Wardrobe func­tions

Or­gan­is­ing wardrobe space is draw­ing new in­ter­est, writes Chelsea Clark

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - Home - - STYLE - More The Clever Closet Com­pany, clev­er­clos­et­com­pany.com.au; Ikea, ikea.com.au

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.

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