How to Design the Wardrobe You Need
Designers dish on how to maximise space usage & minimise cost!
December 31, 2018
It doesn’t matter how large or small your bedroom is, the two essentials you will need are a bed and a wardrobe. However, designing the wardrobe can be a herculean task, as it is fixed and cannot be shifted to make space — unlike the bed. So here is a wardrobe design guide to help get the perfect wardrobe to suit all your requirements from functionality to aesthetics.
Placement & Space Management
Firstly, you’ll need to assess the space to can fit a wardrobe. For a two-door swing wardrobe, a minimum space of 800 mm is required, i.e., 2-3 ft. But if you want a two-door sliding wardrobe, your room should spare a minimum of 6 ft.
However, if the room is compact, it would be ideal to have a sliding door wardrobe. Swing doors need space to open the hinged doors —300 mm. Thus, sliding doors are more space-efficient.
What is the Ideal Size?
On an average, the height of a wardrobe varies between 7-8 ft. Anything higher or lower than this can affect its ergonomic design and storage capacity.
If you require more storage, then opt for lofts. However, if you choose a sliding wardrobe, it’s advised to not have a loft as the runners on top of a sliding wardrobe cannot take more weight.
Have coats and blazers or heavy dresses and saris to hang? Then opt for 2 ft depth. But if you don’t use much hanging space and are fine with folding your clothes, a depth of 1.5 ft will work too.
Materials to Choose From
A wardrobe consists of two parts — the carcass (the inner body) and the shutter. For the carcass, you have the options of MDF and plywood, whereas the shutters are made of MDF at Livspace. We recommend MDF for the carcass as it is not only cost-effective, but plywood tends to bend after a certain time.
Finishes to Seal the Deal
You can choose between finishes like laminate, membrane, UV, acrylic, aluminium with glass or aluminium with lacquer. Laminate and membrane are cost-effective and easy to maintain, as opposed to the other finishes. However, if you want a classy look and don’t mind spending some more, then acrylic, UV, glass and lacquer finishes are stunning options.
Currently, many are opting for mirrored finishes for their wardrobe to double up as a dresser. While studs are used to attach the mirrors to the swing door, aluminium frames are used for the sliding wardrobes.
Accessories to Invest in
Wardrobe design is not just about shelves, drawers and hangers. You can equip your wardrobe with accessory organisers, trouser hangers and many pull-out accessories. For a better understanding of the wardrobe accessories, refer to this article.
Having a wardrobe is not just about functionality but aesthetics too. Consult with your designer on customisation options to suit your family’s needs and complement your interiors.
Sanmitra S is a charming interior designer with over 7 years of experience in designing modular kitchen and wardrobes for high-end luxury brands. She is passionate about giving her clients their dream home and also loves music and books.
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