Niki Brantmark of the popular design blog My Scandinavian Home has created the storage space of dreams. With the help of Elfa’s storage expert Christine Dahlman, Niki has re-structured her home’s storage in different phases. The process happened gradually, room by room, and first up was Niki’s own wardrobe.
By Charlotta Flinkenberg
Niki previously kept her clothes in a cramped little wardrobe sandwiched between her daughters’ bedrooms, one floor down from the master bedroom.
“The wardrobe was completely useless, I couldn’t find what I wanted and used maybe one per cent of my clothes.”
The master bedroom offered no optimal spot to place a wardrobe. With a sloped ceiling, a staircase on one side and a big radiator in the way on the other, it called for expert help.
“We decided to remove the radiator as we weren’t using it anyway. We covered the triangle-shaped hollow formed above the wardrobe with a front, but it can still be used as hidden storage for pillows and duvets and other things that aren’t used much.”
On the left-hand side of the wardrobe wire shelves were used, for more airy storage.
“On the whole, life is always changing, and so are the seasons. With this system you can both add and remove parts to suit your needs.”
On the right, mesh baskets for accessories and gliding mesh drawers with Décor drawer fronts were chosen.
The accessories tray comes in a luxurious, light-grey velvet and fits perfectly in the gliding mesh/wire drawers.
From a sad, cramped spot in a badly organised wardrobe, garments now get to show themselves off, and accessories are easier to find through smart placement.
Fixed dividers on the wire shelves make it simple and easy to keep clothes tidy.
What are you especially pleased with?
“The shelf dividers, which mean that my folded jumpers stay Marie-Kondo neat, without moving around or falling out.”
The gliding pant racks make it easier to find the right trousers.
The make-up mirror is a simple, “click-in-place” model, and can be placed as high or as low as you want.
She goes on excitedly:
“But perhaps above all the right-hand side of the wardrobe, where I got my own make-up mirror and spot to do make-up. Oh, the joy! Here I can finally get some peace while putting myself together. I used to do my make-up in the bathroom, but it’s a shared bathroom and it’s complete Piccadilly Circus in there. It’s so amazing to be able to stand here at my mirror and do myself up in peace and quiet.”
The smart shoe racks can be pulled out and are easily clicked in place between two consoles.
Did you ever change your mind about where the clothes and shoes should go during the assembly process itself?
“Actually, I did! For example, initially I’d thought of having a shoe rack right under my long dresses. But the dresses would brush against my not-always-great-smelling trainers, so it didn’t feel right, and so we removed that shelf.”