It’s tricky to choose a wardrobe in Hong Kong because of the notorious space restrictions, but with planning and creativity there are a lot of options. Below are some examples of possible wardrobes for small Hong Kong apartments. Other articles in this blog cover space saving ideas for a tiny wardrobe and I’ll soon link to my upcoming article on wardrobes for Squarefoot magazine.
Here is a post from a woman who decided to go from 134 to 33 items in her wardrobe, and the ideas about herself that she had to release in order to do so. You may find it helpful for your adventure with your small Hong Kong apartment.
It is a good idea to have closed face wardrobes in Hong Kong since open faced storage can look untidy in the small apartments here. Mirrored doors can work to increase the light in a space, though it must be chosen well and preferably reflect art and other pretty display items in the rest of the home. When choosing a wardrobe in Hong Kong, it’s important to know how many clothes we have in order to decide on the space to allocate to each. For example, a large number of shoes requires thoughtful storage, singlets and t-shirts can be rolled in a drawer, trousers can be hung on hangers by work/casual style, skirts and shorts can also be rolled in drawers and daily blouses and delicate tops hung on hangers.
Tall vertical wardrobes work well here, since space is often limited.
The top of a wardrobe can be used for storing suitcases, as can underneath a bed.
The sides of wardrobes or bookshelves can be used for a hanging mirror, storage of shoes, or display items like art, sunglasses, jewellery cork boards…
Clothes are best divided into winter and summer wear, since the seasons are distinct here.
Hong Kong is humid and warm for much of the year, so basic machine washable essentials such as camisoles and work tops are the best basic items to keep. Matching them with statement accessories is the easiest way to keep your clutter at bay. Own fewer base items and varied statement accessories with which to change looks. Keep like items together – shoes, tops, bottoms, bags, accessories.
Remember the cost-per-wear rule of fashion (if you wear a $100 item 100 times, it is one dollar per wear: therefore better value than a $5 item that you wear only once.) Choose to buy only quality items that you will wear over and over again, possibly every day, instead of items you’ll only wear sometimes.
In Hong Kong, there’s not often space for excess unused items so it is best to cull anything that is not a favourite or staple item. Choosing wardrobe space to fit is much easier when we know what we have.
Clothes are best kept with the split unit air conditioner kept on dehumidify (the little rain drop option on the control) as this will help stop damage to items and keep them fresh for wear.
NOTE : Tinted mirror doors add a warm luxe feel while increasing light; wall unit wardrobes make the most of tiny spaces; extra rooms can be converted into walk-in wardrobes or a larger bedroom can be sectioned into a smaller bed-wardrobe space with a divider in between. Forethought, planning and organization is key to a great space saving Hong Kong wardrobe – as well as only keeping essential items to avoid clutter as much as possible.
Raven Tao is a media personality and real estate agent and ambassador for Engel & Voelkers HK. She loves arts and culture, is fascinated by fashion and luxury, and is passionate about all things house and home. For more updates, LIKE her Facebook Page or visit www.RavenTao.com