Where do I start?

Planning a functional wardrobe is a simple process. Our goal is to create a wardrobe that is both functional and organised. To do this, we need to begin by gaining an uderstanding of the different components which make up a wardrobe;

Wardrobe opening showing all wardrobe components
Wardrobe opening showing all wardrobe components

Wardrobe Components

It is very important to figure out which wardrobe components you require and how much of each component you will need. Divide your clothes into each of the sections as follows:

Full Hanging

Full Hanging

Ideal for dresses and coats (up to 1700mm long)

3/4 Hanging

3/4 Hanging

Ideal for shorter dresses and trousers (up to 1500mm long)

Half Hanging

1/2 Hanging

Ideal for shirts and skirts (up to 1000mm long)

Wardrobe Shelving


Ideal for folded items such as t-shirts and shorts

Wardrobe Drawers


Ideal for storing socks and underwear

Tip: A good way to figure out how much hanging space you need is to hang the clothes on an existing hanging rod and with a tape measure, measure how much space they take up.

Wardrobe Layouts

How you plan your wardrobe will depend on the type of wardrobe layout you have to work with. Although wardrobe openings may be different shapes and sizes, all wardrobes usually follow the same basic layout shapes. The most common layout shapes are as follows:

Built-in Wardrobe Layouts

Standard Wardrobe Opening

Standard Opening

An existing wardrobe opening which requires shelving only.

Straight Wall Wardrobe Opening

Straight Wall

A straight wall which requires shelving and panels either side to enclose the wardrobe.

Corner to the left wardrobe opening

Corner Opening (Left)

A corner to the left which requires shelving and a panel on the right hand side to enclose the wardrobe.

Corner to the right wardrobe opening

Corner Opening (Right)

A corner to the right which requires shelving and a panel on the left hand side to enclose the wardrobe.

Walk-in Wardrobe Layouts

U shaped walk in wardrobe

U Shaped

G shaped walk in wardrobe

G Shaped

Walk through walk in wardrobe


Designing the perfect wardrobe

The wardrobe planner

We have prepared the following documents which will assist you with planning and designing your wardrobe:

MS Excel 97-2003 .xls format MS Excel 2007-current .xlsx format
 Wardrobe Planner (178.5 kB)  Wardrobe Planner (21.7 kB)

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Some important things to take into consideration:

Working out your dimensions

Don't know how to measure your wardrobe? Check out our how to meausre guides on our support page.

Style of doors

It is important to consider the style of doors that you are planning for your wardrobe, as the doors will have an impact on the design of your wardrobe. For example, two sliding doors will prevent a wardrobe design from having a central drawer box. Alternatively, hinged doors will enable you to choose a drawer box in the centre of the opening (please note that Spacemaker Wardrobes only supply sliding wardrobe doors).

Number of people

How many people are going to be using the wardrobe (for example, do you need 'His' and 'Hers' sections?). We recommend dividing the wardrobe so that each person has their own section.

What next?

Email us your designs using our contact form and we will send you a quotation. Please include as much information as possible including any photos of your wardrobe / wardrobe door opening.

You may also want to have a look at our existing flat pack wardrobe designs and pricing ».