Recommendations and advice

Recommendations and advice for planning wardrobe systems

Location and overall dimensions of the wardrobe (closet).

  1. The first step in creating a wardrobe plan should be to think carefully about where the planned wardrobe will be installed and what its dimensions should be. Is it a bedroom closet, a hall closet, or a separate wardrobe? What is the purpose of the wardrobe closet, or what clothes and other items do you plan to store in the closet? Is it necessary to have drawers or do you prefer baskets? How many clothes are you planning to put on the clothes hangers in the wardrobe and how high should they be? How much space do you have for a wardrobe anyway? It is also important to know what is your budget?
  2. The total depth of the wardrobe cupboard with doors should be at least 600mm, and possibly more, but preferably not more than 800mm, as this makes access to the back of the shelves very difficult. As shelves and drawers can generally be produced in different depths and baskets are also available in different depths (400mm and 500mm), it is the space required between the doors and the back wall of the wardrobe for hanging garments that has the most influence on the depth of the wardrobe.
  3. If the dimensions of the room do not allow for such a large depth, we recommend using pull-out clothes hangers, which allow you to pull the clothes hanger out of the closet and then easily hang clothes one behind the other.

Wardrobe solution and layout

  1. When designing a shelving system, first create an outline of what you will be storing in the cupboard, from which you can plan how many shelves, baskets, tubes, etc. you will need.
  2. Shelving is the most cost-effective solution for creating a wardrobe system, easily replacing baskets and drawers and at a lower price.
  3. We recommend baskets for T-shirts, bed linen, towels, sweaters, etc. to keep. Baskets with a higher edge could be used for larger items such as blankets, pillows, etc.; lower baskets for smaller items.
  4. We recommend using the drawers mainly for socks, gloves, scarves and small items of laundry.

Choice of material for the wardrobe system

  1. The side walls, shelves, ceilings and partitions of the wardrobe can be made from either 18mm or 28mm thick melamine board (some materials also 25mm). Generally, the strength and durability of an 18mm thick board is good enough to produce a full wardrobe. At the same time, it is possible to combine tiles of different thicknesses and decors for design or special solutions. Often, customers want either the side panels and/or the top of the cabinet to be 28mm thick, as this makes the cabinet more in keeping with a modern solid design.
  2. With over 15 different 18 and 28mm thick melamine shells in our material range, plus a variety of oil wax shades for oak veneer, it’s likely that almost every customer will find a material and solution to suit their home interior.
  3. Often, the visible cabinet sides and sliding doors are chosen in the colour that best matches the interior, but for the parts that are hidden behind the sliding doors (partitions, shelves and drawers), a more affordable material is chosen (for example, monochrome white or grey, etc.). This is particularly common in our northern neighbours, Finland. We also recommend the same for our Estonian customers who are on a tight budget and want to save a bit of money.
  4. It would certainly be wise to choose a manufacturer that offers drawers with soft-closing slides, a sign of quality in a modern wardrobe system. L-UKS also manufactures its drawers with 100% opening and soft-closing slides, which provide particularly good accessibility to the items in the drawers and ensure comfortable use for many years to come.
  5. Baskets and coat hangers are available in both white and silver.

Recommended different sizes inside the cabinet

  1. The height of the shelves could be about 25 – 35cm. Lower spacing is inconvenient, especially for deeper shelves; higher spacing simply wastes space in your cupboard.
  2. Pull-out shelving and racking systems have been developed to improve shelving capacity. These products can be stacked closer together in the cupboard, significantly increasing the cupboard’s capacity. The distance between the pull-out shelves and the shelves on the rack could be about 20cm.
  3. As a general rule, we recommend planning shelves up to a maximum length of 100cm (1 metre). Shelves longer than 120cm should be supported from the bottom by a upright tube or partition.
  4. For hanging garments, a minimum depth of 50cm is required. This way, the clothes can hang comfortably on the clothes rail and do not interfere with the movement of the slides.
  5. Clothes dryers can be placed on two levels by means of a vertical tube. The upper pipe height is about 1,9-2,0m. and the other below it at a height of about 1m. from the floor.
  6. Shorter fabrics can generally be hung on a tube 90 – 100cm above the floor. For longer garments (coats, dresses, etc.) we recommend a height of 140-160cm.
  7. Clothes hangers longer than 120cm should be supported in the middle by a standpipe. This prevents the clothesline from bending under the weight of the clothes.
  8. In the hall closet, we recommend leaving a section of longer clothes for guests. The clothes drying rack could be placed at a height of about 170 – 200cm depending on your height and the space available.
    If you place the clothes hanger at a height of 180cm from the floor, there will still be room for shoes underneath the clothes hanging on it.
  9. Under the tube for longer clothes, you can leave an empty space where, for example, winter boots with boxes can easily be stored for the summer. There can also be shoe racks on several levels or shelves with a shallower depth on which to place shoes.
  10. The drawers and pull-out shelves should be positioned at a height of 5 – 150cm above the floor.
  11. The location of the baskets could be from floor level to a height of about 2m. The advantage of baskets over drawers higher than 1.5m is their good transparency and easy removal from the cabinet. That’s why it’s easier to find your things there.

