Wardrobe Wizardry

by Creative Style Interiors

Wardrobes and closets are an important element in a bedroom. Regardless of how many items of clothing you have, you can have a practical and stylish way of storing them. Some will be content with a freestanding wardrobe and tallboy or chest of drawers to store their clothing, but for those who want a more streamlined approach, this is our guide to designing a fabulous built-in wardrobe to suit your needs.



I’ll always recommend using doors for your built-in wardrobe if it’s not a concealed walk-in or walk-through, simply to keep the dust off everything or as a great place to stash your ‘stuff’ when Aunty Flo arrives unexpectedly.


Being one of the more costly parts of a wardrobe, ensure the doors you choose suit the design of the room, in a coordinating colour and finish such as:

  • MDF finished in 2 Pac Polyurethane in satin for a contemporary look or gloss for a traditional look
  • Primed MDF finished in Semi Gloss Enamel paint in your colour choice
  • Laminate or melamine such as Polytec in a contemporary timber look
  • Silver or grey mirror (framed or frameless)
  • Frosted white glass (framed or frameless

You should also ensure that your wardrobe drawers and hinged doors don’t knock into doors, windows or furniture within the room. If you’re limited on space, sliding doors are the best option.

The 4 Most Popular Door Styles


TIP: Hinged doors look stylish, but can be more expensive if your wardrobe is large because of how many hinged panels are required. Sliding doors are supported by a top and bottom track so the door panels can be wider. As a general principal, the more doors, the higher the cost and therefore wider sliding doors means fewer panels over the distance.


Most wardrobe internals are constructed from white melamine, but can also be in timber-look laminate, 2 Pac Polyurethane or coated metal wire. These will vary in cost and depend on the look you’re trying to achieve.

In terms of layout, think about the types of clothing you have, the quantity and how you like to store them… this will help you determine the ratio of hanging space to drawers and shelves. Some important considerations include:

  • Do you like to hang your trousers on coat hangers, fold them on shelves or drape them over a pant rail?’
  • Do you own any long dresses that need extra space to hang full length?
  • Do you want to keep accessories such as bags and jewellery in your wardrobe?
  • Are you an aspiring Carrie Bradshaw and need to install a shelving system for your shoes?
  • Do you have ties and/or scarves that require specialised storage?


Once you’ve got the fittings installed, it’s time to consider a few finishing touches.


Invest in some good quality coat hangers. Wire hangers are the enemy because they can damage the shape of the shoulders of your clothes, as well as sag and rust. Choose moulded plastic, timber or fabric coated hangers to keep your wardrobe looking chic and orderly. Make sure pant hangers have padded clips so that they don’t damage or dent your clothes. Pinklily’‘Hangtastic’ convertible coat hangers are amazing… they are non-slip and come with accessories that allow you to hang everything securely.


Makeup CaddyglamourblingboxClear Perspex boxes are a great way to store makeup and jewellery. They keep things tidy, but allow you to see what you have at a glance. You can find them at various price points depending on size and quality. Clear perspex caddies are great for keeping shoes tidy, but are not very practical because they take up a lot of space and don’t allow your shoes to ‘breathe’ – shoe shelves are practical as well as more economical.

If your wardrobe is prone to moisture and humidity, a discreet bucket with dehumidifying beads will keep mould away from your clothes, shoes and bags.

TIP: Some wardrobe companies have standard sizes. To keep costs down, these are a great option as custom sizes will always be more expensive.

TIP: You don’t necessarily have to install a new ‘floor’ and ‘back wall’ for your wardrobe if the existing ones in the room are already in good condition.

If you want help with design style and colour selection for your built-in wardrobe,  feel free to call Jenny on 0416 190 792 or email [email protected]. BUT, we always recommend using a specialist wardrobe company for supply and fitout. Contact us for our recommendations 🙂

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