Clever wardrobe ideas and bedroom storage - from cupboards and walk-ins to clothes storage solutions for every kind of room. 'There is no point in planning a wardrobe unless you know what you have to fit in it,' says interior designer Alidad. Well-designed clothes storage should be an essential element of a bedroom, and planning it so that it will enhance your space as well as have room for all your clothing - no matter how much of it there is - is something that should be considered carefully. 'We often count a client's clothes so that we can make sure everything has its place. Hang relative items near each other - tops over trousers, shirts next to jackets. You'll need at least 60cm depth for hanging space and 50cm for shelves,' Alidad recommends. Whether you have a walk-in wardrobe or need space-saving ideas, we take a look at the best clothes storage ideas on offer...

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    There are few wardrobe systems that beat the Ikea's 'Pax' range in terms of options for interior organisation and price. However if you are looking for something more decorative, the Swedish company Superfront offers a range of replacement surfaces, doors and handles are added during assembly, and can transform the look of the cupboard, with a huge range of colours and patterns on offer. The wardrobe doors shown here, in 'Marais', each measure 236 x 50cm and cost £230; the 'Holy Wafer' brass handles cost £14 each.

    Best of the rest

    1. Copper wire hangers, 20 x 42cm, £9 each, from Hay.
    2. Armoire in off-white distressed finish (other finishes available), 225 x 138 x 50cm, £6,500, at Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam.
    3. 'Conran Dawkins Oak Valet', 126 x 50 x 50cm, £299 at Marks & Spencer.
    4. Double 'Frey' armoire, available in various woods and finishes, 180 x 132 x 55cm, from £3,250 at Pinch.
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    The wardrobe in Charlie Casely-Hayford and Sophie Ashby's London flat was always going to take pride of place, as he is a fashion designer. They carved out space within their one bedroom flat for a walk-in done in dark wood and bright white.

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    This wardrobe from The Dormy House has been hand painted with Dulux paint by the artist Cressida Bell.

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    Wardrobes are built into the walls, panelled and painted white in keeping with the rustic charm of this Oxfordshire cottage.

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    Plain English, best known for their bespoke wooden kitchens, have produced a range of oak wardrobes. Three choices of interior can be paired with any of the company's elegantly simple door designs. All are lined with Cedar wood, which not only smells divine, but is a natural moth repellent.

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    The built-in cupboards in the main dressing room of this renovated Georgian farmhouse feature a laser-etched design of birds and foliage by fabric and surface designer Daniel Heath.

    Maria Speake of Retrouvius restored the spirit of an unattractively extended Georgian farmhouse in the Chilterns by introducing modern and reclaimed industrial elements.

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    'We made the wardrobe by effectively putting up a false wall a coat's-width from the real wall, into which we inserted doors that we reclaimed from a dump,' says Kresse Wesling of eco-accessories company Elvis & Kresse. Kresse and her husband James's Bournemouth home was furnished almost entirely from reclaimed and reworked pieces. 'It was pretty difficult getting the doors all the same size, but sanding them down and watching the individual characteristics of the wood come out was satisfying work.'

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    This double-height closet also by Todhunter Earle, offers an innovative solution where height in a room is more generous than width. The doors are covered in 'Baby Ostritch' faux leather in putty, from Fox Linton.

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    A chest of drawers from a French flea market brings texture to the bedroom in Rachel Chudley's East London workshop, which is separated from the en-suite bathroom by a Crittall-inspired wooden partition. In the bathroom, a wardrobe with a mirrored front takes centre stage.

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    'We try to make wardrobe space both decorative and unobtrusive,' says Emily Todhunter of Todhunter Earle, who in her own London flat, has covered the wardrobe doors with 'Chain Link' wallpaper in bone from Schumacher. '

    Very small walk in closets are pointless and stressful to organise. Better to opt for nice fitted wardrobes; or if there is no room in the bedroom, we often put wardrobes in bathrooms instead. Lighting is also crucial. Illuminate individual shelves with small LEDs if you can. There is nothing worse than rummaging in a dark wardrobe.'

