Storage – some well ordered ideas!

As you may have noticed, we’re very big on storage ideas at Go Modern. And the trickier the space presented to us the more we love it.  There is a great feature in the March 2018 issue of Essential Kitchen Bathroom and Bedroom Magazine about this very thing… featuring a Q&A with … US! So here are a few tips and ideas below based on what we shared with EKBB (although do go out and buy the magazine – it’s always a very good read!).

Getting the right balance between storage and space in a bedroom is crucial. We often find clients need more storage than they have space for so we play around with ideas, trying to incorporate storage wherever we can.  Building wardrobes right up to the ceiling, using storage beds and tall chests of drawers in smaller spaces. We combine this sometimes with decorative hanging shelves or slimmer wall units.  A bridged wardrobe around the head of a bed can also be a great use of space.  The result should always work aesthetically as well as leaving you with plenty of space to move around.

Jesse Plana Wardrobe M05
Jesse Plana Wardrobe M05

If a client is thinking of a fitted wardrobe system, we start with the doors; hanging door wardrobes have smaller cabinets which can also be divided inside, so if a client has a lot of different storage needs we would normally recommend those. Sliding doors on the other hand have a cleaner look for small spaces but are actually less flexible in terms of their inside storage.

Novamobili Bronze Wardrobe
Novamobili Bronze Wardrobe

Smaller accessories such as dressing tables are really important.  You can also get creative with a hanging desk with a fold down-top and interior LED lit mirror, or a small wall-hung shelving unit.  Remember to look at the space between wardrobe cabinets too, as this can often accommodate a table as well as shelves, cupboards and a small chest of drawers, with fitted doors to hide things away when they’re not in use.

Praga tall Chest of Drawers
Praga Tall Chest of Drawers
Schoenbuch Collect Dressing Table
Schoenbuch Collect Dressing Table

Our brands are a great and equal measure of aesthetics and practicality.  The days of having to completely sacrifice style to get the best fitted storage are well and truly over.  It’s often more economical to invest in beautiful semi-fitted designer storage than it is to get alternatives.  And there are so many gorgeous designs to choose from – we are seeing everything including textured doors with leather, gloss or matt finises, or a mixture of the two, and lots of unique finishing touches such as statement handles.

Take a look around our site or pop into our Kings Road showroom and have a chat – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what we can offer.

Fitted, hinged, sliding door or walk-in wardrobes – our guide to what you need to know!

Go Modern specialises in beautiful Italian wardrobes: fitted, freestanding, sliding doors, hinged doors or walk-in wardrobes… take your pick. Whatever you are looking for we are sure we will have something stylish to suit. In fact we have possibly the largest range of Italian wardrobes in the UK. Why choose an Italian wardrobe? Simply because of the endless choice of beautiful contemporary styles, in a huge number of finishes and colours.

But it can be a daunting process… if you let it!  So here’s our mini-guide with some information about the different styles of wardrobes on offer:

FITTED WARDROBES                                                                                                             Our fitted wardrobes are all made to order in Italy. Simply discuss your space with us and we will get as close a fit as possible from the hundreds of wardrobes sizes and options, which can then be cut to an even more precise fit and installed by our expert team of wardrobe fitters. If you’ve an awkward corner or a sloping roof we love that kind of ‘problem’…

Novamobili Dotty Corner Wardrobe
Dotty Corner Wardrobe

To achieve the ‘perfect fitted wardrobe fit’:

  • Our installers can install filler panels/MDF around the edges of the design so that the wardrobe blends seamlessly with the wall
  • We can have the tops and sides cut to order, including cut at an angle (for under eaves, sloping roofs etc)
  • You can choose your own internal layout to suit

But bear in mind:

  • Each wardrobe needs a back and sides, nothing is attached to the wall
  • Wardrobes can be stand-on-their-own (which also means they can be moved when you move)
  • Because we need a few spare cms on the sides and top to install them, there will be a gap – which, as mentioned, can be covered by our fitters
Alfa Fitted Wardrobe
Alfa Fitted Wardrobe

We also have a large selection of both hinged door and sliding door wardrobes, and customers often ask which of these they should choose. Well, both have advantages and disadvantages…

HINGED DOOR WARDROBES                                                                                                          Hinged door wardrobes come in the largest choice of sizes, starting from 90cm wide increasing in different size increments.  Wardrobes with hinged doors can also be cut to fit angles – corners of rooms, loft rooms, under the eaves or under stairs as discussed above. Pop into our Kings Road showroom to see an example of the clever fitting that can be achieved. Hinged doors also usually have handles, many of which are a design feature in their own right and, again, there’s a great choice of colours, textures and shapes.

