How Do I Choose the Best Built-In Wardrobe?

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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
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  • Last Modified Date: 13 May 2020
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The best built-in wardrobe will work well with the amount of space you have available in a given room. These wardrobes can be expensive because they need to be installed into the wall of the home, so you will need to do some research about common costs for materials or kits as well as installation costs. If you plan on doing the installation yourself, be sure you have all the necessary tools and skills to install the built-in wardrobe properly. Choose from a variety of materials and designs to find the unit that will work best for your needs.

Determine how much clothing and other items you intend to store in the built-in wardrobe. This will help determine how large of a wardrobe you will need. Measure the space in which you intend to install the wardrobe and find out how large of a unit is feasible for that space. These two determinations will give you a better idea of what size wardrobe you can have in the space, as well as what features you will want to install inside. Common features include drawers, shelves, hanger rods, and other storage organizers. You may want to decide between hinged doors and sliding doors as well: rooms with less available space will benefit from sliding doors, while larger rooms will benefit from a built-in wardrobe with hinged doors that allow for easy access to the entire storage space.

Try to choose the built-in wardrobe that maximizes available storage space with the smallest footprint. This means the unit should take up less space in the room but allow for more usable storage inside the wardrobe. This is usually done by organizing different storage areas, such as drawers, shelves, hanger rods, overhead bins, wall racks, and so on. Think about how you will use the space, and what types of storage features will work best with the items you intend to store in the built-in wardrobe.

Some wardrobes are large enough to be walk-in units. If you plan on installing such a wardrobe, be sure the space features adequate light as well as a mirror. This will ensure the space is usable not only for storage, but also for dressing or undressing. Overhead shelves can maximize storage space for seldom used items or seasonal clothing, and a built-in laundry bin can keep dirty clothes stored out of sight until laundry day. Wall racks can help organize ties and belts, too.


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