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5 Easy Tips For Storing Your Off-Season Clothes

Keeping your clothes in tip-top condition between seasons can be a challenge, especially when going between the extreme warm to chilly months of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast.

For many people, it can be tempting to simply fold and shove your clothes into a plastic tub somewhere out of the way like under the bed, but that can be fairly counter-productive if you want to keep your clothes in good condition. 

A custom built in wardrobe will help with neat and organised storage, however, there are more factors to safely and effectively storing your clothes. 

This brief guide will help you store your clothes so they stay just as you left them. 

1. Thoroughly Clean Your Clothes

To avoid dirt, dust and other contaminants building up and creating a frustrating situation after months or years of storage, be sure that your clothes are properly cleaned before being placed in storage. Clean clothes feel far fresher when they’re pulled from storage, and while there may be some storage smell, it certainly will be the start of the best storage outcome.

2. Understanding The Best Methods For Storing Clothing

Different clothing types work better with different wardrobe and storage solutions, and your personal preference and storage capabilities also play a part. 

If you’re storing your clothes for a prolonged period, it can be tempting to hang them to avoid creating creases and folds. However, hanging clothes can damage their shape over time, drawing the fabric out and negatively affecting the look and quality. Folding your clothes for long-term storage is definitely the preferred option. 

Your storage solution can have a large impact on how well your clothes survive storage. Plastic storage containers can trap moisture, which will cause your clothes to come out musty and possibly damaged from dampness. Cardboard can attract bugs and rodents, which you don’t want infesting your clothes. 

Use a storage method that lets clothes to breathe, cotton bins and suitcases are great option for Brisbane and these warmer areas, and nothing beats a well-constructed custom built in wardrobe with custom storage abilities for hiding away your off-season clothes. You can see a few before and after Lifestyle Wardrobes examples here: www.lifestylewardrobesqld.com.au/custom-wardrobe-gallery/

3. Keep Your Clothes In A Cool, Dry and Dark Place

You want to keep your clothes at a cool temperature, so they don’t attract moisture, and their size and consistency are not affected. It likely goes without saying that they’ll need to be kept bone dry at all times too.

A dark location is ideal as you don’t want colours to fade during storage. A custom built wardrobes or similar quality storage solution is ideal.

4. Be Wary Of Moths And Other Bugs

The occasional moth might not seem like a big deal, but they rarely come alone. Moth outbreaks in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast can be devastating and could cost you thousands of dollars in damaged clothing. There’s nothing worse than pulling out your favourite jumper for the winter only to find that it’s been destroyed with little holes. 

Moth balls are one option, however they aren’t the healthiest or most efficient option. Sachets of lavender or other herbal repellants will do a great job of repelling moths, and may also give your clothes a slightly nicer scent than moth balls. Vacuum sealed clothing bags can be great too, but you will still need to store them somewhere safe where mice or other bugs can not chew through the plastic.

5. Check In On Your Clothes

If you’re using a less than ideal storage solution, be sure to check in on your clothes. Look out for the signs of moth or rodent infestations, and make sure everything is in tip-top shape for the next season. If you’ve got some time on your hands, it doesn’t hurt to fluff them out and refold them for continued storage. 

In Summary, make sure you:

  • Clean and dry your clothes thoroughly
  • Use cotton bins or suitcases that can breathe
  • Keep your cotton bins or suitcases in a cool, dry and dark place
  • Protect the area against moths and other bugs
  • Check on your clothes now and then
  • Store Your Clothes In A Quality, Cost Effective Custom Wardrobe!

If you want to learn more about designing a unique and stylish walk in wardrobe for your bedroom or any other room for storage, simply contact the Lifestyle Wardrobes team today on 1300 550 315 or click here: 

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4 Stunning Walk In Wardrobe Ideas For Your Bedroom

A custom walk in wardrobe can be one of the most popular, and personal places in your home. For many of our Brisbane clients, it’s a place where they go to dress up, dress down and take time out to prepare for their day.
But what kind of walk in wardrobe would suit your bedroom and lifestyle best? If you prefer simplicity, you could get a neat and functional design for storing your clothes, jewellery and belongings. If you prefer something more spectacular, you really can have a stunning room with luxurious features that looks like it belongs in celebrities home. The design of your walk in wardrobe is completely up to you, and to help get the creativeness flowing with designs you’ll love, here are 4 top tips for any custom walk in wardrobe.