Arrangement of wardrobe units

  1. With drawers, baskets, pull-out shelves, shelving rails and other pull-out fittings, it is important to ensure that they can slide out from behind the slides.
  2. It is a good idea to plan baskets, shelving and drawers in the same shelving unit. It is a good idea to place the drawers at the sides of the cupboard, and they should be positioned between 5 and 150cm above the floor.
  3. Fixing baskets and drawers to the wall of a room is not practical and generally not possible. It’s always better to add a cupboard side wall, as the walls of the room can be curved and asymmetrical, and baskets and drawers may not move properly. You can attach a few individual shelves or hanging rails directly to the room wall.
  4. It is advisable to add an additional shelf under the baskets to keep the side walls parallel and ensure better mobility of the baskets. Also, there is then no need to fix the side walls to the room floor with screws.
  5. If the drawer is placed low, almost against the floor, it is necessary to add a plinth (about 5cm) or at least a shelf under the drawer so that the front panel of the drawer does not hit the floor when the drawer is opened.
  6. In addition, shoe baskets, shoe racks, trouser hangers, tie holders and, why not, nails or pull-out cleaning supplies holders and hangers can be used in the wardrobe to make better use of space and store clothes.
  7. In the case of a wardrobe in the bedroom, it’s a good idea to leave space in the cupboard for a vacuum cleaner, ironing board and folding clothes drying rack. To do this, they should be measured and the space in the cupboard divided accordingly. Sometimes it is also useful to leave a shelf-free section of about 20mm between the cupboard and the niche or room wall, where it is handy to put longer items such as skis or cleaning utensils, etc.
  8. If there is a niche or a separate wardrobe room for the wardrobe, it is usually not practical to make the side and partition walls right up to the ceiling. It is sufficient if they are about 2 – 2.1m high so that there is one large shelf at the top, the full width of the cupboard. It’s also handy for storing a variety of longer and bulkier items (e.g. suitcases, winter soap boxes, sports equipment, etc.).
  9. If there is a wardrobe shower and sliding doors are planned in front of it, which are fixed between the ceiling and the floor of the room and are located between the side walls (or niche walls) of the wardrobe, then the shelving system can be left with partitions only up to a height of approx. 2 – 2.1m, similar to the previous point.
  10. If a ceiling is planned for the cupboard, the maximum width without partition should be 1.2m.

Sliding doors as part of a wardrobe

  1. Sliding doors are the most suitable and most common solution for wardrobe doors today as sliding doors do not require any space in front of the wardrobe to open. For sliding doors, it is necessary to leave at least 10cm of the total depth of the cabinet. This way, doors can move freely and there is no risk of them banging against shelves or cupboard partitions.
  2. It is recommended to make the sliding doors of a single cabinet of equal widths.
  3. Slide widths can vary from about 50cm – 1.5m (less commonly up to 2.0m) Slide widths are generally about 70cm – 1m.
  4. heights generally between 2 and 2.7m (sometimes less than 2m and less often more than 2.7m).
  5. Rigid sliding side profiles should be used for larger doors. L-UKS offers a very wide range of sliding profiles with different strengths and looks.
  6. When planning the number of slides and their width, the positioning of shelves and partitions should also be taken into account. It would be a good idea to plan partitions with overlapping sliding doors in more or less the same place. When planning a shelving system, it should be taken into account that this is the easiest and most convenient way to access shelves and clothes.
  7. An integral part of modern sliding doors is the so-called ‘sliding doors’. a soft-closing system that allows the slides to close more comfortably. The soft-closing system stops the sliding door before it hits the side of the cabinet or the room wall and then closes the door quietly and comfortably.
  8. In the case of sliding sliding doors with a divided mirror, it should be considered that the mirror should start at a height of about 40-50cm from the floor, so that an adult of any height can see the full length of themselves.
  9. In the case of horizontally sliding slides, of course, the upper edge of the mirror must not be forgotten. This should be done at a height where each family member can comfortably see themselves.

There are 4 important criteria for the choice of materials for slides:

  1. The profile of the sliding material should certainly
    aluminium profile sliding gates are preferable.
    , rather than the sheet metal slides offered by competitors, as aluminium does not rust, does not bend and retains its shape better over time. All of this makes sliding profiles more durable, stronger and easier to use.
  2. In addition to aluminium profile slides, L-UKS also offers slides with melamine and sponge profiles for a more distinctive design (see PARON, PARON EXTRA, STRICTLY).
  3. The quality of the sliding wheels is of the utmost importance, as the wheels are the main wearing parts and must therefore be made of high quality metal ball bearings.
  4. The material of the sliding content, i.e. a wide range of mirrors, glasses, melamine, veneers, bamboo and other materials, which can be combined to achieve a sliding with a special design, is primarily the product of the customer’s imagination.