An open wardrobe

An open plan wardrobe space

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.

Creating an open plan wardrobe Accessories for a wardrobe area from HomeSense Creating an open plan wardrobe area A wardrobe - open

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.

Open living wardrobe for a 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

Jess Soothill

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  1. January 28, 2017 / 3:31 pm

    Think of the dust, Jess!! Think of the dust!! Oh my, Dave’s gonna have to vacuum his shirts every day 😉 Seriously, though, it looks fab. Love the open shelving x

    • Jess
      January 28, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      Ha ha Rachel you are so practical..! Love it. Yes, he has GOT to keep this tidy now no pressure 🙂 xx

  2. January 29, 2017 / 8:04 am

    It looks lovely! My husband is FAR too messy/untidy/lazy to keep it as neat as this. We bought quick fix wardrobes from Ikea when we moved into our new build without any real idea of what we actually wanted. 8 years on and I still hate them (!) so we’re debating getting fitted ones to make the best use of the space and lighten the room up a bit (currently brown, want to switch to white). They are blooming expensive though :/ We have a HomeSense store opening up near us soon which I’m quite excited about now I’ve seen your post – I’m going to go and check out their website as we’re currently re-doing my three girls bedrooms.

    • Jess
      January 30, 2017 / 10:43 am

      Ha ha! Yes they re expensive and why we’ve done this really! Enjoy your shopping and good luck with the rooms 🙂 xx

  3. February 22, 2017 / 9:47 am

    I have had an open wardrobe a few times, especially in my late teens and liked it, but now I would hate it for my clothes as they are so all over the place.
    I think for a man with muted tones and a row of gorgeous shirts (like this) it is actually art in itself.

    I worry if a shelf above would ruin that look, maybe if it didn’t blend in, so more of an industrial look like the rail.

  4. February 22, 2017 / 10:10 am

    Haha, there is no way my husband could keep this tidy! His idea of an open wardrobe is a pile of clothes on the floor 🙂 We have a baby due in a few months, and I’m thinking of something similar to keep a few of his little outfits out on display…at least I can keep it tidy on his behalf!

  5. February 22, 2017 / 10:51 am

    It looks great in your room Jess, very simple and elegant. I don’t think I could do it as our clothes jumbled together would just look like the rail in a charity shop. We inherited open shelves in our bedroom when we moved in and had a hanging rail too. Sadly, it really did look like a charity shop! I’m just too messy. I’m now very glad to have a wardrobe… Your beautiful home would never look like a charity shop though Jess!!! x #HomeEtc

  6. February 22, 2017 / 11:16 am

    It looks so great but I could never keep something like this looking so tidy and pristine. I need to be able to close the door on all our mess! xx #HomeEtc

  7. February 22, 2017 / 11:02 pm

    Wow, only you could make an open rail look so stylish! I should show you a photo of our open rail, my husband dumps everything on top of the rail, it is such a mess. I give up haha! xx

  8. February 22, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    I could live with it if Richards shirts were as coordinated as Dave’s! I don’t think we could keep it that organised! Works for you , though! #homeetc

  9. February 23, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    This looks fab! I’d love to say that I could do it, I just know hand on heart that I’m far too messy – I need doors to hide it all away! 🙂 Philippa x

  10. February 23, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    We’ve lived with an open wardrobe, since moving into this house. Similar, fitted wardrobes are so expensive and I’ve found that regular wardrobes just don’t appeal, they don’t seem big enough. I just haven’t found the right thing.
    Yours looks really good, however I’ve found overtime that dust gathers on things not worn too often. Also, I sort of resent the space above, which I want to utilise better. I think I just need to get my wardrobe act together.

  11. February 23, 2017 / 1:42 pm

    You’ve made a really simple piece of kit look fab here – we definitely couldn’t stay tidy enough to make this work though! #HomeEtc

  12. February 25, 2017 / 12:36 pm

    Sadly I’m far too messy to live with an open wardrobe! I like everything to be behind closed doors wherever possible. You make it look easy though! Something very pleasing about a row of neatly ironed shirts 🙂

  13. February 25, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    I can totally sympathise with how expensive fitted wardrobes are, having had a quote in the past couple of weeks I nearly fell over!! I think this looks great although we’re restricted by having to keep clothes and shoes out of bounds otherwise Boo and Maddie would have a field day of mischief! It really suits your home and looks stylish Xx

  14. February 27, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    This would never work for my husband. He is so messy, we need wardrobe doors to hide it all. Dave seems very neat though.

  15. February 28, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    Sure I commented on this! I really like it and I think your hubby is very today. I like that it allows the opportunity to choose OOTD from the comfort of the bed. It’s a no go for us though. Too much dust #HomeEtc

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