
Underneath this high shelf and to one side it’s a good idea to layer two clothes rails, so that shorter items such as tops, trousers and shirts are accommodated. On the opposite wall, a single rail will cater for longer dresses, coats and skirts. Make the most of the corners too by inserting up to five or six shelves or drawers in both corner units so that smaller items can be stacked, stored and retrieved as required.
There should be plenty of floorspace for shoes all around the wardrobe, however those with an extensive collection of Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo or Christian Louboutin creations might want to consider dedicating the under-ceiling shelf (or shelves) to their designer shoes instead.
The possibilities for a supremely satisfying walk in closet can be magnified if there is more space available. Those who have an eye for creating a more sophisticated ‘dressing room’ effect can do so in a walk in wardrobe with the addition of a few simple pieces of really lovely furniture. For example, a full-length mirror; essential for viewing the completely perfect outfit, and an elegant chair or two, for checking out whether it’s possible to sit as well as stand in a costume, will enhance the effect of a dressing room space.
To make the most of a walk in wardrobe it helps to sort out all the clothes beforehand. Focus on those that will migrate to the new space, because this will help with planning the layout, such as the amount of shelving that will be needed and its optimum height, plus the dimensions required for clothes rails.
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