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Designing A Built In Robe To Trump All Others

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Did you know that the wardrobe is often the most forgotten component of a bedroom suite? If you have the opportunity to design your own built in robe – perhaps you’re renovating or building a home from scratch – this is definitely an area that you shouldn’t neglect! After all, there is nothing more rewarding than having a luxurious robe that is completely organised. It might even help you get out of the door a little faster of a morning!

Lift Away Clothing
We are often restricted by our height when it comes to hanging and storing items within a wardrobe – the last thing you want to do is get on a chair to reach the top shelf. The addition of ‘robe lifts’ can allow you to use the full height of the structure whilst still being able to access all of your clothes. Simply pull on the handle and the rail moves down to your level; push the handle and the rail moves back into place.

Shoe Housing
In most cases, shoes are found at the bottom of the wardrobe, somewhere under the forest of clothing hanging above. Why not install a rack, drawer, compartment or open shelving instead? This will not only ensure that all your shoes are organised and easily visible, it will keep them looking their best, too. A display trick is to have the shelving angled, as this will provide you with a better view of the shoes.

Bits & Bobs
It is important that you don’t forget about all those accessories (such as ties, belts, jewellery and scarves) in your built in robe design, as they can make all the difference to an outfit. There are a variety of storage options available, from hangers that attach to rods and racks that pull out through to drawers with individual compartments. Any of these solutions will allow you to arrange your accessories functionally.

Finishing Beauty
The finishes of your wardrobe can really make or break its success aesthetically. It should not look disconnected from the rest of the space – ideally the bedroom, robe and ensuite should read as a suite rather than individual spaces. The continuity of your finishes, from the exterior to the interior, can also help to create a sense of luxury. This is one area of your home that you shouldn’t skimp on.

Believe it or not, lighting can actually determine the mood that you desire within a space. A pendant hanging in the middle of the room, over a cushioned seat, immediately creates a sense of luxury. The lighting you have selected can also be used to highlight features of the robe, such as a favourite artwork or an architectural element. Don’t forget that lighting should illuminate you in the best way possible.

At the end of the day, the key to a fantastically designed built in robe is to plan how you want it to function. Think about how you use your current wardrobe – are you always wearing similar garments or do you seem to scramble for the perfect scarf? It is also important to list out all of the clothing, shoes, purses, handbags and jewellery that you own. This will ensure that necessary storage solutions are incorporated into the design.

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