Moving to a smaller apartment left sustainability-minded fashion influencer, Emma Elwin, with less space for her clothes. Elfa’s wire shelves and smart solutions make it possible to use vertical space to maximise the efficiency of the minimalist wardrobe.
By Charlotta Flinkenberg
Emma Elwin’s career as a stylist has included working as a fashion editor at ELLE. The apartment that she moved out of had 130 sq.m. of space, high ceilings and no fewer than six wardrobes. Downsizing to an apartment with half that space meant there was considerably less room for storing clothes.
“I’ve had to totally rethink my storage needs after moving to a smaller home.”
Thankfully, Emma is a sustainability consultant and able to eye things with a minimalist mindset. But even so it involved a radical change when it came to prioritising what should be given space in the new home.
“There was a large walk-in wardrobe in one of the rooms, but unfortunately that had to be taken out so that my son could have a bedroom,” Emma says with a smile.
The wardrobe was fitted with an L-shaped layout that uses wider shelves on the right with a single rail for hanging items on. A tall, narrow shelving section with a larger rail beneath it was then added. Shoes are placed neatly on mesh shelves furthest down.
Emma was delighted by how many clothes and accessories she could get into this small wardrobe. All thanks to Elfa’s versatile system.
“There’s so much more room for things now than before the makeover! I used to have to pack out-of-season clothing away. Now I can store items for the whole year, apart from really bulky outerwear, in the wardrobe. That’s because we’ve created storage space all the way to the ceiling. At the moment, my summer clothes are furthest up.”
The thin metal coat hangers that Emma uses instead of thicker wooden ones is another space-saving detail.
“Working as a stylist, you’re constantly transporting clothes back and forth to various places, and sturdy wooden coat hangers become heavy and clumsy. Thinner hangers from the dry-cleaners are ideal. I buy mine from my local dry-cleaners, although they tend to mutter a bit and are not too keen on letting them go. I do use sturdier wooden hangers for more tailored items of clothing that need support over the shoulders.”
With a keen eye for aesthetics, Emma wanted a space that is not only practical, but inspiring and attractive too.
Many people don’t take the time to fold their clothes properly. You have quite a lot...is your wardrobe always this tidy?