Unika Hinged Wardrobe
Unika Hinged Wardrobe

SLIDING DOOR WARDROBES                                                                                                           These are perfect for large spaces. Although they don’t have as many choices of sizes, we have a number of different collections, so we should be able to provide a very close fit and, as with hinged door wardrobes, sliding door wardrobes can be fitted with panels of the wardrobe’s particular finish to create the fitted wardrobe look. The minimum size of a sliding door wardrobe is two metres (and in our experience, they usually look better in even larger sizes). An obvious advantage of  sliding door wardrobes is that the doors don’t open outwards, which means that not as much room is needed in front of them. However, for obvious reasons, this style of wardrobe won’t fit into the corner of a room, although we have a model that does (the Dover sliding door wardrobe, the only one we have ever seen).

Ghost Sliding Door Wardrobe
Ghost Sliding Door Wardrobe

So, in a nutshell:

Wardrobes with hinged doors

  • are usually less expensive
  • are smaller
  • can be cut to fit around corners, under angled ceilings and stairs
  • have some fantastic, design-led, handles to chose from

Sliding door wardrobes

  • are larger
  • can’t be cut at angles
  • have a slightly more restricted choice of sizes
  • can save space as doors don’t need room to open out
  • have bigger cupboards
  • look great in large sizes, with a more streamline look as they have fewer doors

WALK-IN WARDROBES                                                                                                                Our Walk-in Wardrobes section contains designs from several Italian manufacturers including styles with hard to find lacquered sliding doors, and lacquered panels/shelving.

Why a walk-in wardrobe? Walk-in wardrobes can be installed with or without doors, and doors can also be ceiling hung.  If you need advice, our designers and fitters can advise on the viability of this and suggest the composition/style that would be best, and can also do a site visit if necessary (within London).

Walk-in wardrobes work best in bedrooms where there’s an adjoining room directly off the bedroom, or perhaps an L-shaped room or even a spare room not needed as a bedroom. If you dont have these, larger bedrooms can also be fitted with stud walls to create a walk-in area.

Walk-in wardrobes are wonderfully luxurious and incredibly practical – providing an at-a-glance view of what you have stored.  They’re also completely customisable, with added accessories including drawers, glass shelves and cabinets, pull-out hangers, shoe cupboards and racks, pigeon holes and dividers etc, all in a variety of finishes from matt or gloss lacquers to wood and smoked glass to leather. Add LED lighting to the final design.

My Suite Storage System
My Suite Storage System

So, we hope that’s useful. Whichever type of wardrobe you decide on, our in-house designers can help you find the very best solution, and our expert fitters can install it for you.  Give us a ring, drop us an email, or pop into the showroom (nearest tube Fulham Broadway or plenty of metered parking in nearby roads) to discuss your requirements.

Our hinged door wardrobes can be seen here, sliding door wardrobes here and walk-in wardrobes here.

PS – We’ve also got a summer sale on at the moment – 15% off all orders over £1,000.

Hinged or Sliding Door Wardrobes, Which Is Best?

We have a large selection of both hinged door & sliding door wardrobes, from Italy but our customers often want to know which they should choose. Well, they both have advantages & disadvantages…

Hinged Door Wardrobes have the largest choice of sizes, & are available in small sizes from 90cm wide up. Their doors usually have handles, many of which are a real design feature, & there is a great choice of colours & textures. Available in a large number of different size increments, these wardrobes can also be fitted into corners, which most sliding door wardrobes don’t do. In addition, they can be less expensive than sliding door wardrobes, especially once you start looking at gloss lacquer or special glass doors. Fitted wardrobes are made by putting ‘filler panels’ of the main wardrobe or door material on the side of your wardrobe so that there are no visible spaces (these will need to be ordered with the wardrobe).  Wardrobes with hinged doors can also be cut to fit into angles, for a loft, under the stairs etc.

Alfa Fitted Wardrobe
Alfa Fitted Wardrobe

Sliding Door Wardrobes are perfect for large spaces. Although they don’t have as many choices of sizes we have four different collections, so should be able to provide a close fit & like hinged door wardrobes can be fitted with panels of the wardrobe finish at the ends to make them fitted wardrobes. The minimum size of sliding door wardrobe is 2 metres & they usually look better in even larger sizes. An advantage of  sliding door wardrobes is that the doors don’t open outwards, which means that not as much room is needed in front of them. These wardrobes don’t fit in corners, although we have a model that does (the Dover sliding door wardrobe, the only one we have ever seen).

Style Sliding Door Wardrobe
Style Sliding Door Wardrobe

So, in a nutshell

Wardrobes with hinged doors

  • are less expensive
  • are smaller
  • can be cut to fit under angled ceilings & stairs
  • can be fitted in corners
  • have some fantastic handles to chose from

Sliding door wardrobes

  • are larger
  • can’t be cut at angles
  • have a more restricted choice of sizes
  • can save space as doors don’t need room to open out
  • have bigger cupboards
  • Look great in large sizes, as they have fewer doors

Which ever type of wardrobe you decide on our in house designers can help you find the very best solution, & our expert fitters can install it for you – either in or just outside London, or in/near Edinburgh. To talk about your requirements please feel free to contact us by email, phone us on 020 7731 9540, or visit our London showroom at 565 Kings Rd, London SW6 2EB (nearest tube Fulham Broadway.

