Design dilemma: the walk in wardrobe

Now that the final bit of house decisions are locked in, I’m turning my attention to planning and designing my dream walk in. FUN!

We deleted the robes after we found it more cost effective to do after handover. At this point, hubby gets the long robe adjacent to the bed. It’s a decent size at over 4m. Lucky him!

Our Hudson Master Suite

Our Hudson Master Suite

ย So, for my walk in space I have a couple of ideas…

1. L-shape layout as shown on the master bedroom plan. I’m partial to full height wardrobe units with door panels in either gloss white, wood grain laminate possibly Avignon Walnut to match the Ensuite vanity or mirrored like those below. I’m toying with the idea of a small dressing table, a glam pendant, a round Chesterfield ottoman and a nice mirror in the space.

The downside to this layout is the limited storage space. In our previous home, my walk-in wasn’t large enough to fit all my clothes so I had to share not only my husband’s space but my daughters’ closets. In our dream home, I want a big enough walk-in all to myself.

L-Shape WIR


Images from Pinterest

2. U-shape layout. With two long walls of joinery, there won’t be any issues over lack of storage. But with only 600mm between wardrobe units, I have concerns of the area feeling cramped. I couldย reduce the width of the units to 500mm so the gap widens to 700mm.

As much as I prefer my closet to have doors to hide the mess, I feel an open walk-in would give it a sense of space. A full length mirror on the back wall would also make it feel bigger. I’d have to go without the dressing table unless I chop a bit of the LHS unit enough to fit a small table. Hmm decisions decisions decisions.

U-Shape WIR



Images from Pinterest

Both options have their pros and cons. Do I sacrifice a nice open space for more storage? Is the gap between the U-shape wall units too narrow to function properly?

Help me choose!

So, my awesome readers please vote or leave me a comment to tell which layout I should choose.

Thank you ๐Ÿ˜„

14 thoughts on “Design dilemma: the walk in wardrobe

  1. debdjd says:

    I have to go with the U shape as i just think you can’t have enough storage. I too’ borrow’ space from the rest of our family.
    i love all the pics of the robes – they all look so neat and tidy with a couple of white shirts hanging up but in reality it is a real mix and match of stuff so the idea of having doors is very appealing to me.
    We are also fitting out our WIR after handover and my better half will do that himself using Ikea. They have a great website/planning tool so might be worth a look. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sheilzy says:

      Good old Ikea. I have to check it out although the idea of hubby doing the fit out is enough to send me into a panic. I’ve been threatening to send him on a DIY course. Maybe the time has come:)

      • debdjd says:

        Ha ha fortunately my better half is pretty handy and has had quite a bit of experience putting together Ikea cabinets. I am quite sure he will be over it after doing our WIR and our pantry!
        Ikea also offer a service assembling cabinets etc – I’m not sure how expensive it is but might be worth looking at if the threatened DIY isn’t successful ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. trixee says:

    You could easily get away with the hanging space being 500mm wide, that’s the standard width I believe, but I wouldn’t go any narrower there. I also calculated that I don’t actually need my shelving to be 500mm deep, could probably go down to 300 and still fit in my folded clothes. So if you wanted the u shape, you don’t need to have the same widths down each side, gaining you a little space perhaps.

    • Sheilzy says:

      OMG you are awesome! You’ve just solved my dilemma, I checked and 300mm will work for my folded clothes and shoes! So if I leave the other unit at 500mm, I will have 900mm of walking space. Woot woot! Thank you ๐Ÿ˜„

  3. lunar62 says:

    I’d go for the ‘U’ as it gives you 5.35m of space as opposed to 3.46m in the ‘L’. Can’t have too much!
    The ottoman idea is lovely but you could have a long one or a chaise lounge at the end of your bed – that’s what I’m going to do ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Sheilzy says:

      I agree, you can never have enough storage! If I were to go for the L-shape, I can almost picture Shayna Blaze gasping in horror at the lack of storage space๐Ÿ˜œ

  4. Johanne says:

    I like the L-shape best. Personally I think that is plenty of robe space for one person, but then clothing fashion is not my thing. If you are smart about using the depth, with drawers, then I think that would work well. Your U-shape plan with only 600mm between the sides would make it difficult to actually dress. I think you need at least the same width as a shower (about 1 m), so Trixee’s idea is a good one.

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