WALK IN TO A WORLD OF LUXURY
From soft-close drawers to island storage units, walk-in robes offer amazing options, writes Jennifer Veerhuis
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Christine Evans says while a freestanding wardrobe in a corner may have once sufficed for clothing storage, it’s been replaced by built-in robes.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.”
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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.”