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    Suzy Hoodless has pastel pink-panelled wardrobes built in to her bedroom.

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    In Long Island, the designer David Kleinberg built wardrobes that appear to be coming out of the walls, rather than the traditional building them into. The end result creates two nooks on either sides.

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    Interior designer Maurizio Pellizzoni of MPD London has utilised the space behind the bed in this room to create an unenclosed walk-in wardrobe. 'The mirror conceals double doors which lead to the bathroom,' he says. 'We left a 70cm gap between the back of the bed and the Poliform storage and hanging system, so there is space to walk around, and also for a retractable ladder that allows access to the top shelves. We curtained it off using a sheer fabric from de Le Cuona. This method creates a feeling of space, making the room feel lighter and less cluttered.'

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    Fitted cupboards, also in Bee Osborn's London home, create a book-lined archway that divides the bedroom from the en-suite bathroom. 'Cupboards should look aesthetically pleasing on the outside and be functional inside. The layout of shelving is vital to optimise space. If men like to store their shirts folded, I measure the shirts in order to create the exact size of shelf needed. Drawers with Perspex slots on the front for labelling also work beautifully.'

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    Two matching antique lacquered wardrobes sit perfectly within the bedroom of this old-fashioned English home in Hampshire.

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    In the London home of interior designer Bee Osborn of Osborn Interiors, traditional beading on the front of the joinery has been lifted and modernised by mirror panel. 'If you are using mirror it is important to build the joinery first, and cut the mirror to fit around the relief work,' says Bee. 'Wood applied over the top of mirror is often ill fitting, creating shadow behind. The proportions of paneled joinery are vital. Take inspiration from Georgian designs, which focused on balance and harmony.'

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    In the bedroom of interior designer Jane Taylor's London flat, smart panelling conceals walls of wardrobes and cupboards: a perfect solution for a small room.

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    A well organised walk in wardrobe doesn't have to be a huge fuss to execute. This neat set up in the New York home of architects Ann Fairfax and Richard Simmons uses wicker baskets to separate out small items, wall mounted tie racks and an upward-folding cupboard door which doubles as a surface.

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    This double height wardrobe, designed by Emily Todhunter of Todhunter Earle for a house in West London, has a secret. Disguised among the doors are the entrances to twin bathrooms and a dressing room.

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    Once a single bedroom, but now entirely given over to clothes, designer Mark Smith calls this 'slightly indulgent' use of space 'the guilt room. I could have kept it as a spare room, but then I would have just had to fill my bedroom with wardrobes, and I like a bedroom to be just that - not a storage room.' We can't say we aren't slightly envious of the orderly beauty of the shelves. What a pleasure it must be to select from the crisply folded shirts and neatly hung trousers - like picking chocolates from a box. But that after all, is the purpose of a really good dressing room.

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    Chunky mahogany doors in the main bedroom open on to a corridor wardrobe stuffed with Pucci dresses and Manolos. It's just one space-saving touch cartoonist and interior designer Sally Ann Lasson added to this small house in Knightsbridge.

    Taken from the October 2014 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Alice B-B

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    Walk-in wardrobe, meets spare bedroom. Designer Paolo Moschino has created a cosy cabin-bed at the end of the dressing room in this house in Cornwall, which has storage underneath for the client's shoe collection.

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    Furniture designer Violeta Galan's straw-maquetry designs are as decortive as they are functional. Pieces can be made based on an existing collection of designs, or done to commission. Her bespoke pieces usually take 6-10 weeks to produce. violetagalan.co.uk

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    Interior designer Alberto Pinto has given an architectural twist to a wall of fitted storage units by using Forties mirror glass in an art-deco design to disguise a multitude of cupboards.

