For years I've been suffering with a common complaint of the well-dressed man (particularly the well-dressed Londoner, who often lives in a fairly small flat): a crippling lack of wardrobe space. When I moved into my flat, the main bedroom was equipped with a single built in wardrobe and a utterly ghastly 'over-bed' style wardrobe in a hideous shade of beige. The large wardrobe just about fitted my suits in, and the narrow cupboards that made up each leg of the over-bed wardrobe more or less fitted shirts in one and coats in the other, but as my (metaphorical) wardrobe grew and my (literal) wardrobes did not, the whole situation became more and more unsatisfactory. For a time, I used the smaller spare room as a dressing room which was nice if a little over-the-top, but lately I have had a friend living with me and so was forced to return my clothes to their inadequate home in my own bedroom. The suits were too cramped, there wasn't enough room for the shirts so they got crumpled, and there was nowhere to hang trousers or store jumpers folded. What space I did have was split over several locations, one of which was stuck at the far side of my bed and awkward to get to. All in all, just not good enough. If possible, a chap wants to be able to look at most of his daily wardrobe in one place, at the same time and easily see what's there, take things out, and put them away again neatly. A walk-in or walk-through wardrobe is ideal, but it's not all that easy to achieve in a fairly small London flat.
The original wardrobes. Hideous, inadequate and difficult to access.
I was inspired, however, by a video on (of all places) the Ikea website, demonstrating how even in a small room, by using a wardrobe as a divider, a walk-in or walk-through wardrobe could be created. It wasn't nearly as easy to do in my room as in the Ikea video (funny that) due to the relative positions of door, window, radiator and built-in wardrobe leaving me with very few configurations that would work, but in the end I worked out a layout that placed two full-size 100cm wide wardrobes alongside the door, blocking off the bed, and thereby creating a walk-through wardrobe that is entered as soon as you enter the bedroom.
Although it makes everything a bit less spacious than it was before, the joy is that I now have acres of wardrobe space, all in one place, so I can finally store my clothes properly and get to them easily.