How to Organise Your Wardrobe Brilliantly
Could your clothes storage be tidier, more efficient – or even completely reconfigured? Check out these smart solutions for inspiration
Yours might not be the only wardrobe in the house that needs to be organised well. Children’s clothes are a lot smaller than ours, so you can be a bit creative!
Using a mix of wall-mounted, open boxes and a clothes rail turns what could be an unsightly wardrobe into a design statement. This combination is very handy for small shoes, toys and books, too, especially with the addition of a big basket or tub. You can keep adding boxes or rails as clothes accumulate over the years, so it’s a very versatile storage solution for growing families.
You can find more ideas for open cabinet wardrobes by looking through these photos.
The beauty of having built-in wardrobes is that you can make use of every inch of even an awkward space. Simple shelves can be added to tight corners, rails can positioned to accommodate your exact requirements, with extra height for long items, and drawers can be added underneath.
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If you have the space, then mixing open shelving with drawers and cupboards is a great way to display you favourite items, while still storing your basic clothing in an organised manner. Arranging neatly folded jumpers, designer bags or your favourite hat adds a layer of luxury to your wardrobe.
If you live in a smaller property, think of how you can utilise all the space in your home. The owners of this cottage have created low-level shoe storage in a corridor and made a feature of it with strategic lighting.
In this luxurious walk-in space, the homeowners have kept the look minimal by using sliding doors to conceal the wardrobe contents – except for the shoe display at the far end, which they’ve turned into a feature. The shoes are accentuated because the shelves are painted grey, to stand out from the white elsewhere, and a little light colour-coding has added order and beauty, almost making the shoes mini works of art!
If you’re going to design shelves like these, don’t forget you’ll need a lip at the front end so the shoes don’t fall off.
In this luxurious walk-in wardrobe, every spare centimetre of space has been used. As there’s no natural light and the wood is quite dark, LED strip lighting has been installed, so the owners can quickly see what they’re looking for.
No doors have been fitted, again for quick access, but you may want to add sliding doors to some units where bulky or unsightly items are stored, or where items that aren’t used that often are stashed.
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Behind a sleek bank of wardrobe doors you can have a variety of configurations to meet your needs. Housing drawers inside the wardrobe, for instance, frees up floor space in your bedroom. Most fitted wardrobe companies will help you design your perfect closet, so don’t be afraid to ask!
Lofts are notorious for their odd shapes and nooks, and designers often have to be creative with space planning and storage. Here, the designer has built walls that double up as storage on the eaves side. By bringing the wardrobe wall forward, they have squared off the bedroom beyond and created a mini walk-in wardrobe.
Mirrors on the ends reflect light and blend the edge into the rest of the room, while of course helping the owner to get dressed in the morning.
One of the key aspects of a well-organised wardrobe is division and sectioning of your clothes to create a neatly laid-out system. When you can see all your clothes, it makes getting ready so much easier. Here, the homeowners have made the most of the ends of a centre unit by creating shallow shelves for tie storage, where each tie can be displayed on its own. This could work equally well for scarves, belts, jumpers, you name it.
To create your own boutique feel at home, colour-code your items, so you feel as if you’re out shopping every time you get ready!
This is a real Carrie Bradshaw-style closet, with the owners cleverly using a corridor to the en suite and building a bespoke wardrobe to fit the space perfectly. A mix of shelves, drawers, baskets and hanging rails has been used to take care of every type garment.
Using see-through boxes would be a good way to store shoes on the bottom shelves, keeping the look clean and neat while still revealing the contents.
Wardrobes don’t have to be static: when designing yours, think about how often you need to access certain items of clothing. Do you have hard-to-reach space within your wardrobe? If you do, then think about incorporating pull-out drawers and rails. They can even become a design feature as well as being practical, like the ones pictured.
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