Whether you’re a frivolous fashionista or purely practical, your home wardrobe should work for your unique storage needs. This is why many homeowners are opting to design their own custom wardrobes. By creating an individual walk-in wardrobe, you can enjoy flawless organization and complete ease in your bedroom.
Not sure where to begin? If you’re ready to plan out the wardrobe of your dreams, here are a few introductory steps to get you started.
- Consider your space in its entirety.
Before you start picking out hanging rails and drawers, you need to assess the space you have to work with. The actual square footage of your bedroom closet will determine the layout of the wardrobe. If you have an entire wall to work with, you can create a longer design with adjacent components. However, homeowners with smaller closets might need to use ceiling height to their advantage. Using your space wisely will allow you to have the wardrobe you want while leaving room to comfortably move around.
- Make sure you know exactly what you have.
Once you know how much space you have available, take some time to sift through your clothing. You can create a chic and functional wardrobe when you know the makeup of your clothes collection. For example, women who own longer dresses will need more space below the hanging rails, while men with substantial sneaker collections might choose more open shelving. Consider whether you hang more of your clothing or if drawers would be more useful, as building for these factors will make the final design more useful.
- Choose your hanging rails carefully.
When choosing the hanging rail layout for your custom wardrobe, you’ll need to choose between short and long rails. Many design experts recommend having two short rails for each long rail. So, if you’re in a couple, your wardrobe might have two sets of mirroring short rail sections with a long section on each side. However, you might add additional long rail storage if you have a large collection of suits, dresses, and outerwear. The short hanging sections might stack on top of each other, opening space for additional sections.
- Take advantage of adding drawer storage.
You can use the drawers in your custom wardrobe for clothing, accessories, and other items. Make sure that each drawer is wide enough to fit several sections of folded clothing and is deep enough to close easily. Remember that including plenty of drawers can eliminate the need for additional dressers, saving you space in your bedroom. Balancing the number of drawers and open storage areas will give the wardrobe a sleek and intentional style. If you aren’t sure how many drawers make sense for your needs, talk to the designer about their recommendations.
- Don’t forget about open shelving options.
The open shelves on your custom wardrobe are a place to show off your personal style. You can fold some of your most stylish items, like your collection of oh-so-comfortable INHABIT sweaters, in this space. Some people may choose to keep out-of-season items in drawers and place their seasonal pieces on accessible shelves. Your intention for the shelves will also determine their placement. If you have a large shoe collection, put more shelves on the bottom. If you plan to use your shelves for jewelry and handbags, you might put them at mid-height.
When designing your custom wardrobe, remember that you don’t need to make all of the decisions on your own. Plan your storage to your specific needs with drawers, hanging rods, and accessories as part of a Stegbar walk-in wardrobe. Once the wardrobe is complete, you can expect smoother mornings and enjoyable dressing experiences.