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15 Inspiring Wardrobe Design Ideas For Your Bedroom

Author Chigwell Building & Joinery

Date 04/03/2020

Your bedroom is a key room in your home.

Among the most important furniture items in your bedroom is your wardrobe or closet.

It is the main place where you get to store your clothes, and countless other items.

A common problem or tendency is to avoid giving the importance the wardrobe deserves.

Considering that it takes up practically a whole wall in your bedroom, it is going to be eye-catching to say the least.

Therefore it is important that you make sure to consider the way your wardrobe will look, as well as how it is going to affect the ambiance of your bedroom.

For this reason, we’re going to outline the following 15 inspiring design ideas for wardrobes that will enhance the look of your bedroom.

Read on to find out more, or use a jump link below to skip to a desired chapter:


Table of Contents

  1. Mirrored Doors
  2. Sliding Doors or Panels
  3. Built-in Cupboards
  4. Integrated Bed
  5. Melamine Wardrobes
  6. Multifunctional Wardrobes
  7. Transparent Cupboards
  8. Incorporated Drawers
  9. Sleek Designs
  10. Glass Screens
  11. Narrow Wardrobes
  12. Laminated Doors
  13. Vintage Look
  14. Solid Wood Wardrobes
  15. Conclusion



Mirrored Doors

Mirrored wardrobe doors will work wonders on the way your bedroom looks.

They are especially recommended when the bedroom is rather small because with the mirrors effect it will look more spacious.

Sliding Doors or Panels

This is a rather modern design feature for wardrobes.

Instead of traditional doors that open with hinges, shifting doors or panels make wardrobes look sleek, as well as reduce the need to use up precious floor space whenever the door is opened.

So they are aesthetically pleasing as well as great for space saving.


Built-in Cupboards

Instead of sticking to a simple design where the wardrobe is solely made from doors, you might consider including a built-in cupboards.

These could be made from different materials too, making it stand out even more.

Integrated Bed

Another interesting design idea is to have the bed incorporated in the lower part of the wardrobe.

In this way the wardrobe is really easy to access, and you would also be saving up floor space too.

Melamine Wardrobes

Fibreboard is a great material for those who want their wardrobe to look modern as well as be lightweight.

Many people hate having a bulky looking wardrobe which engulfs the rest of the furnishings.

Fibreboard is an ideal option in such a case.

Besides it comes in various colours, including natural tones too.


Multifunctional Wardrobes

Your wardrobe could look really modern if you incorporate additional functions within it, such as a chest of drawers, or a TV unit.

Nowadays having a desk within a wardrobe is also a popular option especially in children's and teens’ bedrooms.

In such a way they would be able to use their bedroom as a study room, or simply to use their laptop or tablet more comfortably.

Transparent Cupboards

If you are very organised you might wish to consider having the wardrobe doors or cupboards made from a transparent material.

The interior of the wardrobe and the items stored within will then be visible.

This makes it look really original and modern.

Incorporated Drawers

Instead of having the wardrobe composed of only doors, you might wish to allocate a part of it to drawers.

This could be in the middle section, or at the ends of the wardrobes.

This idea does not only look nice, but it is also a practical idea as you may store smaller clothes such as socks and scarves more neatly in the drawers, rather than on shelves.

Sleek Designs

Contemporary decor is mainly all about sleekness.

So, if you opt for a sleek closet instead of traditional doors in wardrobes, you will achieve a modern look.

Glass Screens

Another popular option is to use glass (clear or frosted) for the wardrobe doors.

With a unique look, glass doors will make the wardrobe look lighter as well as sleeker.

This is a great option for those who are looking for a contemporary design idea.

Narrow Wardrobes

Instead of having the typical width wardrobes which are generally made nowadays, you could opt for a narrower width wardrobe.

These are obviously going to have a smaller storage capacity but they make the wardrobe look sleeker and very modern, taking up less floor space.

This is an ideal option for those who are more concerned about achieving a modern look instead of focusing on maximising storage space.

Laminated Doors

Using lamination sheets on wardrobe doors will allow you to give a whole new look to your wardrobe.

Laminated doors can be easily achieved thanks to the application of lamination sheets made in any colour, pattern or texture you fancy.

This is surely a great way to make a wardrobe look modern, as well as add some colour to your bedroom.


Vintage Look

For those who prefer a more traditional look, you might prefer a vintage wardrobe.

Such wardrobes are typically not ideal for small bedrooms since they are not the best at space saving and practicality.

