Customise your closet
When every piece of footwear, jewellery and clothing sits in its rightful place and you can casually cast your eye over your entire wardrobe, getting ready becomes a calming ritual.
Words by Natasha Were.
Walk-in wardrobes have evolved into so much more than spaces to store your clothes and clutter: they’re perfect havens of organisation. Firms like Brand Source and Pooley Cabinets can help you customise your closet to give you the perfect combination of hanging space, shelves and drawers, in the materials and finishes you want. But first, take a look at some of the options available to you:
1. CLOSET-CUM-DRESSING ROOM
Simply adding a vanity, a mirror and a seat or built-in bench will turn your closet into your dressing room. With everything you need close at hand and a mirror to check your reflection in, it becomes a private fashion refuge.
2. DOUBLE UP ON HANGING SPACE
If folding isn’t your thing, then hanging everything that can be hung makes your life that much easier. Go for double-decker rows of rails and hang T-shirts, shirts, blouses and tops above, and pants and skirts below. That way you can easily visualise different combinations of outfits.
3. TURN IT INTO A DISPLAY
Love your clothes? Then show them off. There’s no need to hide your things away behind solid doors. Glass-fronted displays or open shelves let you admire your clothes, shoes and handbags every time you walk by. Arranging your belongings by colour and category makes it easy to find what you need – and feels like an upscale boutique.
4. MIRRORS ARE A MUST
As well as flexible storage in the form of hanging rails, drawers and shelves, you’re going to need a looking glass. If space permits, a three-panelled mirror lets you see your outfit from all angles; in smaller closets, cover doors with mirrors to reflect light and make the space feel larger, or save space with a folding one.
5. CENTRAL ISLAND
If space is not an issue, an island in the centre of your closet is a genius addition. It can house plenty of drawers and also provide a large flat surface for folding.
Depending on your particular possessions, you’ll need to add accessories to suit you. Consider jewellery organisers, racks from which to hang ties and belts, a fold-out ironing board, shelves for shoes or baskets for storing all the small, rarely used bits
Finally, make sure the lighting is sufficient to see what is hiding in even the furthest corners of your closet. Pair LED lights in drawers and under shelves with a central pendant for ambience.
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