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Natalie’s dream wardrobe in a small space

“Everyone can have the home of their dreams and often already live in it. But sometimes a bit of inspiration and a few smart ideas are needed to pull it together.”

Natalie felt there was a need in her home for more and smarter storage as her family grew. She created a small, but very practical and beautiful walk-in wardrobe by clearing out unnecessary items and optimising an existing storage space.

Natalie – photographer and influencer

Natalie (45) works as a communicator and photographer for various companies. To achieve balance in her otherwise hectic daily schedule, Natalie spends a fair amount of time styling and decorating her home and finding solutions to various interior design dilemmas. She and her husband Jussi have two sons, Vilho (10) and Niilo (7). They live in a 110 sqm. terraced house by the sea in Rauma on the west coast of Finland. You can follow Natalie’s interior design ideas here: @byellanatalie

Before and after the transformation

The forgotten wardrobe

When Natalie and Jussi bought their house in 2012, they planned the interior design and use of its spaces. But the family’s walk-in wardrobe was overlooked in the chaos of the move. “I just didn’t get round to thinking about that space. Most of the time was spent planning everything else. The wardrobe had been originally fitted with impractical, narrow shelves and a clothes rail. I later realised that the space could have been planned much more efficiently to maximise its use.”


I’m still left wondering why Elfa and I didn’t meet sooner!


“I found the perfect storage system from Elfa that can be adapted to suit the space and my needs. It is also aesthetically pleasing and that’s important to me as an interior designer. With Elfa’s classic white system with its mesh drawers, we now have a beautiful and practical storage solution.”

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Keep accessories in gliding mesh drawers.

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The flexible system lets you maximise the height of a room.

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Front hangers are perfect in spaces with limited depth.

Natalie’s tips for clothes storage in small spaces

  • Allow space for hanging clothes of different lengths
  • Plan drawer space for clothes like knitted sweaters, which should not be hung up
  • Optimise the space by letting the type and amount of clothes determine the quantity and depth of the mesh drawers
  • Use the top section of the wardrobe for storing out-of-season clothes
  • Use dividers on shelves as support. The dividers also make it easy to keep things tidy
  • Hook racks are useful and simply click into place on the edge of a shelf
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What do you like best about your new walk-in wardrobe?

“The best thing is that our storage is so practical now, and it’s easy to keep things in the right place. The system is flexible too, which means we’ll easily be able to reconfigure it as our needs change. But right now it is exactly as we want it - airy, beautiful and everything immediately to hand. It’s a huge difference compared with how the wardrobe used to look. I’m still left wondering why Elfa and I didn’t meet sooner!”

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