Builder Michael Namo discusses the 9 things you need to consider if you want to optimise existing storage space or install a dream wardrobe
9 things you need to know if you’re building a new wardrobe
In the modern world, we see wardrobes as more than just storage spaces. A good wardrobe is a must-have in the home, and there are many clever, functional and presentable options available. Whether you’re looking for something quick, easy and affordable or a custom-made, luxurious wardrobe, there are options to suit. The best thing to do is to lay out what you want with your tradie.
1. Know your space
The first thing to think about is what space you have available for your wardrobe. Adding storage solutions to a built-in wardrobe? Renovating, extending or building new? Do you want to go standard or walk-in? There are plenty of ways to achieve a great layout, and if you plan and configure it correctly, your wardrobe can be a very functional space.
2. Make it work
Think about the ways in which you are going to use your wardrobe. Each cupboard will store different items and a layout that works for one space may not work for another. Looking at the space available and working out how to effectively maintain as much storage area as possible is a key starting point. If you are renovating, extending or building new, think about where you want your wardrobe situated.
3. What to consider
Accessibility and functionality: Think about areas that are harder to reach than others, how doors operate and where to place shelving, racks or drawers so that maximum accessibility is achieved and the space suits your needs.
Style: Making an effort to match your wardrobe with your home’s colour scheme, and ensuring the finish complements your home, will make for a more refined, considered appearance.
4. Decide on doors
Decide what type of doors will work for the space. This will depend on the size of the opening and room. If you have a wardrobe in a small room or hallway, doors that open out may result in accessibility issues. Why not add sliding or bifold doors to maximise space? Consider whether you want classic, ornate or statement doors, or if multi-use options such as mirrored doors will work.
5. Shelving options
Ventilated wire-framed racks, shelves and baskets: Inexpensive wire-framed systems are a popular storage solution. They are quick and easy to install, provide maximum functionality, and can be used as a whole-house solution. They are also perfect if you have a narrow space or do not have enough room for a large wardrobe. They can be cut to fit your wardrobe and won’t bend or bow under weight. Other benefits include visibility of the items you are storing and good air circulation.
Melteca, Formica, melamine or laminated shelving: Offering many of the same benefits as wire-rack systems, laminated shelves are often more refined and aesthetically pleasing. Shelves are typically custom-designed to suit individual requirements. You can also select from a range of standard designs that will fit into your existing wardrobe.
6. Work out what suits
Both ventilated and laminated shelving options are suitable for reach-in and walk-in wardrobes. They can be installed in your home by trained professionals or can be picked up or delivered for you to install yourself.
7. Do your research
Research and compare options so you understand what your budget will allow you to do. Remember that a modern, stylish wardrobe system does not have to be expensive.
There is so much variety when it comes to wardrobes and storage solutions, and it’s possible to find a solution for most budgets. Different tradies will accommodate different costs, so find a builder who can work within your price range.
9. If you’re DIY challenged
There are a number of companies which provide affordable options for wardrobe storage and, depending on the time-frame, can get these to you relatively quickly. It’s important to think about your budget and what you can get for your money. The right tradesman will discuss this with you.
Words by: Fiona Ralph. Feature Image by: Bauer Media Group Studio.
Additional photography by: Maree Homer / Bauersyndication.com.au.