Organising wardrobe space is drawing new interest, writes Chelsea Clark
Most new home designs now come with a walk-in robe to at least one the bedrooms. Indeed, they appear to be as essential to bedroom suites as ensuite bathrooms once were.
So as more and more of us discover the joys once reserved for the rich and famous with their colour-coordinated closets and display cases for jewellery and shoes, it makes sense manufacturers and retailers are catching on with specialised storage solutions.
Even if you’re not in the market for a new home, custom storage systems from retailers like Ikea and Howard’s Storage World allow you to create a wardrobe space in part of your bedroom or even the spare room.
“The biggest trend we’re seeing in walk-in wardrobes and dressing rooms at the moment is that they’re getting bigger,” says Sally Hart from The Clever Closet Company.
“Increasingly I’m seeing entire spare bedrooms being converted to dressing rooms and I don’t just mean in luxurious harbourside mansions. We’re doing them in suburban homes and even apartments.”
A place for everything
Sally, who attends the annual Closet Conference in the USA each April to keep up with what’s trending in the industry, says specialised storage such as drawer organisers and shoe racks are some of the most requested items from her customers.
“Everyone is mad about drawer organisation,” she says. “Depending on the budget, my customers either go all out with custom-made drawers, all beautifully done with felt lining or they can go with different height drawers and drawer sorters you can buy online because they both essentially serve the same purpose.”
Specialised storage for shoes, handbags and makeup are also becoming must-haves for many women according to Sally.
“A dressing table with makeup storage is something a lot of women are asking for now especially if they have a large walk-in or dressing room with space for a chair,” she says.
“Lighting is another big thing at the moment, with a lot of people requesting LED lights in the wardrobe, as well as motion-detected lights so you’re not fumbling around for a light switch if you have to get up early for work or you’re coming in late.”
Sally also says customers are looking for a mix of open shelving and hanging space as well as some space that is closed off behind doors to protect clothes and accessories from dust.
“Glass-fronted cabinets or drawers are really popular at the moment and I also love including a number of valet hooks which fold down for what I call ‘dog-walking’ clothes — you know those clothes you just throw on but don’t necessarily need to wash every time you wear them.
“Valet hooks provide easy access and are a little better looking than just throwing the clothes on the chair at the end of the bed.”
Everyone is mad about drawer organising
Having a place for everything makes it easy to see what you have while keeping your accessories in good condition.
Walk-in wardrobes, like this one designed by Clever Closet, are getting bigger and including island storage. This lined drawer insert is part of the Komplement range from Ikea. Glass drawers makes everything easy to see and to access while keeping clothes dust free.