What you should know
1 - What storage do you actually need?
Start by having a sort-out and following a basic rule of thumb: discard all items that have not been worn in the past two years. If your cupboards are clutter- free, you will have greater enjoyment in storing the clothes you do like.
Once you have sorted out your clothes you can begin to decide what your storage needs are. Make up a pile of clothes you fold to store: these will be placed on shelves. Then sort them into types. Limit the piles to five or six items.
Collect together the garments you tend to store on hangers. Grade them according to size, from the longest (for your long-hanging wardrobe) to the shortest (for your short-hanging wardrobe).
Finally, gather together the garments you plan to put away in drawers.
2 - What is your storage style?
For each type of garment (jackets, coats, shirts, trousers and jumpers), do you tend to fold or hang? With this first check-list you will find out which you need most – rails, drawers or shelves.
Next, do you require special storage for your underwear and accessories (belts, ties, scarves, jewellery)? Where do you store your footwear? What do you do with clothes you remove at night? How do you prepare your clothes for the next day?
Your answers to these questions will help our shop-based adviser design your ideal storage solution.
3 - What are the rules for good storage?
- The hanging rail must be 1.6 m above the base for long garments (coats and dresses); 1.3 m for mid-length garments (jackets and shirts). You can also have two hanging rails (upper and lower) one above the other, 1.1 m apart. Opt for wooden hangers which keep the shape of your garments.
- Drawers should be placed on the lower level and no higher than 1.3 m. Shelves for shirts, jumpers and tee-shirts should be placed at eye-level and have a depth of 45 cm. The minimum distance between shelves should be 30 cm.
- The upper part of the wardrobe or dressing-room is set aside for out-of-season clothes, seldom-used equipment and suitcases. Use transparent or labelled boxes for ease of storage.
- The ideal depth of a wardrobe or cupboard is 65 cm, to make sure that the door will not rub against hanging shirts or jackets.
Internal fitting is modular. If you marry, or your family grows, you can quite simply reconfigure your dressing-room and transform a hanging-space into a shelving stack.
4 - What is the ideal internal layout for your wardrobe or dressing-room?
According to your wardrobe and your storage practice, we can help you design the ideal solution for your needs.
Apart from hanging rails and shelving we have many space-saving and time-saving ideas to tempt you: sliding trouser-hanger, pull-out hanging-rail, overnight clothes rack fixed to the side of the wardrobe, sliding and adjustable internal mirror and soft-close divided drawers.
Don’t forget about lighting. Many solutions are available to help you choose your outfit with ease, and dress without waking your partner - external halogen downlight, door-operated lighting and illuminated hanging rail.