Its probably time to dust off that tape measure and start measuring, To make your bespoke storage space work for you, think about how to divide the wardrobe storage space to suit your requirements.
Hanging space - how much hanging do you require?
Firstly measure the hanger thickness
Bulk of clothes
T shirts, Shirts and blouses will not be much wider then the hanger,
Suits, Jackets and Coats will considerably bulk up
best to measure a range of items and then add them all up to get an idea of the total length of hanging you require in your fitted wardrobe.
How much space required for hanging ?
Suits and Jackets require around one meter drop for each hanging rail, the same for shirts and blouses.
for trousers around 80cm.
Double Hanging : In normal height rooms, there is usually only enough room for double hanging rails so consider this if you are thinking of having over head storage shelves.
Long hanging - actually is ¾ length hanging for dresses coats and jackets at around 150cm, this leaves enough space for a high shelf, and additionally a lower shelf, which can be adjustable for flexibility.
Jumpers dont hang well so are better off on shelves or in drawers
Over head shelving is a great place for large items that are not used often, but keep in mind that here may not be enough room for a shelf and double hanging rails below.
Wide shelves can be adjustable for flexibility or divided to create compartmentalised cubby shelves which can be arranged vertically, at the bottom with space for a hanging rail above
A deep shelf space for other items such as Towels, Bed sheets and Duvets
Airing Cupboard type Slatted shelving
Pull out Trays, with shoe racks
Consider adjustable shelving for maximum flexibility
Dont skimp on drawer cost, we have all seen cheap ones fall apart (MFI springs to mind!) strong drawers on quality runners will give a life time of use, insist on thick bottoms with no possibility of ever collapsing.
Accessory drawers and should be around 10cm deep
Shallow drawers of around 15cm for socks & underwear.
Deeper drawers can be made to be accessible internally or externally.
Use larger drawers lower down, with depth of around 30cm for jumpers and bulky items
Selecting the right Drawer runners
Selecting good drawer runners is very important and will give you lifetime use, Consider the type of drawer runner from the following
Friction slides - essentially the cheapest slide for drawers
Roller ball - cheap and cheerfully, work well, but usually fitted to cheap furniture
Full extension bearing runners - with 45kg weight load they are heavy duty, will provide a lifetime of use, we have never had any fail - ever!
Concealed Soft close runners - effortlessly glide close for a luxurious touch, and come with a life time guarantee if using Blum or Grass runners
Pull out trays - with open fronted viewing
Shallow drawers for flexibility as you can use them for other then shoes.
Show rack frames to place on back of doors
Mirrored doors can be created by replacing solid panel with a mirror.
Use the back of doors for a handy place for mirrors,
Place Mirrors on the back of adjacent doors for your all around mirrored dressing room!