Convert a spare bedroom (1)
One easy way to have a walk-in wardrobe is by installing a built-in into one of the bedrooms. Think of it as a store room for your clothes, bags, and accessories! (Psst.. you can even include a working desk if space allows.) Without bulky cabinets in the master bedroom, enjoy more breathing room in your main sanctuary for resting.
Where: Ping Yi Greens (HDB)
Design: Green and Lush, Source: Qanvast
Convert a spare bedroom (2)
To create a more fluid flow of space between the master bedroom and the room that has been transformed into a walk-in wardrobe, have the wall that separates them partially hacked (significantly cheaper than hacking the entire wall).
Where: Sky Terrace @ Dawson (HDB)
Design: Mr Shopper Studio, Source: Qanvast
Combine two rooms (1)
Make space for that dream wardrobe and double the size of the master bedroom by merging it with the adjacent bedroom! This involves hacking down the entire separating wall, and with twice the floor area to play around with, fitting a walk-in wardrobe becomes a breeze. But if you don’t want to sacrifice the option of having two separate bedrooms, having accordion doors installed where the wall once was enables you to have the best of both worlds.
Where: Chai Chee (HDB)
Design: Voila, Source: Qanvast
Combine two rooms (2)
With more space freed up, an accessories island can also be added to create an authentic boutique-like feel to the wardrobe area. This concept creates an immersive experience, where you can truly be surrounded by your collection of clothes and accessories.
Where: Serangoon North (HDB)
Design: Distinct Identity, Source: Qanvast
Divide the bedroom (1)
Things are much less complicated for homeowners blessed with master bedrooms large enough to fit a sizeable wardrobe. The wardrobe space simply needs to be carved out of the existing room, and this can be done with the help of classy glass panels such as in this monochromatic room. Having sliding glass doors rather than a solid partition is a clever way to subtly divide both areas without visually cutting up the room.
Where: SkyTerrace @ Dawson (DBSS)
Design: Habit, Source: Qanvast
Divide the bedroom (2)
If you prefer a more traditional and cosier walk-in wardrobe, this design is just for you. A compact corner is carved out of the bedroom, and a series of well-thought-out racks, shelves and drawers allows one to have access to every corner of the wardrobe. This is definitely an idea for functional fashionistas to steal!
Where: Twin Waterfalls (Condo)
Design: Voila, Source: Qanvast
Divide the bedroom (3)
For true minimalists who’d rather devote precious bedroom floor space to storage than decorative elements, this utilitarian bedroom design will make perfect sense. A simple built-in wardrobe is enhanced by the half-solid wall that partitions it off from the rest of the room, which helps mimic a walk-in wardrobe and creates an added cosiness to the dressing area. With the rest of the room free of visuals, this white and neutral-coloured space also evokes a serenity that lulls one easily into a restful sleep.
Where: Punggol Waterway Terrace I (HDB)
Design: Aart Boxx Interior, Source: Qanvast
Create an enclave (1)
It is possible to create your own little slice of wardrobe heaven, even in a tiny bedroom. The trick is to create a little alcove within the room that allows you to fit in open shelves. It may not be a boutique-sized wardrobe, but you can still be surrounded by your precious collection of clothes and bags!
However, while walk-in wardrobes are all the rage and may sound like a dream come true, these open-concept cabinets are in fact more suited for those who have the natural ability to keep things neat and tidy. The last thing you want for a small bedroom is to add visual clutter to it!
Where: Upper Serangoon Crescent (HDB)
Design: D5 Studio Image, Source: Qanvast
When creating your perfect walk-in wardrobe, don’t forget colour. It is a good way to shape a personal space and create a specific atmosphere, whether it is energising, chic, feminine or masculine. You can add colour in the form of a chair or by painting a wall, and change the former from time to time to make it feel like a new space. All colours work when it comes to a wardrobe.
Slip 'n' Slide
If you have a large enough bedroom and you wish to have a clear dividing space in your bedroom, try adding a sliding door design to separate the bedroom from the walk in wardrobe like this 165 sqm apartment in Pingtung City, Taiwan. Hao Design placed the walk-in wardrobe behind sliding doors, allowing the owners to separate or connect the space to the bedroom, according to their preferences. “Usually, walk-in wardrobes are not big, so we decided to use materials that make people feel less oppressed in a small space,” explains the team. The colour of the walls is in a darker tone than the rest of the bedroom, in order to create visual contrast between the areas.
Design: Hao Design
Light it up
Add beautiful lighting to your walk-in wardrobe to make a statement. In their Hong Kong apartment that doubles as a showroom, the founders of Lim + Lu created a flexible space with a stylish chandelier. “We decided to use retail elements in a home setting, as shops have always been inspired by homes,” says Elaine Lu. “So we thought, ‘Why can’t we flip it the other way around?’” Fresh and sophisticated, this walk-in closet features rich pastels and dark jewel tones combined with patterned ceramic tiles.
Design: Lim + Lu
Keep it minimalist
In Galicia, Spain, stylist and interior designer Gaila Gonzales from Egue y Seta shaped her 85 sqm urban refuge. According to Gonzales, this home, “far from looking like a museum, is rather the result of a constant but playful ‘beauty hunting’ through bazaars, antique markets and vintage shops around the world”. However, for her walk-in closet, Gaila chose a minimalist look with soft colours and a few items, in order to provide a feeling of peace and relaxation.
Text: Qanvast and Home & Decor / Additional Reporting: Elizabeth Liew & Seah Pei Jun
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This post was first published on August 10, 2016, and updated on June 26, 2019.
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