I love our house and have never for one moment (even in the darkest days of our kitchen works) regretted leaving a three bedroom bungalow, with a tiny kitchen, where the boys had to share a room, for a five bedroom house. But there’s on thing I really do miss.
Our old bedroom.
Our old bedroom was a spacious loft conversion – a much-needed haven of calm and tranquility in an otherwise crowded space. We had a large built-in wardrobe each and it was tidy and uncluttered.
Our new bedroom? Not so much.
Our new bedroom is significantly smaller. We only knew it was the master bedroom because it’s got an ensuite bathroom. It is exactly the same size as my eldest’s room, but he’s got a large built-in wardrobe.
Coming from a room with built-in wardrobes and therefore having no wardrobes of our own, while my son moved to a room with built-in wardrobes, you can guess what we did. Yes, not wanting to waste money that was needed for paint and carpets (not to mention a new bathroom and a new kitchen), we moved the boys’ old wardrobes into our room.
Kids’ wardrobes aren’t really big enough for our needs, plus they don’t exactly look stylish. As a result, our bedroom is cluttered and in dire need of attention. Until now, it’s been way down the list – the kids’ bedrooms were highest priority, followed by the bathroom and the kitchen (with an awful lot of painting along the way), but now it might be time to think about our own needs.
How can we get wardrobes that fit the space, keep all of our clothes and possessions neat and tidy AND look decent? It’s a tall order.
How amazing is this fitted wardrobe? Images courtesy of Urban Wardrobes.
But there is a solution – fitted wardrobes! I used to think fitted wardrobes were a bit naff, but they’ve come a long way and there’s some fantastic fitted wardrobes and walk in wardrobe designs out there. You can work closely with designers to make sure your wardrobe really meets your needs, fits your space and is in a material that suits your own style. Wardrobes can include hanging space (of course), as well as shelving, small drawers if you want them, a mirror on the inside (we don’t even have space for a mirror in our bedroom!) and pretty much anything else you would find useful.
Sorting out our bedroom is still below sorting out the dreadful ensuite bathroom on our list of priorities, but we will get there! And when we do, we will be thinking carefully about the perfect wardrobes.
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