Clothes have to be one of my main additions in life and something that I endlessly find myself purchasing. Being really into fashion and style, I suppose this is really no surprise. However, since only recently, the storage situations for my huge collection of clothes was beyond it’s lifetime and at it’s true breaking point. My wardrobe was 17 years old, and one that I had right from being a little baby, so it was bursting it’s seams as my addiction and collection has grown.
So after a trip to Ikea, as I was in serious need of a new wardrobe, we purchased one called Brimnes. The one I’ve chosen is the smaller two door wardrobe, in the plain and non grained wood. It’s a lot taller than my previous wardrobe, however it’s a bit narrower, and creates a bit more space around my bed and in my bedroom. The elements of the design that I really love, with this wardrobe, has to be the long rail which is the whole width of the wardrobe. In my previous wardrobe, the hanging rail was only half the wardrobe and the other half was shelves. However, this wardrobe creates the best of both worlds, and also offers two deep shelves, on the bottom right hand side of the wardrobe.
On the bottom self and also at the bottom of the hanging rail area, I have two large, white Nylon storage boxes; which contain my tops and my trousers. When we initially looked through the Ikea showroom, these storage boxes where displayed inside the wardrobe, and seemed like the perfect solution to storing a large amount of clothing. This was definitely right, as they provide a really deep storage box, which contains all my clothing that I don’t have room to hang up. They also keep all the dust away from the clothes and allow you to quickly and easily look at what clothes you have in each box, without pulling them out of a folded pile. I roll each item of clothing, in these containers, and then put them into lines, instead of folding them on top of each other. This way you’re able to see all your clothes much more easily, and decide what you want to wear.
However, for me the star of the show has to be the huge amount of hanging space, at the top and the bottom left hand side of the wardrobe. Hanging space was what I always struggled with, when I had my old wardrobe, as I never had enough room to hang all of my clothes and to be able to see them all clearly. But, this rail allows me to hang more than what I did before and to be able to see all my clothes a lot better. I’ve put all my clothes into categories, dresses, tops, skirts, and then from light to dark, within that category. This rail has allowed me to be able to see all my clothes so much better, choose and put together outfits and also to be able to have all my more special and patterned clothes on display. I love using velvet hangers and these metal and wooden clip hangers, to hang all of my clothes; as they are a lot better than plastic hangers, take up less room and are less likely to snap.
Overall, I really love my new wardrobe and I think it provides the perfect storage space for my huge collection of clothes. It’s such a great alternative to what I had before, and provides you with the best of both worlds; due to the large rail and also the two deep shelves. It gives you an endless amount of storage, and even gives me room to store some beauty products and holiday items, which I only use every so often. The storage boxes are the perfect companion to this wardrobe, and fit in perfectly. At only around £6, for 3 boxes, they are super cheap, affordable and also do the job really well.
The actual wardrobe itself is also great value for money, at £80 for the whole thing- including the shelves and rail. It’s very similar to a lot of other wardrobe I’ve looked at from other well known brands, such as Next, however it’s so much cheaper and is actually good quality and very sturdy. I would really recommend giving Ikea a chance, when it’s coming to interior design, as they have some really great pieces on a super affordable budget.