Our hinged door wardrobes can be found here, & our sliding door wardrobes can be found here.

Our Wardrobes – A Quick Guide

We have an absolutely enormous range of fitted wardrobes, all from Italy. We have six different modern wardrobe collections, because each range has it’s strengths, & is put together in slightly different size increments. So, for example, if you want a sliding door wardrobe with gloss lacquer doors you will have four different ranges to choose from, one of which will be exactly the right size for your space, even though the wardrobe doors of all four will all be very similar. In addition to different sizes each different range has a few ‘stand out’ door designs, which are completely unique to that range, so we have a lot of really fabulous contemporary designs as well as the (best selling) plain ones.

Although we have a huge collection to choose from not all are on our website, but we have dedicated in house designers who can navigate through our different ranges & find the right size & finish for you. They will work with you to decide how you would like your wardrobe fitted out, & can give you a diagram of the layout you decide on. It is usually better to do this in our showroom if you want to see specific colours or finishes, but it is not unknown for customers to buy a wardrobe after ringing & emailing us, as our fitted wardrobes are Italian, all of a very high standard. If you’re choosing white, black or plain mirrored doors it’s more than possible to buy without visiting our showroom, although we don’t install outside Scotland or the M25 (we have not found a furniture fitter that meets our standards – we are very fussy). Our team of expert fitters have years of experience with luxury brands & can make alterations on site to ensure your installation goes smoothly.

Our fitted wardrobes are divided into three sections, hinged door wardrobes, sliding door wardrobes & walk in wardrobes. Each different type has it’s advantages & disadvantages, & we can help you decide which is best for you.

Hinged Door Wardrobes have the largest choice of sizes, & are available in small sizes from 90cm wide up. These doors usually have handles & there is a great choice of textures, handle designs etc. As the cabinets are smaller than sliding door wardrobes they can be the most effective use of space. These are the least expensive & can be installed in corners.

Sliding Door Wardrobes look fantastic in large spaces. Although they don’t have as many choices of sizes we have four different collections, so should be able to provide a close fit. The minimum size is 2 metres & they usually look better in even larger sizes. An advantage of sliding door wardrobes is that the doors don’t open outwards, which means that not as much room is needed in front of them. They don’t fit in corners, although we have a model that does (the only one we have ever seen).

Walk In Wardrobes are such a fantastic idea if you have the room for them. We have four different ranges (more than anyone else in the UK) & our finishes include Canaletto walnut, dark oak, white ash, all white, & lacquer colours, a nice change from the very traditional all wood usually available. Doors are completely optional, & are usually made in clear or smoked glass, which isn’t always what our clients want, so we have a collection that can have beautiful gloss lacquer doors, which are fixed to the ceiling. Usually walk in wardrobes have panels that are fixed to the walls, but one of our ranges has a structure that is free standing, so does not need to be fixed. Three of our collections are also part of home office furniture & wall unit/bookcase ranges so are perfect for spare bedrooms & teenagers bedrooms, where clothing can be hung & stored in style in small spaces & desks, bookcases etc can be integrated with them.

Handbag storage for wardrobes

At last! Someone has realised women have more than one handbag & need somewhere safe to keep them! When I say someone, I mean Italian brand Bimax who are often ahead of the curve when it comes to wardrobes. Borrowing from a concept in kitchen design this unit can be added as another slimline cabinet, or incorporated inside the wardrobe (or both if you have too many bags). Its uber space efficient & uses the full depth of the wardrobe – 60cm & is easy to pull out & push in.

Its just the right size too, with each shelf tall enough & deep enough for most bags (& hats) & as each of the shelves also has a ledge handbags will stay safe, stored upright instead of stacked on top of each other.

Handbag Storage For Bimax Linea Wardrobe
Handbag Storage For Bimax Linea Wardrobe
Bimax Wardrobes Internal Handbag Storage Unit
Bimax Wardrobes Internal Handbag Storage Unit

My favourite wardrobe accessory of all time. See it here or see all of our wardrobe accessories here. Unfortunately it is only available with our Bimax wardrobes, but out other wardrobes have some great accessories of their own in our wardrobes section here.

Customised Wardrobes, 5 reasons why they are worth every penny

At Go Modern central we have always focused on wardrobes, & are convinced we have a cracking collection, featuring freestanding & fitted wardrobes from Italian brands Bimax, Jesse Furniture, Europeo, Blog, Tempo & SMA Mobili. We even have children’s wardrobes & walk in wardrobes, with an enormous choice of hinged & sliding door wardrobes in different finishes. To top it all off we have several in house wardrobe designers & one of the best teams of wardrobe fitters in the country.

