Lack of storage is a problem many homeowners face, but with house prices rising, relocating to gain more storage is an expense that few can afford. As a result, bespoke furniture – particularly custom wardrobes – have become a popular choice for maximising space in the home. It provides us with the utmost versatility and customisation, allowing us to use those tight corners and other awkward spaces fully.
If you’re thinking of investing in custom wardrobes to improve the storage in your home, here are the top 10 things that you should know:
The whole point of investing in custom wardrobes is to get more out of your space. So how exactly is this achieved? To begin with, they can be designed around your home’s awkward spaces (such as that unused space underneath your stairs or that awkward nook in your bedroom). Unlike prebuilt robes, they also tend to be full height, so you get full use of the space rather than leaving empty, useless space above it.
Long Term Investment
Many homeowners are worried about investing in bespoke furniture for the simple reason that they cannot take it with them if they ever decide to move house. However, as long as you keep the wardrobe in good condition, you’ll almost always recoup the costs when you sell. In fact, custom pieces can actually improve the value of your home, which makes them a worthwhile investment.
The idea that bespoke wardrobes are expensive is a common misconception – providing you know where to look. They come in a variety of material choices and styles – each with varying price ranges. If you have the budget, it’s possible to get a custom-fitted cupboard that suits your exact needs and preferences – many affordable options don’t force you to compromise on quality.
Fitting Into The Room
More often than not, the wardrobe is the biggest piece of furniture in the bedroom. You can take two approaches – either have the robe installed first and design the rest of the space around it, or get the bedroom together and then measure it to fit in whatever space you have leftover. Unfortunately, when dealing with a prebuilt option, you’re forced to make the room conform to the standard sizes available.
Choosing A Designer
Finding the right designer is essential for the success of your job. When checking out a company online, look at their reviews and photographs of past projects to see whether they match your vision. The team at Spaceworks Design has more than 50 years of combined experience in the design and construction of beautiful bespoke cabinetry. We take meticulous care, from the design all the way through to installation, to ensure your wardrobe space is both beautiful & functional.
Focus On The Doors
Your wardrobe’s doors play an important role in both aesthetics and functionality. If space is a problem, sliding or folding doors will enable you to store your clothing and shoes away without too much encroaching on your floor space. Mirrored doors are a fantastic option for making the space appear bigger. Various materials and styles to choose from, allowing you to find the perfect doors to complement your bedroom.
We highly recommend having your bedroom professionally measured before having your bespoke wardrobe designed and constructed. Several areas need to be measured (such as the height of the room and the floor level); the results can be disastrous if the wrong measurements are taken. Most cabinetry builders will provide a full service, including initial consultation and measurements through to installation.
A Lasting Design
More often than not, your new wardrobe will be in use for years, if not decades, to come. As such, it’s important to choose a timeless design and durable materials that will stand the test of time. Think about how the space will likely be used going forward – a nursery today will be a child and then a teenager’s bedroom tomorrow.
Don’t Forget Your Shoes
When designing your custom wardrobe, don’t forget to include space for your shoes. Whilst shoe racks are handy, they take up a bit of space – the challenge is striking the perfect balance. Generally speaking, a linear space of 16 to 30cm per pair is adequate for men’s and women’s shoes. Also, keep in mind that tall boots require additional height; placing them on the top rack generally solves this issue.
The inside of your wardrobe is just as – if not more – important than the exterior. Ensure that you have enough space to suit your storage needs and think carefully about the right options for displaying your clothing. There are plenty of options available, from hanging rails and open shelving to drawers and accessory trays. Also, consider lighting– you want to be able to see what garments you have to wear!
It might sound like many things to consider for the wardrobe of your dreams, but when you see & use the end product, you’ll appreciate it was well worth the time. The focus should be on maximising your space in the most versatile way possible whilst achieving storage that ticks all your boxes. Bespoke cabinetry designers like Spaceworks Design make the process easy by providing an all-in-one service that extends from the initial conception& measurement of the robe all the way through to the final installation. We have worked on homes of all shapes, sizes, and styles and look forward to custom designing your perfect wardrobe.