11 rules for setting up a cupboard


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With some wise advice, put a closet closer to your expectations for convenient storage on a daily basis. Follow 11 rules to build a cupboard at the top!

It is wrong to think that a cupboard is always basic, while it can be customizable. Heights of shelves, choice of doors and accessories, ideas are not lacking to create a custom closet. In our smaller and smaller living spaces, the closet must also be clever to gain a few square centimeters. A way to limit the number of furniture and optimize floor space. Browse the tips of Camille Bresteau, interior designer for Mycs, and Nicolas Pellerin, e-commerce manager at Centimè, and discover the 11 rules for a convenient closet above all.

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1. Review the contents of the cupboard

Instead of choosing a cupboard according to your desires decor, it is best to ask first the question of its container. "Needs are often poorly defined at first," says Camille Bresteau, interior designer for Mycs, "Most people do not really think about what they want to put in their closet (clothes, books, bazaar, etc.). for efficient storage space must be optimized: vary the column widths or shelf thicknesses according to the weight to be supported (for example, a wide shelf for linen and a narrow column resistant to dishwashing). "

Once the content is defined, determine more precisely the volume represented by each thing, such as an inventory. If you need a cupboard for the dishes? Put on a table all glasses, plates, etc. to view the width and height of the tablet you need. Take note of all these indications to define the suitable cupboard.

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2. Take the right steps of the future closet

Critical criteria before buying any furniture: take the right steps! The larger the cabinet, like a closet, the greater the risk of error. It is therefore important to take measurements accurately and at different points. "To measure the future location of a closet, the ideal is to take a measuring tape of 5 or 8 meters," advises Camille Bresteau. "Do not take measurements in two steps limits the risk." "Also multiply the ways to measure at three different points, especially in older buildings." Then, set the cupboard to the minimum size found (for example, if the measurements indicate a height 208 cm on one side and 198 cm on the other, starting from the height of 198 cm.) And if the space is complex, it is better to call on a craftsman to avoid unpleasant surprises ", continues-t- she

Another important point: think about the surrounding details that may interfere with the closet. A socket, a switch, a skirting board or a ventilation opening are all elements to be taken into account for the implementation of the storage.

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3. Learn about storage accessories to customize your closet

Far from being basic, cupboards are personalized now with a large number of accessories to imagine a custom storage. "The accessories allow to facilitate the use of the cupboard everyday, says the interior designer. For example, for a dressing room or a closet, an extractable rod pulls the laundry towards you. "Another option, drawers with full opening allow visibility on all content. In a dressing room, kitchen or bathroom, closer to his needs, the closet is optimized and more convenient day by day.

The drawers make it possible to accessorise a cupboard as close as possible to the needs.

4. Place things at a good height in your closet

The closet must be consistent to be used properly. For starters, make sure everything will be placed at a good height things: the cover in the summer can be placed at the top of a closet. Conversely, plates that are used daily are to put on hand. In the same way, in a dressing room, the business that is used little is to place high, in boxes for example so as not to take the dust.

Placing your belongings at the right height is one of the key points for a well-appointed closet.

5. Organize your kitchen cupboard thinking of the practical side

Technical and complicated room, the kitchen requires adequate storage. The kitchen cupboard is to be arranged according to the different poles above or below it. For example, near the hotplates, remember to put the pots or pans on hand in a closet with a good height and if possible a drawer for ease of use. In the same way, close to the work plan, the kitchen cupboard houses the grocery store. According to your habits, plan a clever storage to recover everything in due time. The circulation in the room must also be logical. We avoid placing the dish cupboard at the end of the kitchen or housewares under the grocery cupboard.

In terms of style, the kitchen cupboards are installed more and more at the bottom to clear the height visually and enlarge the space. The facades must be simple to maintain.

6. Choose the closet closures according to the space

Depending on the location of the closet, doors may interfere with traffic. "It is essential to anticipate the deflection," warns Camille Bresteau. For example, if the closet is near the bed, allow enough space for the door and the passageway. To build a closet, the footprint imports but also the opening of doors and accessories that can evolve out of the frame of the furniture, "she says.And if space is limited or you're afraid to break the circulation in the room, prefer the sliding doors, always very practical.

Sliding doors are a good trick to save floor space.

