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.
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

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

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

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This is an example of a contemporary gender-neutral dressing room in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, white cabinets, light hardwood floors and beige floor.
No line of holes for shelves shelf thickness less flimsy. Timber lining is lovely - dobsonjan

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

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Mid-sized contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Brisbane with light wood cabinets, bamboo floors, flat-panel cabinets and beige floor.
Not sure how tall the cupboards are but we currently put out suitcases up like this - webuser_3491184

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 transitional storage and wardrobe in Brisbane.

Luxury elegant designer wardrobe, chandelier, traditional profiles and borders, glass shoe storage, crystal knobs
This is an example of a transitional storage and wardrobe in Brisbane.
衣帽间 洗手间 布局 浴缸 - christine_luo

Contemporary storage and wardrobe in Perth.

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Contemporary storage and wardrobe in Perth.
like cabinetry in dressing room. like a mixture of wardrobe doors and open. need one for full length dresses. lots of shoe rack space and room for ties and handbags - glenn_wildsmith

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 contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Canberra - Queanbeyan with flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, carpet and grey floor.

This is an example of a contemporary gender-neutral walk-in wardrobe in Canberra - Queanbeyan with flat-panel cabinets, grey cabinets, carpet and grey floor.
Doors do create a sleek look in a dressing room - webuser_429889820

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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

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

Perfectly organised wardrobes create a sense of order and calm. Elegantly finished with sensor activated LED lighting illuminating the walkway whilst entering the bathroom. Image: 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

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 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.
I would put an island storage bench with extra shelving instead of this huge chair - webuser_429889820

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

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

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.
The idea of a wardrobe/cupboard divider for bedroom/en-suite - webuser_191201110

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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

Design ideas for a large contemporary men's dressing room in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, light hardwood floors, black cabinets and beige floor.

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Design ideas for a large contemporary men's dressing room in Sydney with flat-panel cabinets, light hardwood floors, black cabinets and beige floor.
Ceiling with skylight and wardrobes - azz_petrilli