We delve into the organised world of walk-in-wardrobes.
A walk-in-wardrobe is no longer reserved for the privileged few. Its popularity has soared in recent years and is increasingly seen as an indispensable addition for the luxury home.
Historically an American trend, interior designers have been offering this service (on both sides of the pond) to their clients for many years now, but with all good secrets, some can’t be kept for long. The ever strengthening bond between developers and designers have brought this addition to the wider market’s attention. Today almost all master bedrooms in high-end residential developments will include a feature storage space or dressing room. Often starting with a blank slate to create a bespoke floorpan for their target market, it is easier than ever for developers and designers to accommodate these spaces within the designs.
This is driven largely by a generation of young professionals, who desire a space that not only stores their investment pieces but makes dressing a pleasure. This fashion conscious consumer base attach considerable value to their clothing and shoes which they have spent time and energy in selecting. A walk-in-wardrobe offers an opportunity not only to celebrate the clothes but protect their investment.
Whilst the overall aesthetic is of paramount importance, it is functionality that is also key to a successful design. A walk-in-wardrobe allows the homeowner an opportunity to organise their belongings in an arrangement that fits seamlessly with their lifestyle. Many include two-way entrances, allowing the early riser an ability to get ready in the morning without having to disturb their partner. The favoured location of these spaces is usually between the bedroom and the bathroom, set out as a corridor or if space allows, as a separate room entirely.
Regarding layout, there are a few important points to keep in mind. Hanging space requires a depth of at least 70-80cm and extra allowance should be made for sliding doors. Lighting is also a useful addition.
Usually incorporated as LED strips integrated into the rear ceiling of the compartments or as spotlights for shelving, we are also seeing motion sensors as a popular option. The importance of lightning is not to be underestimated. When executed properly, it makes the selection of a dark suit much easier, lessening the chance of mismatching trousers and jackets with subtle pattern and colour variations.
For those with a larger budget and space to play with: the world is your oyster. Additions to the traditional layout increasingly feature island units. These enable the homeowner to display a selection of jewellery or watches in a display case in the top whilst providing extra storage space below. Seating areas and dressing tables are also popular as they enhance the process of dressing, making it more of an occasion.
Angled shoe racks and drawers can be lined in hand-stitched leather to help create a space similar to the ateliers of Paris or Milan where many of the pieces originated. Timber finishes are proving popular at this level and we recommend calling on companies such as Kaisen and Halstock, who produce bespoke cabinetry of the highest quality.
Direct care for the clothing can also be included. Materials such as Spanish Cedar are often used for the carcasses and framework due to their natural moth repelling ability. Safes are also a useful addition. Traum Safe and Stockinger work closely with designers and buyers to incorporate systems that not only secure your valuables, but also showcase them. Their range of safes can be built to co-ordinate with the interior decoration and provide a unique feature for the room.
Technology giant LG Electronics (above) have gone one stage further. The launch of their ‘LG Styler’ system at September’s New York Fashion Show is the first to incorporate a steam cleaning capability into their storage system.
Whilst often seen as luxury item, a walk-in-wardobe can be created in an area as small as 6m2, and if you don’t have spade for his in your master bedroom, converting a 3rd bedroom is always an option.
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