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High-Ceiling Wardrobes: Making the Most Out Of Vertical Space

When crafting wow-factor furniture, sometimes, it’s all about height—both in terms of aesthetics and practicality. High-ceiling wardrobes are a brilliant solution for rooms with ample vertical space. Instead of taking up invaluable floor space, why not leverage the height of your room? The result is a clean, sleek, and efficient addition that any bedroom or spare room can benefit from.

Embracing the Appeal of High-Ceiling Wardrobes

High-ceiling wardrobes make efficient use of often-overlooked space—those precious feet or inches beneath the ceiling. Rooms with lofty heights offer a wealth of storage potential, allowing you to stow away more of your cherished items neatly. Whether it’s extra clothes, jewellery, hats, or shoes, high-ceiling wardrobes can accommodate them alongside your bed, desk, or dresser, making the most of vertical space.

This concept is particularly advantageous for narrow rooms, as high-ceiling wardrobes maximise available space and eliminate the need for awkward doors or access points. If space is a concern, you can opt for a slim, tall wardrobe that doesn’t infringe on other furnishings.

Moreover, utilising your room’s full dimensions makes sense. Bespoke fitted wardrobes offer a custom design that harmonises proportions with a visual impact that can enhance even the most uncomplicated decor. Tall wardrobes naturally draw the eye upward, diverting attention from any challenges you may face with the lower portions of the room.

They also prove exceptionally useful in walk-in wardrobes where space is limited. Reserve the top section for less frequently used items, while implementing a long rail—either above or below—for your everyday clothing. Additionally, high-ceiling wardrobes provide valuable inches for drawers and shelves to hold everything you need.

Plan your customised design for high-ceiling spaces 

A fitted wardrobe should adapt to its environment, not resist it. Features like beams, corners, slopes, and alcoves can influence your chosen furniture’s tops, backs, and sides. So, how might these architectural elements impact your design? Here are three examples:

1. The wardrobe can follow the precise, sharp angles of your ceiling, fitting snugly into the room’s corner. Alternatively, you might prefer a two-part wardrobe that flanks either side of a corner, whether beside a bed, a door, or a large mirror.

2. We can seamlessly incorporate a storage unit around a beam, hugging it visually pleasingly. There are no limits to overhead possibilities.

3. Handles or sliding mechanisms can be tailored to your specific space. For instance, a sliding door/mirror combination can illuminate sections of the room with abundant natural light, complemented by simple shelves at the top.

How to incorporate design elements for visual balance 

At Neville Johnson, we’re passionate about helping you find the visual flourish you’ve always desired—modernising your room or embracing more traditional comforts.

Consider Shaker wardrobes, which remain among the most popular choices. We incorporate vertical and horizontal edges into your wardrobe, emphasising clean lines and order. The result is a series of panel designs that reach up to the ceiling, making them an excellent fit for rooms with dressing tables or fitted shelving on other walls, which often feature their own straight lines.

Alternatively, you might opt for fretwork patterns. These patterns introduce diamond or triangular cuts into your wardrobe doors, allowing you to paint the hollows in different colours or transform them into miniature mirrors. Fretwork is a favourite among homeowners with a penchant for art deco or more elaborate staging.

Storage solutions for out-of-season items

Naturally, some areas of your high-ceiling wardrobe will be less accessible than others. So, how do you organise it effectively?

The topmost section can be reserved for items you wear less frequently throughout the year. By shifting these outfits closer to the ceiling—such as t-shirts in winter or woolly hats in summer—you free up space in the main storage area for seasonal staples. 

Make it a habit to rotate clothes and accessories up and down the wardrobe as the seasons change, taking the opportunity to dust the interior during these transitions.

If you have a high ceiling, you benefit from extra room. The highest point is ideal for storing items you don’t need, including sports gear like tennis shorts, swimming trunks, football kits, and skipping ropes.

Consider dividing your collection into seasonal and non-seasonal halves for footwear, with the seasonal footwear tucked beneath your go-to jackets, shirts, trousers, or dresses. With a high-ceiling wardrobe, the possibilities are endless, allowing you to find new ways to maximise your storage continually.

Ready for a comprehensive design consultation? At Neville Johnson, our expert artisans know how to accentuate and expand your room’s unique appeal. Arrange a design visit, and we’ll come to your home to explore all the possibilities together. Let us show you how a fitted wardrobe can transform your space and capture your heart.