Wardrobe: basic concepts.
In our country, the wardrobe is not so much a tribute to fashion as a new tool in the historical struggle for square meters. Do you have low ceilings, a column acts as a “navel” in the middle of the corridor, the room is disfigured by a stupid niche, which will not fit any ready-made furniture, and the wardrobe with the sideboard is littered with dusty suitcases? Then this article will be useful to you.
Sliding doors in sliding wardrobes do not require additional space to open. And since such a Cabinet is made and modeled individually, it can be installed anywhere: in the labyrinth of the corridor, in the cramped office, or in a niche. There are wardrobes for offices, bedrooms, living rooms, libraries, and even for children’s rooms. To order exactly the right Cabinet, the buyer must talk to the seller “in the same language”, that is, know his professional terminology. Here are some special words and expressions.
False panel-a decorative plate that is used to increase the height of the Cabinet, hiding voids. In texture and color, it is usually the same as the door trim.
Plinth – support strips on which the Cabinet is installed. It can be a decorative element rather than a load-bearing one.
Profile-vertical framing of doors (in some versions of cabinets, it is also a handle).
Track – the maximum length of the guide (rail).
Melamine is a decorative coating that is resistant to water and mechanical damage. Thicker, more flexible and more durable than laminate
MDF is a plate made of vacuum-pressed wood dust (without the use of epoxy resin and phenol, which are harmful to human health).
Panel-finishing plate with a convex pattern.
A facet mirror is an element of the door’s decor. It has a special semicircular shape on top and is glued to a chipboard plate.
Let’s start with the configuration.
First, it is not necessary to make the built-in Cabinet whole. Instead of the back wall, side panels, bottom, or roof, you can use the walls, floor, and ceiling of the room. This is much cheaper. The same option is the only solution if you install the “coupe” in a narrow niche (less than 1 m wide). By adding false walls, you will reduce the track (“mileage” of sliding doors) and risk getting an inconvenient Cabinet to use. Secondly, doors in wardrobes are made not only of smooth finishing plates, but also of “panels”, glass and mirrors, solid and combined (for example, the top – glass or mirror, bottom-chipboard). If the funds allow, this is worth using. Third, what kind of doors are needed (and whether they are needed at all) depends on where the Cabinet is installed and what is supposed to be stored in it. For example, in a narrow dark room, mirror panels will be appropriate, visually they will make it wider. Glass ones are more suitable for the library. In the living room, you will most likely need open shelves for video and audio equipment or a computer. Fourth, it is possible to make a complex interior solution based on furniture with sliding doors. For example, a wardrobe can move smoothly into a bed, then into a Desk, and then into a bookcase, one of the sliding doors of which serves as an interior partition. This approach takes into account all the nuances of the location of the walls, ceiling, doors, Windows and heating system. So, the walls of the coupe cabinets do not differ in any special way from the walls of ordinary ready-made cabinets (the only difference is that the “coupe” may not have them at all). All the “salt” in the doorway. When you look at it in detail, you can distinguish only two fundamentally different systems of sliding doors. The most common – the door on the perimeter is placed in a steel or aluminum frame and rolls in the groove. The rollers in these systems are usually made of plastic or steel. This installation principle has certain drawbacks: high doors can slip off the rails if accidentally hit, for example, by a child (although they are easily put in place), and dust, pet hair, and small objects that are clogged into the groove can interfere with movement. Therefore, the slots and rollers should be periodically vacuumed. In another method of installing the door, the rollers move along the rail. To increase reliability, the support roller is equipped with a device to prevent slipping off the rail. At the time of installation, this hook snaps onto the lower guide. Such systems have increased protection from dust and grains of sand. It should be noted that the quality of the guides depends on the quietness, ease of sliding doors and the service life of the compartment Cabinet. The sliding door system is guaranteed for a long time (sometimes up to 10 years).
