From soft-close draw­ers to is­land stor­age units, walk-in robes of­fer amaz­ing op­tions, writes Jen­nifer Veerhuis

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We’ve seen kitchens morph into de­signer state­ment pieces and it seems walk-in wardrobes are go­ing the same way, with a mul­ti­tude of lux­ury op­tions and high-end fin­ishes avail­able.

Stegbar direc­tor of mar­ket­ing Chris­tine Evans says while a free­stand­ing wardrobe in a cor­ner may have once suf­ficed for cloth­ing stor­age, it’s been re­placed by built-in robes.

And home­own­ers are ex­pect­ing even more from their wardrobes than ever.

“We liken the evo­lu­tion of wardrobes ba­si­cally to what’s been hap­pen­ing in kitchens over the past 10 to 15 years,” Chris­tine says.

“Peo­ple have re­ally seen some smart in­no­va­tion come into the kitchen.

“We have less space but we want to fit more in, so it pays to be prac­ti­cal and ap­ply some re­ally good thought into your ac­ces­sories when you de­sign your robes.

“Even on smaller bud­gets, cre­at­ing an ex­tra wardrobe is still ob­tain­able for most of us and we can def­i­nitely add a touch of ex­trav­a­gance through light­ing, or choos­ing some of the higher-end boards and match­ing it with great hard­ware.”

Sim­ply the best

Chris­tine says peo­ple who don’t have big bud­gets still want smart in­no­va­tion.

“We’re re­ally see­ing a whole world of fea­tures in wardrobes,” she says. “Even soft­close draw­ers, re­ally fol­low­ing kitchen trends.

“They’re re­ally high qual­ity, op­er­ate re­ally smoothly, and have han­dle­less draw­ers.

“There’s even light­ing and mu­sic you can op­er­ate from your smart phone. In terms of ac­ces­sories, there are things like jew­ellery and watch trays, belt and leather-lined trays.”

She says they are also re­ceiv­ing more re­quests for is­land benches with spe­cial ar­eas to dis­play jew­ellery.

“Prob­a­bly the big­gest ad­van­tage is some of the smart ac­ces­sories that help peo­ple take ad­van­tage of space in their wardrobe that tra­di­tion­ally got a bit lost,” she says.

“You can get all these amaz­ing ac­ces­sories like pull-down coat racks where you can put racks up high and they’ve got han­dles and levers that mean you can re­ally use some of that space we just weren’t re­ally tak­ing ad­van­tage of be­fore.”

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