When we were deciding on the finishing touches with the developer of our new-build home, one of the jobs that we didn’t choose to go for were fitted wardrobes in the master bedroom. This was mostly due to cost (they were really quite expensive) plus we wanted to make the decision on what to do with the space after we moved in.
Nearly 18 months later and we still hadn’t done anything to it! Our bedroom has therefore been lacking in any wardrobe space and has become quite a bit of a dumping area. Dave did put up a temporary rail along the wall and because I have the 5th bedroom as my dressing area this rail has been mostly for his clothing.
We decided to clear it all out recently (new year and all!) and go with a much better storage solution. Plus I just couldn’t look at the mess & stuff any longer! We still didn’t want to add large wardrobes and instead we have decided to be brave and have it open.
Dave now has his work shirts, suits, jumpers and trousers all on display along the wall of our master bedroom.
The pro’s of this kind of set-up is that it is fairly cheap to arrange. The rail itself was from the internet and Dave purpose built the white shelves into the right-hand alcove. The storage – such as the wicker baskets, fake plants, artwork and wooden hangers are all from HomeSense who recently sent me some vouchers to help assist us with our clothing issue!
I think it looks stylish plus it’s practical too; handy to grab clothes on-the-go.
His more casual clothes are folded away in a chest-of-drawers, as well as some hanging in the dressing room.
The major issue of this set-up, however, is that you have to keep it VERY tidy otherwise it doesn’t look great. It also doesn’t maximise the space as much as fitted wardrobes would.
However, we absolutely love it. It really has made the area far neater and it looks contemporary too. Perfect for our modern home.
Dave also painted the walls white last weekend to brighten up the space (it was previously magnolia) and it looks so much better for it. We are also thinking of adding a shelf above the rail to give him even more storage.
What do you think? Could you live with an open wardrobe?
Love, Jess x