The kids have just left home, and we are redecorating their rooms. I'm finally going to get the home office that I've always wanted, and my husband is going to get a sewing room. It's an amazing feeling to be entering into this new stage of our life. We need to redecorate the rooms a fair bit - as I don't think that anyone is going to take me seriously on work video conferencing calls in a black walled room with rock posters behind me! This blog is all about redecorating your empty nest so that you can make the most of your extra space.
So, you're designing your new attic room, but you haven't quite decided on what kind of wardrobe you're going to be using. If you've still to make up your mind, here are just four reasons why you should strongly consider opting for an in-built rather than free-standing wardrobe.
1. Makes Best Use of Your Space
Attic rooms are usually a little on the smaller side. Even if yours is going to be palatial, you'll still probably have to deal with sloping ceilings. These can be very hard to work with when you're fitting a freestanding wardrobe; you won't be able to sit the wardrobe in a corner, and its angular dimensions will tend to look a little incongruous and unattractive next to the sloping angles of the room itself. An in-built wardrobe can be created around the room. You can have it running from wall to wall along one whole side of the room. You'll avoid any unsightly gaps along the sides, and the wardrobe will fit perfectly with the dimensions of the room instead of working against them, all without wasting any space.
2. Easy to Clean
The fact that there are no awkward gaps left over when you fit an in-built wardrobe is great in the smaller spaces offered by most attic rooms. Even better, you'll find that you won't need to worry as much about cleaning. Without any gaps along the sides or top of the wardrobe, there will be fewer places for dust to accumulate. It's always nice to keep cleaning requirements to a minimum, but the fact that lugging a vacuum cleaner up yet another flight of stairs isn't going to be that fun makes it extra important in an attic room.
3. Easy to Install
When you're dealing with an attic conversion, it's always best to go with the easiest installation option, and this is just another reason why it makes sense to opt for an in-built wardrobe. This will be transported up to the attic in separate parts before being constructed in the room itself, so the installation process is fairly easy. In contrast, getting an in-built wardrobe up into an attic room can be pretty tough.
4. Provides Flexible Interior Space
Not all attic rooms are used to create new bedrooms. You might, for example, want to create a small, second living room for your kids to use, or you might have your heart set on a home office. With this in mind, it's great to have more say over the interior fittings of your wardrobe. Hanging rails wouldn't really be useful for either a teenage living room or a home office, but lots of shelf space, whether for video games or for files, would be ideal. With an in-built wardrobe, you can dictate exactly how your space is utilised.