Thursday, 4 October 2018

What Wardrobe Storage is Right for You?

The different storage inside a sliding wardrobe will often be referred to as a wardrobe interior or a wardrobe insert - but how do you know what storage to choose?

If you are working on a sliding wardrobe without interior storage, you have a clean-slate to work with and therefore have more flexibility with what you can do. If your sliding wardrobe doors have recently been installed, chances are you will be wondering what storage you should put inside.

Before you start purchasing random boxes and drawers to put inside, you might want to consider the different options available that will help you to build the perfect wardrobe.

Wardrobe Interiors

Usually consisting of shelving, hanging poles and drawers, these are the structural foundations that allow you to store things efficiently in different compartments. Without these elements, you’d only be able to put stuff on the floor, which is practical for… well… nobody. All you would have is an empty space inside that is hard to keep neat and tidy due to the lack of internal storage!

Wardrobe interiors play an important part of any sliding wardrobe, providing you with a way to store your clothing and other belongings in an organised fashion.

What Wardrobe Storage is Right for You?

Rather than buying random storage and hoping it ‘just works’, we have compiled a few short steps that you should consider to help you make the right decision.

1. Think about what you need to store first!

Assess the situation before you do anything by taking the time to look at your belongings. This will help you to figure out what needs to go inside you wardrobe and how it can be categorised.

the trick to a tidy wardrobe is keeping things off the floor. If you’re someone with lots of clothes and shoes, you might want to consider rail and shelving combo’s to keep things off the floor.

If you have a lot of accessories, like hats, scarves and belts, you might be better suited to drawers. You don’t need to restrict yourself. think about where your things can live and this will help you to effectively plan your wardrobe interior.

2. Think about size - it DOES matter!

You don’t want to cram too much storage into your wardrobe so that it looks cluttered. At the same time, you want to put enough inside to make storing things easy, in a neat and organised fashion.

Think about the space you have to work with as this will help you to effectively plan your storage. By using our wardrobe design tool, you can play with different interiors to find what fits. This will give you an accurate idea of what your wardrobe will look like when it is finished, allowing you to purchase your doors and interior storage at the same time to build your dream wardrobe.

What Wardrobe Storage is Right for You?

3. Think about the quality of the wardrobe interior

Don’t just look for the cheapest option when choosing your wardrobe interior storage. Look for quality storage that will last you for a long time. After all, your wardrobe isn’t something you will change every 2 years, like your mobile phone.

If you’re strongly considering having a sliding wardrobe installed, you should think carefully about how you want the interior to look and shop for quality storage over cheap storage.

Sliding Robes Direct offer a range of quality wardrobe interiors, including drawers, hanging rails and shelving that can be combined to create the ultimate wardrobe interior.

Contact us

If you still aren’t sure what type of wardrobe interior would be best for you and your wardrobe at home, take the time to get in touch and speak to a member of the Sliding Robes Direct team. We can provide you with advice and point you in the right direction!

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Hinged Wardrobe Doors vs Sliding Wardrobe Doors

Wardrobes are a long-term piece of furniture that people don’t think of replacing all too often. For that reason, when you buy a new wardrobe, it’s important to get it right from the start.

There’s a few things that need to be considered when you a buy a new wardrobe, such as the colour, material and the style of the doors. It can also be difficult knowing whether to opt for a hinged door wardrobe or a sliding door wardrobe, thinking about which would be best for your bedroom.

If you aren’t sure what type of wardrobe would be best for your bedroom, take the time to learn about each option before making your final decision.

Hinged Wardrobe Doors vs Sliding Wardrobe Doors

Hinged Wardrobe Doors.

There are several reasons why you would choose hinged wardrobe doors to help you make the most of your bedroom space. We have listed the main reasons below:

  • All space behind the doors can be utilised, with doors that open outwards to preserve the space inside.
  • When the doors are open, you can see everything inside. Unlike other wardrobe types where the doors will partly obscure the contents of the wardrobe, a hinged wardrobe keeps things simple.
  • Hinged wardrobes are more traditional and will often be better suited to a traditionally themed home.

Hinged wardrobe doors take up more space than sliding doors. This will often mean you are restricted in terms of the furniture you can position close by. The outwards-opening doors mean you need to consider the space directly in front of the doors to allow them to open properly. For bedrooms where space is an issue, hinged wardrobe doors aren’t always a practical solution.

