Should You Create A Walk-In Wardrobe For Your Home?
If you have a ton of clothes and love dressing up everyday, a walk-in wardrobe may seem like a dream come true.
But do you really need a walk-in wardrobe, or should you settle for a regular wardrobe?
Are there any concerns that come with a walk-in wardrobe, and will they impact your resale value down the road?
Read on to find out more!
Pros Of Having A Walk-In Wardrobe
First, let’s discuss the pros of having a walk-in wardrobe.
- Ample storage space
- Easier to organise and access your belongings
- Customisable to fit your needs
Firstly, one of the primary advantages of a walk-in wardrobe is the abundant storage it offers.
If your existing wardrobe is bursting at the seams and can’t fit all your clothing, it might make sense to get a walk-in wardrobe, which is larger and can store more items.
With dedicated hanging space, shelves, and drawers, you can neatly organise your clothing, shoes, and accessories, and reduce clutter.
Next, walk-in closets tend to provide superior organisation compared to standard wardrobes.
With everything in its place and visible at a glance, you can effortlessly find and access your belongings, streamlining your daily routine.
Last but not least, walk-in closets allow for customisation to fit your unique needs and preferences.
Yes, this is also true for traditional wardrobes – you can customise your wardrobe based on your needs.
However, you tend to be limited in your customisation if you’re customising a traditional wardrobe, simply because it isn’t as big as a walk-in wardrobe.
With a walk-in wardrobe, there’s more opportunity for customisation, making it easier for you to design a wardrobe that perfectly complements your lifestyle.
Cons Of Having A Walk-In Wardrobe
Now, let’s move on to discuss the cons of having a walk-in wardrobe.
- Cost considerations
- Sacrificing existing space or layout
First, the most important thing to keep in mind is that having a walk-in wardrobe may not be feasible for everyone.
We all know that space is at a premium in Singapore.
Many homes in Singapore have limited square footage, making it challenging to accommodate a spacious walk-in closet without significant renovations, including knocking down walls.
And if you are thinking of knocking down a wall, think about how that impacts your lifestyle and the usability of your home.
For example, say you’re a young couple with no kids, living in a 5-room BTO with 3 bedrooms.
You’re using one room as your bedroom and one room as your study, so you can afford to knock down one wall and make your bedroom bigger to accommodate your walk-in wardrobe.
But if you intend to have kids further down the road, that leaves you with no additional rooms for your nursery.
TLDR: Think long-term, and consider the feasibility of having a walk-in wardrobe in your space.
Next, there are obvious cost considerations to keep in mind as well.
As you can imagine, building a walk-in wardrobe isn’t cheap!
One of the primary expenses arises from the carpentry work involved.
Custom-built shelves, drawers, hanging rods, and cabinetry are often necessary to maximise storage efficiency and tailor the closet to your specific needs.
On top of these customisations, you’ll also need to buffer in the cost of knocking down a wall (if you’re planning on doing that).
Lastly, budget for miscellaneous costs for lighting fixtures and additional accessories such as mirrors, seating, or organizational systems like hooks and tie racks.
In Singapore, the cost of a walk-in wardrobe generally runs from $1,000 to $7,000.
Cost aside, also think about whether you’re sacrificing your room space and layout.
What do we mean by that?
In some walk-in wardrobe designs, you’ll find a corridor leading you from the bedroom to the walk-in wardrobe.
Depending on how you look at it, the corridor may be “wasted” space or space that’s less productive.
Of course, these corridors still do serve a purpose. They provide a clear separation between your bedroom and the walk-in wardrobe, creating a distinct and private space for dressing and storage.
However, some homeowners may feel that these corridors could be better utilized for other purposes, potentially adding more functionality to their overall room design.
One last thing to keep in mind about walk-in wardrobes is… maintenance!
Sure, walk-in wardrobes look beautiful on Pinterest, but will creating a walk-in wardrobe at home have the same effect?
