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How to Make the Perfect Walk in Wardrobe

August 2, 2018 | Comment

If you’re blessed with a spare room in your home, you’d be foolish not to make the best of it. In a time when people find themselves crammed into smaller and smaller flats, some of them with no shared space beyond a kitchen, the luxury of a whole spare bedroom is one you really should take advantage of.

Today we’re taking a look at one of the ways you can use your spare room if fashion is really important to you: turning it into a walk in wardrobe.

Preparation

First of all, you need to clear the room out. It’s no good simply moving a few dresses into your spare room amid the boxes and old furniture and calling it a wardrobe. If you’re going to do this, you need to do it well. If you can’t move your clutter elsewhere in the house, and you live in London, storage options abound. Even in smaller towns it shouldn’t be difficult to find a storage bay to call your own.

When the room is clear you can really get to work.

Furnishing

To begin with, we advise stripping back and repainting the walls. Spare rooms are by nature a little faded and dusty, so a fresh lick of paint will leave it feeling like a new room, ready to receive your clothes. You could opt for light colours, to provide a neutral backdrop against which your clothes can really shine, or create a boudoir effect with richer colours like deep reds or purples.

Care for Clothes

Your walk in wardrobe needs to do two key things: display your clothes so you can enjoy how they look and find what you’re looking for relatively easily, and keep them safe, from damage and from creasing.

You can choose to fit fixed rails for your clothes by either drilling into the wall or using pressure bars, or use a series of wheeled rails. If you own your home, and can safely say you’ll be using this walk in wardrobe for the foreseeable future, fitting permanent rails makes the most sense, for safety and stability. If there’s a time in the next couple of years you can see having to move or convert the room for another purpose, it might be worth opting for the convenient of moveable rails.

When you’re converting the room into a wardrobe, one thing you need to think about is ventilation: if damp takes hold among your clothes, you might lose some treasured garments, so if the room is prone to damp, consider fitting a fan, and ensuring the windows are sealed properly, so you can air out the room when you choose to and keep it sealed shut the rest of the time.

One of the biggest dangers to your clothing is moths. An infestation of them and their hungry larvae could tear through your wardrobe so be careful. Keeping the room well ventilated will help, as will ordering special cedarwood hangars, as moths are repelled by the smell. You can also buy ultrasonic noisemakers to plug in throughout the room to keep your clothes safe!

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