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Home visit: customise a clothes rail with textiles

In a small or unusual space, you can create a wardrobe with just a clothes rail and some boxes. An open wardrobe also means you find what you need quickly and easily.

Close-up of a clothes rail wrapped in fabric with clothes on hangers.
Close-up of a clothes rail wrapped in fabric with clothes on hangers.

Dress your rails

Rip a fabric you like into strips and wrap them round your rail. We saw this idea on Gareth’s boathouse, where the fabric stops the hangers sliding along the rail as the boat sways on the water. On dry land, if your rail is on castors, you’ll get the same benefit. If not, and you like flicking through your clothes when you pick an outfit, wrap the rail legs instead.

Try it! This is a quick and easy idea anyone can do – and you can change the textiles to suit the season, your mood or a new trend.

Streamline your hangers

Don’t underestimate the impact a simple coat hanger can have. Swap your mismatched collection for ones in the same style to give your clothes rail the chic, uniform look of a clothes store.

Add boxes

Like hangers, boxes are a simple way to make a real (and practical) difference to your clothes storage. Even if open storage is your preference, adding some closed options gives you the chance to hide things that don’t look so pretty when on show. Fold away bulky items and store like with like (bedding, bathroom linen) – practical doesn’t have to be boring if you play with colour and style!

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by
Interior stylist: Emily Henson
Photographer: Benjamin Edwards