Ex­pert James Tre­ble gives us the low­down on ev­ery­thing you need to know to de­sign the ideal walk-in robe.

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James Tre­ble talks wardrobes.

A WALK-IN WARDROBE was once a sign of lux­ury but these days many Aus­tralian homes have them, and not only in the mas­ter bed­room. In­stead of the more tra­di­tional free­stand­ing cup­boards or built-in robes with hung or slid­ing doors, a walk-in robe can pro­vide a much larger area for stor­ing cloth­ing, shoes and ac­ces­sories in var­i­ous lay­outs, mak­ing them easy to ac­cess and view.

There are many op­tions avail­able for the fit-out of your wardrobe, with each of­fer­ing dif­fer­ent de­grees of style ver­sus func­tion, and ob­vi­ously com­ing in at dif­fer­ent price points.

There are DIY op­tions such as wire­frame bas­kets, which are light­weight and quick to in­stall, and also flat-pack melamine cab­i­nets and shelves; both pro­vide ad­justable shelv­ing op­tions.

If you have the bud­get, a cus­tomised fitout will make the best use of ev­ery inch of avail­able space, en­sur­ing each bit of rail­ing, shelv­ing and draw­ers fits ex­actly to max­imise your stor­age.



The amount of hang­ing space we need can vary greatly but one thing al­ways seems to ring true: women need more hang­ing space than men. I usu­ally sug­gest a mix of long and short hang­ing op­tions with dou­ble the amount of short rails (of­ten placed one on top of the other) for shirts, skirts, pants, jack­ets and trousers, as we have less long items to hang.

Get­ting into cor­ners can be tricky. Run long hang­ing rails into a cor­ner and hang long dresses and suits you don’t need to get out ev­ery day.


Draw­ers are im­por­tant for smaller items such as un­der­wear, socks and other folded ac­ces­sories, such as scarves. Make sure the draw­ers are wide enough so your clothes don’t have to be folded up on the sides, and con­sider in­clud­ing di­viders or small boxes or bas­kets in­side for rolled belts, scarves, ties, etc, to keep things tidy and or­gan­ised.


Prac­ti­cal and cost ef­fec­tive (drawer mech­a­nisms cost more than open spa­ces), shelv­ing works best from waist-height up­wards. It’s per­fect for

“Are you a bit messy? A walk-in lets you hide all your clut­ter be­hind one door.”

folded jumpers, shirts and trousers. Open shelv­ing is also ideal for stor­ing your hand­bag col­lec­tion – a nar­row or awk­ward space can be eas­ily turned into a prac­ti­cal dis­play for your beau­ti­ful de­signs!


Nar­row open shelves in­stalled at a slight an­gle along the bot­tom of your walk-in robe are very prac­ti­cal for stor­ing your shoes and, as well as be­ing ac­ces­si­ble, make use of the oth­er­wise dead space un­der cloth­ing rails for hang­ing long items. You could also in­stall flat, nar­row shelves to store your shoes in their boxes.

Show pony

A cus­tomised walk-in al­lows for ef­fi­cient use of space, and the con­ve­nience of hav­ing ev­ery­thing on dis­play.

Cus­tomise as much as you can to use all the space you have and save money with DIY com­po­nents.

Be­spoke build

On the rails In­stalling one high and one low rail makes the most of tall spa­ces and dou­ble the room for short hang­ing items.

Stack it up Use high or out-of-the­way shelves for stor­ing bags you might not need as of­ten.

Short stop

Pop nar­row shelves in where you can – they’re per­fect for shoes.

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