The bespoke wardrobe, everyone dreams of it. All the more reason not to make a mistake when it comes to making it happen! The right layout combines practicality, aesthetics and personalization for an optimized storage solution… and if possible, design. On the occasion of the Lapeyre My ideal wardrobe contest, we took stock.
Step 1: define your needs
No need to provide a custom closet filled with wardrobes to store a collection of shoes. Conversely, a wall of shelves has no interest in storing dresses, costumes or coats! In order to avoid layout errors, the first step therefore consists in making an inventory, both of the volume to be stored in the custom-made dressing room, then of the type of clothing or accessories to store there. And the principle also applies to users of the dressing room: in a child's bedroom, there is provision for height to allow the little ones to gain autonomy.
Step 2: we choose the shape
The advantage of custom closet ? It adapts to the space available. It can be arranged in a corridor, at the end of a room, in a dedicated room, in a closet, under a staircase, in the attic… So we take the time to choose the most practical location to arrange it: no question of crossing the house to get pants.
Depending on the location, we then study the most suitable form, in linear along a wall, in duplicate along two walls facing each other, in L in an angle, in U in a dedicated room ... without forget to measure, since if the height can be adjustable, the depth of a custom closet must offer at least 50 cm. Otherwise, the hangers will remain outside.
Step 3: we fit out the interior
Who says custom dressing interior says storage, but not only: lighting is just as essential for those who don't want to go wrong with the color of their socks. Depending on the needs and the defined shape, we therefore think about the number of compartments necessary to separate the different sections of the dressing room.
We then think about the layout of each section, to choose according to the content provided. Rods for wardrobes, shelves for sweaters, drawers for underwear? Shoe rack, tie holder, belt holder, pants holder ? Once the project is clarified, we move on to light. Is there a ceiling light and if so, is it sufficient? Otherwise, recessed spots are provided on the ceiling, possibly supplemented by light strips or other LED accessories inside the storage spaces themselves.
Step 4: we draw the plan
A tailor-made wardrobe consists of a frame, interior partitions, then storage accessories in each compartment. Since you now know what you need, where and how, it's time to move on to the plan stage, and there's no question of skipping it. To benefit from a fair and global vision of the project, we put it flat on a paper or screen, freehand or with specialized software, at home or at a pro of custom dressing layout like Lapeyre. The main thing is to lay the foundations while noting the measures for each section.
Step 5: we choose the finishes
Everything is ready ? Make way for design. We start by choosing the custom closet closure, from classic doors to sliding doors through the simple curtain. We ask in passing the question of door handles and knobs, then finally, materials. White or colored, wood or plastic, matt or lacquered, smooth or textured? We adapt to the style of the existing decor but also to the durability of the materials ... and to the project budget. Since the finishes define the look of the wardrobe, but also play on its price. It is done ? It only remains to start the work and then to put away!