This is because you will usually find such wardrobes to be of a lower height, and not flush against the floor or ceiling.

However, they do have a unique charm about them, and if you are all about a classic look a vintage wardrobe is surely a great option.

Solid Wood Wardrobes

There are those who prefer sticking to a classical look, and in that case a wardrobe made from solid wood is the way to go.

Apart from looking sturdy and robust, such wardrobes will also be truly durable and able to hold considerable weight.

With solid wood you would also be able to have decorative elements added to the design of the doors.

Custom Painted Wardrobes

Decorative additions such as stencilling could make your wardrobe look more original and personalised.

You can be as creative as you like with this!

This is surely a great wardrobe design idea for children's bedrooms, as well as for those who would like to make their bedroom look more colourful.

Conclusion

Your wardrobe does not have to be that huge, bulky furniture piece.

You can find ways to make it look more unique and original, while adding flair to your bedroom.

As has been noted in the above design ideas, you can be creative both from a classical or a contemporary perspective.

The sky is your limit when it comes to design ideas, and this includes colours as well as materials.


How to Make a Platform Bed with Nightstands

Author Chigwell Building & Joinery

Date 04/02/2020

The bed is one of the most important pieces of furniture in any home.

It is the focal point of the bedroom, and obviously it is where you want to feel comfortable and rest every night.

Therefore your bed needs to be both practical as well as aesthetically pleasing.

At times ready made furniture does not always suit your needs and preferences.

You end up going from one furniture store to another, but you are still not convinced with what you find.

It could be due to the design, or the hefty prices often charged.

So why not consider making the bed of your dreams yourself?

By following the steps and guidelines below you can make your own platform bed with floating nightstands.

This is a popular idea lately since the nightstands are basically incorporated with the bed itself, thus making it look more contemporary while saving space.

Read on to find out more, or use a jump link below to skip to a desired chapter:


Table of Contents

  1. Tools & Materials
  2. Initial Cutting & Sanding
  3. Painting & Varnishing
  4. Assembling the Headboard
  5. Making the Night Stands
  6. Building the Bed Base
  7. Finishing Up
  8. Conclusion
  9. See It Built!

Tools & Materials

You will need the following tools:
  • Workbench
  • Clamps
  • Dowel Jig
  • Pocket Hole jig
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Mallet
  • Wood Glue
  • Mitre Saw
  • Orbital Sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Framing Square
  • Combination Square
  • Screwdriver
  • High Density Foam Roller

And the following materials and supplies:

  • Lumber
  • 3 Sheets of Plywood
  • Screws
  • Inserts to Mount the Nightstands
  • Corner Braces
  • L-Brackets
  • Danish Oil
  • Paint

Initial Cutting & Sanding

One of the most demanding tasks of building a DIY bed is cutting the lumber in the required pieces.

You will obviously need several parts which will then be attached to each other until the bed frame is formed.

For this reason it is recommended that you have a miter saw, as it will make the cutting job considerably easier and quicker.

If you do not own one you might check if you can borrow or hire one from the hardware store.

You will need 16 lumber pieces which will be used for the bed frame, the headboard and the bed trim.

Next, cut another piece measuring which will be used for the top and bottom nightstands.

Once all the cutting is completed, you should sand each piece so as to make it smoother and neater.

Since there are several pieces an orbital sander will make it easier and quicker.

Painting & Varnishing

Once all the pieces have been cut, it is best to paint them and varnish them at this point.

This will ensure that you paint them properly and neatly, instead of trying to move around edges when they have already been mounted and attached in a frame.

For the paint it is best to apply it with a high density foam roller as it will give you a neat result.


Assembling the Headboard

The headboard is one of the most important parts of the bed, and one’s eyes are drawn to it more than anything else.

It is best to have someone help you to hold the headboard while you assemble it and attach it to the bed base.

The design of the headboard can be as simple or as intricate as you wish.

For a platform bed it is best to stick to a linear look to complement the more modern look of this kind of bed.

You could opt to carry the wood slightly outward across the entire length, or else leave it smooth and linear throughout.

As a safety precaution, since you will be working close to the edges of the wood, pre-drill the holes for the screws to avoid splitting problems.

Add screws at least every 24 inches or so for more sturdiness.

Making the Night Stands

The nightstands are the smallest parts of the platform bed, and yet they are focal points.

Apart from offering a good place where you can store items neatly in their inner space, and even have the electrical outlets hidden away in that area too.

