The Importance of Storage
When you don’t have adequate storage, you end up with clutter. Clothes strewn around the room, shoes chucked in a pile, so much stuff jammed in you can’t see what you do have. Sound familiar? That constant clutter can be really stressful. Unsurprisingly, studies have identified a direct link between clutter and the stress hormone, cortisol.
The best thing about custom-built storage is that it’s designed to suit your needs exactly. Properly-designed storage will reduce stress by lifting the mental weight of all that clutter, and it will save you time by not having to search for misplaced items. When everything has a place, it’s so much easier and quicker to find things and to see exactly what you have which makes getting dressed less stressful and avoids the possibility of buying something you already have.
How to Choose Your Perfect Storage
When 7am Wardrobes begin working with a new customer, the first thing we do is find out exactly what needs to be stored and from there work out the best and most efficient way of doing that. In order to achieve this, there are a few questions we like to ask beforehand.
- Where will the wardrobe go and is there room for it?
- What type of wardrobe will the room accommodate – walk-in, sliding or hinged doors? This will be mostly decided by the available space. Sliding doors are functional, economical and generally the best solution for small or difficult spaces while hinged doors create a premium look and feel.
With any luck, you’ve answered these questions while you were planning your renovation or re-build so all that’s left to do is consider the layout.
After a thorough clean-out, think about what’s left that you need to store. If you own a lot of dresses, you’ll need plenty of full-length hanging space. Items that are stored folded will require drawers and shelves. Lovers and collectors of shoes might like to include a shoe tower. The options and variations are almost endless, and then there’s a raft of other storage accessories – think hooks, baskets and over-the-door hangers.
Finally, there’s the door finish to decide upon. The style of both your home and interior should be taken into account when deciding upon a door finish to suit your home. For example, a shaker profile door is perfect for a Hamptons-style home while a v-joint creates a fresh, coastal look.
Adding a Study Nook
Another point to consider is possibly incorporating a study nook into the design. With all of us working more from home, school or university, it can be difficult for everyone to find the quiet workspace they need. Dedicating just a small space, corner or part of your wardrobe can provide you with a highly-functional work or study area.
Taking the time to properly plan your storage will set you up for success and there’s no doubt that every time you open your new organized wardrobe, you’ll experience a small rush of joy and satisfaction.