In ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’, a magical wardrobe was the gateway to a make-believe world of mythical creatures. More magical to me, however, is a wardrobe stocked with clothes, shoes, and bags. Having enjoyed ‘shopping’ in my very own at-home boutique for a year now, I would consider myself pretty knowledgeable as to what works, and what does not, for walk-in wardrobes.
Firstly—where should the walk-in wardrobe go? Many HDB home owners choose to break down a wall between 2 bedrooms, for easy access between the master bedroom toilet, wardrobe, and sleeping space. Before you go hack-happy though, be sure to secure approval from HDB first.
Dedicated dressing room
A messy wardrobe is never stylish, and good organisation is THE key to a fail-safe wardrobe. To safeguard domestic bliss, a ‘his and hers’ system is a good starting point, with ample hanging rods, drawers, compartments, and shelves.
In planning, consider your daily dressing habits, as well as the items that you already own. Shirts, trousers, skirts, blouses and dresses will require lots of rod space, as these need to be hung. Ladies, make sure that the rods are high enough so that the ends of your dresses do not crumple into a pile at the bottom. (I overlooked this aspect, and am paying for my mistake to this day.) Also, pro tip: invest in thin hangers, they let you pack more clothes into the space.
Items best kept folded like T-shirts, jeans, and sleepwear ought to go onto shelves or drawers, as do accessories like watches and jewellery. It is a good idea to install locks on at least 2 drawers (yes, one for him and one for her!), to store valuable items.
It might also be worthwhile to plan out where extra bed sheets, pillows, and towels should go—seasonal clothes too— unless you have an alternative space to store these.
A space for everything
Open or close?
For ease of maintenance, many HDB home owners said they opted for doors to keep dust, humidity, and household pests away from their belongings. Opaque doors also hide a multitude of sins, especially the inevitable (but hopefully occasional) mess! On that note, hinged doors offer additional closet space as you can hang things off the back of the door, whereas sliding doors take up less space.
If you really love the open-concept look though, speak to your interior designer about incorporating glass or mesh doors into your closet design. You might just be able to get the best of both worlds.
Open or close, that is the question
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