 

1. Choosing Your Walk In Wardrobe Colours
Starting with the basics, the colour of your walk in wardrobe will be a major factor in the mood of your space. Now while there are practically endless options, the basics can often work best in a walk in wardrobe. For example, white is the brightest and most reflective colour and it helps turn a dark room into a vibrant space if your wardrobe is not able to capture the Brisbane sun. White can also provide the best backdrop for making your clothes the focus of the room.

 

Some of our gentlemen clients however, prefer darker colours, and these can work equally well as long as there’s natural light or good lighting installed. Wood-stained brown, dark green, black and burgundy, colours that create a feel that’s reminiscent of a London tailor shop and perfect for displaying a suit and tie collection.

 

With whatever base colour you choose, we’d always suggest considering a splash or two of colour to your walk in wardrobe too, be it a feature wall or some eye-popping furniture.  If you are building a larger wardrobe, ladies might like a single neon pink chair or a bright orange stool to highlight and complement a colourful collection. Men may like a single leather chair to rival any whisky bar.

 

2. Selecting Your Accessory Displays
If you have a fabulous collection of jewellery, watches, shoes and ties, it would be a shame to keep them hidden in a drawer. Why not install some custom displays to help showcase your collection?

 

Retail style glass cases with internal lighting are perfect for displaying jewellery and watches. Shoe racks are both stylish and space saving, meaning you don’t have to go searching through dozens of boxes looking for the right pair to match your outfit. Open bookcases can be used to display almost anything, from bags and hats to artwork and family photos. Even a mannequin can be great for displaying your favourite outfit in a unique and eye-catching way.

 

If you’re looking for more inspiration, just contact our friendly team http://www.lifestylewardrobesqld.com.au/contact-us/ or consider visiting some of Brisbane’s popular designer boutiques and department stores. Look at how they display their products and think about how you could incorporate their concepts into your own walk in wardrobe.

 

3. Choosing The Right Mirrors And Lighting
Mirrors are a must in any walk in wardrobe, not just for fitting and make-up, they can also be attached to doors and walls to make your space seem much more spacious than it actually is. Installing a mirrored back on open shelves is a great way to help light displays, and a free standing floor mirror can be both functional and stylish.

 

When considering mirrors, it’s important to also think about lighting. In a walk in wardrobe, you don’t have to stick with traditional ceiling lighting.

 

Focused downlights can help highlight the centrepieces in your wardrobes, such as a chaise lounge or bench. Track lighting can be used to highlight shelves and dimmers can be used to help contrast spaces and small corners. Brisbane’s magnificent natural lighting from windows or skylights is also a great way to bring out the natural highlights of your walk in wardrobe, especially if it is stained wood.

 

If you’d prefer something warmer than traditional fluorescent lighting, combining low wattage directional lighting with a warm, natural colour tone can help create a cosy atmosphere with a pleasant glow.

 

4. A Boutique Dressing Table And Seating
If you have the room, you could consider installing a built-in dressing table that can turn a walk in wardrobe from a storage area into a proper dressing room. Your gorgeous dressing table would simply need a countertop, a mirror, some dedicated lighting,  drawers to store your makeup and a unique stool or chair.

 

A walk in wardrobe with a dressing table is not only stylish; it’s truly practical. Having a dressing table into your wardrobe can free up space in your bedroom while giving you an extra level of privacy as you get ready for work, or a night on the town.

 

With any larger walk in wardrobe, it is always nice to have somewhere to sit, and an ottoman is a good choice for any sized walk in wardrobe. You can sit down when you’re changing shoes or socks, and you can lay clothes on it when deciding on the perfect outfit. A long bench can also perfectly suit narrow wardrobes, a window seat can be a cozy choice for wardrobes with large windows, and island storage can easily be extended to include a small seat. With the addition of some internal compartments, seating such as ottomans and benches can double as storage.

