Here’s how to convert your spare room into a Walk in Wardrobe: Think walk in wardrobes are reserved for the likes of Carrie Bradshaw and Mariah Carey? Think again! If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room in your home, turning it into a closet could be just the thing to do. Walk in wardrobes are all about access: a clear, stylised format for storing your clothes will help you pick out what you want in a hurry and allow you to quickly pop things away again. You’ll have outfit inspiration on display, and you’ll find that the colour and texture of your clothing actually adds some vibrancy and personality to a room that’s otherwise sitting empty!
ABOVE: Mariah Carey’s closet
Now, let’s get down to business. You’ve probably seen plenty of artful, professional walk in wardrobes on Pinterest, but it’s worth bearing in mind that most of them aren’t achievable on an average budget. These kinds of closets tend to belong to multi-millionaires with more square footage (and more Jimmy Choos) than our minds can contemplate. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t convert your spare room into a walk in wardrobe that works for you.
So, where does a fashionista start? Well, begin by sorting through the current state of affairs – empty your wardrobes, shelves, drawers and anywhere else you’ve shoved your stuff. It’s time to be ruthless: either donate what you no longer wear to charity, throw it out, or put in storage using services like Readysteady store. Once you’ve whittled it down to the belongings you desperately want to hang on to, you’ll maximise the space available in your walk in wardrobe and find it easier to contemplate its design.
The best thing about a walk in wardrobe is that you’re able to store everything in a way that’s visual, rather than folding, hanging or piling belongings out of site. So, your walk-in should have plenty of hanging space with open drawers or reflective mirrored surfaces.
If you have a very large spare room, opt for modular or fitted systems of storage; you’ll earn yourself plenty of hanging space around the sides of your room (something which was hard to come by when you were storing clothes in your bedroom), as well as having drawers above and below. Better yet, modular systems make full use of space so that none of it is redundant – you can cut into awkward angles and use high and low areas for clothes that are out of season.
Or, if your walk in wardrobe is on the smaller side, opt for clever storage solutions instead. Like Dina, you could use clothing racks, table furniture and shelving to accommodate your clothes. Space under eaves can be sectioned off for drawers, and shelving above ‘dead’ spaces (such as above doors and windows) can be used to store less frequently used items (such as hats, for example). Consider clever fittings too, if you’re especially tight on space, a pull out pantry (such as this tiny one) can be used to stow multiple pairs of shoes.