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Bedroom Design

There is no such thing as "the right way" to design fitted bedroom furniture - so much depends on your individual circumstances - but your bedroom design should at best:

Tip! - before starting your bedroom design please revisit your storage requirements - we cannot over state the importance of designing to suit your required need - please remember the following ...

... you have wasted your money!


Now is the time to get out the notes you made back in step 2. - which identify the types of things you need to store - and we will run through the best way to store them.

Fitted Wardrobe - hanging

Long Hanging ... This is the standard wardrobe interior, used almost exclusively by free standing furniture manufacturers ... as you can hang any item of clothing in it.
However, to maximise your storage this type of wardrobe should be used solely for hanging Dresses, Coats, and other items of clothing that require a "drop" of over 1000mm.
You are likely to be surprised by the relatively small amount of long hanging you actually require ... on average one double robe is more than enough for any couple ... check again the length of hanging space you really need for long clothes.



Fitted Wardrobe - shoe rack

Shoe Racks ... Try to position shoe racks in the bottom of long hanging wardrobes. (The top shelf position is usually set at 1700mm from the base, and long clothes will not hang down this far.)

Generally you can use the depth of the wardrobe to stagger the position of the rails and provide storage for up to 12 pairs of shoes in each double wardrobe.





Fitted Wardrobe - double hangingDouble Hanging ... Two sets of short clothes (trousers, skirts, shirts, blouse's etc.) hanging one above the other allows you to store twice the amount of clothes in a wardrobe.

However, don't be tempted to place additional shelves into either "drop" zone ... as this will impair the "comfortable"hanging space.

As a rule of thumb you will find that you will need roughly four times the amount of short hanging, as long ... and this type of wardrobe is perfect for achieving this ... use them wherever you can!




Fitted Wardrobe - shelvingShelving ... Shelves can either be the full width of the wardrobe, or part width "pigeon holes".

Try to utilise at least one set of "pigeon hole" shelves, as these are the perfect way of storing jumpers and sweatshirts - avoid using drawers for storing bulky items like jumpers.

More of men's clothes tend to be folded, so position shelving accordingly.

Large "full width" shelving is particularly useful for storing hats, photo albums, family paperwork etc. - and as these are items that are not normally needed that often, put the shelves in the top of the wardrobe.

Fitted Wardrobe - with drawers

Combination Wardrobes ... (also known as "gentleman's wardrobes" or "linen presses") should be used sparingly.

The lower drawers restrict the length of clothes that may be hung above them ... we believe that wardrobes should be purchased primarily for hanging clothes not as drawer space.

However they can be an attractive way of breaking up a standard run of three or more wardrobes - particularly if the centre section is positioned forward of the other section (known as a "break front").

Although usually supplied with one shelf and hanging rail, the top section of the wardrobe can be fully shelved to accommodate spare linen.

A simple example of 3 double robes shows the sort of interior plan to aim for

Fitted Wardrobe - interior plan










Our top 10 tips about how and where to store your items

Tip 1. As a rule of thumb you probably have insufficient hanging space, but loads of drawers scattered around your room ... the most successful bedroom layouts achieve the opposite to this.
Aim for loads of hanging space for clothes, loads of internal shelves for jumpers, bridging units for bulky items, and a few drawers for underwear ... however it should be noted that you are unlikely to need more than three double wardrobes.

Tip 2. Most of your clothes will hang into "short hanging space" but you will require hanging space for three quarter length and long items ... don't over estimate the hanging space you need for long items (on average most couples require only about 600mm of long hanging space).

Tip 3. The following ratio of hanging rails works well:
60% short hanging, 25% 3/4 hanging, and 15% long hanging.

Tip 4. Where as most women clothes "hang", about half of men's clothes are better stored folded. Try to position "pigeon hole" shelving in men's wardrobes to store jumpers, sweatshirts, T shirts etc. ... you will achieve more storage space on shelves than you ever will trying to cram these items into drawers.

Tip 5. If you can, avoid placing drawers inside wardrobes as they will reduce the useful amount of hanging and shelving space. If this is unavoidable try to limit the number of internal drawer units to one each for storing underwear.

Tip 6. It is generally preferable to place "bedside cabinets" next to a bed, however if space is limited the use of a "boxed headboard" can improve the design opportunities.

Tip 7. A "dressing table" is a personal item - some people use them to sit at and some don't ... if you do not sit at a dressing table do not include a "knee hole drawer" as the space under it will be wasted.

Tip 8. You will need some drawer space for underwear, a "lowline chest" each is sufficient ... by substituting these for one "tallboy chest" you may be able to increase the space available for wardrobes.

Tip 9. "Lowline cabinets" (with internal shelving) are an often overlooked means of storing jumpers.

Tip 10. Bridging cupboards over the bed will provide the equivalent storage space to a complete single wardrobe

Lastly ... the first thing you need to place in your design is the biggest item in the room, namely the bed - here's some good and bad places to put the bed:

Fitted Wardrobe plan

This is a good position for the bed, it allows you to:

1. Plan a run of robes opposite the bed
2. Plan an "over bed" layout
3. Plan an over bed layout with dressing table
4. Plan an over bed layout with wardrobe return



Fitted Wardrobe plan

This is a bad position for the bed because:

1. Entry to the room is restricted by the bed
2. Wardrobes can only be positioned in the far right hand corners, and severely restricts the design opportunities



Fitted Wardrobe plan

This is also a bad position for the bed because:

1. The headboard will interrupt the opening and closing of curtains, and stick up over the window sill
2. Wardrobes could only be positioned in the top left hand corner, severely restricting the design opportunities


Fitted Wardrobe plan

This is a good position for the bed as you could design the following layouts:

1. Run of wardrobes opposite the bed
2. Run of wardrobes with dressing table return
3. Run of wardrobes with corner wardrobe return




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