If you are looking for a space-saving storage solution to maximise the space in your bedroom, you might want to consider the advantages of having sliding wardrobe doors installed.

Hinged Wardrobe Doors vs Sliding Wardrobe Doors

Sliding Wardrobe Doors.

There are many advantages that come with having sliding wardrobe doors. We have listed a few of the main reasons below:

  • If you have are concerned about storage space, sliding wardrobes can help you to maximise the space you have in your room. Made to measure doors can be purchased to suit different room sizes, with different finishes and interior storage solutions available to help you build a bespoke wardrobe.
  • Drawers, hanging rails and shelves can all be combined to help you build a floor-to-ceiling storage solution for a wide range of your possessions.
  • Sliding wardrobe doors are highly suited to more contemporary homes, where a modern theme can be seen throughout.
  • A sliding wardrobe will form part of the room in a less intrusive way, subtly storing your clothes and other belongings.

You will often need a large bedroom to consider sliding wardrobe doors, though this isn’t always necessary. Sliding wardrobes can work well in smaller bedrooms as well, providing you have the right space for the doors to be installed.

What door type to choose?

Even after reading the advantages, it can still be difficult to know what door type is right for you.
If you are leaning more towards sliding doors, please take the time to view the different door types we have available on our website.

Use our wardrobe builder on a desktop computer or tablet to design your own sliding wardrobe with a style you love.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

How to Use your Bedroom Storage Wisely

The bedroom is notoriously one of the messiest bedrooms in the house and a hard one to keep organised. When you stop to consider that it’s probably one of the smaller rooms in your house, compared to your living room, dining room or kitchen, it makes it even trickier to organise. So how do you go about doing this?

Your bedroom tends to have more stuff in than the other rooms in your home, so more storage is generally required. To keep your bedroom organised and well-maintained, you’ll need a good range of storage solutions to keep things organised and ensure your bedroom is the tidy space you want it to be.

"Did you know? You will actually get a better night’s sleep in a tidy bedroom!"

Better Night's Sleep

You should also take the time to learn how you can use your bedroom storage wisely to save space and organise your bedroom more efficiently.

Storing what’s needed

Clear anything out that you no longer need and remove things from your bedroom that have no right to be stored in there, such as dining table cloths. Things like coats and jackets that are worn seasonally should be given a dedicated place under the stairs or in a different cupboard, while chunky items like suitcases should be moved to the loft for when they are needed. Items like this will often take up lots of valuable storage space, in your wardrobes or under your bed, that could be utilised in other ways.

Clear out your bedroom and remove any items that shouldn’t be there to free up extra space for organising. There will be other areas of your home that don’t suffer in the same way as your bedroom, so be sure to consider all your free space before you set about cluttering another room.

Using vertical storage

Vertical storage, such as shelving, cubbies and drawers should all be considered to sit in awkward spaces. Tall or slim storage solutions are ideal for keeping smaller items safe and organised in a neat fashion, while shelving can be used creatively around your bedroom to de-clutter other surfaces like bedside tables, dressing tables, drawers and desks.

A great idea for bedroom storage that you might not necessarily think of is a headboard with shelves or cubbies inside. If you already have a headboard, this could form part of your next DIY project to save some money along the way.

Use Bedroom Storage Wisely

Simply Sliding wardrobes

One of the most effective ways to make use of the storage space in your bedroom is to install sliding wardrobe doors.

A sliding wardrobe provides a great place for you to hang clothing and store other bedroom essentials, with rails, shelving and drawers available to use as internal storage. Sliding doors make a simple addition to any bedroom, making use of awkward spaces to help make storage a lot easier. Shoes can be stored from floor to ceiling on shelving and you can even dedicate drawers to your bedding.

The best thing is - all of this can be concealed behind your sliding doors!

Under the bed storage

It’s easy to stuff things under your bed and forget about them forever, thinking that they are stored neatly - when in fact they have no right to ever be there.

For most people, ’under the bed’ means a place to store a wide range of possessions, but how can you do this more efficiently?

Rather than just chucking things under there and hoping for the best, take the time to remove all items from under your bed and start again. Purchase some plastic containers that you can slide in and out easily and this will help you to be more organised. Vacuum storage bags should also be considered for bulky bags of clothing you want to keep.

