See Country Homes & Interiors’ favourite bedroom storage solutions
If there’s never enough storage for all the things you need in your bedroom, fitted furniture built wall to wall and floor to ceiling is one solution. ‘You get 30 to 40% more storage from fitted furniture than from the freestanding equivalent,’ says Barbara Genda, Founder and Principal Designer, Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture. This is especially true in period or country homes where uneven walls, sloping ceilings and exposed beams limit the conventional furniture you can use.
Choose between bespoke furniture, which is made to fit your space exactly, and modular. The latter kind is composed of standard units in a range of sizes that combine to give you the storage you need. Any gaps between the modules and the wall or ceiling can be covered with framing or panels. Plan the wardrobe interior by determining the proportions of drawer, shelf and hanging space needed. Special racks for items such as shoes, scarves and ties are a good investment. Select doors according to the size of your room. Unlike hinged doors, which are fine to use in large rooms, bi-fold and sliding doors need little or no space in front of the wardrobe for opening.
A walk-in wardrobe is the ultimate in storage especially if it’s customised to your needs with shelves and pull-out shoe racks, drawers and hanging rails, and partitions to keep outdoor wear separate from more delicate garments. Walk-in wardrobe, John Lewis of Hungerford.
Your clothes and accessories stay concealed inside this bespoke built-in wardrobe by Charlotte Crosland, who used cotton and silk in the door panels for a sophisticated finish. Wardrobe, Charlotte Crosland Interiors.
Simply styled cabinets make awkward shaped rooms look less cluttered. If there’s a sloping ceiling, reserve mirrored panels for full-height doors. Evesham fitted bedroom furniture in Light Cherry wood, John Lewis.
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Bespoke cabinets can be created to match your decor as well as your storage requirements. These are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Dead Salmon. Bespoke bedroom, Martin Moore & Company.
Different clothes require particular kinds of storage, so choose furniture with options. In high-quality designs, drawers for smaller items are made in timber with dovetail joints, metal runners and soft-close mechanisms for a luxurious touch. Oak bedroom furniture, Neville Johnson.
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