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    In this London house designed by Suzy Hoodless the sliding wardrobe doors of the children's rooms have been painted with a custom-designed mural. Click below for our favourite resources for a similar look.

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    'Separate storage space can be a real marriage saver,' says Bunny Turner of Turner Pocock who in her own London bedroom has used twin wardrobes from Oka (£1,630 each). 'More and more frequently our clients request separate dressing rooms, which take on very individual characteristics. Generally we design these ourselves, then work with a cabinetmaker. John Elbert Furniture Works and Armstrong Vinton come highly recommended.'

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    A clever tip for a small room - interior designer Beata Heuman has used Ikea 'Pax' wardrobes either side of the window in her small room, covering them with mirror to maximize the feeling of space and light, while making the most of the view on to leafy Brompton Cemetery below.

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    Low, gabled ceilings can be a nightmare when trying to find a place for a wardrobe. The smart idea is to adapt the storage to the space. In this chalet by Todhunter Earle, shelves with storage boxes act as drawers (try Muji for similar), while a rail for clothes is concealed behind a curtain (Jim Lawrence is our go to for good value curtain poles and hardwear). Simple but effective.

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    A concealed wardrobe with a sliding door is perfect for smaller bedrooms, where traditional hinged doors can cause an obstruction to walkways. The lights are from Emery et Cie.

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    Living in small quarters doesn't have to mean sacrificing style for drab storage solutions and "it's the only thing that will fit" furniture. It just takes a little creativity. To prove that small spaces can still be stylish, decoration director Gabby Deeming took on the challenge of decorating a 17-square-metre studio apartment, forgoing a cumbersome wardrobe for separate storage crates (Ikea is a one-stop shop) and hanging rails, which can be hidden behind a decorative curtain.

    GET THE LOOK

    Plastic-and-steel storage system, 'Antonius', 180 x 124 x 55cm, £107.78 and polyester hanging shelves, 'Skubb', £7.99, both at Ikea. Forged iron curtain pole, 'Classic' (matt black), 2.5cm diameter, 19p per centimetre, at Jim Lawrence. Curtain, 'Sofienburg' (porcelain), linen, £75 a metre at Designers Guild. Laminated-paperboard storage box with steel corner protectors, 'Kassett', by Jon Karlsson, £9.39 for two, at Ikea. White and orange storage boxes, 'Inge', £13 each; and black DVD box, as before, all at The Holding Company.

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    Clothes storage doesn't have to be in the bedroom. Designer Philippa Thorpe uses a nearby corridor for wardrobe space in this Chelsea home.

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    'Spend as much as possible on the joinery - the things that you touch and use all the time,' says interior designer Hugh Leslie, whose Chelsea house is a testament to this mantra. In the dressing room a sloped wall has been beautifully utilized with a chest of drawers and a cupboard.

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    If your house already has built-in wardrobes that are lacking in decorative clout, remember there is scope for customisation.

    In designer Mark Gillette's flat in Machester, he has covered the doors in a textured grey fabric, and replaced the handles with something more decorative, for a bespoke look.

    If you're in the mood for some DIY and want to do something similar, take the doors off the hinges and secure the fabric at the back with either tacks or a staple gun.

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    Lovely joinery design ideas in this room designed by Helen Green. If your room is lacking space for both cupboards and seating, smart storage space with a recess for a small sofa solves the problem. Spotlights have been added to the underside of the middle shelf to create a cozy, well-lit nook for reading. The tongue-and-grove effect on the walls is echoed on the sturdy bunk-beds to the left of the picture.

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    Interior designer Hugh Leslie transformed his nineteenth-century Chelsea studio into an airy, harmonious space. In the bedroom, he introduced some handsome joinery not least a cupboard-cum-drawer unit (left) which provides ample storage above and below, making the most of the gabled space.

    Think about the posotioning of large pieces of furniture like drawers - here he has tucked them behind the door to save space.