If your bed isn’t high enough to store things underneath, you might want to consider buying a set of bed raisers to lift your bed up further. Divan beds with built in storage are another good option for storing items out of sight, with an easy open-close system that lifts the mattress up and down.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

How to make your bedroom more comfortable

Whether you are moving into a new house or looking to redecorate, you might be thinking of ways you can make each room more comfortable.

When thinking strictly about the bedroom, there are lots of things you can do to make the room where you sleep super comfy.

Here we look at a few different ways you can make your bedroom more comfortable.

Think About the Windows

You might not think of windows as an important part of the room, especially when it comes to making it more comfortable to be in, but comfort runs much deeper than a few cushions. You should consider each element of the room if you want to make your comfier.

Your windows are included in the things you should consider; especially the décor you choose for your windows.

Replacing old blinds can be a positive step, turning to something more modern to give your windows a new lease of life. Black-out blinds are a great idea if you rely on having total darkness to get to sleep, while thick, fabric curtains should be considered to add an extra cosy feel.

Floor-length curtains can help to add extra-comfort - especially if the space below your bedroom window is blank. Even if you have a radiator below your bedroom window, thick curtains will help to add warmth and comfort.

Make your bedroom more comfortable

Consider the Lighting

Lighting can have a huge impact on a room and how it feels. Quite often, the lighting in a room can be under-appreciated or not even thought about regarding how comfortable a room is to be in. The lighting can, in fact, play a remarkable role in setting the mood to make a room more comfortable and relaxing.

By switching to new bulbs with a warm tinge, you can go a long way towards making your room feel cosier. You could even consider a dimming switch that allows you to reduce the brightness of your bulbs at certain times.

Using standing lamps instead of the ‘big light’ on your ceiling can provide an alternative light source to help you wind down. Creatively placed fairy lights will also help you to change the setting, wrapped around the bed or other key pieces of furniture.

Finally, candles offer another (economical) way of adding a calming effect to the room, which can help to make it seem more comfortable. Position a few of your favourite scented candles around your bedroom to take comfort to the next level.

How to make your bedroom more comfortable

Experiment with Textiles

Think about the different textures you can use to enhance comfort. If you have a hard floor, why not add a fluffy rug to the floor alongside your bed? Waking up to feel a new comfort on your feet is a great way to start the day.

Cushions, throws and blankets are obvious ways to add comfort to your bed, but if you want to take things to the next level, you could always opt for a different fabricated headboard. If your headboard is hard, look for online DIY tutorials that will show you how to upgrade it yourself, without spending money on a new one.

Textiles obviously play a huge role in how a comfortable a room is, so if you think your bedroom isn’t comfortable enough, think about how you can introduce different textures that will enhance the physical comfort you feel when you are in your bedroom.

It’s all in the Scent

As well as thinking about the way your room looks and feel, you should also consider the way it smells on entry. Sometimes all your room needs to feel more welcoming is a new scent, whether that be calming lavender or something more seasonal.

New smells can really enhance the atmosphere in a room. Kill too birds with one stone by using scented candles to change the lighting and add new smells to your favourite room.

Wax melts or diffusers are other alternatives you might want to consider making your bedroom smell nice.

The level of comfort in your bedroom might also come down to how neat and tidy it is. Thinking about how things are stored and laid out around the room can have an impact on comfort levels too. A sliding wardrobe is one of the best ways of storing your possessions neatly to keep your bedroom tidy. Different compartments for clothes, accessories, shoes and other possessions makes sliding wardrobes the perfect addition to any bedroom where storage is an issue. A neat and tidy bedroom is generally a more comfortable one, so take the time to think about what you can do to keep your bedroom tidy.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018

9 Tips for Downsizing Your Home

Tops Tips for Making Downsizing Easier

Downsizing isn’t just for retirement or the older generation. Lots of people will choose to downsize or will need to for a number of reasons. If you have had a significant pay-cut or are going through a divorce, you might be forced into downsizing. On the flip side, your kids might have flown the nest and you might simply want a smaller place to live.

Whatever your reasons are for downsizing, you will to think about the best way to proceed. Following our top 10 tips will stand you in good stead if you are looking to downsize in the near future.

