A final look at the master bedroom and concealed walk-in robe


Deb’s designed her master bedroom to be a relaxing retreat – with the tranquillity of the leafy courtyard outside the window, and of course the stunning view of the ocean. It’s the only room in the house to have carpet so it has a soft, cosy feel. Deb has opened up the back wall of what was actually the original bedroom, with a floor to ceiling glass panel to let in natural light. It was also designed to allow Deb to see the coastline while reclining in bed.

Along one side of the entrance wall inside the bedroom, Deb has utilised a 300mm narrow wall space as handy shoe storage for her sneaker collection, plus extra storage for bits and pieces.

The huge mirror is below is hung as a barn-style sliding door which cleverly conceals Deb’s walk-in robe (or dressing room). A mirrored door was one of the items Deb wanted from the very beginning, specifically to reflect both natural light and the ocean view.

outside wardrobe

Deb asked wardrobe designer, Sally Hart of the Clever Closet Company to design her walk-in robe. At first glance the size of the robe is deceiving compact, but Deb points out Sally’s clever t-shape design at the rear which nearly doubles the storage.

inside wardrobe

A small dresser was included in the robe with the lighting chosen to be able to do hair and makeup, as an option to using the ensuite. Once again, the use of a large mirror at the dresser reflects light from the outside into the wardrobe space. The ever-practical Deb says,

“I love the fact that it can be a mess and nobody has to know because you basically just close the door…”

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How Sally designed Deb’s wardrobe..

Sally describes the first part of designing Deb’s wardrobe was to understand who Deb was and what was important to her.

Sally explains below the thought process behind the design..

  1. What does she want? Convenience? Aesthetics? Price? Quality? Timing?
  2. Why is she doing this-gives and understanding of the pressure point that brought her to this design
  3. Is it feasible- budget vs space. It’s always good to establish upfront whether there will be a major improvement in storage within her budget.
  4. What is her ideal wardrobe- in Deb’s case it was a to be a really neat and clean look with space for scarves, a laundry hamper and makeup area.


Throughout the design process we considered a few looks and settled on materials that were in the mid range  suited to the budget with a 25mm thick shelving to give a more robust, quality appearance.

We wanted lighting since the room lacks natural light and a really efficient space to maximise the storage in an ergonomic layout so that is stays tidy.

Deb liked the idea of doors so that it looked neat but the space was too small and would feel claustrophobic.

Deb then liked the idea of upper doors as a compromise but we deleted that idea in favour of neat tote boxes to save cost. This actually makes it easier to grab the top items as you can usually reach the bottom of the box and pull it down, then pop it up again which you can’t do so easily with loosely folded clothing.


Make up space needed lighting with a high CRI (colour rendering index) so that when Deb thinks she is grabbing a deep red, she is getting the right deep, red.

  • We also considered a fold down bench to place a suit case onto for packing for trips away.
  • We added valet hooks to enable laying out and planning of outfits for the next day or trips away
  • Factored in laundry hampers
  • Totes for upper storage
  • Dressing table for make up with drawer inserts
  • Lots of hooks and racks for her beloved scarves to be easily visible and at the ready


The layout was based on creating an open cul de sac feeling toward the end of the walk-in so that the area Deb is likely to hover has the greatest feeling of space and a full length mirror.

Some drawers near the entrance for frequently used items

Then allocate the hanging like with like for greatest space efficiency.

Shelves designed for order:

1 Position shelves above 1metre high so that you can see what on them.(have hanging under them)

2 Recess the shelves back so that you can see and stack them neatly rather than be swimming through cavernous shelves. This also opens up the space so it feels wider

3 Make shelf widths wide enough for 2 neatly , normally folded jumpers so that they can be easily folded and returned without fuss.

Cost Savings

My supplier quote was 75% less than Deb’s original design and quote.

I have a network of suppliers suited to this type of work-the quote from my supplier was $11569.00 compared to $50, 000.00 

Contact The Clever Closet Company on (+61) 02 9679 2848 or [email protected]

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