 

Don’t forget however to keep thinking about the colour and style that reflects your personality, this alone can make your walk in wardrobe that more special and impressive when you show it off to guests!

 

Chat To Brisbane’s Walk In Wardrobe Experts 
If you want to learn more about designing a unique and stylish walk in wardrobe for your bedroom, simply contact the Lifestyle Wardrobes team today.

 

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5 Ways Walk-in Wardrobes Can Transform Your Entire Home

If you’re building a new home or considering renovating your current one, installing custom-designed walk-in wardrobes is one of the smartest decisions you can make. While a regular freestanding wardrobe has just one job, to store clothes, walk-in wardrobes can be the most versatile storage spaces in your home. But the benefits of installing walk-in wardrobes goes beyond extra storage.

Here are 5 ways walk-in wardrobes can transform your entire home:

1. Walk-in Wardrobes Increase Your Home’s Liveable Space

Take a look at each room in your home and imagine how much more modern and elegant it would look without the obvious storage items, like your wardrobe, bookshelves and chest of drawers. Even the most expensive and beautifully crafted free-standing furniture can look like a mish-mash with your other furniture, and takes up precious floor space.

Walk-in wardrobes however, can be designed to make use of unused nooks and crannies in your home. A rarely used hallway, the space under the stairs, your garage, they can all be converted into versatile, often hidden storage areas like these: http://www.lifestylewardrobesqld.com.au/custom-wardrobe-gallery/

2. Walk-in Wardrobes Help Keep Your Belongings Organised

One of the most overlooked advantages of walk-in wardrobes is that they can save you time. Everyone knows the feeling of spending ten minutes searching the house for a missing shoe. Or pulling everything out of a packed wardrobe looking for that pair of gloves you haven’t used since last winter. With walk-in wardrobes, you’ll always know where everything is.

Custom designed storage areas make it easy to organise all your belongings, even the things that are notoriously difficult to store. Ties, belts, watches, shoes, socks and hats can all have their own individual compartments. You see some great custom examples here:

3. Walk-in Wardrobes Can Make Wrinkles A Thing Of The Past

When you’re getting ready to go to work in the morning, time can be in short supply. How often have you wasted time re-ironing a crumpled shirt that has been stuffed into a packed wardrobe? A spacious walk-in wardrobe will ensure that your clothes stay as clean and crisp as when you first ironed them.

With improved ventilation, your clothes will not only look better but smell better too. High humidity in Brisbane means that mould and mildew in your wardrobe is a constant worry. The increased space of walk-in wardrobes helps improve air circulation, meaning your clothes will stay fresher for longer.

4. Walk-in Wardrobes Provide Security And Privacy

A large walk-in wardrobe can double as a private dressing area, away from the prying eyes of nosy neighbours. This can be especially important for Queenslander style bedrooms, which are often built with extra large windows to take advantage of the afternoon breezes for cooling.

Add a lock to your walk-in wardrobe door, and you’ve got an area that is both private and secure, the perfect place for storing expensive clothes and jewellery, or just better hiding Santa’s Christmas presents from inquisitive children.

5. Walk-in Wardrobes Can Increase The Value Of Your Home

If you’re planning to put your house on the market at some stage, it’s important to remember that small investments now can lead to large rewards in the future. At inspection time, beautiful walk-in wardrobes might just make all the difference for getting top priced offers over other houses for sale in the area.

Walk-in wardrobes are highly functional, timelessly modern and elegant. Install some floor length mirrors with your walk-in wardrobes, a leather bench and some overhead lighting, and you’ve got a room to rival a luxury hotel suite.

If you’re considering installing custom built walk-in wardrobes, have a chat to the friendly team at Lifestyle Wardrobes today: Contact 

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Optional extras when designing your wardrobe

Beyond just the basics of shelving and racks to keep your clothes on, there is a world of options that you can include in your custom designed wardrobe that will greatly enhance its beauty and functionality. Here are just a few ideas of the features that you might want to incorporate into a wardrobe for your Queensland home.

Wardrobe Extras to Make Your Life More Convenient 

One of the chief reasons that you might decide to invest in a custom wardrobe for your home is the little added conveniences that it can bring to your life. Instead of having to fight your way through a jungle of ties or scarfs to find that special shirt you want to wear. You can incorporate a slide out belt, tie or scarf rack that will always be out of your way but still keep your neckwear at your fingertips with a simple motion.

