Fun And Function: Four Elements To Integrate Into Your Child's Customised Robe

For such tiny creatures, children have a lot of stuff, and keeping it tidy and organised can be overwhelming. Luckily, you can give your children's rooms the organisation they need with customised, built-in robes. There are countless possible designs and if you commission a customised robe, you can create exactly what you and your little one need for fun, function, organisation and style.

To inspire you, here are some of the elements you should consider implementing into your child's built-in robe:

1. Hidden beds

Robes don't just have to hold clothes, toys and accessories; they can also have other elements such as beds built into them. To free up some floor space in your child's room, consider designing a robe with a spot for a hidden bed. This idea could be as simple as lofting a bed on top of a chest of drawers, or your child's bed could be on a low platform with wheels that allow it to roll conveniently under the storage section of the robe.

Alternatively, you could give your child a wardrobe integrating a classic Murphy bed design. A Murphy bed is a bed that folds into the wall. When folded away, it simply looks like a wardrobe, but then, you open the door, pull down the bed and as if by magic, the room has a bed. Any of these hidden beds can be your child's main bed, or they can be extra beds for sleepovers, and your child can have a regular freestanding bed, separate from the robe.

2. Novelty designs

Regardless of the style you select for your child's customised robe, consider integrating novelty themes. For example, you could give your child a Murphy bed that looks like Dr. Who's Tardis. Alternatively, you could position the shell of a wardrobe over the doorway of a small room or walk-in closet. This wardrobe can have clothes hanging in it, but it should have no back. Once your child gets past the clothes, he or she enters the hidden extra room just as if he or she were journeying through the classic wardrobe at the heart of the Narnia stories.

If your child is not a Dr. Who or Narnia fan, you can integrate your child's favourite characters or themes into the robe. Even if you opt not to do licensed characters or designs, you can play with rainbow colours, balloon decorations, leprechauns or any other designs and themes you like.

3. Platforms and climbing opportunities

Lots of kids love to climb, and although your kids can't climb on a traditional wardrobe (because they may fall over unless they are stablised and attached to the ground), you can design a built-in wardrobe that gives them room to climb. Imagine a giant built-in wardrobe that includes drawers and shelves but also a platform. On the platform, your child can have a small rug and some toys or a built-in study desk if they are older. If a platform doesn't appeal to you, consider a rope ladder leading to a lofted bed and a slide leading down from the bed. A clever robe designer can help you figure out a climbing-friendly design for your little "monkey".

4. Sliding doors

Some of the built-in wardrobe ideas above integrate storage, sleeping and playing spaces into a single wardrobe design. For some families, that is the perfect way to optimise the space in their children's rooms. However, other parents prefer a different strategy. Instead of integrating the bed into the wardrobe, have it on one side of the child's room and have the wardrobe on the other side. The wardrobe can be full of shelves to display your child's toys and drawers to hold your child's clothes. However, this robe can also have sliding doors over it.

At the end of the day when your child is ready to go to bed (or if you just want to hide the "mess" in your child's room), you simply close the sliding doors on the robe, and everything is concealed. To make a sliding door robe more fun, consider colourful sliding doors in your kid's favourite colours.

For more information, contact a company like Hills Robes & Screens.