1. Plan Properly

Buy yourself a folder, make checklists of what needs to be done and keep everything in one place for easy reference. If you need to sell furniture or buy anything for your new place, you can keep store everything in one place and refer to it as and when you need to. It might seem a bit extreme, but taking it seriously will help to make sure the whole process runs smoothly.

2. Don’t Rush

Don’t become too overwhelmed by the task at hand to the point where you start rushing. If you plan far enough in advance, you won’t need to rush and things won’t be missed or go wrong. As soon as things become rushed they can become overwhelming and you will start to question your reasons for doing what you are doing.

3. Compare Size

Think about how much you will need to get rid of, considering the size of your new downsized place in comparison to your current home. Large pieces of furniture will need to be measured and you’ll need to think about whether they will fit or if they are needed in your new pad. You might be able to pick up a few quid for them if they won’t fit, giving you some extra spending money for new furniture to enhance your new home-to-be.

Don’t try and squeeze large furniture into smaller spaces just because you don’t want to part with it. You’re better off letting go and trying to make your new home look more spacious, especially as it will be smaller.

4. De-cluttering

De-cluttering is key with any type of move. Work out what you want to keep and what you want to take with you.

The charity shops can come in really handy for goods that you don’t use anymore but mightn’t be worth much. For anything else that might be old, damaged or not needed, the tip is a good place to start. De-clutter as much as possible so that your new home doesn’t become full of things you don’t need.

5. Don’t neglect the loft / shed

It might seem safe to leave the shed, loft or any outbuilding areas until last, but there are often the hardest and most cluttered. By tackling the hardest jobs first, you will make the whole process much easier, rather than neglecting the things you don’t want to do.
You might even strike gold with any electrical appliances you may no longer need, such as a lawn mower.

6. Get Rid

Be ruthless with stuff you don’t need or have never used. Things like spare bed sheets, old curtains and towels that have been locked away and never used can go the distance.

Moving to a new house is a good time to change as well - out with the old and in with the new. Your old sheets and curtains might not match the décor in your new place, so bear thought to this before you take stuff with you. If you don’t think you’ll need it, don’t take it ‘just in case’, get rid of it and enjoy having more space in your new home.

7. Multi-use Rooms

Think about how a room can be used for a number of things in your new home. Can your kitchen incorporate a dining area or can a second bedroom be used as an office as well? The key to multi-use rooms is to keep them tidy, which is where storage can come in handy.

8. Consider Built-in Storage

Built-in storage can come in extremely handy, no matter how big or small your home is. Storing items effectively is the key to having a tidy home, so consider having built-in storage wherever you can.

Bathroom storage can be useful for things like toiletries, bathroom cleaning products, spare toilet rolls and even towels. The right storage will be truly effective when it comes to making your new home look neat and tidy.

In the bedroom, consider sliding wardrobes to save space and keep the room looking neat and tidy. The wardrobe interior can be segmented to keep your clothes and personal belongings separate. For all the items you couldn’t part way with, a sliding wardrobe will be an ideal storage solution to keep things organised effectively and tucked out of sight.

9. Leave Books & Paper Until Last

Leave things like books and paper until last and sort through them one box at a time. Often, photos are hard to get rid of, so you’ll want to take your time and make sure you are making the right decision. You and your partner might disagree on what to keep and what to get rid of, so it’s best to do this together and not make any rash decisions.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Making a Statement with a Colourful Bedroom

How to Have a Colourful Bedroom that Makes a Statement

There’s lots to think about when you decorate at home, whether you’re tackling the full house or just one room. Quite often, the size of the room will influence how the room is decorated, without thinking about how the room will feel when you are inside.

Let’s use the bedroom as an example. How can you make it feel unique to you, whilst making it the one room in the house you can relax and unwind in? Size shouldn’t always be the biggest factor when looking to create a homely environment in the bedroom. Colours should certainly be considered when attempting to do this.

A lot of people think of colourful bedrooms as overpowering and tend to avoid big bold colours at all costs. Bright colours can make the room seem smaller or give the impression that there is less light, which is probably why so many people look to avoid them.

With clever colour matching and alternative styling, however, your bedroom can become your own personal haven – the one place where you can feel relaxed and truly at home.

