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An Instaworthy Wardrobe

Something that I’ve wanted for a long time now is an instaworthy wardrobe. Taking inspiration from the likes of Ashely Schuberg (@miss_gunner) and Steph Lam (@stephlameng), I decided, before I even found my new home, that I needed a room that I could call my ‘walk-in-wardrobe’. I wanted a place where I could house my shoes, clothes and any other objects that were fit for display. In this post, I will take you through my journey of getting the perfect wardrobe.

The only place you need to visit for this is IKEA. You don’t even have to leave your house – IKEA has a space on their website where you can build your own dream wardrobe, either from one of their existing designs or entirely from scratch, like I did. Before you get designing, measure the depth, width and height of the space you have allocated.

My ceilings aren’t that high so I went for the 201cm but you can also choose from the 236cm version. The width of my space is approximately 240cm so, for the frames of the wardrobe, I bought three of the 75cm x 58cm wide ones. Although I kind of wanted a wardrobe that wrapped around, I also wanted the other half of my room to be a study. Because of this, the design I went for just tucks into a nook against the wall. Having a little bit of space on either side of the robe is great as you can hide away household items that you’d rather not be visible.

Now, on to the design. As I mentioned in my previous post about styling your sofa, I want to have a sort of minimalist aesthetic. So, for my robe, I chose to have it all in white – however, you can also choose from black-brown, brown or a white stained oak effect. Something to keep in mind is the actual purpose of your robe. I already have a huge built in wardrobe in my main bedroom but I needed more space for my shoes. To that effect, I decided to get more shelving than anything. I also got two double tier pull out shoe racks for the outer frames for frequently used shoes (they’re too dirty to put on display!). The other main reason for this was to have storage space for skincare and cosmetics which meant I needed lots of drawers.

Insider the drawers, I bought the KOMPLEMENT boxes which are cute little grey storage boxes where you can split up your drawers into smaller sections. There are different box sets you can choose from or, alternatively, you can buy them individually to suit your needs.

I also wanted to break up all the shelving so I added a rail to the middle frame, above the drawers. Here, I hung all my favourite sweaters. Remember that things accumulate dust so you want to hang things that you’ll be using frequently to avoid build up.

I haven’t quite finished styling yet but I’m really loving how everything is looking so far. One issue I had when it came to the physical build was nailing the back board onto the frame. I live in an apartment so the amount of noise gave me some serious anxiety – you have to hammer in around 40 nails for each frame! I actually reduced this number since I won’t be leaning anything on the backs, but something to consider when you plan to build.

As you can see from the first image in this post, I have almost 4 empty shelves (the items in the top shelves are temporary). The height of it means I can only fit small bags in there so I’m trying to think what I can put without it looking too cluttered. I could possibly hide away boxes in the back and then use the front for books and little bits of decor – something to ponder on.

Anyway, there you have it! All in all, I spent just over $1000 on this wardrobe and I don’t regret it in the slightest. It has really given my room a great look and feel and I can’t wait to show you all the finished product when I’m done styling. Hope this post helped you think about your own robe – if you have any questions, let me know!