- Storage is critical for all the things you collect over the years and are convinced you need to keep
- Access to the roof cavity using pull down attic doors can give a huge amount of usable space otherwise being wasted, or consider trapdoors to under floor space for things like wine cellars
- Cleverly designed and located cupboards are incredibly useful. Look for opportunities during the design stage and add them wherever space and budget allow
- You can never have too many cupboards!
PRINCIPLES OF GOOD WARDROBE DESIGN
Wardrobes have come a long way from being “just a shelf and pole” – providing poor storage and sagging in the middle! Now a good designer can incorporate everything from double hanging spaces, drawers and sliding shoe shelves, to pull out mirrors, laundry baskets and even an ironing board.
Today, “reach-in wardrobes” are most common in children’s and guest rooms while most new homes are being designed with “walk- in-wardrobes” in the master bedroom, with enough space to suit your lifestyle and needs. There is an increasing trend in high end homes to have “built-in wardrobe furniture”, where clothing, shoes and accessories can be displayed.
A custom designed wardrobe gives the best result as a good designer will ensure that every inch of your wardrobe is used in the best possible way and provide considerably more space for useful storage. Wardrobes should be designed to fit your personality and individual needs rather than the traditional ‘one size fits all’, approach.
When supported by a good factory, a great wardrobe designer can provide you with wardrobes in a range of styles and colours. When choosing a wardrobe company for your storage needs, select one that uses New Zealand made materials and quality accessories, you’ll have greater design flexibility and if you ever want to add to your wardrobes in the future, you can be certain of a product match. Most importantly, check how the system is attached to the wall – solid mounting rails, preferably two, are best to ensure your wardrobes stay on the wall and to minimise unsightly gapping.
Spend time with your wardrobe designer to come up with wardrobes that are ergonomic, stylish and suit your requirements for tomorrow – not just today. Consider your room design and decorative choices also.
Here are some key design issues to consider and discuss with your wardrobe designer:
- What style and colour of wardrobe do you prefer?
- What shape of wardrobe, i.e. L-shape, galley style etc. will make the best use of your space?
- What lay-out is best to give you an ergonomic flow?
- Think about your clothing, accessories, shoes etc. Do you want separate storage for each type or style of clothing? E.g. evening, work wear, casual etc.
- Do you need long hanging for coats, long dresses, dressing gowns?
- Do you need built in drawers to minimise furniture in the bedrooms?
- How much shelf space will you require? Don’t forget about jerseys, handbags and hats.
- What budget range are you comfortable with?
- What depth should your wardrobe be? For example, at a 300mm depth, folded clothing will overhang the shelving and hanging items will “stick out”
- Where will you store your shoes? On the floor, shoe racks, Sliding shelves or on a shelf around the base of the robe?
- Consider the traffic flow through the area – will any part of the wardrobe obstruct other users of the area?
- Would features such as pull out pant racks, tie or accessory drawers, hide away mirrors or laundry storage be beneficial to you?
- Do you need doors on your wardrobe? These can incorporate a mirrored panel or be coloured to match your décor
- Should your doors be hinged or sliding as this impacts on accessibility?
Finally good wardrobe design is vital in ensuring that your new storage area is suitable for your short and longer term needs. Be sure to visit a professional wardrobe designer to get the best advice.
Information kindly supplied by Pridex Kitchens and Wardrobes 0800 400 510 or www.pridex.co.nz