Having a tidy house is everyone’s dream. Whether a single person household or a numerous family, the desire to have a neat and ordered home is a universal aspiration. Adequate storage is fundamental to realising the dream of a clutter free household. Perhaps the room that is most important to get right when it comes to storage is the bedroom. This is the place where we start and finish the day, as well as the place where we prepare ourselves to face its daily opportunities and challenges. Nowadays there are even coaches and wardrobe storage organisers who can help de-clutter your life. But before you employ a storage consultant here below we offer you a few tips and suggestions to achieving an orderly bedroom through the right wardrobe storage.
Different types of bedroom storage
The closet or the wardrobe is a key storage element in the bedroom, but not the only one (the bedside locker or table and blanket chest also accommodate sleep related paraphernalia). The most popular types of closet are the built-in, the walk-in and the fitted wardrobe. Nowadays the free standing wardrobe is more likely to be a period piece or an antique. Here below we consider the various options together with some more informal approaches to bedroom storage.
The potential for walk-in wardrobe storage depends on the space available, for anyone who can incorporate a separate area, directly off the bedroom ideally, a walk-in closet provides a number of advantages in terms of avoiding clutter. Firstly because it’s a separate area and secondly because it can take up spaces in a floor plan that are not suitable to other uses.
The deep walk-in wardrobe
The deep walk-in wardrobe is a variation on the wardrobe but bigger and apart. Separated by a door (which can be glazed) from the bedroom to create a dedicated storage space. Make sure to maximise the potential by providing storage space from floor to ceiling.
Maximising left over space
Where possible the walk-in wardrobe can be a totally separate room within the floor plan but adjacent to and accessible from the bedroom. Awkward corners of floor plans can be utilised. Not having a window for example in the walk-in closet is an advantage, especially if the shelves and rails are open. Clothes are less likely to suffer damage and a good fitting door is important to avoid dust collection.
The optimum layout
The layout will depend on individual tastes and wardrobes but it will be important to include a full length mirror and good artificial lighting.
The Built-in Wardrobe, flush with bedroom walls
The built-in wardrobe, like the walk-in wardrobe, is a separate dedicated storage area but in this case within the bedroom. The depth is normally the standard rail or coat hangar width, generally 60 cm and the doors appear flush with the contiguous walls. The built-in wardrobe is designed during the initial planning stage; it can also be incorporated for refurbishment projects.
A buffer space between other rooms
As well as providing a neat and ordered appearance it has the advantage of providing a buffer space. Providing an air cavity or chamber between the bedroom and the other bedrooms or living rooms next door. This is especially important for bedrooms as additional acoustic insulation can be achieved. The built-in wardrobe is organised according to hanging clothes, open shelving and sliding drawers. Floor to ceiling walk-in wardrobes allow for upper storage of seldomly used items and shoe racks at the very bottom.
The Fitted Wardrobe
Like the fitted kitchen the fitted wardrobe is a phenomenon of the 20th Century, with the advent of industrialisation in the home over the latter part of the last century the fitted wardrobe became ubiquitous. The fitted wardrobe takes up the space available in the bedroom for storage, ideally between one wall and another or an entire alcove. It comes with wardrobe storage systems that allow a range of options, are flexible and can be easily adapted. Built in wardrobe storage ideas include trays, racks, shevles, hangars, drawers etc. they are arranged to suit each individual case. Fit a full length mirror to one of its doors to avoid a separate piece of furniture in the bedroom.
The Open-Wardrobe, for maximising the available space
If space is at a premium another versatile and practical option is the open-wardrobe. Here the carcass or shell of the wardrobe structure is dispensed with and clothes, hangars, shelves and drawer units are on open display. A masonry wall or solid timber studs will be required for the structure to support itself. This option is ideally suited to small bedrooms because there’s no requirement for a bulky piece of furniture.
Shelves, rails and hooks
Effectively the open wardrobe is similar to bedroom shelving but with more storage possibilities. An even simpler option is to use a free standing clothes rail in combination with hooks and shelves for minimalist but effective storage.
How to organise your wardrobe
Again this depends on the space available, if the ceilings are high special storage units with pull down handles can be incorporated for top of wardrobe storage. Wardrobe storage systems should always put the emphasis on the items that we use on a daily basis, making them easily accessible. While articles less frequently used can be is less accessible positions.
By utilising every single square centimetre available. This means taking advantage of the space below hanging clothes to provide drawers for instance. Not forgetting to provide shelving to the underside of the ceiling for built-in and walk-in wardrobes etc.
The standard approach for the wardrobe organiser is to include hanging space, pull out storage drawers, open shelving and lower level shoe racks. This more or less corresponds to the place on the body where clothes and other items are worn.
Clothes, shoes and accessories must be considered and organised individually. Remember to keep everything in plain view where possible. Long hanging clothes such as dresses and overcoats separate from skirts and trousers. Folded clothes should be stored in dedicated drawers according to type, i.e. scarf organiser, socks and underwear apart. Shoe storage and bags on the other hand can be kept in their boxes but always visible.
A free standing rail for hangars with a hanging wardrobe organiser with space saving canvas compartments can store folded clothes and other smaller items. Longer items can hang off the rail. Even hooks and a coat stand can be utilised in the bedroom as alternative practical solutions.