The Ultimate Guide to Upgrading Your Closet
Whether you’re moving into a new home or plan to renovate your existing living space, it’s always a good idea to start with your closets. They are an essential part of your room, and speak volumes about your personality. A well-done closet is a mood-lifter and an integral component in the overall look and feel of your room. In this blog, we explore some creative closet ideas that will make you fall in love with your surroundings.
The Constituents of a Perfect Closet
Simplicity is often the ultimate sophistication - a closet doesn’t have to be made of boutique and expensive materials. All it needs is a distinctive character, something that reflects your taste. However, there are certain essential constituents that add depth and utility to any closet. These include:
- Ample space for the hanging rod
- A separate vanity space
- Built-in lighting
- A mirror
- A chair
- The addition of small compartments
- Space for shoe storage
Find Inspiration in Minimalism
If you know what you want, budget constraints don’t matter. If you are not good with constructing things on your own, you can hire an interior designer or a carpenter who will bring your ideas to life. Once you have a blueprint in your mind, the first step is to select the wood type and finish - with the aim of combining utility with aesthetics.
Choosing the Building Blocks
One cannot go wrong with Plywood - it is one of the sturdiest wood types available in the market. What makes it unique is that its versatility lets you add different types of polishes and generally works flawlessly for laminates on top. This way, one can experiment with different types of colors and designs. Plywood is cheap, functional and widely available - it is the most widely used type of wood when it comes to designing closets.
For a premium and luxurious look, traditional wood still reigns supreme. The look, feel and touch of your closet will be exquisite ash wood’s grains, and its rich natural texture is a gamechanger for any room. Oak and Maple are two of the most commonly used natural wood types for a traditional wood closet, as they are durable and look beautiful.
MDF (Medium-Density Fibreboard) is the go to choice for those who want to feel the luxury of a traditional closet without denting their wallet. As an engineered wood, it is renowned for its longevity and durability, while offering plenty of customisation options; since it’s engineered and lacks grains or natural texture. Moreover, it is resistant to airborne moisture and does not lose its structure under adverse weather conditions.
Now that you have the basics down, it is time to look at the different types of closet options, depending on your needs and budget.
The most widely used, a standalone closet takes less space and has all your belongings in one place. What makes them so popular is that they can be carried if your occupation involves traveling and you can't stay at one place for long periods of time. Generally, the height is 7-7.5 feet and can be made out of any form of wood. You can customize it to include a mirror or have it laminated with the color of your choice.
Walk-in closets symbolize luxury - you can spot them in hotels and resorts. For home use, it is ideal for those who have a spacious room as they take up a large chunk of space. As the name suggests, one can walk into the closet and place all their personal effects. It can even have space for a dressing table, chair and restroom. Generally, a walk-in closet consists of 3 orientations - a G shape, U shape or Parallel-shaped.
Sliding Door Closet
For a sophisticated and sleek look, a lot of people opt for a sliding door closet. This type of closet is typically offered by interior design houses. It takes up less space and looks gorgeous. You can go for a combination of wood and glass to make it appear even more grand. The costs for a sliding door closet is considerably higher than a standalone or a closet with a loft.
Closet with a Loft
Ideal for small to medium sized families, a closet with loft offers excellent space and utility, with room to store a plenty of belongings. If you have a small room, a loft at the top helps as an extension of your closet where you can keep things that you don't use often. To harmonize with the decor of your room, you can choose to color them in creative ways.
Now that you have a fair idea of what to look for in a closet, let’s take a closer look at some essential accessories every closet should have.
- Closet mirrors
- Hangers and hanging pegs
- Pull-out for clothes
- An ironing board
- A shoe rack
Whether you want to build a custom closet or order one from outside, a lot of factors come into play; such as, the budget, room space, number of family members etc. So, there is no rule of thumb but if you know what you are looking for specifically, you can save a lot of time and money; and have a beautiful closet sitting in your room.