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Designer wardrobes

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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These days, wardrobes are much more than just a place to store your clothes. With a huge range of configurations and options, the seemingly endless selection of shelves, draws, doors and mirrors can be daunting to the average person, even with the assistance of a interior designer. The main point behind the concept of a wardrobe is to ensure that you can access your belongings, just as easily as you can put them away. For most people, it is much easier to keep their spaces neat and tidy if they have access to adequate storage, or, a designated spot for each item. This is especially true for children, as establishing a routine for them at an early age is a great way to ensure they will (hopefully!) become tidy adults.

Today, we are going to have a look at some wonderful examples of designer wardrobes in a number of different layouts and, of course, styles that cater to an accessible range of budget constraints. If you already have the shell of your wardrobe installed, you can use these images as clever and creative examples to efficiently arrange the inside of your cupboards. 


For true devotees to minimalism, as in those who have only a small, but high quality selection of clothing, this example of bedroom storage with transparent sliding doors and steel rack system is ideal for you. In this image, every item has its designated area, and must be kept neat because it is always on view. If you have an enviable wardrobe which you want to ogle and admire everyday, you have the possibility to do this. We also love how an Edwardian armchair has been ever-so subtly placed into the frame, showing that even in such a stark and modern environment, a touch of glamour can be found. 

Small space, big impact

Belsize Park Gardens:  Dressing room by Living in Space
Living in Space

Belsize Park Gardens

Living in Space

Hanging space, for most homeowners, is what they lack the most. Drawers, whether they are from a freestanding unit or built in, never seem to become as full as their hanging counterparts. For business men and women, an ever-growing collection of shirts and suits means you require additional hanging space over drawers. In fact, this space is essential, as it is inadvisable to fold the aforementioned items. As you can see in this configuration, the space has been dedicated to a large hanging system, ensuring that the jackets and shirts of the client are always pressed and at the ready!


​Unlike the first image, where all belongings were on display, this example provides a mixture of both worlds—a glimpse at your clothes, whilst still allowing for a bit of mystery. Unless you are fixated with a clean cupboard, for most people, a time will come at the end of the day or rather first thing in the morning when you couldn't decide on an outfit and, in your hurry, left a pile of clothes on the dresser. For situations like this, if you have unexpected guests or would prefer to close up and clean up your mess later, you have that possibility with a design like this. For any lover of design, the unique cut out featured on the top of the sliding door panels negates the need for additional art, as it is a stunning example of light play and creativity. 

Bold lines

Private Residence, Master Bedroom:  Bedroom by Koubou Interiors
Koubou Interiors

Private Residence, Master Bedroom

Koubou Interiors

For those who do not want to see the content of their wardrobes, preferring instead to have it closed off when not in use, you can opt for a system like pictured. The horizontal lines on the doors add a geometry to the room that would not have otherwise been there. The walnut timber is the perfect complementary factor to the other furniture elements in the room—the deep stained wooden floors, the cabinet and, of course, the charcoal coloured bed linen. Having a unit that is floor to ceiling emphasises the height and scale of a room. Despite the fact that room pictured is sizeable, a system like this works wonders for compact or small bedrooms as they fit flush against the walls with no extruding elements. 


Westminster:  Bedroom by LEIVARS



Scandinavian countries are synonymous for producing high quality, functional and, of course, remarkably aesthetically pleasing furniture. Simplicity is key; a beautiful grain of timber is formed into a bold, yet simple structure, which speaks in volumes on its own. The u-shape we can see in-lieu of draw handles, is just another example of how thought and good craftsmanship has been factored into the design. These are great for households with children as they make almost certain that their little fingers cannot get caught. It is also one less piece to replace, which can often be a source of much stress, if the original handles are discontinued. This is a great example for any bedroom lacking in storage space and will fit the style of many homes. For those on a tight budget, solid wood can be replaced by timber laminate or coated plywood. You can still have the somewhat same effect for a price that is a little friendlier on your pocket. 

Behind closed doors

Clanricarde Gardens:  Bedroom by Ardesia Design
Ardesia Design

Clanricarde Gardens

Ardesia Design

This example is a beautiful and contemporary take on a traditional wardrobe solution. The sleek doors mould and blend seamlessly into the walls, acting as if they are not even present. For minimalists and modernists, this is definitely a great option for you. Unlike sliding doors, you will need to ensure that there is space in front of these cupboards to be able to open them fully. Otherwise, you can be sure you have ample storage for whatever household or bedroom items need to be tucked away and out of plain sight. The designers have made full use of the space, going all the way up to ceiling height ensuring that all space is effectively used and accounted for! 

What are your experiences with choosing wardrobes? Let us know your tips and tricks below! 
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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