Instead of having to run to the laundry room to iron that skirt that somehow always seems to get wrinkled, you may like the idea of adding a swing away ironing board to make getting ready for your day that much easier or perhaps a laundry basket located right in your closet so you never have to worry about someone leaving clothes on the floor.

Wardrobe Extras That Add Beauty

Your idea of adding a little something extra to your wardrobe might mean dressing up the looks of your home. A mirrored door is always a great way to make a room look larger and nothing says uptown chic like clear or tinted glass doors. Maybe your idea beauty is having custom flocked display drawers for your jewellery. That one is simple.

Some other options you might want to look at are:

  • Custom Polished Edge, Bevelled Edge, and Framed Mirrors
  • Shoe Shelving
  • Trouser Racks
  • Locks for doors and drawers
  • MDF Colonial Doors
  • Melamine Doors

The entire point of having a custom wardrobe isn’t just to have more space to store items. It is to have a space that is uniquely yours and adds value to your life. Sit down with the custom wardrobes design team Lifestyle Wardrobes and allow them to show you how convenient and budget friendly the process can be.

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How Much Do Wardrobes Cost?

How much does a wardrobe cost? This is one of those questions that really doesn’t have an answer. In truth, within certain limits, a wardrobe can cost as much or as little as you want to spend.

Every person and every home are completely unique and there are so many options available that what your own idea of what a custom wardrobe should look like and what features it should have may be in a completely different spectrum from the person who lives next to you or across town.

A Wardrobes Function

To you, a wardrobe may be no more than a simple closet constructed out of utilitarian materials that serves its purpose and does little to nothing beyond the purpose of giving you a place to hang clothes. On the other end of the scale, your ideal space might be rich with exotic hardwoods. It might feature a sitting area, dressing area, display cases for your watches and jewellery, and a fully functional salon. Both wardrobes are completely within the realm of possibilities. It is just a matter of taste, budget, and mostly function. After all, one of the oldest and most sacred rules of design is form will always follow function.

A Wardrobes Size and Shape

Of course, the more features you add, the more space you are going to expect to need but part of the beauty of custom wardrobe construction is that by incorporating movable cabinetry an amazing amount of storage and design features can be included in a surprisingly small area and best of all it will all fit and look great.

You may believe that a square wardrobe will fit in a square corner but despite popular belief, there really aren’t any square corners or flat walls in any home. It is only from the attention to detail that true craftsmanship brings to the table that things can be made to appear smooth and properly finished. That is part of the beauty of custom work it looks like it belongs and is a natural part its surroundings.

At Lifestyle Wardrobes in Brisbane, we understand the meaning and value of individuality. We know that no two of our clients are exactly alike or have the same wants and needs. That is why we specialise in custom solutions to your storage needs. Visit our showroom on Aranda Street in Slacks Creek, sit down with our wardrobe design specialists and allow us to show you how easy it can be to have a custom wardrobe in your home.

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The custom wardrobe: the balance between practicality and aesthetics

To put it mildly, custom wardrobes are one of life’s little pleasures. Sure, a wardrobe is a functional place to store clothing, shoes and other items, but we know it’s much, much more than that.

So, let’s explore the area where practicality meets aesthetics and run through the many reasons you should consider installing a custom wardrobe – or five!

Space
In just about every home, how you use space is important. Clutter needs to be hidden and a wardrobe is a great solution. But if you go the custom route, you can match your pick throughout the entire home, because custom wardrobes can also work in the study and even the laundry. They can hold books, cleaning products, linen and anything else you can think of, and that particular usage can be tailored for the kind of shelving and storage options you have in mind.

Flexibility
When it comes to the actual design of the custom wardrobe, the sky is the limit – for both inside and outside spaces. You can include:

• Shelves of different kinds

• Baskets

• Shoe racks

• Belt racks

• Hanging racks

• Hidden cabinets

Style
In short, the style of your home and your personal taste should always be combined if possible. When you walk into a bedroom, what is one of the first things you spot? That’s right; the wardrobe, and if it doesn’t suit your taste or the design of your home, it’s going to stick out to your guests and constantly irritate you. A custom wardrobe can be styled to compliment the furnishings in your room, and be a real aesthetic centrepiece.