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    Marvel at this space-saving wonder. In this miniscule bedroom in the home of interior designer Jane Taylor, the mattress of the bed lifts up to reveal masses of extra storage space underneath.

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    The main bedroom in designer Paul de Zwart's Kensal Rise home cleverly combines decorative details with storage. A chest of drawers built into the alcove is made from the same material as the wall cladding. The two 'Leggera' chairs from Giò Ponti add colour.

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    Located on a plot of farmland on the Atlantic coast of Long Island, interior designer Veere Grenney has created an interior which is country living with a strong city accent.

    Wardrobes are unobtrusively set in to a wall of matchboard panelling, allowing the pieces by some of the Twentieth-century's finest craftsmen - including a Gio Ponti chair and Terence Robsjohn-Gibbings tables - to take center stage.

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    Fantastically simple storage frames the door of this bedroom designed by Jonathan Tuckey. We're big advocates of the curtained clothes rail - pretty, cheap and easy to update should you fancy a change. No space for drawers? Storage boxes like these work just as well for smaller or folded items of clothing. Ikea and Muji have a pretty comprehensive selection.

    A trunk, like that at the foot of the bed, can also be a good place to store off-season clothes if your wardrobe is bursting at the seams.

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    Interior designer Diana Sieff has made clever use of space in the attic of her converted Methodist chapel in Oxfordshire. When partitioning off the en-suite, a handy cupboard was built in to the dividing wall.

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    Why not do away with freestanding furniture altogether? The spatial benefits can be extraordinary. If budget allows have pieces custom-built and shaped to the contours of the room as in this bedroom in London by Alex Haw of Atmos Studio.

    'Rustic Japanese minimalism with a bit of Stoke Newington thrown in,' was the brief, and you'll be hard pressed to even spot the cupboards and drawers so sleekly are they intergated. Touch-catch mechanisms do away with handles giving a totally seamless look.

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    Yes this storage wall by architectural practice De Rosee Sa is in a TV room, but we think the configuration of drawers would work equally well in a bedroom or, if you're lucky enough to have the space, a walk-in wardrobe.

    Smart and modern, useful while still being inviting to look at - we would substitute the TV for a dressing table and mirror.

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    Built-in wardrobe on one side, simple open shelving on the other. Genius.

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    Not only does the mirror panelled bedhead add a huge amount of light and depth in designer Ann Boyd's tiny London flat; it also creates a false wall behind which she has installed the ultimate small-space walk-in wardrobe.

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    Interior designer Hugh Henry carefully renovated this eighteenth-century house into a new family home. Lois Allison, his assistant on the project, says, 'one of Hugh's great skills, is envisaging a room from the outset, and of course, there is his use of colour'. Hugh introduced modern colours into the historic house, and painted the dressing room in three different shades of blue from Sanderson.

    Taken from the February 2015 issue of House & Garden.

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    WARDROBE:

    Wallpaperon doors, 'Retour de Voyage' (épices), 140cm wide, £139.20 a metre, at Pierre Frey; framed by reclaimed pine flooring, 'Margaret Street', £60 a square metre, from LASSCO. Leather cupboard pulls, 'Louis III' (red), £102 each, from House of Eroju.

    FLOORS:

    Reclaimed pine flooring, 'Margaret Street', £60 a square metre, from LASSCO.

    FURNITURE:

    Nineteenth-century daybed, by Howard Chairs, 90 x 145 x 68cm, £4,500, from Clarke Pickett; covered in 'Kintyre Green', linen, £96 a metre, from Fermoie; with trim, 'Eartha Abaca Knotted Fringe', abaca/linen, £66 a metre, from Samuel & Sons. Oak stool, by Nanna Ditzel, 44 x 40cm diameter, £485, at Sigmar; covered in 'Retour de Voyage' (épices), linen, £153.60 a metre, from Pierre Frey; wrapped in grosgrain ribbon (dull red), £3.40 a metre, from V V Rouleaux.

