A practical wardrobe design requires space planning, functionality, and good ergonomics. Along with these crucial factors to consider, you also need to think about how to make your closet space look nice, inside and outside! There certainly is a lot of planning that goes into designing a wardrobe that meets your needs in the most practical manner and today, we are sharing some great tips to help you get everything you need out of your closet design!
Tip #1: Build According to Your Needs
Like most clothing items, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ when it comes to wardrobe design. Some of us may require more hanging storage while others are after extra shelving to store folded jeans and t-shirts. Therefore, the most important thing to consider when designing your wardrobe is utility. Another noteworthy tip relating to building a closet as per your needs is size; even if you have enough space in your bedroom for a large wardrobe, refrain from building one bigger than what you truly need. Remember, extra closet space often leads to the accumulation of old clothes that you are most likely never going to use again!
Tip #2: Prioritise Ergonomics
Good ergonomics in closet design is very important because convenience and efficiency are two things everyone wants when taking out clothes or organising their wardrobe. The rule of thumb here is to minimise the amount of bending or stretching involved when using the closet. To do this, lower the rod so that your hang space is somewhere in the middle of the closet and add shelving above it so that you don’t have to reach too high for folded clothes. It’s also ergonomically beneficial to make the depth of the shelves approximately 14” so that clothes don’t get pushed to the back. If you’d like to make use of the extra space back there, consider making a hidden compartment to store something personal or of sentimental value.
Tip #3: Include Drawers or Pull-Out Racks
The use of drawers or pull-out racks in your wardrobe design also contributes to good ergonomics since it is more convenient to find items that are pulled forward as opposed to reaching all the way to the back of the closet. This can be incorporated below the hanging space or on one side of the wardrobe with shelving above it. Drawers or pull-out racks are very useful for organising innerwear, pajamas, and accessories like scarves and belts. If you are looking to include shoe storage in your wardrobe design, consider using pull-out drawers at the bottom of the closet to utilise dead space efficiently.
Tip #4: Add Flexibility with Adjustable Shelves
Although fixed shelving provides a more uniform look, adjustable shelves are more practical for storing clothes in an organised manner. With the added flexibility of changing the height of shelves, you can create more space in your closet for bulkier or longer clothing items such as sweaters and gowns. Moreover, adjusting the shelves ensures that you are able to use dead space as and when you purge your closet or buy new clothes. Similarly, adjusting closet rods can also help you get the most out of your wardrobe design and add to its functionality.
Tip #5: Stick with the Bedroom Theme
Along with the bed, the wardrobe is the most prominent feature in a bedroom. Whether in-built or an independent unit, the closet doors and other exteriors should match or keep with the theme of the bedroom in terms of colour, material, design, and style. The use of natural over synthetic materials will drive up the cost, however, it is a highly durable and long-lasting option. Different types of timber are used to build wardrobes and other furniture pieces; they are available in dark and light shades. You can either have your natural timber closet varnished for a natural look, or finished/stained in vibrant colours to match the existing colour theme of your bedroom.
Tip #6: Complete Design With a Mirror
A wardrobe equipped with a mirror will not only add functionality but also eliminate the need to purchase a dresser mirror or a separate full-length piece that will take up space in the bedroom. Moreover, the size of the mirror(s) fitted on the closet exterior will help open up space in the bedroom since you won’t be compromising on size (as closet doors are tall). Best of all, you can get creative with your choice of mirror in terms of shape, style, and design. Wardrobe mirrors play a huge role in enhancing aesthetics and therefore, must be chosen with both, functionality and visual appeal in mind.
When it comes to getting everything you need out of your wardrobe design, knowing exactly what it is that you need makes all the difference! With that in mind, implementing the tips above from Kitchen & Stone will ensure that you are designing your closet to be practical, functional, and easy on the eyes!