7. Multiply the tricks for a closet under stairs

Complex and impractical, the space lost under the stairs is actually a perfect place to build a closet. "First of all, take precise and precise measurements to optimize this area," recommends Camille Bresteau, "the cupboard must be simple, without necessarily following the design of the steps." Standard modules or boxes can act as a column, leaving a free space in high for boxes, for example. "

The main constraint lies in the depth (about 80/90 cm) of the cupboard under stairs. "We can put in the bottom the little used business, suggests Camille Bresteau, think about sliding shelves, very deep drawers or retractable rods.The idea is to find small tricks to counter the inaccessible side."

Side style, the best is still playing contrasts with a closet of character. "The doors often hide the interior as an outer envelope to customize, continues Camille Bresteau.These are a priori neither sliding doors nor curtains but rather hinged doors.Mix the different colors, add some open niches, for a original furniture with an identity. "

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8. Customize your clothes closet

With frequent use, the clothes closet requires some thought for a custom layout. The dressing room must first and foremost take into account the things to put away. "Ask yourself what makes up everyone's wardrobe," suggests Nicolas Pellerin, e-commerce manager for Centimè, "Determine also what you will fold or hang (for shirts or pants). how many stacks will be integrated by category.You will get the number of shelves to create.Remove to define the space between them according to the volume of each pile.Note that on average, a stack of clothes measures 30 cm and the reasonable space between shelves is about 35 cm. "

To build a custom clothes closet, it is better to avoid a linear storage. "Multiply the different shelf heights to match the proportion of clothes, two cupboards for wardrobes to store everything without losing space, a 120 cm wardrobe for short coats, shirts, etc. and a 160 cm wardrobe. 170 cm for long dresses, suits, long coats etc. ", recommends Camille Bresteau

For shared dressings, it is best to define the areas for each person. "For closets of a couple or siblings, it is better to provide space for each or at least the lower part, advises the interior designer.It may also be an opportunity to customize the doors with different colors, for example. "

Some small tricks also allow to arrange a practical cupboard daily. "Also insert light fixtures to pick up your clothes in the morning without waking your spouse, suggests Camille Bresteau.And, like a laundry room, plan a dirty laundry drawer or a place dedicated to the ironing board, always difficult to fit somewhere."

A modular dressing room according to his desires.


9. Provide changing storage space for a durable cupboard

A closet is often brought to evolve over time. Business is changing and some are starting to arrive. It is therefore important to be able to arrange the storage space in a flexible way. "The ideal is not to have a system too fixed to adapt the height of the shelf according to the desired use.Pre-perforations with metal cleats are a good option to change the place of tablets." Camille recommends Bresteau.

To increase your chances of enjoying a sustainable closet, it is also better to invest in quality furniture. "If you think of staying in your home for a long time (and perhaps valuing it), you can opt for a bespoke offer that occupies the entire space, fitted out according to your needs, with a beautiful finish," advises Nicolas Pellerin.

10. Vary the depths for a bathroom closet at the top

Often rather narrow, the bathroom requires smart closets for optimal organization. "The bathroom is tied to two types of storage: the laundry, carpets and rather large towels require a deep closet (45/50 cm deep) and the little things that require a narrow closet." To overcome this difference in depths, it is best to play with the heights. "The layout of the closet can provide a large deep drawer at the bottom for linen and shelves at eye level for small business," said Camille Bresteau.

To simplify the day-to-day organization, the many little things in the bathroom find their place in suitable storage spaces. "After a small inventory of everything you need to put in the cupboard, use very useful boxes for all small items and accessories," recommends Nicolas Pellerin.

It is also better to separate the affairs of each to avoid confusion. Practical side, place near the basin and the ice all the products of the daily newspaper. As far as safety is concerned, avoid placing medicines and pharmacy within the reach of curious little hands.

Variable storage for a bathroom closet.

11. Use the full capacity of the closet

A deep cupboard is a little tricky because it makes the bottom of things difficult to access. Some tips nevertheless make it possible to optimize this space. "Closet systems offer drawers with a total extraction to have visibility to the end, says Camille Bresteau.You can also put storage boxes at the bottom and name them with colors to visualize the best. even to elevate the elements deep down, in a library for example, to make them more visible. "

In a very deep closet, the shelves may not always have their place. "Difficulties start with cupboards deeper than 65 cm." To overcome this constraint, fairly deep wardrobes prevent the jackets from creasing, "concludes Nicolas Pellerin.