So the nightstands will be a really practical addition, while also make your platform bed more aesthetically pleasing.

To build the nightstands it is not that difficult.

You will already have cut the pieces of lumber for them earlier.

Now all you need to do is attach them to each other with wood glue and screws so as to form a box, which will have the inner part open.

This is basically going to be like a shelf but since it is tucked away within the outer parts of the nightstand whatever you place in it will be quite inconspicuous.

It is best to sand lightly and then apply some Danish oil for a nicer finish at the end.

Finally simply attach each floating nightstand to the bed’s headboard using wood glue and screws.


Building the Bed Base

The bed base is made from plywood sheets.

It is best to go for relatively thick plywood for more sturdiness.

Carefully attach the plywood pieces together to form the base for the bed.

Make sure they are aligned well and apply the wood glue.

Then fasten together with screws.

All the pieces are now ready and all you have to do is to attach the bed frame with brackets and some support pieces for more sturdiness.

Attach the centre beam, as this is important for such a substantially big piece of furniture, and one which will need to withstand weight.

Then simply add support pieces horizontally all along, attaching to the bed’s frame and to the centre beam. Screw them from the inside too.

Finally you can mount the plywood sheet on top of everything.

Finishing Up

Last steps to finish this project!

Apply some Danish oil, and optionally, a layer of polyurethane to give a nice finish to your bed’s lumber.

Always give a quick sanding in between, and repeat the process a couple of times.

And you are all set to place a mattress on top and enjoy a good night’s sleep in your DIY platform bed!


Conclusion

This is not an easy project, especially considering that a bed is obviously so large.

You will need certain tools which are not that basic or cheap, but other than that if you follow the steps above you can manage to do this really amazing DIY project which will surely give you a great sense of achievement.

The fact that you can customise the bed as you like in terms of finishing, colour and design is just great!

And you can build it much more affordably than when you buy a readymade bed for sure!

See it Built!

This article is based on and inspired by the awesome platform bed designed and constructed by DIY Creators.

Check out the video on their YouTube channel here and see how this beautiful platform bed comes to life.


8 Top Design Ideas for Small Bedrooms

Author Chigwell Building & Joinery

Date 08/01/2020

If your bedroom’s size is rather small, you might be wondering how you will be able to cram all the furniture you need, and store your clothes and other belongings.

Small studio apartments and most modern properties tend to feature smallish bedrooms.

But in reality there is no need to give up hope as with some creativity and common sense you will be amazed at what you can make out of your small bedroom.

Here are 8 top tips which will definitely change your mind and solve your problems.

Read on to find out more, or use a jump link below to skip to a desired chapter:


Table of Contents

  1. Light Colour Scheme
  2. Install a Wall Bed
  3. Install a Fitted Wardrobe
  4. Integrated Shelves
  5. Store Items Up High
  6. Minimalist Styling
  7. Embrace Symmetry
  8. The Magic of Mirrors
  9. Conclusion

1. Light Colour Scheme


Keep it as light and as bright as possible.

The brighter the colour scheme you opt for, the bigger the room will appear.

So go for light colours such as white and beige.

If you are worrying that the light colour scheme might look plain, just add vivid or darker colours in the soft furnishings, such as the bedlinen and cushions, the carpet, and any key accessories like the bedside lamp.

2. Install a Wall Bed


The bed is the main and the biggest furniture piece in the room.

Naturally it is going to take up a good part of the room, especially since the room’s area is limited.

So if you have a small bedroom simply opt for a wall bed.

This will help to free up the valuable space in the room for other requirements during the day.

Nowadays there are several aesthetically pleasing but very practical wall beds, which will fold up against the wall easily, offering convenience as well as comfort.

3. Install a Fitted Wardrobe


Apart from the bed, the wardrobe will also take up a considerable amount of space.

So, when it comes to choosing the wardrobe for your small bedroom opt for a fitted wardrobe with sliding doors.

This will make sure that you make the best use out of the wall space available, while also avoiding wasting space in a restricted space whenever you need to open the wardrobe doors.

Also, make the best use out of the room’s height by going as far up as practically possible.

The height of the wardrobe will offer you more storage space for off season clothing and any other items you do not need to use often.

4. Integrated Shelves


Integrated shelves will give you greater convenience.

These types of shelves are versatile and ideal for small bedrooms as they will enable you to literally use up as much wall space as possible.

This will offer you so much more storage space!

5. Store Items Up High