To ensure that there is enough space in the closet for the things of the whole family, the clothes on the shelves lay in even piles and do not wrinkle, and the search for the necessary accessory does not take several days, you need to correctly plan its internal filling. Here’s a strategy to help you plan your ideal wardrobe!
1. We start with revision
In the ideal world of interior design, experts recommend making a list of the things that you intend to store in the closet, on the basis of which to divide the structure into functional parts: for outerwear, for everyday and holiday sets, for shoes, bedding, etc. Rarely does anyone have enough time and patience for this procedure, so assess the scale of the “disaster” at least by eye. Organize all planned content according to the principle you need, and then add 20-30% to each component “in reserve”.
A material audit will help you decide on the dimensions of the future cabinet. For small storage systems, we recommend two-door designs with one or two compartments inside. The best option for a family is a three-door wardrobe. Models with four or more sashes are not suitable for all premises. If the area allows it, that’s great!
2. Choosing the “filling”
Most standard wardrobes combine a bar and a shelf in filling. Nothing prevents you from purchasing this option – if necessary, you can buy the necessary items for storage: boxes, drawers, dividers, etc.
However, manufacturers offer a ton of modern modules that are sometimes difficult to replace. For example, drawers, pantographs (“send” hangers with clothes to the ceiling, freeing up space), shoe racks, baskets for accessories. All of them are designed to organize storage, to make your life easier. And a little bit – a wallet. Think carefully about which content elements you really need and which ones you can refuse.
A controversial point is the presence or absence of mezzanines. For those who have a lot of rarely used items, these shelves are urgently needed. If most things are in constant use, it will be obviously inconvenient to reach for the right item every day. In this case, we recommend using the upper part of the cabinet with an additional bar with a pantograph. The optimum width of the mezzanine is 80-120 cm. However, if you plan to store rather heavy things, the maximum width is 80 cm, otherwise you will need an additional vertical partition.
Arm yourself with a sheet of paper, a pen and try to sketch out the layout of the future wardrobe. Start with the high sections where the long clothes will hang. Dresses, raincoats, coats will require 140-160 cm in height. The next step is short clothes hangers. T-shirts, shirts, jackets will take 70-80 cm. Pants – up to 130 cm. Drawers or baskets can be provided under the bar with short clothes.
Now the width. A set of 5-10 dresses will take up to 40 cm in the closet. A dozen of men’s suits – up to 100 cm. Based on the volume of the wardrobe, which you evaluated the first item, determine the width of the compartments that suits you.
Drawers work best for daily use – they are best positioned at a comfortable height. In order for the rollers to slide well along the guides, the width of the box should not exceed 100 cm. Under high loads, the mechanisms will “slip” and often break, so do not place many things in such compartments. The standard height of the pull-out compartment is 20-25 cm.
Shelves are usually located at the top and bottom of the wardrobe. The distance between them should be at least 40 cm, otherwise things will be trivially inconvenient to get. Where you plan to store bulky items: travel bags and suitcases – leave a shelf 60-80 cm high. The overhead handles on the drawers inside the cabinets are a real luxury that “eats” several centimeters of space. Give preference to flush fittings or push-open systems.
On a leftover basis, distribute additional systems in the design: hangers for belts and ties, shoe racks (although many prefer to store shoes in boxes), special hooks for bags, etc. The ideal design is in front of you! It remains only to bring it to life. Choose a responsible manufacturer that makes wardrobes and use it with pleasure!