Mrs Whyte's Story

The Brief

Mrs Whyte and her husband first moved into their beautiful period barn in the market town of Rugeley in 1992. What attracted them to the then recently converted property was its character and old-world charm, with its beams and sloping ceilings.

The barn has two bedrooms situated at either end of the building, with a long, wide landing running between them. Similarly to the bedrooms, the landing also features a large beam that is set away from the wall, and a sloping ceiling. Tucked beneath the slope was a half-height fitted cabinet that, although adequate for storing bedding and linen, was not suitable for clothing.


Mrs Whyte

Mrs Whyte
Retired Infant Teacher

Job Summary

  • Beams and sloping ceilings
  • Under utilised landing space
  • Awkward corner in master bedroom
  • Severe lack of storage
The designer transformed their landing space by incorporating a run of stylish, practical fitted wardrobes that are sympathetic to the period and character of their beautiful 100 year old converted barn. At Sharps
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It is so tricky working with a period property like ours. I really love the beams and other features in our home, but we desperately needed storage. I’m so pleased we found Sharps. Mrs Whyte

The Solution

Mrs Whyte's designer realised that what the couple were really lacking was hanging space for clothes. To overcome this, he designed 6 full height double wardrobes, running the length of the previously under utilised landing space.

The first 5 wardrobes incorporated hanging space for clothes with a handy shelf above. The 6th wardrobe incorporated floor to ceiling shelving, providing Mrs Whyte with a dedicated storage area for the bedding and linen that was previously stored here.

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  • Features of the house made the layout of furniture difficult
  • The only storage space in the master bedroom was an awkward corner with a beam and slope
  • Created 6 full height wardrobes in the previously under utilised landing space
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How we did it

Style wise, Mr and Mrs Whyte's designer suggested Sherbourne in cream as this matched the other freestanding furniture that they already had on the landing. The walnut handles matched this, too, and also complemented the beautiful beam creating an arch across the landing space.

As for the master bedroom, the designer suggested recycling the old fitted cabinet from the landing and using it in the bedroom to create a craft area for Mrs Whyte - the couple arranged this themselves and were delighted with the outcome.


How we did it
How we did it
  • We installed six double wardrobes stretching across the length of the wide landing space and built into the back slope of the ceiling
  • We created much needed hanging space with a handy storage shelf above
  • We incorporated the beautiful existing beam into the design
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