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The value of wardrobe storage in multi-unit residential interior design

The value of wardrobe storage in multi-unit residential interior design

April 7, 2024

The value of wardrobe storage in multi-unit residential interior design

A well-organised space is crucial to a sense of serenity at home, so creating the ideal storage solutions in multi-unit residential builds needs an expert hand. We spoke to Angela Amerigo of Boston Wardrobes to learn more about storage design in residential interiors.

Written by Natalie Clement at Archipro.

“We live in a consumerist culture, and most of us have a lot of stuff,” says Angela Amerigo of Boston Wardrobes.

Maximalist or minimalist, everything should have its place. A cluttered, poorly organised home is not only damaging to any aesthetic but is known to be detrimental to well-being. In the modern residence, efficient and well-planned storage solutions are essential and should be prioritised.

“A lot of us have lived in a house with inadequate storage and all the frustration that comes with that,” Angela shares. “Ask any realtor: potential buyers or tenants will be considering the storage space when evaluating a home. Properties with ample, well-designed storage will likely be more attractive and possibly even command a higher price. Storage is a key component of residential spaces, so it shouldn’t be overlooked or left to the last minute.”

The most common storage solution is the shelf-and-rail wardrobe, a low-cost option particularly common in older homes. Traditionally considered a simple, all-in-one option, the contemporary reality is much the opposite. This type of storage is rarely able to stand alone. Instead, it prompts the addition of more furniture and more purchases: chests of drawers, flimsy hanging shelves, and shoe racks, to name a few.

“This may work for a time, but a discerning homeowner wants their fixtures to be well thought out, of high quality, and of beautiful presentation, which is very hard to achieve with these makeshift solutions,” Angela explains.

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The key considerations for well-designed storage

Architects, property developers, and homeowners should consider several factors when integrating storage solutions into their residential projects, including timing, the intention of use for each space, and the home’s specifications.

Most importantly, start planning storage early in the design process. “⁠Sometimes moving a door or wall slightly left or right can be the difference between a good wardrobe and an exceptional solution,” Angela shares. “Similarly, changing the size of the space slightly or the opening of the wardrobe area can transform the space, so easy to do at the right time, but almost impossible to do once building is underway.”

The storage built within each room should be considered based on the space’s planned function and usage. For instance, a laundry and utility area will require ample, smartly designed storage fit for smaller spaces.

Where possible, storage design should also consider the occupants’ lifestyles. For instance, floor-to-ceiling shelves for the avid reader, or large, tucked-away units for the growing family with young children.

For mid-to-high-end projects, a walk-in wardrobe is a necessity for the master bedroom, for instance, the Luxe wardrobe. While additional bedrooms don’t absolutely require this, each should feature more than just a shelf and a rail. The Select wardrobe offers a robust, cost-effective solution.

The challenges of storage design

With decades of experience in multi-dwelling developments, Boston Wardrobes has developed an intimate knowledge of the common challenges faced within residential storage design in large-scale projects and how to overcome them. These include limitations to space and budget, coupled with the need to maximise functionality and aesthetic appeal.

“The challenge is always: how do we get the most out of a limited space and within budget?” Angela explains. “All jobs have budgets, be it the value-end or the luxury-end. Our focus is to maximise the appeal and functionality.”

Simple but clever configurations include placing custom storage in underutilised spaces, such as under the stairs or awkward corners, or adding additional storage in spare rooms, while the addition of lighting in walk-in wardrobes creates an impactful, functional design.

“From some dimensions and a brief, we can create line and rendered views of any wardrobe spaces, linked to preliminary estimates, to be presented with confidence to clients or included in documentation and proposals,” Angela adds.

The impact of well-designed storage

The core purpose of storage is to provide a home for valued possessions. In the context of wardrobe design, Angela explains, “Collectively, clothes, shoes, and jewellery are some of our most valuable personal assets and usually comprise a large number of items.”

When there is a place for everything, and everything has its place, the impact is felt daily. Well-designed storage ensures a calming spatial experience and ultimately protects some of the most valuable objects the occupant owns.

