Who doesn’t want a fitted wardrobe in the house? They’re super practical because they provide storage without taking up any exterior space in the room. If you’re lucky enough to have one – or a few – at home, it’s important to make the most of it, and really think about how best to organise the interior.
The layout inside your fitted wardrobe will depend on the room it’s in, and what it’s used for. It wouldn’t be the same for a hallway, master bedroom, or kids’ room, for example. However, most wardrobes have the same kind of features in varying proportions.
- Hanging area. Rails for hangers are the most common form of hanging area. You can make the most effective use of this space by choosing the correct type of hanger for the things you want to hang: simple, with bar, with bar and clips, special hangers for belts, ties, or scarves, etc. There are also 4 in 1 hangers, which allow you to hang 4 items on one hanger, either vertically or horizontally. Depending on the space you have available, you could opt for a self-adhesive trouser or accessories rack, and leave the rail free for coats, shirts, and dresses.
- If your fitted wardrobe is in the hallway, you’ll usually have a larger space with a rail to hang things. So, you can store your coats right at the entrance of your house. If it’s a kids’ wardrobe, you’ll want to have the bars much lower, so your little ones can reach the hangers themselves.
- Shelves. For storing t-shirts, jumpers, towels, bedding, etc. Based on the amount of clothing you have, you can add more or less shelves, and decide the distance between them. It’s convenient to have a shelf at the top of the wardrobe, where you can keep seasonal clothing, suitcases, blankets… basically, anything that’s not currently being used.
- Drawers. As a general rule, we tend to store, among other things, underwear, scarves, and belts, etc. in our drawers; i.e. smaller items. If you place a drawer separator inside, you can avoid your things getting mixed up, and wasting time trying to find the things you need. Given that there are many different options available – in terms of layout, size, material, and design – you can choose the one that best suits your needs and personal taste. Some of these drawers could be used to store shoes. In this case, it’s more practical to have open drawers.
If you’re stuck on how to organise a small fitted wardrobe, because it doesn’t have a lot of space inside, you can apply the organisation tips we’ve already mentioned, but try to reduce the number of items you’re storing in it. For example, if you keep a shoerack in the entrance of your home, you can take your shoes out of the wardrobe. Clothes you’re not currently using, such as summer or winter clothing, and suitcases could be stored in storage room – if you have one – or underneath the bed. You could make space in the chest of drawers to store your scarves, ties, belts, and other accessories.
To summarise, in order to make the most of the space in your fitted wardrobe, it’s really important to plan beforehand where you want things to go, according to the room it’s in and what you’re going to use it for. This way, you’ll achieve a practical, functional interior, which is much more convenient to use and easy to keep tidy.