Second only to your bed, your wardrobe is the most important piece of furniture in your bedroom. Not only must it provide adequate and suitable storage space for your clothes and accessories, but it should also complement and enhance the style of your room. The type of wardrobe you choose will depend on your budget, the space you have available and the number of clothes you plan to hang in it, but here are a few suggestions:
Exciting wardrobe options
Fitted or built in wardrobes are suitable for rooms of all sizes. The advantage of a built in wardrobe is that it will often give you more storage space than a freestanding wardrobe, which is particularly useful if you’re sharing the space with your partner. In addition, you can choose exactly the combination of rails and drawers you want.
A freestanding wardrobe has the huge advantage that you can take it with you when you move house. You can also easily change the position of your wardrobe or replace it if you give your bedroom a design makeover. An alcove in the walls makes an ideal home for a wardrobe, but check the measurements first to make sure you make the most of the space available, without buying one too large to fit.
If you’re on a budget, the cheapest solution is to buy a flat pack wardrobe and assemble it yourself. However, the quality of flat pack furniture can be variable. The hinges and drawers may not be as durable as those on a factory-assembled wardrobe. Another budget option is to look in second-hand furniture shops for something of better quality.
If a freestanding wardrobe has a fixed rail, check the height is right for hanging your long dresses and coats. A wardrobe that includes drawers may mean that you don’t need a chest of drawers as well, saving space in your bedroom.
For the ultimate in stylishness, a walk in wardrobe is the perfect choice. If you don’t have space for a walk in wardrobe in your bedroom, you might be able to convert a box room or small spare room. If you like unusual or period furniture, hunt around for an antique wardrobe or armoire. Armoires usually have shelving or drawers, which makes them ideal for storing jumpers and T-shirts. Or, if your budget allows it, you could get a wardrobe especially designed to your specifications.
Organising your wardrobe
Once you’ve found your perfect wardrobe, it’s time to get organised. Sort through your clothes and get rid of anything that’s old and tatty, doesn’t fit you any more or you haven’t worn in the past year. If you find it hard to part with old clothes, ask a trusted friend to give you an objective opinion on what you should keep and what needs to go. If an item of clothing needs mending or a button sewing on, do it there and then – don’t leave it in a pile, because you’ll never get round to it again.
Now you know exactly what’s buried at the bottom of your closet, you’ll probably find you have more to wear than you thought. You’ll also avoid the mistake of buying yet another black T-shirt when you already have five at home. Make decluttering your wardrobe a regular part of your life – a useful rule is every time you buy something new, get rid of something you no longer wear.
Remember you don’t need to keep all your clothes in your wardrobe at once. In the middle of winter, your shorts and skimpy vest tops are wasting valuable space. Fold up out-of-season clothing into storage boxes or bags and put it in the attic or under the bed. Only keep the clothes you’ll wear for the next few months in your wardrobe.
Organise your clothes into garment categories, so that all your shirts, jackets and trousers are hung together. Within each category, you can sort them by colour. Hang long dresses and coats at one end of the rail.
A random assortment of wire and plastic coat hangers not only looks messy, but isn’t the best way to keep your clothes in good shape. Invest in a set of good quality wooden hangers in the same colour and style. Make sure that some of the hangers have clips for trousers and skirts, and buy a few padded ones to protect delicate clothing