The design style of the project should inform the integration of storage. An industrial, minimalist interior design may favour the ‘Innova’ wardrobe with its sleek metal stanchions, a Victorian character home will likely favour the panelled ‘Villa’ wardrobe doors, or perhaps a luxury residential design will seek a Boston Wardrobes bespoke solution.

“Ensuring that the solution is beautiful, functional and ties in with the overall decor and other fixtures within the space will add immeasurable value to the project,” Angela adds.

Investing in high-quality storage solutions also ensures the durability of products that will likely be interacted with every day. This resilience is crucial to reducing the need for replacements and add-ons so often found within the ‘shelf-and-rail’ style, therefore mitigating the need for the use of extra resources.

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The future of storage in interior design

As an increasing number of people are putting ample, appropriate storage higher up their list of priorities in the property search, looking ahead, Boston Wardrobes anticipates that homeowners will seek to make storage, and particularly wardrobes, a feature of their rooms rather than hiding them in the background.

The latest emerging trends are indicative of this hypothesis, incorporating more colour, materials, and lighting to curate a storage solution that reflects the homeowner’s style and personality.

Storage is a critical component of residential spaces that should be prioritised. A well-designed storage solution enhances both functionality and aesthetics, contributing to the overall satisfaction and value of a residential project. With this in mind, Angela’s advice is clear: engage a specialist in the early planning stages to ensure the storage solutions are properly integrated into the project.

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The stress-free solution to wardrobe storage

The stress-free solution to wardrobe storage

December 14, 2023By Angela Amerigo

The stress-free solution to wardrobe storage

As a feature of the home that we interact with every day, the importance of wardrobe storage should not be underestimated. We spoke to Natalie Clement at Archipro to reveal the secrets to stress-free wardrobe storage.

The relationship between organisation and mood has been thoroughly researched over the years. One study, published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology in 2016, found those whose homes are cluttered and disorganised experienced higher levels of stress compared to those who had well organised and tidy living spaces.

Since 1987, Boston Wardrobes has been guided by a belief in ‘better living through organisation’. “We know what a positive change a good storage solution can make to your home,” shares Angela Amerigo.

“It may sound silly, but a well-designed wardrobe can make your life better. Things are easier to find, your clothes are better cared for, mornings are easier. We make it easier for people to keep their homes tidy by having fit-for-purpose storage, custom designed to their needs, which in turn will hopefully make the rest of their home life better, more manageable, and less stressful.”

Fundamentally, thoughtfully designed wardrobe storage can enhance your everyday living experience. While quality wardrobe storage is evidently beneficial, it can be challenging to get right without expert guidance.
“Just like you would want an experienced designer handling a new kitchen or bathroom project, equally you will get best results when you have a wardrobe designer deal with wardrobe spaces,” shares Angela.

“The biggest issue we see people facing when it comes to wardrobes is space and access,” adds Angela. “People with existing wardrobes with hinged doors, the old poky sort, with a whole lot of inaccessible space in the side returns and on top want a lot to fit into what is often not that big a space. Shoes are also a big one — everyone wants a better way to store their shoes.”

Boston Wardrobes’ four-step process offers a stress-free solution to solve these problems. The comprehensive remedy starts with a visit to their showroom followed by a design and quote. With this agreed, the third step is a home visit, after which professional installation is taken care of.

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Step 1: Visit the showroom

Located at 57 Boston Road in Auckland, Boston Wardrobes’ vast 250 sqm showroom, the largest in Auckland, allows you to visualise your new storage solution. “I think people are surprised at what can be done. Often when people visualise a wardrobe, they think of some boring white shelves and rails. But that’s not what you see when you come into the showroom,” explains Angela.

“We’ve designed the displays to inspire your imagination and get you thinking about your own perfect wardrobe. We want you to love your wardrobe every time you use it. It should be designed for your specific needs, taking into account your sneaker obsession, your designer jeans collection, or your abundance of accessories.”

The showroom has continuously evolved over Boston Wardrobe’s 35 years in the industry to showcase the latest products and trends. Inside, you’ll find multiple life-sized walk-ins, reach-ins, and standalone wardrobes, as well as home storage solutions for laundry and living rooms. Every wardrobe and wardrobe range on offer is available to view in all its configurations, along with accessories, colour options, and a selection of handle hardware to finish your project.

