He should be big enough, but not too much take up space. He should practically be divided, and at the same time also visually impressive: the search for The perfect wardrobe is not particularly difficult if you know exactly what you want – especially with the large selection of possibilities in the trade. These five questions can help.

1. The external dimensions: How much clothes do you have?

it is best to give the old Cabinet and to measure the stack. The new furniture should finally be large enough so that the pieces can be sorted clearly and practically. Especially those who love to shop, and more and more accumulate, and couples who want to share a closet, should think of buffer, advises fashion consultant Sonja gray from Ulm, the looks in their professional practice, many closets.

Ursula Geismann of the Association of the German furniture industry recommends per Person, a minimum of one cubic meter of volume. “This is a Cabinet with a Meter wide, 54 inches deep and two meters in height.” Better to have a Cabinet with 1.5 cubic meters of volume is: The are width 120 cm, 60 cm depth and 220 cm height. Geismanns tip: small room is a closet with sliding doors is appropriate. “You don’t stand in the Open in the way.”

2. The rough classification: What kind of clothes you have?

Not only the mass of clothes is crucial, but also their texture. Who likes to wear thick knit sweaters and down jackets, or who sets, especially on long pieces such as coats, evening dresses or Jumpsuits, you will need more storage space.

also, the size plays a role. “Nature, according to a Person with the clothing size XS takes less space than a Person with a dress size XXL”, says gray. For many, it’s just clothes but it’s out of the closet: bed linen, towels, thick winter coats or the vacuum cleaner need space.

in addition, some hung better, and others are better folded and stacked. Dresses, costumes, suits and blouses stay hanging in a rather wrinkle-free. The classic flat-Packed goods, Jeans and a sweater. “Many people forget that the sweater on the Ironing quickly longer and misshapen, and get angry later,” says gray.

Generally speaking, a distinction should be made in the apportionment of time between the things you need every day, and the Rest. “In the area from the ground up to a height of about 60 centimeters of the things that are not used every day”, says Birgit Gröger, Director of meine-moebelmanufaktur.de. Because it is for most people, the most convenient, belongs to the height of from 60 to 170 centimeters, the clothing for the daily needs. The rest of the height is to the warehouse for bed linen and towels.

3. The Details: What kind of shelves do you need?

How many shelf units to schedule, depends on how high the pile of folded clothes. So Ikea, for example, in its planning aid for dress cabinets of stacked T-Shirts fit in a tray of 25 centimeters in height, and ten pants or sweater will need 30 inches of height.

Who wants to shorten the hanging part of the Cabinet, to the very top or at the bottom for shoes or linens, a shelf insert, should be borne in mind: Long dresses plus the straps come quite to 180 cm, short dresses, nor to 120 centimeters. Who has only blouses or blazers, in need of a height of 80 centimeters plus Ironing, men’s shirts and jacket 100 centimeters. Ikea proposes for half-folded, hanging pants 60 inches for women, or 70 centimeters for men.

Geismann is recommended for a usual wardrobe clothes rack, storage compartments and two drawers. The drawers are handy for small Laundry such as underwear, scarves as well as socks and stockings. The storage pockets offer space for Folded. “You should be at least 30 centimetres wide and deep, and the spacing between the shelves is adjustable.” Additional storage space offer the inner sides of the doors. Here, scarves and ties with rings or on a rod.

4. The own style: you Need special tools?

Who has a lot of dresses or suits, should allow for a very long time, or several coat racks. Best to use a high top and is about 120 centimeters in height. “In order to better to the top of the range, can be a dress lift makes sense,” says Jens Gröger. This is a rod, the forward and downward pull. Who hats, caps, watches, and other accessories collects, should consider whether he is planning to devote a compartment for Hutboxen.

5. Further action: How to assemble the Cabinet?

With the dimensions and the ideas for the wardrobe it goes in the trade, where you build together with a consultant from the closet to the Computer from individual parts. Many furniture manufacturers and retailers provide this option now, but also for the buyer online. You can try here prior to the visit to the specialist trade or the furniture order directly.

it is Important to measure in both variants, the space for the closet exactly. For the manufacturer to provide instructions for the so-called allowance, which certainly has its pitfalls. So niche, in which the Cabinet is intended to fit, often to the rear wall is narrower. “Therefore, one should eat the distance of the niche walls, always in three Places accounted for,” explained Gröger. On the front, in the middle and at the back of the wall. The smallest value then determines how wide the Cabinet is. Also the roof slopes are treacherous, because some of the roofs SAG. Here you should carefully completely with a template, remeasure. Some manufacturers make a stencil individually and send them.

Loew/ Jule Zentek, dpa