A built-in wardrobe gives you space to store clothing, sport equipment and a range of other items, while also adding some extra style to your space. Need extra storage in a room that's already small? Wondering about the best way to integrate a wardrobe into that space? Here are some ideas to help you:

1. Be Creative With Placement

Often, built-in wardrobes are positioned along a wall of the room. They can run from wall to wall and from floor to ceiling. However, if you're dealing with a very small room, you may not want to give up that much floor space. In that case, consider putting a built-in wardrobe in the corner of your room.

2. Go for Sliding Doors

Swinging doors can also take up unwanted space. When space is at a premium, you may want to go with sliding doors, or even pocket doors which slide into the walls next to your wardrobe. Depending on the layout of your room, a roll up door (similar to a garage door) can also be an option.

3. Opt for Smooth Materials

In addition to space considerations, you should consider how the wardrobe is going to affect the visual aesthetic of your space. A smooth finish can help to make your room feel larger. In contrast, lots of knotty pine or other textured surfaces can potentially make the room feel smaller.

4. Choose Light Colours

Colours can also impact the visual effect the wardrobe has on your room. Light colors, in particular, can make the space seem larger. Additionally, consider going for a monochromatic effect with the rest of your room — too many colours or busy patterns make the space feel smaller.

5. Consider Mirrors

In that same vein, mirrors are also something to consider. When your wardrobe has built-in mirrors, the light bounces around your room more freely, and that creates the illusion of more space. Additionally, the reflection of your room makes the space look almost double the size.

6. Select a Subdivided Design

The interior of your wardrobe also affects your room; in short, the more you can put in your wardrobe, the less stuff you will have cluttering up your small space. To ensure you can put as much as possible in your wardrobe without sacrificing organization, you may want to have a lot of subdivided sections.

7. Think About Extra Uses

Wardrobes don't just have to be for storage. With some creativity, you can integrate other useable spaces into your wardrobe. For instance, some of the shelves can be a doll's house, or you can put a small work or craft desk in there. Then, you open the doors, use that space, and close it up when you're done.