Q. Are hinged or sliding doors better?
A. The amount of space available in the room will be a general guide when deciding sliding or hinged doors.
Sliding doors are generally better in smaller rooms or larger rooms where there is a lot of other furniture or other obstructions. Since they don't open into the room, they don’t use space in the room.
Hinged doors may be better in larger rooms, where there is adequate space for the doors to open. Many people prefer hinged doors that allow maximum access to the interior of your wardrobe.
The other consideration is the price; sliding doors require less structure and there are fewer doors to manufacture. This can make sliding doors more cost effective than hinged doors.
Q. I want hinged doors, but need a mirror, how can this be achieved?
A. Mirrors can be incorporated onto the door, surrounded by a timber frame in a variety of styles.
Alternately, a mirror can be installed on the inside of the door. The door holding the mirror can be installed with a 180 degree hinge id this suits your usage requirements.
Q. How can I make my room look larger?
Mirror doors can make a room appear larger, they can also reflect light which can assist in giving your room additional dimension.
Rooms with high ceilings can appear smaller if the wardrobe goes right to the ceiling. To prevent the room becoming overpowered by the wardrobe and becoming closed in, consider stopping short of the ceiling.
Colour choice influence the apparent size of the room, generally darker and more intense colours make a room feel smaller. White, off white and pastel colours can make a room appear larger.
Q. What happens if the mirror door breaks?
A. Mirror wardrobe doors are safety glass. Usually the mirrors have a vinyl backing which holds the broken glass together in the event of an accident. The door can then be repaired or replaced depending on whether the frame has been also damaged.
Q. Are there standard sized wardrobes?
A. No. All wardrobes are custom made to best provide for your needs.
Q. What is the maximum size of a wardrobe door?
A. A general guideline, to maximum door size is given below. There are a number of exceptions to this guideline, depending on materials used, structural strength, purpose of use and other engineering considerations.
Generally, each sliding door is a maximum of 1200mm wide and 2400mm high. If a wardrobe is 2400mm wide, it could have two or three sliding doors.
Hinged doors generally are a maximum of 600mm high and 2400mm high.
A wardrobe 2400mm wide in hinged doors it would generally have four doors. In some circumstances we may advise additional doors, to reduce door encroachment into the room.
Q. Why are Mirror Wardrobe doors so cost effective?
A. Mirrors can be mounted in wardrobe doors in a number of different ways. If they are mounted in an aluminium frame, they require a minimum of labour to manufacture. Generally doors constructed with an aluminium frame are cost effective.
Mirrors can also be used to housed in timber frames, then stained & lacquered or finished in Polyurethane. Timber frames are more labour intensive and are not as cost effective as aluminium framed doors.
Q. What is the best design for the inside of my wardrobe?
Each wardrobe will be designed to your individual needs after assessing your needs. Some factors to consider are:
- How much short and long hanging to you need. What is the length of your longest item to hang? Do you need large amounts of long hanging or will ¾ length hanging suit your needs.
- Some people prefer to hang and other like drawers and shelves. Most like a combination of the hanging and drawers and shelves. Baskets are another option to drawers.
- Do you want to store shoes, if so, how many pairs.
- Is non clothing storage required in your wardrobe? Ironing boards, jewellery, televisions, children’s toys, books, security safe, blankets, linen, suitcases etc.
- Ties, scarves, & belt storage.
- Will the use of the wardrobe change over time? E.g. Current use is a study but will be converted to a bedroom at a later time. Another example is a child’s wardrobe which will have changing usage requirements as the child matures.
There is no easy answer to this question, our experienced designers can help you with the solution.
Q. What is the best design for children’s wardrobes?
A. Flexibility is the key. Children have changing needs as they grow. Baby clothes need little hanging space and lots of shelves and drawers. As they get older they will need short hanging space and toy storage. During adolescence toys will get replaced by school books and there may be a need for longer hanging. A well thought out combination of adjustable and removable shelves with removable hang rods is generally the solution. Our trained designed consultants can assist with your design.
Children can sometimes be rough on wardrobes, consider using 2mm thick ABS edging on the leading edges of shelves, Melamine edging is liable to chip when hard objects are thrown into the wardrobe. ABS edging looks good and is much more durable than a standard melamine edge strip.
Q. I have a wardrobe with one shelf and one hanging rod, can it be made more useful?
A. Yes. There are a number of design alternatives that can include double hanging, long hanging drawers, shelves and baskets. Often removing your existing shelf and installing a new shelf higher in the robe will increase your usable space. There are special options to make the top section of your wardrobe usable if you have a low bulkhead.
Q. We have tall ceilings what are my options
A. If you have an older home, ornate plaster cornices could be one of its most valuable features. Here our consultants suggest that the wardrobe stops short of the cornice. This way there is no interruption to the line and beauty of the plasterwork.