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Designing Built In Robes For Children’s Bedrooms

Oct 20th 2015 at 11:55 PM

Whether you’re building your dream home or renovating your existing one, many homeowners like to add built in robes to all of the bedrooms. This not only improves the value of the home should you ever decide to sell, it ensures that everyone in your family has ample space to store their possessions. When designing robes to go in your kid’s bedrooms, however, there are a number of things that should be kept in mind.

Remember that they aren’t that tall
One of the most important factors to consider is that children aren’t overly tall, so you should aim to keep most of their possessions as low as possible. If you have your heart set on floor to ceiling robes, by all means continue with this plan – just be prepared to use the uppermost shelves to store items that your kids don’t need access to often or even to store other things that (such as spare doonas and quilts).

Remember that their clothes are smaller
It should come as no surprise that smaller people (i.e. children) require smaller clothing. Keeping this in mind can mean that you use the space more efficiently. Instead of installing a full length rail, install two half height ones (one above the other) – this will allow you to store double the amount of clothing, and you won’t have to worry about not being able to see all of the garments on offer.

Remember that their clothes take up less room
When dealing with smaller clothes, it makes sense that they will take up less room – particularly when folded. Instead of having two or even three drawers dedicated to tops, your kid might only need one. This means that the built in robe can be smaller than one for an adult, that you can have plenty of extra storage space for all their toys, or that you can go crazy when you go to the shops and not worry about space.

Remember that safety is essential
Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways for someone to hurt themselves on a standard robe. Children, who are generally more accident-prone, need to be provided with as safe a space as possible. Ensure that there aren’t any sharp corners or edges that they could accidentally bang their heads on, and that the drawers or doors don’t slam closed (which often results in jammed fingers or crushed hands).

Remember that they aren’t that strong
Finally, it’s also important to consider that children aren’t overly strong, so you should ensure that the robe is easy to open and close. If they have to tug on the door with all their might or if the drawers are too heavy for them to move, the space has failed. Sliding doors are often popular for kids bedrooms, as they’re relatively lightweight and are incredibly easy to move from side to side.

We hope that the information provided above has enabled you to design built in robes that are appropriate for your children’s bedrooms. Whilst the addition of any storage space is certainly going to be beneficial, it’s important that you take the specific needs of kids into account to ensure that the robe is as perfect as possible for them. If you require design assistance, do not hesitate to speak with your joiner or cabinet maker in more detail.

Spaceworks Design deals in custom wardrobes, media units, home office design and custom cabinets in Sydney, Australia.

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