Needs
As we suggested, a custom wardrobe can be tailored for you just like a new suit or dress. Your intended usage, your budget, your tastes, and a myriad of other factors, can all be thrown into the pot for the absolute pinnacle in functionality and organisation – the perfect combination of both aesthetics and practicality.

Lasting
A wardrobe should not be a household afterthought. In other words, a custom wardrobe is to be considered a permanent and durable solution for your home, with those shelves and racks to be thought about in the same way as your walls or modern kitchen. A great custom wardrobe is even considered a long-term investment, as it is an addition that can actually add value to your selling price.

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Wardrobes Aren’t Just for the Bedroom

The word “wardrobe” has really become kind of a misnomer to us here at ‘Lifestyle Wardrobes’ of Brisbane. According to the Oxford Dictionary of the English Language, a wardrobe is “A large, tall cabinet in which clothes may be hung or stored.” While in a classical sense, this may be a correct definition, we all know that in today’s world of varied architectural styles and personal needs it really doesn’t come close to describing what the modern wardrobe can be.

Not only are today’s wardrobes more than large tall cabinets, they are complete storage systems that can hold much more than just clothes and unlike your grandmother’s wardrobe, which probably stood in the corner of her bedroom, they have now found a home in virtually every part of the house. There is a very good reason for this and it simply that our lives have become so complicated and crowded with different interest that we can never have enough storage.

Check out, just a couple of ideas on how adding custom wardrobes and storage areas throughout your Queensland home can make your life easier and home, more distinctive.

Storage for your Garage
For most people their garage is either the place they actually keep their cars or a place they dump everything they don’t know what else to do with. Instead or either/or why not make it both. The organisation that custom built storage can provide can give you ample room to store all those little extra in your life as well as your auto and all the tools and supplies you need to take proper care of it.

Living Rooms Made Easier
Bookcases, cabinets, and entertainment centres have been a staple of many homes for years, but they do have a few drawbacks. They are hard to move and clean under and in a home with small children they can present a safety hazard. With custom built-in units you eliminate all the above plus enhance the value of your home and if you are looking to make a distinctive fashion statement, you can even have cabinet doors or an entire wall.

These are just two of the areas that custom built storage units and wardrobes from ‘Lifestyle Wardrobes’ can help improve in your home. Come in and talk to their design specialist. Let them show you just how much more liveable they can make your home. You will be amazed at the wonders they can work.

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Organising Your Winter Wardrobe

It is a job that we all dread and a subject that in general we will generally avoid at all cost. Cleaning out and organising our closets. It just seems like so much work. You have to make decisions about what to keep, what to throw out and what to store until next season.

For most of us, these are hard decisions to make and we only make them under the duress of not having enough room to keep everything that we would like to.

But, what if there was a way to make the entire process easier and less time consuming. The truth is, that with the exception of a few hardcore shopaholics and fashionistas, most of us have more than enough space in our wardrobes to hold all of our clothes, shoes and accessories, from season to season. What we don’t have, are properly organized wardrobes.

One Size Fits None
If you take an honest and critical look at your wardrobe you will probably find that there is more space being taken up by air than there is by your actual belongings. This is because the classic design of most wardrobes is for ease of construction and versatility rather than for you.

Using a closet with a standard layout is kind of like buying clothes that are marked one size fits all. When they should really be called one size fits none. Yes, they may serve the purpose and cover your bum, but really, they are never really comfortable or fit exactly right.

A Custom Wardrobe
With a custom wardrobe, you can better utilise the space you have available and that not only means being able to store more in less space it means you will be able to find the things you are looking for more easily.

A few simple changes like adding mid-bars for shorter clothes such as jackets and hanging slacks can double your bar space and adjustable shelving can give you the freedom to store anything from sweaters and bags to tall boots and watches, without wasting space with empty air or having to pile your belongings on the floor or on top of each other.

Honestly, there are so many options that the only way to really appreciate the possibilities is to work with a professional who specializes in designing and building custom wardrobes.

