A well-designed wardrobe means something different for every one of us. Whatever your style, a professionally designed wardrobe system will help organise your day better by using the space more effectively. Follow our top 10 tips to get started.

1. Analyse your existing wardrobe

Analyse your current storage to figure out what works and what doesn’t. How big do you really need your wardrobe to be? What garments do you wear the most and how much space do you need for them? Which ones can be folded and stored higher up and which do you prefer at eye level? Analysing your existing clothes, dressing habits and current storage frustrations will help you create a personalised design that’s right for you.

2. Group similar items

Give shirts, tops, pants and dresses their own racks as they are generally the same size. Separate hanging into half hang, three-quarter hang and long hang so every space is used. Hanging jeans and pants over coat hangers allows them to fit perfectly on half-height hanger bars.  Shelves are also a practical option for folding and storing jeans, tees and knitwear. 

3. Hero the Double Hang

Double hang (one bar above the other) allows you to fit so much more into your wardrobe. While a dedicated area for long hang is essential for dresses and coats, most of us have more half height clothes like shirts, jackets, tops and skirts. Make sure there’s enough space between the hanger bars so the bottom of the clothes on the top bar don’t drape on the bottom bar. Use slimmer coat hangers to allow you to fit more garments in.

4. Think about drawers

Drawers are perfect for smaller items like underwear and socks. Also for items that can get messy like shorts, t-shirts and exercise gear, so consider the right number for your lifestyle. If you don’t have much wardrobe space, prioritise hanging space and put a set of drawers in your room. If you have a walk-in or large wardrobe, you’ll have the flexibility to add more drawers without sacrificing hanging space.

5. Choose a system that suits your budget

Some wardrobes resemble dressing rooms, with walls of custom-made cabinetry, furniture, glamorous lighting and integrated technology systems. Others are modular pieces that can be assembled as a weekend DIY project. Boston Wardrobes have designs and materials to suit all price points, including a ventilated wire system, Simplfit wall-hung system, Traditional floor-mounted system, and the premium Cabinet system. You can expect to pay between $600-$1200 for an entry-level wardrobe depending on its size, between $2000-$3000 for a mid-level design and up to $10,000 or more for a luxury solution.

6. Showcase your shoes

If you keep shoes in your wardrobe you probably know they can become really messy. Look after your shoes by adding shoe shelves to your design. If you have some favourite pairs, show them off on racks or in a shoe cabinet.

7. Celebrate accessories

The best part of having a professional design your wardrobe is that they utilise every bit of space.  Consider what storage would be handy for small things and add accessories from the start. Boston Wardrobes have a great range of jewellery drawers, pull-out trouser racks, foldaway mirrors and sliding tie and belt racks. Use every space – a spare wall is a perfect spot for a full length wall mirror or coat hooks.

8. Make the doors a design feature

Invest in doors that reflect the interior style and era of your home to make the design look more considered and professional. Panel sliding doors are cost-effective options for modern homes and come in a large range of textures and colours to match any interior. Painted wooden doors are a beautiful option for more traditional homes and range from a Flush Panel to Villa moulding or Tongue & Groove.  Mirror doors can reflect a nice view, make the room look larger and giving you a beautiful full length mirror for dressing.

9. Get your measurements right

If you’re preparing the wardrobe cavity yourself, make sure you’ve created a space that allows for your chosen wardrobe system. A reach-in wardrobe must have enough depth so that your hanging clothes don’t restrict the movement of the sliding doors – the minimum recommended internal wardrobe depth (behind the doors) is 600mm. Jambs for twin tracks are 90mm wide and for triple tracks 135mm wide. Hanger bars should be fitted 250mm out from the back wall of the wardrobe. The standard depth for shelves is 400mm.

10. Prioritise space in the room

You don’t need to fit everything you own into your wardrobe. If a larger wardrobe means you’ll find it difficult to walk around your bedroom it may not be the best option. Design a wardrobe that suits the scale and proportion of the room while prioritising the clothes you wear more often. Out of season items can always be stored in another part of the house and swapped out when you actually need them.

By Shelley Ferguson. We used the Simplfit Wall System from Boston Wardrobes, and painted the walls behind in Resene Karen Walker Blanched Pink. To view the ranges or book a consultation email [email protected]