CREATING your own wardrobe with the help of a builder or by buying components and putting them together means you get exactly what you need.
First, measure the space you have. You need to measure the height of the walls as well as the width. Your builder can measure to fit but if you’re buying modular pieces and putting them together, you need to include a bit of wriggle space so you can set things up. Discuss this with the sales people and check the instructions.
The tricky bit is deciding how deep you want it to be. If you can, deeper is better because it gives you more storage space but too deep means you have drawers you never see the back of.
Tip: if you buy large clothes sizes, your things take up more space so go for the bigger sizes.
Second, inventory your clothing. Divide it into things that have to hang in short spaces (like shirts) long spaces (like coats) and what goes in drawers (socks and knickers). Don’t forget ties and scarves that may be bundled into a drawer at present but that would benefit from being showcased.
Third, decide what you want in terms of storage space. You need to consider shelves, rods, baskets and drawers as well as hooks.
Tip: there are loads of apps online that will help you decide this. All you need to do is plug in the space you have and then the number of items you have, for example, 10 pairs of shoes, 12 shirts, eight dresses, etc. Google “closet design app” for good links.
Fourth, decide on wire or solid systems. Wire is excellent for fighting dampness and tends to be a bit cheaper whereas solid wood tends to last a lot longer and is stronger. Always look for something that’s easy to clean.
This is especially true with wood because you don’t want to end up having to buy special expensive cleaners.
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