We chatted to Philip Ryder from Freedom Wardrobes about the eight things every renovator should consider when building their clothes storage…
1. What will work for your room layout?
The layout of your room and the space you have for the wardrobe is vital to take into account - if it’s a smaller space, then a sliding wardrobe is the perfect combination of space-saving and style. For a larger space, consider hinged or even a walk-in or walk-through robe design.
Deb and Andy's winning second guest bedroom possesses a bright and beautiful style which ties in perfectly with the rest of the house with their choice of matching joinery.
2. Choose your wardrobe look carefully
Really think about what look and style you want to create for your wardrobe - and your bedroom as a whole. For example, if you have the space, a stunning walk-in robe is a show-stopping feature that adds a daily style experience, designed to showcase all your prized items. If your space is smaller, by playing with colours, door profiles and handles, you can still create an equally beautiful sliding and/or hinged wardrobe.
3. Ask yourself how you'll be using the wardrobe space
And what items will need to be stored in it. For example, will you need a lot of hanging space for longer items such as coats and dresses? Or more space for folded items in drawers - or a combination of both? Do you need racks for shoes, or other storage solutions for items such as jewellery, watches, ties etc? There’s a lot to consider.
Designer suits, workwear and dresses can be hung in El'ise and Matt's “PM” space and decorative Black Framed Glass Shelving provide the ideal setting to showcase handbags, jewellery and other accessories.
4. Make your wardrobe sliding doors interesting
Our Sliding wardrobe styles are the perfect combination of space-saving and style, and are perfect for smaller rooms. Our unique Tri Panel Door System gives you the flexibility to create a simple and classic one-colour look, or mix and match different coloured finishes within the 3 separate sections of each sliding door for a dramatic effect. This is exactly what Tess and Luke did in their winning Studio space - and we think it looked great.
Tess and Luke opted to include a sliding robe in their winning third guest bedroom, the perfect addition which combines space-saving storage with style.
5. Think about the profile of your hinged wardrobe
Our Hinged wardrobes offer a variety of door sizes and are ideally suited for a small or large bedroom. Available in a range of different and stylish colours, as well as door profiles, you can also add handles to create a beautiful wardrobe look. They’re a feature wall of storage bliss that allows you to keep everything hidden behind soft-close doors!
Tess and Luke opted for a neat, straight run of wardrobe cabinets. Hidden within these are internal drawers, a pigeon-hole unit plus full hanging ensuring guests are not short of storage space for any item of clothing, shoes or accessories.
6. Don’t forget about wardrobe lighting!
A well thought-out lighting scheme will transform your wardrobe. Our new vertical in-cabinet LED flexy lighting creates ambience in your robe, highlighting the contents of your space in a stylish and effective way. Consider putting your lighting on a sensor, so it comes on when you open the door. LED downlights are a great option if you incorporate a desk or makeup station into your wardrobe space.
Mitch and Mark opted for White Satin with Brushed Gold Peak Handles but this time in an ‘L’ shaped wardrobe design in their winning guest bedroom.
7. Think about your interior finishes, as well as your exterior look
Freedom Wardrobes offer a curated selection of premium door and interior finishes, as well as handles and black accents on our hardware. For a classic ‘Hamptons’ feel, consider ‘Sierra White Matt’ exterior doors with ‘Matt Brass Rounded’ handles (as seen in many of Deb and Andy’s wardrobes). If you want to create drama like El’ise and Matt did in their Master Bedroom, combine exterior doors in ‘Champagner Metallic’ with ‘Classic White Satin’ exteriors and ‘Square Hook Matt Black 900mm handles’.
8. Add some deluxe wardrobe extras
There are a number of great add-ons you can incorporate into your design. Here are just a few:
1. Jewellery drawers - store and showcase your prized items.
2. Shoe racks - a stylish way to store your favourite footwear. These are a space-saving and attractive option in your wardrobe (as seen in El'ise and Matt's Master Bedroom)
3. Black Frame glass shelving - our new glass shelving creates a chic styling option for such items such as perfumes, bags and other accessories (as seen in Mitch and Mark's Master Bedroom)
4. Pull Out Trouser Racks - these are a handy inclusion (as seen in Deb and Andy's Master Bedroom)
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