    ACCESSORIES

    Steel floorlight, 'Gräshoppa' (white), by Gubi, £565, from Skandium. Cushion fabric, 'Retour de Voyage', as before; with bolster ends, 'Poulton Stripe' (L-005), cotton, £96 a metre, from Fermoie. Earthenware tableware, 'Dada', tray, £80, and bottles, £45 each, from Caravane.

    Taken from the May 2015 issue of House & Garden.

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    Interior designer Fiona Shelburne updated this period house in Hampshire for its young owners by using contemporary touches throughout the house. The clothes storage has been custom-built for the households outerwear, where the open cupboards evoke the feel of a stable. Extra storage above the cupboards add space for larger items that would be awkward to store elsewhere.

    Taken from the March 2015 issue of House & Garden.

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    Facing fitted wardrobes are the perfect way to use hallway space efficiently. These were painted in a blue-green gloss mixed by interior designer Adam Bray. 'I love gloss walls - they really do bounce the light about,' says Adam. 'But it is rare to get a client who will agree to them.' The carpet, designed to look like antelope hide, is from Capitol Carpets of Chelsea.

    Taken from the October 2015 issue of House & Garden.

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    The bed in Kim Wilkie's London flat sits opposite an Arts and Crafts period chest of drawers from antiques dealer Patch Rogers in Petworth, which is framed by Russian prints. This particular chest is attractive in itself while providing a practical range of drawer sizes and a top surface upon which to display ornaments such as the bowls pictured.

    Taken from the November 2015 issue of House & Garden.

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    In the bedroom of a Holland Park flat designed by Nicholas Spencer and Sophie von Wedekind, a half wall was built behind the bed to create a dressing area between the two spaces. This half wall incorporates additional cupboards and drawers, while the top is glazed - a repetition of the designer's tactic for maximising light coming into the flat. This idea is perfect for space saving in a compact bedroom.

    Taken from the December 2015 issue of House & Garden.

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    Instead of trying to hide storage make a feature of it - in this Paris bedroom belonging to decorator Jorge Estevez a small cupboard for hanging clothes is fronted with an antique door. This warm-toned wood works well with the eggshell-grey walls.

    Taken from the May 2009 issue of House & Garden. Additional text: Hatta Byng.

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    Designer Jane Taylor has ingeniously incorporated storage into her small bedroom in Chelsea. Wardrobes and cupboards are concealed behind panelling made by Sympatico Joinery, which is painted in Zoffany's 'White Clay', from £41 for 2.5 litres of emulsion. Shallow cubbyholes in the panelling next to the bed function as bedside tables.

    Taken from the March 2016 issue of House & Garden.

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    Space is precious in Johnny Holland's Richmond mansion flat and every inch must be used effectively. A corner of the bedroom has been hived off to create a walk-in wardrobe which was then wallpapered with a tropical print and overlaid with a grid of wood panelling to lend depth.

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    Having previously lived in a converted nightclub, Edo Mapelli Mozzi has downsized to a flat housed within one spacious room of a Victorian house in west London. The dressing room is lit by wall lights of different sizes and styles, and their light is reflected by the large mirror mounted on the left hand wall. To provide himself with a large dressing room and space for his books, Mozzi extended the mezzanine of his living room to create a dressing room that is hidden behind a wall, upon which hangs a huge Nick Knight photograph.

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    Copy the colourful modular shelves of bags and shoes at Denmark design store Holly Golightly, which makes your accessories part of the decoration. For a similar storage wall try by Lassen, Muuto or Nomess.

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    A long burr elm dressing table lining one wall provides storage in this bedroom. 'It drives me crazy that so often in newbuilds everything is built-in, so I wanted something free-standing and moveable,' explains the designer Sophie Ashby.

    The result is a quirky combination of two circular mirrors, a smattering of brass wall lights and a pair of leather pouffes, which exudes a modernist glamour - part Bond girl boudoir, part Seventies ski chalet.