5 Little Changes that’ll make a Big Difference With Your Bedroom Storage
If you are reading this then you are probably on the hunt for some magical way of creating more storage space in your bedroom, or elsewhere in your house. As house prices rise and room sizes shrink the more we have to adapt! Luckily, Bedrooms Plus have been building fitted wardrobe and storage solutions since 1980, so we have some practical tips to share with you in your quest to make the most of your valuable space.
1: Use shelves more than hanging
Yes, it would be lovely to open up our wardrobe and see a massive expanse of space with clothing all organised by type and colour, and if you have that space available, fantastic. However, in most cases this is a fantasy, so what can you do instead? By installing Tower Shelving Units to subdivide your space, you can create huge amounts of usable clothing storage space that may otherwise have gone to waste. For example, on tower shelving units
2: Opt for Sliding Wardrobe Doors
Sliding Doors are what we started Bedrooms Plus with in 1980. The reason they are so effective has been proven by their continued success and popularity.
Let’s imagine your wardrobe is at the side of your bed. You step out of bed and slide open your wardrobe to get your clothes. That was easy.
Now let’s imagine you have a hinged wardrobe next to your bed, in a relatively small bedroom. You are going to need at least half a metre of space for the door to swing open. That’s a lot of space in your room wasted simply because you have to open the door!
In comparison, a set of sliding wardrobe doors will only require around 9 cm of space in which to operate! To put that in perspective, that’s about the width of your hand. Space saving at its best.
3: Avoid the flat pack false economy trap
Ok, let’s now consider “flat pack” freestanding wardrobes. By flat pack we mean the kind that come in boxes and you assemble the components yourself. Although it’s a great concept that revolutionised home furniture, flat pack has its disadvantages, especially when your space is limited and every centimetre counts.
Freestanding wardrobes tend to be rather inefficient in how they dominate your available space. Mass production in standard sizes and self-assembly means that the cost-saving could be tempting, but this comes at the expense of your most valuable asset – your space. You’re left with the predicament of having to fit your needs to the wardrobe rather than the wardrobe to your needs.
In comparison, weigh-up the significant benefits of choosing a custom built wardrobe solution. It’s designed to fit your available space and can be configured with tower units, rails and shelving to suit what you need to store in it. And in the compact bedrooms of today, it streamlines decor and enhances the impression of spaciousness. Added value that gives you priceless enjoyment.
And don’t forget your time is valuable too. With a custom built wardrobe you don’t have to set time aside to trek round furniture warehouses, find what you’re looking for, struggle to get it home and then get frustrated assembling it. Your time is precious and comes at a price – as is the fuel you burn, so it’s worth keeping in mind these hidden costs.
Often, the most sensible choice is to opt for custom built wardrobes and fittings. You only need to leisurely browse through our website and choose precisely what suits your requirements. You can even give us a call for help or advice. We would love to chat.
Our custom built solution enables you to finally put an end to the hassle of shoehorning fixed size furniture into alcoves only to be left with dead space and dust traps!
Maybe your preferred wardrobe location is not an alcove but a bare wall, and let’s say you can use up 1850mm of that space for your new wardrobe. You’ll soon find that standard size freestanding units are made to 1200 mm, 1500 mm and 2000 mm widths, so one way or another you’re still left with lots of unused lost space. Again, the ideal solution is to choose custom built wardrobes instead.
4: Use all the space you have right up to the ceiling
This is another reason to avoid flat pack freestanding units. They will all have a set height and you will almost always have an empty space above the wardrobe. Again this becomes a dust trap. With custom built, however, you can make good use of your full height with an extra shelf along the top and store things such as spare bedding up there away from the dust.
All those unused areas can soon add up to a lot of wasted space that you can make the most of, and custom built wardrobes enable you to do just that. Whether you are handy with DIY and can fit your custom wardrobe yourself or you hire a joiner to help out, the end result will be a fully functional wardrobe which utilises every bit of your available space.
5: Use the space under long hanging sections wisely
Long hanging space is usually a narrower section of the wardrobe where you keep dresses and coats. But if you look at the bottom of these areas, there is often a good chunk of space left below that is unused.
This is perfect for providing your shoes with a new home! Sometimes you can even divide this space with shelving to accommodate several pairs.
So now you’re asking, where do I start?
Easy! Speak to us at Bedrooms Plus. The first step will be taking the measurements of the space where you want your new wardrobe to be. We make that super easy as you’ll see in this video below. Once you’ve watched that, we have more information below.
Easier that you thought isn’t it? Once we have those 5 measurements shown in the video, we do absolutely everything from there and make sure your sliding doors and tracking are all custom made to suit that space perfectly.
Your next step will be to think of what design you want for your sliding doors. Below is a gallery of some of the ranges we create. Keep in mind that with the huge amount of customisation options available, we will always be able to come up with the perfect design for you even if you don’t see it at first.
Now let’s think about inside the wardrobe. Our beautiful shelving units are so easy to build and so versatile that you can put them wherever you want in your wardrobe. Just keep in mind that if you opt for a shelving unit with drawers, only put this in the centre if you have a 3 or 4-door system. Your drawers won’t open if this unit is right in the middle of a 2-door wardrobe!
Here is an image with our shelving units in use below:
Even looking at this photo which is done for display purposes, look how much space you have above. That large panel on the side is a cashmere end panel. Another one of these can be used along the top to great an additional shelf.
Now let’s see this wardrobe complete with the doors in place:
Look at that. Space used all the way up to the ceiling and a solid and completely custom made wardrobe that will last you for many years. Another plus side is that if, after many years you want a refresh, you can just put new sliding doors on the front.
I hope you have found this information useful and as always if you have any questions you can call Bedrooms Plus on 01698 209888 or email us via firstname.lastname@example.org
And of course you can shop online at www.bedroomsplusonline.co.uk