There are wardrobes available on the market these days that we can custom-design to fit our individual needs. We buy them with sliding doors that not only separate the bedroom from the closet but also make a nice decoration of our interior. How to design a wardrobe to make it functional?
Defining the needs
Let’s think about what we’d like to keep in our wardrobe or closet so that the project in the final stage of execution suits our expectations and is as functional as possible. That’s why we suggest writing down all the things and items we are planning to store in our wardrobe or closet, such as coats, shirts, pants, shoes, towels, underwear, ladder, clothes drier, clothes iron, vacuum pipe, vacuum, ironing board, suitcases or other bags, jars with preserves, drinks in one and a half liter containers, tools.
Such ready list will help optimally tailor the wardrobe or closet to your expectations and choose the essential Accessories that improve its functionality.
The first stage before starting measurements is to determine the construction’s dimensions:
- height – in most cases, a construction going all the way to the room’s ceiling is used so that we can use all the available space;
- width – when it comes to double-sided alcoves, it is the entire width available, for one-sided alcoves – the width defined by us;
- depth – the standard is about 27 inches; lower than 26 inches makes it impossible to use hanging bars and baskets.
Drawers and shelves
Their size and number depends on what we want to store in the wardrobe. We can keep scarfs, underwear or belts in the drawers. But we can also devote a separate dresser for these pieces of clothing. The dresser the TV stands on can be devoted to underwear. It has as many as 6 drawers and so far it’s more than enough.
When it comes to shelves, they are mostly intended for sweaters and pants. If you don’t own a separate pants hanger then that’s the way you prefer to store them. Sweaters, on the other hand, shouldn’t be kept on hangers, as it causes them to stretch and get bigger around arms.
If the wardrobe is meant to stand in the hallway, which is usually low on lighting, it’s a good idea to consider installing halogens on the top board. Not only do they illuminate the space around the wardrobe, but they also provide the wardrobe with a unique look. In modern custom-made wardrobes, halogen lighting is a thing of the past, these days we only install LED lighting. We often install additional lighting inside the wardrobe that turns on Automatically once we slide or open the door, providing extra lighting to the space for hanging clothes. Lighting of this type doesn’t always require plugging into a wall outlet, you can use a set that runs on batteries. Getting all shelves illuminated is possible as well, but it raises the wardrobe’s cost significantly.
When designing a wardrobe, it’s a good idea to divide it into modules and use the following Accessories to better utilize the space inside:
- bars for hanging clothes – they are usually no more than 47 inches long;
- pantographs – these are special telescopic rods for hanging clothes that can be extended outside the wardrobe, making the access to clothes easier;
- drawers and drawer organizers, shoe shelves – they might be straight or diagonal;
- necktie and belt hangers;
- special pants hangers;
- wire baskets – they ensure Good ventilation, which makes them great for storing things like towels;
- special space and hanger for purses;
- handles for the vacuum and the clothes iron.