Not necessarily, if you’re not prepared to put in time and effort in maintaining it.
Remember, it takes effort to keep your wardrobe colour-coordinated and looking good. You can’t simply toss your clothes and accessories haphazardly and expect your space to be visually pleasing.
If you can’t commit to regularly organizing and decluttering your wardrobe, a walk-in wardrobe may not be for you after all.
Design And Layout Considerations For Walk-In Wardrobes
If you do want to go ahead with building a walk-in wardrobe, what design and layout considerations should you keep in mind?
Firstly, assess your needs.
Before diving into the design process, take some time to evaluate your specific storage needs.
Consider the types of clothing and accessories you own, how much hanging space you require for dresses, suits, and shirts, and how much shelf or drawer space you need for folded items like sweaters, jeans, and t-shirts.
There are also different options for storage specific items – for instance, you can keep your jeans and pants folded, or you can get a pull-out trouser rack for these.
Consider the different options, and think about which you prefer.
At the same time, think about whether you need specialized storage for shoes, handbags, belts, or ties.
To make the most of your space, build upwards!
Utilize the vertical space in your walk-in closet by installing floor-to-ceiling shelving or cabinetry.
Items used less frequently (such as bulky luggage) can be stored on higher shelves, while frequently used items should be easily accessible at eye level.
This allows you to make the most of every inch of available space.
On the same note, consider using multi-tiered hangers to hang multiple items on a single hanger, and cascading hangers for vertical hanging.
Also think about whether you need built-in drawer dividers, which are essential for keeping small items, like jewelry, socks, and undergarments.
These dividers prevent items from getting mixed up and ensure everything has its designated spot.
You may also wish to incorporate other built-in features like a built-in dressing table, a full-length mirror, or a folding ironing board.
A built-in dressing table can help give your dressing space a seamless look, and by storing a folding ironing board inside your wardrobe, it results in a cleaner look with less visual clutter.
Lighting Considerations For Walk-In Wardrobes
Lighting is a critical aspect of designing a walk-in closet, as it not only affects the overall ambiance of the space but also plays a significant role in how well you can see and access your belongings.
If you have the option, position your walk-in closet near a window so you have access to natural light.
Natural light is always a bonus, and it can create a more inviting and open atmosphere in your walk-in wardrobe.
In addition to natural light, you’ll need artificial lighting to ensure your walk-in closet is functional during the day and at night.
LED lights are an excellent choice for walk-in closets due to their energy efficiency and longevity. They emit minimal heat, making them safe to use in small spaces with confined ventilation.
If you’re wondering whether to use white lights or yellow lights in a walk-in wardrobe, we’d recommend white light.
To be specific, you may opt for LED lights with a color temperature between 3000K to 4000K, which provides a warm and natural white light. This color temperature closely resembles natural sunlight and helps you see your clothes’ true colors accurately.
It’s also a good idea to have different lighting zones within your walk-in closet.
At a basic level, you’ll need overhead lighting that evenly illuminates the entire space.
On top of that, you may want to install lights inside shelves, cabinets, and drawers to illuminate specific storage areas. This makes it easier to find items in darker corners.
If your walk-in closet includes a vanity or dressing area, incorporate task lighting to ensure adequate brightness for grooming and applying makeup.
Wall-mounted LED light fixtures or a backlit mirror are great options for this purpose.
For added convenience, consider installing motion-activated lights inside the closet. These lights automatically turn on when you enter the space, ensuring you have sufficient illumination without needing to search for a light switch.
A Final Word On Walk-In Wardrobes
Creating a walk-in closet can be a dream come true for those seeking improved organization and storage solutions.
However, it’s essential to carefully consider factors like space requirements, cost, and feasibility for your home size, especially in Singapore’s context.
By making an informed decision that aligns with your lifestyle and budget, you can create a functional and stylish walk-in closet that enhances your daily living experience.
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