“Seeing and feeling all of the different options gives you a much better idea of what to expect. You wouldn’t buy a new kitchen without first visiting a showroom! Wardrobes might be smaller, but they can be just as complex, and just as life-saving,” Angela explains. “Every single one of our customers comments on how valuable the showroom visit is to their overall experience.”

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Step 2: Design and quote

At the showroom, you’ll view the extensive selection and discuss your requirements with a design consultant. “At this stage it is helpful to bring in any building plans if you have them or alternatively a hand drawn sketch of the space you are working on with measurements, maybe even a few photos, so we can get to work straight away.” Angela shares.

The thorough consultation ensures your needs are met within your budget, usually lasting around 30-45 minutes for a single wardrobe. The design consultant takes into account your storage needs, the available space, lighting, as well as matching colours and textures to the rest of the house, to sketch a bespoke wardrobe storage system tailored to your unique requirements.

“The consultant will be with you one-on-one right through the whole process, from consultation, to design, measurement on site, right up until the install date. So you will be talking to someone who knows the full picture every time.”

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A new, popular solution is Viva, designed for homes that don’t have in-built wardrobe space. The premium unit is complete with back panels and doors, and can be installed by the Boston Wardrobes’ team with minimal preparatory work.

The cost varies depending on your design choices, but in the showroom, it’s easier to make a decision by interacting with the physical products.

The consultation can be done over the phone, but Angela recommends a visit to the showroom at some point during the process as it allows you to see every product first-hand and refine your needs. “Some people prefer to talk on the phone or have us come out to their home first, but trust me, save yourself the time and come into the showroom, it is absolutely worth the effort.” Angela adds.
Once your dream design has been prepared, a 50% deposit ensures it becomes a reality.

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Step 3: Home visit

With the design agreed, the designer will complete a final in-home measure to refine the details and discuss any preparatory work.

The correct measurements are crucial, so Boston Wardrobes uses laser equipment to ensure the accuracy of the measurements. At this stage, they check door openings, flooring, and even walls to ensure the installation goes smoothly.
“This is also the time we use to pick up things that may have been missed, such as angled ceilings or walls, attic spaces and manholes, power points, and windows,” Angela adds.

The consultant will also give you a good idea of the preparation work that will need to happen ahead of the new wardrobe being installed. It can include removing any existing shelving and doors, touching up plastering and painting, preparing flooring, and assessing lighting and electricals.

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Step 4: Installation

With preparation complete, Boston Wardrobes will be in touch to confirm your ideal installation date. With the aim of ensuring all rooms are done at the same time, the time they will spend varies, and can take anywhere from half a day to two full days.

Due to the bespoke nature of their solutions, there is usually some cutting and assembly required, but Angela notes this has often been cause for compliments. “Our fabulous installers are very thorough at cleaning up after themselves. We are often complimented on their tidiness, friendliness and efficiency.”

Boston Wardrobes has been reliably supplying both residential and commercial markets for decades. “We work with developers, architects and designers, helping to add value through our experience, due to the specialised nature of wardrobe design.”

For new builds and renovations, Angela highly recommends starting the storage solution process at the planning stage of the project to ensure you are working with the best space possible.

“Our experience, personalised process and 10-year quality guarantee behind our products should really give our customers the peace of mind that they are working with the best in the business.”

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Wardrobe design rules from the experts

Wardrobe design rules from the experts

March 23, 2023

When you’re ready to take the plunge and start designing your dream wardrobe, it’s good to start with a solid wardrobe design strategy to ensure your new wardrobe meets all of your needs. Here are our top wardrobe design considerations to keep in mind.

What are the must haves?

First up, time to take stock. Have a think about the items in your wardrobe: are you the queen of shoes, the king of suits or the ace of designer handbags? Do you have more clothing that needs hanging or will shelves serve you better? Do you have lots of long coats or gowns? What do you need to store in drawers? Will you be sharing the wardrobe? All of these questions will help you to determine what sort of structure your wardrobe design should have. It’s also worth considering what works and what doesn’t work in your current wardrobe.

How much space do you have?