But wardrobes aren’t seen as ‘exciting’ the way a new, cutting edge contemporary armchair is, & are often overlooked in a contemporary home, with people spending their budget on a beautiful dining table or stunning corner sofa. Houses sometimes have built in cupboards with hanging rails so why would you go to all the trouble of ripping perfectly decent cupboards out & putting a swanky new fitted wardrobe in? And if there are no wardrobes there why not just buy a beautiful French armoire or an inexpensive freestanding wardrobe? Here are some of the reasons why you should set aside some money for a lovely new wardrobe (from us, of course!)..

1         You can fit more clothing in them! With all of the options for shelves (which can go anywhere), & the ability to put two hanging rails where there was one, not to mention special storage options unique to Italian fitted wardrobes you will fit a LOT more clothing inside. Potentially you could save yourself from buying a piece of bedroom furniture or free up some space in your bedroom. Our wardrobes are tall too, much taller than a standard wardrobe so you have all that space at the top to store your out of season wardrobe/spare bedding.

Bimax Wardrobe Layout
Bimax Wardrobe Layout

2         If you put sliding doors in you can save space in your room. Wardrobe doors that open out into a room need a certain amount of space, both for you, & to open the doors. A new wardrobe can have smooth, easy to use sliding doors which means less space needed & more room left over.

3         They look so good they can be a design feature in themselves. This is one of the big differences between our fitted wardrobes & the ‘High Street’ wardrobes. The wardrobes in our collection are all Italian, & the Italian companies have spent a LOT of time designing doors that are things of beauty in their own right. From special glass to fabulous handles & lovely colours a wardrobe from Go Modern is going to look really good in your bedroom & will never be a compromise of substance over style.

Jesse Trend Wardrobe
Jesse Trend Wardrobe

4          You can see whats in them! Cupboards are dark and it can be tricky to see what’s in them. So while its great to ‘rediscover’ long lost items of clothing I’d rather know whats in there from the start. Our wardrobes all have the option to have LED lighting at the top, which combined with the many different types of pull out shelves, baskets & drawers you can have inside mean you will never ‘lose’ an item of clothing..preventing you from buying that exact piece at a later date because you didn’t know you already had it (don’t worry, we have all done it..!)

5          Last but not least they can multitask. We have put fitted wardrobes in laundry rooms, hallways, kitchens & living rooms. Their sheer flexibility, good looks & excellent use of space mean they work anywhere, but did you know you could incorporate a home office or a dressing table inside one? We often see wardrobes that have a middle cupboard empty of clothing, but with a desk/shelving/drawers, or a dressing table/mirror/drawers inside. Or you can build a wardrobe with an open section with the same accessories. If your wardrobe is in the right place in your bedroom they can be a great place to put a TV too..open the doors to watch it & close to hide it away.

SMA Mobili Guess Wardrobe
SMA Mobili Guess Wardrobe

And if you move, our ‘fitted’ wardrobes can move with you..& we can help you adjust it for your new home! We love our collection of wardrobes & hope you will too, & an Italian wardrobe is actually very good value. See our collection in our wardrobes section here.

When is a freestanding wardrobe also a fitted wardrobe?

When it’s an Italian wardrobe, made to your size, with your chosen internal accessories, & fitted into your space by our expert team! And the advantages of these wardrobes is that should you wish to you can take them with you when you move.  The Alfa fitted wardrobe below is a great example of what we can do, as the doors are cut to fit precisely under the stairs.

Alfa Fitted WardrobeBut almost all of our hinged door wardrobes can be customised like this. If the doors are lacquer or wood we can usually measure your space exactly for you & send these drawings to Italy where the doors are cut as part of the production. We did that with our Gap wardrobe from Jesse & it looks really smart under the stairs.

To see all of our beautiful Italian wardrobes why not visit our wardrobes section & remember that although a wardrobe in the photo might be a certain size & colour we can do almost anything you want. We also have a brand new fitted wardrobe section, with a selection of

Fitted Bedroom Wardrobes, the perfect answer to clutter

If there is any room in your home that is bound to be messy, its your bedroom. It could be because you do not have enough available time to tidy up or because you have got so many clothes with only a small wardrobe to keep them in. Whatever the reason is for the mess, an untidy bedroom with clothes on every spare surface doesn’t look fantastic, & wastes precious time getting ready too. Fitted bedroom wardrobes can be an elegant solution to the issue of clutter, enabling you to store your clothes, shoes, handbags, ties & more away in an orderly fashion so it can be easily found by you when you want it, leaving the floor clear so you can walk freely on it. The whole appearance of your bedroom can easily be changed with the correct fitted wardrobe, & you can create a calm & restful ambience perfect for getting a good nights sleep.