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Room sizes & layouts - Walk In Robes

As mentioned previously, the amount of hanging space to allow for is an important consideration, worth spending extra time on to accurately determine your families requirements (both currently and in 5 years time).
Walk in robes can provide a convenient method of storage, removing the need to increase the main bedroom floor area to allow for open robe doors etc. If the budget permits and there is enough space, walk in robes can be further developed to include features such as a dressing area with a mirror or to even incorporate a dedicated make up area with specialised lighting.

A consideration that some people take into account is that a walk in robe may be cheaper, requiring only a single door whereas a standard type robe may involve the cost of 4, 5 or even 6 doors.
If we look at a standard robe with a hanging space of 3300mm, the equivalent walk in robe size, with the 'L' shape configuration shown in figure 2.5.15, would require a room size of 2400mm by 1500mm or an extra floor space of 1.7 m2. Depending on building costs this could feasibly equate to $1000 in extra used floor space against the extra doors cost of $250 for the standard robe.
The robe in figure 2.5.16 has a floor area of 5.67m2 and the equivalent of 6300mm of hanging space. The same standard type of robe would need an extra 7 doors and require 3.78m2 of floor area. This could equate to $1175 of less floor space but with an increase of $560 for extra doors - a saving of $615 for the standard robe in this case and a saving of $750 in the first example.
These are small sums in the overall cost of the home, but do show that the assumption that walk in robes are cheaper may not be necessarily correct.

There are other factors to take into account, such as in the situation where the actual length of the room, or available wall space, requires two (or more) separate standard robes to be installed.
If the floor area of the room needs to be increased to provide additional circulation space then the savings outlined above are removed. In some situations, due to the configuration of rooms, there may be an area 'spare' that is ideal to place a walk in robe in, thus making more effective use of the overall area.

The figures below show walk in robe variations.

Figure 2.5.15
In this layout the effective hanging space is 3600mm with a walk space area of 1.9m2.

Figure 2.5.16
In this layout the hanging space is 5100mm with the same walk space area as above.
In both these situations the master bedroom entry door will be suited to a cavity sliding door as a hinged door when open will be across the face of the robe door. The only way to overcome this is to increase the width of the walk space in the robe (from a recommeded minimum of 900mm) to 1200mm to provide sufficient blank wall for the door to open onto. - robe shelf widths are a minimum of 500mm wide with an economical maximum width of 600mm.

Figure 2.5.17
In this configuration the hanging space is 7200mm with 4.8m2 walk space.
This layout has become popular where space and budget allows and is also used for Ensuite configurations.

An advantage of walk in robes is that more useable extra shelving is able to be installed above the main hanging shelf.
The figure below shows side elevations of 3 variations (2700mm ceiling).
B, a standard robe with a standard door head height of 2100mm permits a single narrow shelf to be installed above the main hanging shelf ( 1650mm above floor level)
C, with a 2400mm head height (2340 full height door) permits the addition of a full depth shelf plus a narrow shelf.
A, a walk in robe, permits two additional full depth shelves with easier access.



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