Storage and Wardrobe Design Ideas

As compact urban living becomes the norm, there has become a higher demand for smart storage solutions. As a result, there are more innovative storage ideas than ever. Aside from storage baskets and shelving units, you can now install custom-made built-in wardrobes, shape-shifting storage cubes, and even concealed units.

Browse the photos on Houzz for inspiration for a wide variety of storage and wardrobe solutions, from cube storage to wall units, shoe racks and sliding doors. You’ll find walk-in wardrobes boasting spinning shoe racks, lounge chairs and display cases with lighting; as well as more simpler storage solutions like room dividers that double as storage, pull-out baskets and floating shelves.

If you decide to revamp your wardrobe or storage space, it’s important to consider whether built-ins are a suitable option. Although more expensive, shop-built and installed components are more durable and bring all of your elements together in one unit. If you can’t afford a built-in wardrobe, or if you need more storage, consider baskets, dividers, storage containers, hooks and racks to help ensure every item has a place, and opt for sliding doors to save space. A professional organiser can help you get setup.

How many cabinets should built-in wardrobes have?


The size of your built-in wardrobe should be largely dependant on how much hanging space you actually need. Just because you have a blank wall, for example, doesn’t mean it has to be filled with a large wardrobe. Position shelves above hanging space to be more ergonomic, and only add drawers if you plan on having an open wardrobe as this will add to the overall price. A dresser or chest of drawers is a better option for fold-away clothes, so long as you have the room. Shoe collections can also take up ample room in a built-in wardrobe, so consider a purpose-built cabinet or shoe racks instead.

How do I organise my wardrobe or cupboard?


With so many shoes, ties, clothes and bags to stash, wardrobe organisation is key. Use hooks, storage baskets, drawer partitions or dividers to keep your belongings in order. Storage baskets are great for storing things like belts and scarves, while shelf dividers can keep knits, jeans and shirts neatly packed away. Take pride in your shoe collection? Create a shoe storage display using a few strips of moulding mounted to the wall so you can hook your shoes. Similarly, an open robe can make your clothing a feature.

What extras can I include in my wardrobe design?


If you want a luxurious wardrobe, consider including a small sitting area with a window seat, storage ottoman, or lounge chair. You could also add a makeup vanity, complete with a jewellery box and makeup drawer. A viewing area with full-length mirrors will also make getting ready a breeze. Wardrobe lighting will bring the space to life – use display lighting to showcase your clothing, task lighting for functionality and mood lighting to set the scene.
This is an example of a traditional women's walk-in wardrobe in Sydney with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, carpet and beige floor.

This is an example of a traditional women's walk-in wardrobe in Sydney with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, carpet and beige floor.
Chair under winder in walk in w - genaya_bourke

Photo of a contemporary gender-neutral dressing room in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, carpet and beige floor.

Photo of a contemporary gender-neutral dressing room in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, carpet and beige floor.
the seat in the middle and the mirror the mirror can be two purpose.. when you turn on the light inside the you will see the stuff inside - keren_culalic

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Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary women's walk-in wardrobe in Gold Coast - Tweed with white cabinets, carpet, beige floor and open cabinets.

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Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary women's walk-in wardrobe in Gold Coast - Tweed with white cabinets, carpet, beige floor and open cabinets.
this would be an idea for everyone's shoes - donna_scottodiperta

This is an example of a contemporary gender-neutral dressing room in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, concrete floors and grey floor.

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This is an example of a contemporary gender-neutral dressing room in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, concrete floors and grey floor.
Walking closet. Solo que cerrado - christelgonzalez

Photo of a large traditional gender-neutral dressing room in Brisbane with shaker cabinets, blue cabinets, carpet and grey floor.

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Photo of a large traditional gender-neutral dressing room in Brisbane with shaker cabinets, blue cabinets, carpet and grey floor.

Photo of a transitional gender-neutral dressing room in Gold Coast - Tweed with open cabinets, black cabinets, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Photo of a transitional gender-neutral dressing room in Gold Coast - Tweed with open cabinets, black cabinets, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
Black cupboards white walls - jakedawson

Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, carpet and yellow floor.

Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Melbourne with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, carpet and yellow floor.
Love the colour and material palette - samantha5678

Photo of a contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Brisbane with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, carpet and grey floor.

Photo of a contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Brisbane with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, carpet and grey floor.

Beach style women's walk-in wardrobe in Gold Coast - Tweed with open cabinets, white cabinets, carpet and beige floor.

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Beach style women's walk-in wardrobe in Gold Coast - Tweed with open cabinets, white cabinets, carpet and beige floor.
curtain across to help keep out the dust and hide the clothes messiness. - abowman

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Tropical gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Cairns with medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Photos by Louise Roche, of Villa Styling. Walk in robe, adobe render finished shelving.
Tropical gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Cairns with medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
Rough handmade shelving integrated with wall surface - webuser_42188591

Inspiration for a contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Perth with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

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Inspiration for a contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Perth with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
layout, palette, flooring, lighting - jessica_scott65

Photo of a contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets and white cabinets.

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Photo of a contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets and white cabinets.
option for dog for window in laundry? - jo_leaper

Design ideas for a large beach style gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Sydney with white cabinets, carpet, grey floor and recessed-panel cabinets.

Design ideas for a large beach style gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Sydney with white cabinets, carpet, grey floor and recessed-panel cabinets.
Built in cabinetry - holmes_holmes

This is an example of a large contemporary walk-in wardrobe in Sunshine Coast.

Open Plan his & hers walk in wardrobe featuring American Oak cabinetry with splayed edge details, laser cut fretwork with back lighting, how hide drawer fronts with custom shaped Corian handles finished in an aged bronze patina and the fretwork to ceiling and window opening has matching finishes Builder is Stewart Homes, Designer is Mark Gacesa From Ultraspace, Interiors by Minka Joinery and the photography is by Fred McKie Photography
Like design of storage drawers with round features - buchwaldcindy

Design ideas for a contemporary gender-neutral dressing room in Perth with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, carpet and beige floor.

Design ideas for a contemporary gender-neutral dressing room in Perth with flat-panel cabinets, medium wood cabinets, carpet and beige floor.
Walk in robes and this finish on cupboards. - trigg17

Contemporary gender-neutral storage and wardrobe in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, light hardwood floors and beige floor.

Contemporary gender-neutral storage and wardrobe in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, light hardwood floors and beige floor.
nook. chair. make-up in storage. - dee_palmer

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Photo of a contemporary women's dressing room in Melbourne with open cabinets, medium wood cabinets, carpet and grey floor.

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Photo of a contemporary women's dressing room in Melbourne with open cabinets, medium wood cabinets, carpet and grey floor.
I love having a place where you can do your hair - fionafellows

Traditional women's dressing room in Perth with glass-front cabinets, white cabinets, carpet and beige floor.

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Traditional women's dressing room in Perth with glass-front cabinets, white cabinets, carpet and beige floor.
Hampton Style robe - Vinyl wrap - Dongara Profile - academycustominteriors