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Posted by Deborah Reardon on

It’s quite easy to design your own wardrobe organiser, once you are aware of a few of the rules.

I have created this step by step guild, to help you design your own wardrobe, please read all the way to the bottom.

  1. Get some paper, ruler & pencil out and a tape measure. Use a ruler to draw your design and preferably on grid paper, it’s not mandatory, but it does make it easier if you keep things close to scale. Why draw to scale? Well, when you draw to scale you get a better idea of how the wardrobe dimensions will look and drawing freehand can lead to a design where you meant something, other than what you ordered.
  2. Firstly, measure the walls of your wardrobe gib to gib (or wall to wall) at the level of where you intend to install your wardrobe organisers top shelf (usually 2100mm from the floor). Measure along the back wall and re-measure again forward of the back wall at approx. 400mm in. Take several measurements at differing spots gig to gib, and then use the smallest measurement, of these measures for your design.
  3. It's best to take the smallest wall measurement and then take a few millimetres off that. This way your new wardrobe is going to fit even if you have made a mistake on your measuring or if your walls aren’t exactly vertically straight or are at a 90-degree angle in the corner or any other problem that’s not so obvious. (Making the wardrobe shelving design, slightly smaller than the wall length, will be barely noticeable once it's installed).
  4. Place you wall measurements clearly on your drawing, make it clear, include height, width and depth of your wardrobe, large enough that when you send it to us, we can understand your writing.
  5. If you have multiple walls please make sure you label them clearly, so we are always on the same page throughout the process.
  6. If you have a traditional wardrobe with doors, include the height and widths of the doors as well. This helps us see and make sure that there is access to the top shelf.
  7. If you have sliding doors make sure your drawers can open and shut with at least 20mm clearance of the sliding door. Draw the drawers on the floor with chalk, inside your wardrobe and give a generous clearance for where the sliding doors meet.
  8. We really appreciate photos of your space, and drawings with the position of doors and windows clearly marked.
  9. Next, browse all our different layouts in our online store to get some ideas around what you would like to include. We are happy to build almost any layout you have in mind, if it’s possible with the materials and fittings available, it is fit for purpose & strong enough to last.
  10. Please note, if your design includes drawers that are located next to an end wall, it is wise to leave a 20mm clearance from the wall or put a scriber against the wall, to ensure that when the drawers fully open and shut, they don’t scrape the wall. (A scribe is just an extra panel)
  11. Once you have drawn your layout you can send it along with your photos through to us firstly to deb@kitchensrus.co.nz
  12. When we receive your drawing, we will put it in our CAD design program and it will adjust the measurements, we may have to tweak things to ensure parts of your wardrobe will work within the parameters supplied.
  13. The more information you give us the quicker we can get your design back to you with pricing!

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