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.
Inspiration for a contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Perth with flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, carpet and beige floor.

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Inspiration for a contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Perth with flat-panel cabinets, light wood cabinets, carpet and beige floor.
Neat, light wood, practical and simple - helen_murphy91

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.
nice:) - stefjones94

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Contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Brisbane with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, dark hardwood floors and beige floor.

Contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Brisbane with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, dark hardwood floors and beige floor.
corner cupboard + non-obtrusive handles - debz0311

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.
The mirrors do create illusion of extra space but a)the cleaning and b) too many mirrors !! - webuser_429889820

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

Tom Ferguson
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

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

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.
Not necessarily shoes. Could resolve the issue with wardrobe abutting and not able to access door? - webuser_723466740

Mid-sized contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Sydney with open cabinets, dark wood cabinets, light hardwood floors and beige floor.

A perfectly organised wardrobe can create a sense of calm and order - timber veneer is used on this walk in robe. Elegant finish with recessed LED lighting that is sensor activated as you walk thru the space. Nicole England
designed WIR corridor, pathway - to the Bath. similar to current site condition. Lighting effect is largest challenge to WIR design. More attention. - jeremy_lin58

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

Tom Roe
Photo of a contemporary women's dressing room in Melbourne with open cabinets, medium wood cabinets, carpet and grey floor.
The idea of a wardrobe/cupboard divider for bedroom/en-suite - webuser_191201110

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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.
This island bench is a good design - can sit on the lower shelf - webuser_429889820

This is an example of a contemporary storage and wardrobe in Gold Coast - Tweed with white cabinets and shaker cabinets.

This is an example of a contemporary storage and wardrobe in Gold Coast - Tweed with white cabinets and shaker cabinets.
Classy look lots of drawers - ssalm0

This is an example of a transitional gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Brisbane with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, carpet and beige floor.

Stuart Murray
This is an example of a transitional gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Brisbane with shaker cabinets, white cabinets, carpet and beige floor.
WIR as a dressing room. Storage both sides, space in the middle. - john_velardo

This is an example of a tropical walk-in wardrobe in Cairns with open cabinets, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.

Louise Roche - @villastyling
This is an example of a tropical walk-in wardrobe in Cairns with open cabinets, medium hardwood floors and brown floor.
Overall look of shelves - webuser_614490571

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.
Love doors on the shoe storage - protect from dust - webuser_429889820

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.
read description for these shelves....made of concrete & used white oxide powder to colour it rather than paint . corners of concrete block have been cut off so that render can round off & give soft edges. !!!! COULD BE USED AS THE NICHE/NIB WALL IN BATHROOM ??? - jodie_ditchburn

Design ideas for a contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Adelaide with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, concrete floors and grey floor.

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Design ideas for a contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Adelaide with flat-panel cabinets, dark wood cabinets, concrete floors and grey floor.

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Transitional storage and wardrobe in Canberra - Queanbeyan.

Transitional storage and wardrobe in Canberra - Queanbeyan.
good trouser idea center piece could work for scarfs - michaelrenee1

Mid-sized contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Brisbane with light wood cabinets, plywood floors, beige floor and flat-panel cabinets.

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Mid-sized contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Brisbane with light wood cabinets, plywood floors, beige floor and flat-panel cabinets.
cupboard doors on top cupboards - ikolevas