Using Colour in the Bedroom

When people think of colour in the bedroom, their minds will almost always think of paint, with bold, powerful colours that hurt the eyes if looked at for too long. There are other ways that you can use bold colours in the bedroom without painting the walls, though.

It’s Not All About Paint

Just because you think your bedroom needs more colour, doesn’t mean you need to paint the walls. Brighter bedding, colourful curtains or attractive carpet can also do the trick.

Another alternative is to introduce sliding wardrobe doors to the room, an option which will allow you to introduce colour in a practical way. The doors can be used to engulf one wall in colour, providing you with a way to store clothes and other items effectively in one hassle-free location.

Sliding wardrobes are becoming more and more popular among people looking to decorate their bedrooms, with a wide range of colourful options available to help you make a statement.

Utilise The Lower Half

A lot of people will choose to paint a full wall when adding colour to a room. An effective way to avoid doing this is to only paint the lower half of the walls, leaving the upper half free for your light shades that will make your bedroom seem larger.

A single colour that spans the height and width of a room is probably the ‘done thing’, but injecting a little bit more creativity into your room with contrasting colours can help to create the impression of a light, spacious room. With the clever matching of colours, you can make your bedroom a striking place to be, with a boldly coloured featured wall on the bottom half and matching décor. Pick a slightly lighter version of your chosen wall paint colour and use this colour to shop for bedding and curtains that will help to finish the look off.

You Don’t Need to Decorate

Changing the way your bedroom looks and feels doesn’t mean you need to paint every wall, nor does it have to cost a small fortune. Think about the small changes you can make that will deliver the same or similar outcome and you will be able to achieve wonderful things.

A new rug, bed sheets, curtains or light shades will often be enough to change the dynamic of your bedroom and they don’t need to be expensive.

If you have primarily white or light coloured walls, it’s the bold colours that will define the room. The things that we listed above are great starting points, along with lamps, pictures and other subtle pieces of furniture that will help you to go bold without taking over the room with colour.

Ways to Add Property Value

Adding Value to Your Home

If you’re looking for handy ways to add property value to your home, let Sliding Robes Direct help you. For many years now, we have been providing innovative, stylish and modern sliding wardrobes to customers throughout the UK. So, regardless of your needs or reasons for adding value to your home, let our professionals help. We’d like to share with you 10 ways to add property value to your home in the hope that it helps you when selling your home or getting an estimate. Should you like to know more about any of our services or how we can help you, please do not hesitate in contacting our team today.

How to Increase Property Value

Whether you’re looking for ways on how to increase property value because you’re thinking about selling your home or to simply improve its appearance, we can help. With numerous tips and advice on adding property value, we hope that you’re able to put them into practice for yourself. That said, here’s a few of the ways to add value to your home:

  • New carpets
  • Invest in new windows and doors
  • Go bespoke – a new staircase can make a huge difference
  • Consider converting your loft
  • Tidy up your outside space
  • Updating bathrooms and kitchens
  • Clean up and remove clutter – it can actually increase space
  • Extensions are costly but can be rewarding too
  • A fresh coat of paint will add a new lease of life
  • Sliding wardrobes are a great way to increase storage and space

Did you know? A fresh coat of paint can add up to £3,000 onto your property value. More people are likely to see potential from a plain white or cream room than a patterned wallpaper. So, by simply adding a new plain colour to your walls could vastly increase its potential to sell.

Invest in Your Home for Increased Property Value Rewards

Investing in few of the points above will give you potential to increase your property value as well as improve the appearance of your home. By seeking out professional bespoke joinery services for new windows and doors or investing in sliding wardrobes, you could see your home sell for much more than you initially expected. Not only will your improvements become a selling point to the home, but it also means that the new owners won’t need to do these themselves, which will help massively during the buying process.

Upgrade Your Wardrobes with Sliding Robes Direct

When it comes to increasing the value of your property, Sliding Robes Direct have you covered. So, come and upgrade your wardrobes with Sliding Robes Direct and watch the value of your home increase. Not only that, but if you did have any potential buyers come and view the property, everything can be stored neatly away behind the doors of the wardrobe. This will then not only help the viewer to envision their plans better, but it shows how well the home has been taken care of. Simply call on our professional team today to find out more about our sliding wardrobes for sale.