Regardless whether you are working with an existing space or building or renovating, the space will need to be assessed and accurately measured. Keep note of power points, windows, doors, ceiling height, door jambs etc. At Boston Wardrobes, we are experts at making the very best use of any space, but there are guidelines to how much space is ideal. These are our recommended minimum dimensions for optimal wardrobe design:

  • 1800mm length per person (2400mm for walk-in or walk-through wardrobes)
  • 600mm internal depth (suit jackets and coats require at least this)
  • 400mm shelf depth and width (folded garments are typically 350mm wide/deep)

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Wardrobe design basics

The main components of wardrobe design are as follows

Hanging space

Usually you would have a mixture of long hang, short or half hang and possibly three-quarter hang, your wardrobe design will be different depending on what you need to store. If two people will be sharing the wardrobe, each would ideally have their own hanging space.

Shelving

Shelves are great for jeans, jumpers, t-shirts, and any items you want to store folded. Shelf height is a standard 400mm but can be adjusted according to your requirements, for example if you have lots of handbags you need to store. You can also store smaller items on shelves by adding baskets or containers.

Drawers

Storing underwear, socks, gym clothes and other smaller or delicate items might be best in a drawer. Drawers come in multiple depths and can be from 400mm to 1200mm wide. They can be open topped, push-to-open or have handles. All of the drawers at Boston Wardrobes come with Hettich runners and a soft-close. Keep in mind that drawers are one of the more expensive components of wardrobe design, so adding or removing drawers will impact the overall budget.

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Shoe space

Having specific space to store your shoes not only helps to organise your wardrobe, but also to protect your shoes. There are several options for this including shoe shelves, shoe drawers and, in some ranges, shoe racks. You can have them running along the bottom of the space or dedicate a vertical space to them. This will depend on how much space you have to work with, how many shoes you have and, of course, your personal preference.

Accessories

Finishing touches for your new wardrobe design could include a full length pull-out mirror, bespoke pull-out trouser racks, belt or tie racks, hidden jewellery drawers, or LED lighting. These accessories will ensue all of your items are stored beautifully, with everything immediately accessible and easy to see.

Doors

Adding doors to your brand new wardrobe design will keep your space looking neat and tidy and protect your clothes from dust. You can choose sliding wardrobe doors, bi-fold or hinged. Available floor space will play a key role in this decision, as will access requirements, whether this is a walk-in, walk-through or reach-in wardrobe, and technical details such as door jamb dimensions. What are door jambs? They are the wooden framing around door openings. Most of our doors require door jambs.

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Materials

Now it’s time to decide on how you’d like your wardrobe to look. Finish your wardrobe design in a luscious, textured woodgrain, opt for a block colour to complement your bedroom palette, or choose a minimalist white. Would you like your wardrobe to have back panels on it? Or perhaps you could make the back wall shine through with a pop of colour or a beautiful wallpaper. The possibilities are endless and wardrobes need not be standard and boring, we want you to fall in love with your wardrobe every day!

Next Steps

Ready to talk wardrobe design and wardrobe doors? We can’t wait! Bring your measurements + photos or plans into our beautiful Grafton showroom to see the dozens of options available, and we can start crafting your perfect wardrobe immediately. If you need help measuring, check out our handy guide below.

At Boston Wardrobes, we are passionate about helping homeowners create smarter, more functional spaces in their home. We have 35 years experience designing and building wardrobes and doors for Aucklanders

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How much will a new wardrobe cost?

How much will a new wardrobe cost?

March 8, 2021

If you’re in the market for new storage, it’s likely that one of the first questions you’ll be asking is: how much will a new wardrobe cost me?

You’re not alone. Unlike a lot of other consumer products in the market, wardrobes are “price invisible”. In other words, thanks to advertising, most people have a rough idea of what consumer products are going to cost them – cars, refrigerators, mobile phones, furniture, clothes… But wardrobes? Nope. It’s not surprising that you’ve come in search of an answer.

Why the mystery?

The huge range of designs, sizes, colours, accessories, and technical complexities of the installation of a wardrobe can create a large disparity in pricing between one wardrobe design and another. For example, a walk-in wardrobe in an average house can cost anywhere from $1000 to $10,000.