The interior design of wardrobes is not diverse. All companies offer traditional shelves and drawers made of chipboard (ordinary or retractable). They usually have standard sizes, so something extraordinary you are unlikely to be able to order – it is a constructor with specified elements that you can “play” on your own. Most likely, you will not be able to order small drawers in narrow wardrobes (standard drawers simply do not open – the doors interfere), otherwise there is room for imagination. Interesting cellular elements: all sorts of baskets and shelves made of steel with vinyl coating. They provide end-to-end air circulation in the Cabinet, and thanks to their “transparency” you can see what is stored where. The convenience of such elements is also in the fact that, if necessary, they can be removed and put in a” compartment ” some large-sized item. However, it all depends on how you planned the wardrobe, but it is worth considering this option.
It is not necessary to refuse a combination of chipboard elements and steel cellular. This option may be optimal if you plan to “coupe” not only as a linen closet. Having installed the chipboard drawers, you can store your hand tools in them, and in the cellular baskets above them – fold Laundry for washing. In another part of the Cabinet, you can plan a clothes rack, and at the bottom, under it, a niche for a vacuum cleaner, on top of the same-a mezzanine (it is possible with separate doors), where to put boxes and old things…
Wardrobes have their own table of ranks. They are ranked like human society. There is a middle class, there is an “elite”… “Simpler” furniture includes all cabinets that have a steel profile. Systems with an aluminum profile are more expensive and more prestigious. Even more prestigious are cabinets with an aluminum profile and panels finished with natural veneer.
It should be noted that in high-end furniture, glass is usually used to ensure safety, not just covered with a shockproof film on the inside, but triplex (as in cars). The mirror is glued to the panel, which allows it to withstand stronger impacts. There are lockers in the Assembly that use “euroserum”. Unlike normal corners, they are almost invisible and allow you to avoid gaps between the panels. Open shelves, thanks to this, look neater. Luxury systems are equipped with dust-proof brushes and sound-absorbing tabs to ensure perfect smoothness, and their guides are additionally polished. Bad form is considered the lack of protection of the door from bumps on the side panel (in most wardrobes, special bumpers are installed).
The color palette of the wardrobes is quite wide. As a rule, “basic” colors are offered-white, black, mahogany, oak, walnut, pear, pine, ash, etc.the color of the laminate that the panels are finished with may vary from batch to batch. So, for example, dark oak can differ markedly for the eye in hue and pattern. When ordering a Cabinet, the seller must notify the buyer if the planned change demo and a new show: bad taste is if the firm produces the wardrobe out of the material, distinct from declared. In this case, you can demand satisfaction (provided that, when ordering, you looked at the sample of the desired shade “live”, and not from the catalog, and stipulated this in the contract).
All avenues are full of statements that the size of wardrobes is not limited. Is this true? Not really. Manufacturers have a concept – “the maximum height of the door” (respectively, the opening). If desired, you can build a higher Cabinet by installing a mezzanine or false panel. Thus, on the basis of an aluminum profile, an almost unlimited height is achieved (5 meters will suit any client). As for the length, the maximum large track is 480-600 cm. If you need more, you have to dock two tracks and divide the Cabinet with a structural partition. The depth of the Cabinet can really be almost any, as well as the width of the door. Within reason, of course. It is not necessary to order a sliding panel over 90-100 cm – it is difficult to “look”for this.
To make your new purchase fit into the dimensions of your home, most companies employ designers who go to the client’s home (payment for his visit is usually included in the total amount of the order and is not discussed separately). He takes measurements, listens to suggestions, gives advice, and then makes a project. Payment is usually made in the company, where you make and sign the contract-order. It is performed within a pre-agreed time period of three days to a week. If the project is non-standard or is not executed in Ukraine, the order is delayed up to one or two months.
Assembly is also carried out by the company’s specialists. For professional assemblers, the entire process usually takes from one and a half to six hours (depending on the size and complexity of the structure). By the way, you can block the opening from wall to wall with sliding doors of any system on your own, without having special skills – you can save money. But with the Assembly of a full Cabinet, with the ceiling, back and side panels, it is better not to mess. The ease of movement of the doors and the overall appearance often strongly depend not only on the brand, but also on the skill of the assemblers.