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The wardrobe war

Saturday, October 16, 2010
By Nivedita Pandit

 Organising one’s wardrobe saves on essential time, money and energy as it enables one to find things easily and keep a tab on the choices that are available. “Though many consider the wardrobe to be essentially a piece of utility, with a little imagination, it can definitely enhance one’s home décor by complementing the rest of the furniture at home,” offers homemaker Nirmala Bhatia.
There are innumerable attractive options that are available vis-à-vis storage space for clothes and footwear at home. Depending on your budget and home décor, you can choose the right material and finish. “You can either go to your local carpenter to get a customised wardrobe or then, opt for the ready-made ones in stainless steel with plastic coating or in mild steel with powder coating or in Plywood,” says Ms Bhatia, who has experimented with almost all the varieties in her children’s room.

Contrary to what you may believe, all you need is a dash of creativity to make enough space to fit in all your clothes and accessories in the wardrobe. Here go some practical tips on how to go about doing it

  • It makes sense to go in for a custom-made cupboard that meets all your wardrobe-related storage needs. Nowadays, quite a few suburban furniture stores also offer interesting options that can be bought of the counter.
  • Instead of a wardrobe with doors, it works to go in for an open-fronted wardrobe that lends a spacious look to the area. Besides, you can go in for a complementary curtain or then, a cover made from a natural, breathable fabric such as cotton or linen.
  • When organising clothes in your wardrobe, group like things together. For instance, opt for a shoe rack, belt rack, jewellery shelf and the like.
  • Remove those items that are unrelated to your clothing and are stored at the bottom of the wardrobe
  • Hang your clothes such that you’ve the short ones at one end leading to the longer ones towards the other end. That way, you’ll create extra storage space under the short hanging garments for storing folded clothes or accessories.
  • Store clothing that are not in season in less accessible places such as on the higher shelves of the cupboard – basically, in a place where they can be away from direct light.
  • Make the most of ‘awkward’ spaces – say the area behind your bedroom door that’s probably getting wasted or then, a corner of the kitchen passage. It’s ideal to use such spaces for a built-in shoe rack or accessory cupboard.



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