5 tips for wardrobe design
HTH's interior design expert, Katrine Albæk Mørck, shares her top wardrobe ideas and advice to help you create a functional and stylish closet. Explore her insights to make the most of your wardrobe space.
The interior design expert's
best wardrobe ideas and advice:
1. Start by identifying your needs.
2. The best wardrobe solutions for small and large spaces.
3. 5 must-haves in wardrobe design.
4. Find your style.
5. Three tips for those dreaming of a walk-in wardrobe.
"Begin by understanding your requirements. If you possess many hanging garments, ensure ample space with a lengthy clothes rail. Consider the number of drawers necessary for items like socks and underwear. By doing so, you prevent the frustration of a wardrobe design that doesn't align with your daily routine."
Katrine Albæk Mørck,
Interior design expert
Designing a useful wardrobe begins by thinking about the clothes you own. Take a look at your current wardrobe setup and figure out what's working well and what's missing.
Also, think about whether you'll need space for clothes you only wear during certain seasons, like winter coats or summer dresses, as well as room for your shoes and bags. Katrine suggests, "It often requires more space than you might realize." She also advises, "Consider all of these factors from the start; it will save you trouble down the road."
When planning your wardrobe, begin with the fundamentals: How much room do you have? Do you need to accommodate slanted walls? Are there uneven floors or odd angles in your home? Katrine offers her top tips for wardrobes in both spacious and compact rooms.
In the context of decorating small rooms or children's rooms, Katrine suggests considering a freestanding classic wardrobe with hinged doors. This type of wardrobe demands less space compared to a sliding door wardrobe and offers greater mobility should you decide to rearrange the room later on.
Sliding door wardrobe units provide a sleek appearance and are especially well-suited for spacious rooms where you can allocate an entire wall to the wardrobe, allowing the sliding doors to span from the floor to the ceiling. These sliding doors are designed to fit your specific space and can be customized to maximize room configurations, even in spaces with sloping walls.
A walk-in closet represents the pinnacle of everyday luxury. While various solutions exist for creating a walk-in wardrobe, it's crucial to have ample space, as the best results are achieved in a generously sized walk-in closet.
Katrine emphasizes five key design elements essential for creating a well-organized wardrobe that can accommodate everything from outerwear to accessories.
Make sure there's enough room to hang dresses, shirts, and long jackets in your wardrobe to prevent wrinkles. Position the hanger bars high enough for long dresses but within your reach.
Shelves offer ample storage in limited spaces and are excellent for providing an organized view. They are also budget-friendly for furnishing.
Pull-out shoe rack
Arrange your wardrobe with two shoe pull-outs at different heights or encompassing the bottom of the wardrobe. This can also improve storage options in your utility room or entryway.
Closed drawer fronts promote a sense of order, as they conceal everything from view. "While large, wide drawers are quite popular, I would also suggest incorporating smaller drawers. This allows you to organize underwear, socks, and similar items into separate drawers rather than having them all in one large, messy drawer," advises Katrine.
Drawer with dividers
Having dedicated compartments in a drawer for items like watches, jewelry, belts, and scarves can significantly improve your daily routine. It makes accessorizing effortless, as you can easily see and access each piece. This level of organization not only saves you time but also adds a touch of elegance to your wardrobe.
"When planning your wardrobe, it's crucial to align its style with your home decor," recommends Katrine. The wardrobe's prominent surfaces significantly influence the overall aesthetic, whether you opt for sliding doors or hinged ones.
"If you have an expansive wall space designated for your wardrobe, I recommend a sliding door cabinet because it allows for wider doors compared to traditional hinged ones. This design choice also imparts a sense of tranquility by reducing the abundance of vertical lines typically associated with conventional doors," Katrine elaborates.
Creating a functional walk-in closet can be a dream come true, but it requires sufficient space. Katrine offers three key tips for designing a walk-in closet:
Realistic Space Planning: Ensure your walk-in closet provides ample space for both your wardrobe and yourself. A minimum of 120 centimeters of free space is essential for comfortable standing and dressing.
Consider Privacy: Katrine suggests having a door or some form of enclosure for your walk-in closet unless you're exceptionally organized. Without this, your clothes, bags, and shoes can make the room appear cluttered.
Symmetrical Organization: Design your walk-in closet with a symmetrical layout, evenly distributing drawers, shelves, and hanging rods on both sides. This creates a more harmonious and serene appearance.
Katrine offers crucial advice for wardrobe design, emphasizing the often-overlooked need for a nearby mirror: "Many people forget something as important as having a mirror nearby. Make sure to have a large full-length mirror near your wardrobe so you can see how the clothes fit and if the outfit matches." You can opt for a wall-mounted mirror or an integrated mirror on the sliding doors, ensuring a convenient dressing experience.
Opt for custom sliding doors
Sliding doors offer an exclusive option that enables unique solutions. These doors are tailored to your preferences and customized to fit your space perfectly. Moreover, they save space by opening sideways rather than into the room.
Design with hinged cabinet doors
Hinged doors provide a budget-friendly option. HTH's wardrobes with hinged doors come in the same designs as those for kitchens, bathrooms, and utility rooms, allowing you to maintain a consistent style throughout your home.
Expert assistance for your wardrobe
Design your new wardrobe at your nearest HTH store. Our team of interior design experts is ready to assist you with layout options and provide valuable tips for organizing your wardrobe.Visit your nearest HTH store