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chocorabbit Tue 14-Jun-16 12:43:48

In the near future we would like to add build-in wardrobes in our bedrooms. We would like them to reach the ceiling whose height is about 2.7m. My father was telling me that we would need to make two boxes, i.e. bottom and upper part because one box apparently would be too big, unstable, wobbly and would break.

The thing is that I prefer one box as we can customise it and move the rails and shelves in the future to suit our needs. I have seen the IKEA wardrobes being in one box. Ok, they do not reach up to the ceiling but they are taller than a single box that would "crumble" would be and they are very sturdy. Also, we ha have visited different showrooms where we saw wardrobes consisting of one box only up to the ceiling and not a lower + upper box. But I don't think that they reached a height of 2.7m.

So, would such a tall box survive? If e.g. you make a 4m long wardrobe, do they make 4 boxes 1m each joined like the IKEA ones are joined together on the sides or a 4m box, or 2 x 2m boxes?


MoonlightandMusic Tue 14-Jun-16 21:59:18

Not sure if it helps but, our ceiling is about 2.7 and our built-ins only go as far as the picture rail (so about .3 of a metre below that). This allows for a wardrobe (i.e. hanging space) tall enough to handle full-length ballgowns and for two drawers (again of c. .3 each) underneath each wardrobe.
The hanging space is made of a single piece of wood for each side/back, but there is a slimline 'reinforcing' (I'm assuming) bar going across each side about halfway down.

In other words sounds as though your 2x2m option per 'box' is about right.

fluffikins Wed 15-Jun-16 05:50:39

We have ikea pax and they are tall enough for me- I need a little step to reach the boxes at the top. I'd just put those in and then if I wanted more storage build boxes above them

chocorabbit Wed 15-Jun-16 08:06:57

Thanks moonlight and fluff ! You gave me a good idea moonlight.

I do like PAX a lot but if the wall is 3.9m we can't put a forth one in. So we can't take advantage of the maximum width and height as we would also like to use some pull-down hangers too as we have lots of clothes and a big family. Right now I am fed up of having clothes hidden in bags and tall shelves where we can't see them and the children outgrow them (we haven't moved into the house yet).

MoonlightandMusic Wed 15-Jun-16 21:58:23

Problem with the pull down rail though is you lose a bit of space on either side for the mechanism [[ - sample on the right hand side of this photo. You could maybe consider a 'split' level - i.e. using two rails as per the left hand side of the photo for the majority of the wardrobe?

Drawers underneath definitely works well. Our built-ins are on the chimney breast wall - we just went for the wardrobes in the alcoves, but the drawers run the full width - so there's continuity and storage but you keep some feeling of space (particularly if you whack a 6'x4' mirror there...grin)

magicstar1 Wed 15-Jun-16 22:05:47

We've just put in IKEA Pax wardrobes. We'd a 3.3 metre wall so went for 2 x 100 and 2 x 50. Here's a pic when they were half done.

I absolutely love them.

SquinkiesRule Wed 15-Jun-16 22:08:00

Dh made ours, he found the joist in the ceiling, and made a false wall boxing in the chimney breast in the bedroom, and plastered it to match the room, and put sliding doors in from B&Q then on the inside he customized it, the center has shelves and on each side is hanging space for each of us, and above that at close to 6 feet up is a longer shelf across so we can store stuff all the way up to the ceiling.
I likes like this only wider with sliding doors.

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