If you still have your jacket from Primary School or the dress you wore to your High School Formal, it is a pretty safe bet that you have kept it for a reason. It doesn’t matter what that reason is. Why should you have to go through having to justify not putting it in the charity pile, when you can simply customize and organize your wardrobe space and have extra room to work with?

Don’t put yourself through the stress of having to pick and choose what is worth keeping and what you need to let go of. Customize your wardrobe and see how much more room you can actually have. After all, fashions never really disappear, they just go in cycles and those flower power, bell bottom jeans, you’ve been hiding, are bound to be coming back in style any day now.

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Building A Wardrobe That Combines A Balance Between Practicality And Aesthetics

Whether most people realise it or not, one of the largest investments they will make over the course of their lives will be in clothes and shoes. In fact, across Australia an average of $44 dollars is spent on clothing per week for every man, woman and child.

The questions that beg to be answered here is, why is it we spend so much on dressing ourselves and give so little thought to how we store and take care of the things we are investing our money in?

Having a custom wardrobe designed and built isn’t that expensive and by keeping our belongings organized and properly stored not only will help extend their useful life, but will also save us loads of time by making things easier to lay our hands on when we need them.

The process is really quite simple and besides being extremely practical, a custom wardrobe can actually improve the aesthetics of and beautify our homes.

What Will You Store in Your Robe
The first thing that we need to look at when we start designing you a custom wardrobe is what you are expecting to store in it.

If you collect shoes, then you will have to have shoe racks to display them on of course. If you wear long gowns or have long coats, then you will need a high or long hang bars, but if your style leans more to shirts, blouses, pants, short skirts and jackets, then a double hang arrangement will double your storage space.

Will you be keeping T-shirts, sweaters, and bags in your wardrobe? If so, you will need shelves or drawers, depending on your taste and size of your bags.

Do you have ties, belts or scarves that will need to be hung?

All of these considerations have to be taken into account so start by making a list of what items you most want to keep in your wardrobe and if you have limited space set their priority in case you have to make trade-offs.

Finally Your Space
Now that you know what you need space for and how strong a system you are going to need, it is finally time to look at your space.

This doesn’t just mean how much space you have available. It includes your décor and the type of space you want to create.

A major advantage to having a custom wardrobe is that besides being designed to maximize your storage space it can also be tailored to express your own unique sense of style and fashion.

Whether your taste runs to ultra modern utilitarian racks or classic hardwood chests you can have the wardrobe that matches you and your decor built to your exact specifications.

A wardrobe can be anything from a simple corner cabinet to an entire room dedicated to relaxing and preparing yourself. It can be down to earth or an extravagant work of art.

When you have it custom built, your wardrobe can be anything and everything you could want it to be.

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Benefits of selecting custom wardrobes

Whether your bedroom is expansive, vast or cozy, a custom built wardrobe is now an affordable option that can be worked into any renovation budget. As manufacturing processes have improved and building materials reduced in cost, custom wardrobes and shelving is within the reach of the almost all and can be incorporated into your private space. This is an unprecedented option to create a space that is perfect for your home.

Custom built wardrobes allow homeowners to utilise space wisely. By designing the exact type and number of drawers needed, you can ensure there is no wasted space and nothing included that is not needed. What good is a tie rack for a businesswoman or a lingerie drawer for a grandfather? Why not ensure you get exactly the storage space you need, with no wasted space or useless options? This is not only possible, but also affordable.

An ideal option for anyone with disabilities or special needs, you can now choose design options that work for your daily life. A custom wardrobe can work for you and make your life easier. A custom designed wardrobe is a great option for placing storage right at your fingertips, without ever having the frustration of shelving that is too high to be used, too low to empty easily or awkwardly sized. They can be mixed and matched with deep storage drawers, hanging space, compartments for sorting and a variety of other storage options.

Wardrobes designed to your space can be incorporated to any style. Modern finishes or traditional standards are options that will match with your current decor. Hardware can be matched to coordinate with your existing color scheme and dimensions can be designed to ensure easy cleaning . A custom built wardrobe is a luxury that is now within reach, why not make your bedroom space a beautiful and relaxing living space?