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#1 purpleblackqueen

Posted 01 January 2013 - 10:20 AM

I have someone coming out on Thursday to measure and quote for bulit-in robes for mine and Hayley's rooms. She has asked that I have an idea of what I want.

I have no idea. apart from hanging (obviously) and a shelf up the top for blankets etc.

So hit me with some ideas. If possible can I see some pics of your wardrobe designs.



#2 WhimsicalDragonfly

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:24 AM

We just had new built-ins installed and seems like we got the proportions right for our needs.  (Phew! This doesn't usually happen for me, I usually have some kind of regret about something I didn't realise/didn't think about.)

I found it helpful to measure how much space is required for shirts/skirts/jackets, and then for dresses.  We also made ours 'oversize' which meant they are 260cm high to make the most of the space we have. This means we have to stand on a step ladder to access the top shelf but that's okay as we just store winter quilts etc up there. Also because the dresses hang a bit higher there is a lot of space underneath so I have clear tubs of shoes stacked below (shoes I don't wear much). These used to be stored under the bed, so it is so much better now.

The built-in in the baby's room also functions as a linen cupboard due to our limited space elsewhere, so we have lots of adjustable shelves, but also a hanging rack at the top, so as the child grows up they have more hanging space, and hopefully by then we'll have done some more renos and have another linen cupboard elsewhere!

I think the main thing is really think about what you are going to store there, measure the space you need for each type of thing, allow for as much flexibility as possible (adjustable shelves and removable hanging racks), and get a couple of quotes so you have different ideas for how to do things.

The company we ended up going with asked to look in our existing built-ins to see what our storage needs were.  I found this helpful.  I got the feeling that the two other companies were just doing cookie-cutter wardrobes and didn't really care what our storage needs were.

We also found that we could save money by not having the wardrobe sprayed with polyurethane and instead we've having the painters paint them when they come back for phase two of the painting.  This suited us as we live in an old semi and the new glossy wardrobes don't really match the style of our house, and we will have saved over $1000.

#3 purpleblackqueen

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:49 AM

QUOTE (WhimsicalDragonfly @ 01/01/2013, 12:24 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We just had new built-ins installed and seems like we got the proportions right for our needs.  (Phew! This doesn't usually happen for me, I usually have some kind of regret about something I didn't realise/didn't think about.)

I found it helpful to measure how much space is required for shirts/skirts/jackets, and then for dresses.  We also made ours 'oversize' which meant they are 260cm high to make the most of the space we have. This means we have to stand on a step ladder to access the top shelf but that's okay as we just store winter quilts etc up there. Also because the dresses hang a bit higher there is a lot of space underneath so I have clear tubs of shoes stacked below (shoes I don't wear much). These used to be stored under the bed, so it is so much better now.

The built-in in the baby's room also functions as a linen cupboard due to our limited space elsewhere, so we have lots of adjustable shelves, but also a hanging rack at the top, so as the child grows up they have more hanging space, and hopefully by then we'll have done some more renos and have another linen cupboard elsewhere!

I think the main thing is really think about what you are going to store there, measure the space you need for each type of thing, allow for as much flexibility as possible (adjustable shelves and removable hanging racks), and get a couple of quotes so you have different ideas for how to do things.

The company we ended up going with asked to look in our existing built-ins to see what our storage needs were.  I found this helpful.  I got the feeling that the two other companies were just doing cookie-cutter wardrobes and didn't really care what our storage needs were.

We also found that we could save money by not having the wardrobe sprayed with polyurethane and instead we've having the painters paint them when they come back for phase two of the painting.  This suited us as we live in an old semi and the new glossy wardrobes don't really match the style of our house, and we will have saved over $1000.



We dont have current built ins to go by- infact I dont have a wardrobe for me at all, I have a hanging rack which doesn't fit everything on it.  Hayley has a wardrobe so I have an idea for her for right now, but want to make sure it will do for 5+ years


#4 HRH Countrymel

Posted 01 January 2013 - 11:56 AM

PBQ.. have a look on the IKEA site - and Howards storage world.  They both have 'wardrobe building' software that you can play around with.  That will give you an idea of sizes and configurations you might like.

#5 cantstayaway

Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:03 PM

For a kid's wardrobe, "double" hanging space is fantastic, as their clothes don't take up much room.  By that I mean, one normal rod at the top of the wardrobe, under the shelf on the top, and a second hanging rod about half way down.  Fit so much more in!

My DD has an amazing wardrobe, it was here when we moved in.  It is all sectioned off.  She has the "double" hangers I mentioned above, taking up about half the wardrobe.  The other half is divided into two.  The first quarter contains adjustable shelving for shoes and a third rod for hanging clothes.  The second quarter contains adjustable shelving and drawers.  I probably prefer drawers in a wardrobe to shelving as you can fit more in!

#6 The Old Feral

Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:13 PM

Get more space than you think you'll need!

Wire baskets on runners are a great alternative to drawers, as you can see what's in them.

I don't know about your DDs neatness but my own kids can never be bothered putting stuff on hangers properly and it all ends up on the floor with their shoes, so I find baskets, drawers and shelves more useful than hanging space for their clothes.

My other tip would be to get the robes built all the way to the ceiling so you get heaps more storage for off season things, plus you never have to dust the top!

#7 baddmammajamma

Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:19 PM

I've taken some pictures of ours & will post once I can boot the kids off the computer!