What makes this price range so broad, and how can you get an idea of what kind of budget you’ll need to set aside for your own wardrobe?

Well, it all depends on your unique storage requirements and the particulars of your available space. To help you get a better understanding of how far your dollar will go, here are six key factors to consider that will influence the final cost of your new wardrobe.

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The two images above demonstrate how two wardrobes of the same size could vary greatly in price. By using a different product range, adding more components, using colour panels, and including accessories, you would end up with two very different quotes.

1. Space

Pull out your measuring tape, because the first place to start is to get an idea of what kind of space you are working with. We recommend you aim for a minimum of 1.8 metres for a reach-in wardrobe and 2.4 metres of wall space per person for walk-in wardrobes. 700mm depth will allow for hanging clothing, which can protrude as much as 600mm, with an additional 100mm for easy viewing and access.

Not surprisingly, the size of the available space will not only influence the required organiser components but also the dimensions of the wardrobe doors, which will both in turn affect the price.

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2. Drawers

Have you thought about the amount – and type – of drawers that you need?

How many do you need? How wide should they be? How high? How deep? Open-topped, push-to-open or with handles? All of a sudden, your pricing just got a lot more complex!

These decisions will be dictated by what type of garments you need to store – as well as what budget you are working towards. So have a look at your existing clothing and think about whether drawers are the best storage options for you, and how many you might require.

Undergarments including socks, hosiery, bras and underwear will typically be stored in a drawer, as well as certain types of accessories (scarves, belts) jewellery, and some clothing items (t-shirts, leggings, pyjamas)

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3. Shelves

Jeans, woollen jumpers and sweaters are best stored on open shelves. To give you an idea of storage capacity, you will be able to store two folded piles of clothing on 500mm or 600mm wide shelves, whereas on more narrow 400mm shelves you will only fit one pile.

Shelves have the potential to get a little disorganised, but by planning what will go on each shelf you can organise your space effectively – and avoid accidentally ending up with jumbled piles or other bits and pieces suddenly taking residence in your new wardrobe.

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4. Hanging Space

To really optimise your hanging space, a double-hanging set-up is the way to go. This allows you to maximise clothes hanging space by having one rail above another (providing that an overall height of at least 2.1 metres is available). Long hanging space and 3/4 hanging are also handy for winter coats or full-length gowns, and can be set at custom heights depending on your requirements.

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5. Accessories

Do you have an enviable shoe collection, an impressive handbag haul or a selection of ties for every day of the year?

Whatever your fashion indulgence, there are a number of available add-ons for wardrobes which can make organising your space and getting dressed in the mornings much more efficient – belt and tie racks, pull out trouser racks, specialised jewellery drawers, fold away mirrors – the list goes on. These add ons will affect the design and pricing of your wardrobe, but will also improve the overall organisation in line with your needs.

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6. Installation costs

Installation costs should also be considered. It’s possible that you may need to employ the services of a builder before having your wardrobe installed. For example, if you need the opening to your wardrobe made larger to get full access to the available space, or if you need to create the wardrobe cavity by building out from an existing wall – so these costs will depend on how complex the space is that you’re working with.

Where do you start?

As you can see, there are multiple factors influencing the cost of a wardrobe, so it’s pretty tricky to give you a ballpark figure until we’ve had a chance to understand all of the variables.

Once you have discussed your particular requirements with your wardrobe sales consultant, you can then start to think about designing within the restraints of your budget.

At Boston, we have a wide range of storage and door solutions suited to all budgets. Organisers can range from the basic efficiency of our wall-mounted Select range, to the stylish elegance of the Innova range, which has the added benefit of easy dismantling if you were to move house. Our range of doors also includes options for all budgets, without ever compromising on quality and durability.

It’s good to keep in mind that whatever you decide, your new wardrobe is going to be a fixture – that is, a permanent component of your home. Quality fixtures are not only solving a problem (lack of storage space or un-practical wardrobe fitouts), but they will ultimately add value to your home. Making sure you choose a reputable company with experienced sales and installation teams will save you money in the long run – do it once and do it right.

If you’re ready to investigate further, we’d love to help. Get in touch today to organise a free consultation at our Grafton showroom.

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