Master walk in robes have evolved from a functional practical area in which to house & store clothing to spaces that can command as much attention in design as kitchens. They have become mini havens that make the morning & nightly rituals of dressing akin to staying at a luxury hotel or spa.
With good walk in robe design the practical element must underpin the beauty of finishes and this is what we will explore; the fundamentals for designing a beautiful walk in robe regardless of budget
Where to start
What do I like?
This is the fun first step; discovering what you like & don’t like. It’s a wonderful oppportunity to dream, explore & discover. Start a pin board on pintrest, Houzz or other social media sites to collect images of walk in robes. It’s interesting to look over what you have chosen as you will discover patterns in your selections, gravitations to particular colours, styles, etc
Assess what you need and want
Start with a cull to your current wardrobe, be brutal & rid yourself of day to day items not worn in 2 or more years, including shoes. This may be difficult, especially with shoes that are kinda nice just to look at!!
Once you have culled, measure up your current hanging space including single & double hanging and any clothing you may have hanging in other robes- this will tell you the minimum lineal meters you need to house your existing clothing- you can then assess how much extra hanging space you may want.
Count up how many draws you have now & write down how plan to store items in drawers once your robe is built, e.g. 1 drawer for socks, 1 for tights, 2 drawers for winter sweaters, 1 for gym t-shirts etc.
Count up how many shoes & boots & bags you have & estimate what you want to expand that to
How many accessories do I have – space for handbags, belts, scarves, hats, seasonal items.
Collate all of the above information to relay it to your interior designer or joiner as it will provide the practical framework for the design
How do I want to use the space?
Think about your morning ritual: How do you get ready in the morning now and how would like that to be once you have your walk in robe. Some questions to consider;
Do you want a dresser in the walk in robe area so you can sit and do make- up & perfume and then jewelry?
Do you want everything behind closed doors?
Do you like the idea of a central seat in the middle surrounded by open shelves & hanging space so you can see all items?
Where will my mirror be best situated?
Do I have enough light natural or otherwise?
Whats my budget
This is where you need to be realistic, and there are many simple tips & tricks listed below that will make your walk in robe amazing no matter what your budget
– Choose your materials wisely; this can save you thousands of dollars. Stay away from a timber veneer- a laminate is more cost effective & stick to the joiners standard range, sizes & shelf thickness- this can make a significant difference to the cost of your project
– Open shelving with no backing to the wall is economical as less material required- paint the back of the wall or a wall paper backing as pictured is an economical design solution that also looks great
– Minimize closed draws, replacing them with open cubicles for sweaters & T shirts
– Normal straight shelving for shoes rather than cubicles or anything specifically customized
– Hooks on walls for bags & accessories rather than shelving
I have no budget & want an amazing space
These pictures below are for you