Walk-in wardrobe or cabinet of wonders?
Valuable objects intended for all kinds of purposes, united at one location: collections of precious objects used to be displayed in so-called "cabinets of wonders". The interlübke walk-in wardrobe principle works in a similar way. Ensuring the orderly arrangement of beautiful clothes, linen and fine accessories. Allowing us to delight in all the things we wear and use on a daily basis.July 2011. How many shoes, dresses, suits, shirts, blouses, pairs of trousers, skirts and items of laundry do you own? How long does it take you to put your daily outfit together? What distances do you cover keeping the bathroom or bedroom equipped with fresh laundry? Where are the handbag or cuff-links that you urgently need right now? With a walk-in wardrobe from interlübke the answer is simple. A very personal space and just as beautiful as the things that enhance you and your life.
The wardrobe systems S07 and 40S with depths of 65/35 cm are predestined for complete dressing rooms including through access to the bathroom and bedroom. Their particular advantage? The fronts to the adjacent rooms can also be designed as wardrobes, with one of the door elements concealing the entrance. In the bedroom, bed linen and nightwear are within easy reach, as are all the beauty and spa accessories from the bathroom, and in the centre is the actual walk-in wardrobe itself.
Are zones to be partitioned off within a room and transformed into a walk-in wardrobe? Do special floor plans (sloping ceilings, corners, angles) have to be taken into account? Swivel and sliding doors (aparo and sipario systems) offer themselves here as front design elements. The inside of such a cabinet of wonders, whether large or small, is then created precisely according to your wishes. With open or closed elements, drawers, shoe racks, illuminated and glass shelves, mirrors, ventilation, even scentilation… Are suspended or free-standing cabinets also to be integrated as bench seats? Or a dressing table? Or a house bar?
The discreet charm of creative order
Walk in and find out? Before that can take place, good planning by a specialist dealer or interior designer is required. "It is often couples who like the idea of a walk-in wardrobe or a complete dressing room," reports Angelika Henning from the COR interlübke Studio in Cologne. "I advise everyone to take measurements first." How do you conduct such a survey? The measuring of existing cupboards or the running metres of their shelves, stocked from A (ankle socks) to Z (zip-up boots), is essential. Sometimes it helps simply to count the objects, "It is not rare for people to have more than 100 pairs of shoes," says the interior designer. "In the process, many customers realise how beautiful the things they possess really are – and where they were scattered around until now. Almost in passing, they discover the charm of creative order: Why shouldn't fine clothes and linen have an equally beautiful setting?" In a concept like this, interlübke programmes reveal their best features: versatility, functionality and precise customisation. And due to their design and their high-quality finishing they possess both inner and outer beauty.
Gaining in beauty, space and time
In a walk-in wardrobe everything has its place; exactly where you need it. There are no unused corners or angles. The endless piles of things that you haven't worn for years are done away with. Everything is ready, lovingly arranged. Isn't it appealing to decide right now what you want to wear today? To see immediately in the mirror what effect you create with the ensemble you have selected?
Which rooms are suitable?
"When building new homes or apartment complexes designers these days usually provide for a separate walk-in wardrobe," says Detlef Mika, Director Marketing and Export. "Couples use vacated children's rooms or opt to convert the bedroom or bathroom area. This latter variant is also favoured by singles or dwellers of lofts, town houses or buildings featuring industrial architecture.
Smaller versions of the walk-in wardrobe require approximately eight to ten square metres. With larger variants where an entire room is converted or newly built, there are almost no limits. "There should always be a spacious central area and an atmospheric lighting concept," recommends Annette Henning.
The greatest benefit?
"Whatever you invest in terms of space and furnishing pays dividends in the form of convenience and quality of life." Perhaps this is the reason why some owners place lounge furniture in the centre of such cabinets of wonder. Walk in and enjoy yourself!