#8 purpleblackqueen

Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:42 PM

QUOTE (The Old Bag @ 01/01/2013, 01:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Get more space than you think you'll need!

Wire baskets on runners are a great alternative to drawers, as you can see what's in them.

I don't know about your DDs neatness but my own kids can never be bothered putting stuff on hangers properly and it all ends up on the floor with their shoes, so I find baskets, drawers and shelves more useful than hanging space for their clothes.

My other tip would be to get the robes built all the way to the ceiling so you get heaps more storage for off season things, plus you never have to dust the top!



Love the idea of storage to the ceiling, although I have 10ft ceilings. BTW- my DD is as messy as they come, I was talking about the wardrobe with my mum and she said that "Hayley doesn't hang her stuff anyway"

#9 Lifesgood

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:09 PM

QUOTE (countrymel @ 01/01/2013, 12:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
PBQ.. have a look on the IKEA site - and Howards storage world.  They both have 'wardrobe building' software that you can play around with.  That will give you an idea of sizes and configurations you might like.

Also Bunnings and there are wardrobe specialist sites that have wardrobe design software apps.

#10 claptrap

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:14 PM

I have also been getting quotes for built-ins recently.

PBQ, when planning,  just be aware that the more drawers that you have, the higher the cost.  At least that's been the case with 3 companies to whom I've spoken.

#11 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 01 January 2013 - 01:31 PM

Can'tstayaway, I'd love to see a photo of what you've described.

I have DS's clothes in wire baskets from Wardrobe World which we bought with us from our old house.  They are 10 years old and look brand new.  I love them and I want to do the same for DD. we have one wooden top for them, which means you can stack them or use the top for something else.

I'll have to check out Howard's as I've priced the same baskets now and the are $100+ each.  I've looked at alternatives at Bunnings and the quality is no where near it.

#12 g_uzica

Posted 01 January 2013 - 02:52 PM

You have to decide how you plan to hang/store your clothes. We have much more hanging space than shelves as we hang all our shirts and tshirts and only fold pants and shorts.

We also used Wardrobe World, their wire wardrobes were much cheaper than traditional built in wardrobes.

#13 FeralCrazyMum

Posted 01 January 2013 - 03:42 PM

I hate wire baskets for clothes. The clothes end up with the wire pattern on them and they always look messy.

Different size drawers are good - smaller ones for trinkets, normal sized, deep ones for jumpers and blankets. Agree with getting hanging higher than normal so that long stuff isn't dragging on the floor and you still have floor storage.



#14 SeaPrincess

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:25 PM

IMO, you need a certain amount of full hanging, half hanging and drawers/shelves.  I'm not a fan of wire baskets unless you're in the tropics and need the ventilation, in which case, they're good.

This is what our current house has in the tiny walk-in robe.  When we moved in, it had only a shelf and rail - totally inadequate.
This is the wall facing the door, so the door opens against the wall on the LHS.  L-R is shelves/drawers, shelves/half-hanging below, shelf/narrow full-length section, which isn't really big enough.

And this is the side on the RHS of the door - single shelf/double half-hanging.

In our previous house, we had just over 3.5m wide floor-ceiling wardrobes with drawers/shelves, double half-hanging each and a larger section of full hanging.

#15 imamumto3

Posted 01 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

we didn't get drawers in the kids robes and I wish we did.  I also like double hanging rails, but need some full length for dresses, especially as she gets older

Edited by imamumto3, 01 January 2013 - 08:48 PM.


#16 anotherlogin

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:08 AM

The "2" rods for clothes is great (get them them to make the holes for a standard 2 rod's), but until she is older, get them to make an extra shelf above the bottom rod and have thm place the bottom rod to fit your DD'd longest dress, when she is older, just shift the rod back down and remove the rod.  Does that make sense.  Also have a smalll section for long dresses for when she is older, so get a rod put in, but for noe ask them to put shelves, when she is older, remove shleves and you you have long dress space that isn't needed now.

#17 Walkers

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:40 AM

We had ours fitted out by Stegbar and are really happy with them. Now that there is a place for everything the kids are able to keep their rooms organised and are far easier for them to tidy. Ours are all walk ins but I would choose the same features again regardless of the type of wardrobe.
A mixture of double hanging & single rails has worked really well for my kids, drawers (around 8) which are not particularly wide but are deep and fit heaps of clothes, two rows of plain shelving and we also added a shoe tower which has been really handy.
You can play around with designs & features on the web.

#18 ~~HappyMummy~~

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:46 AM

Don't stress.  The wardrobe people will be able to advise you.

We just had internals of 3 done at home, inc a master walk in, plus a new wardrobe built in a new bedroom and they're all great.  I was amazed...

#19 lozoodle

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:54 AM

When I got the wardrobe fit out in my girls room I opted for three shelves on either end, and some drawers. Plus top and bottom hang rails (the bottom ones are removable if you need more space). I found that really useful with kids clothes. I haven't got any pics with me but I'll post some later.

#20 Pearson

Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:04 AM

We already have built ins, but just with a hat shelf and rod. We got the clever closet system from bunnings, which is wire shelves and brackets and rods fully adjustable.

This was the best way to go for us, and we were really happy. We did not get baskets, but we did get cloth baskets for undies etc to sit on the shelves. Couple of hours work, not much $, and fully changable as people's needs change.




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