THREE TIPS FOR MAKING THE MOST OF A PERIOD PROPERTY24th September
With the ever rising popularity of period dramas and the phenomenal success of films like Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby, it’s no wonder we’re seeing classical architecture and period features being embraced and reworked into homes across the nation.
From uncovering fireplaces, recommissioning coving to trawling flea markets for vintage finds, everyone wants to be their own Lady Mary. But here-in lies the problem – we can’t all have our own Downton Abbey, and the reality is that a beautiful period property can often leave you stumped when it comes to making the most of your space.
With wonky ceilings, beautiful beams and enchanting alcoves, you have the perfect, quirky period property, but homes of this nature are simply not designed for easy space saving solutions. The fireplace goes from idyllic to irritating and the slanting ceilings quickly shift from charismatic to cumbersome as you struggle to fit traditional storage systems around them. High ceilings can prove equally tiresome as freestanding wardrobes leave an abundance of storage space unutilised, however, there is a solution – made to measure, specially designed fitted furniture.
Fitted wardrobes are the perfect solution for high-ceilinged period properties, allowing storage units to be built upwards, maximising every millimetre of available space, thus leaving you with more room to move. They are built from floor to ceiling and wall to wall, meaning that all of the space which would otherwise be wasted above, below and to the sides of freestanding wardrobes is fully taken advantage of.
Traditional non-fitted wardrobes are almost impossible to fit in rooms with sloping ceilings and they can end up looking out of place and intruding. Sharps’ innovative system tackles this problem, with a custom-made frame built to sit at the front of the space and custom-made doors then added. The result is a perfectly fitted storage space that embraces the charismatic ceiling, allowing you to fall back in love with your room.
Most period properties have a number fireplaces – which yes, are great to look at, but also a nightmare for storage. Chimney breasts interrupt the wall space, creating awkward nooks and crannies which can be difficult to fit freestanding furniture into. Sharps fitted furniture however is custom-made to fit the tricky areas which sit either side of the chimney breast. Not only this but they will perfectly frame the fireplace, making it the focal point of the room, whilst providing you with a storage solution that looks completely authentic.
Sharps’ fresh white finish for its Sherbourne range has been designed to complement features in period properties, enhancing them whilst staying in-keeping with the home. All of Sharps’ fitted wardrobes integrate shelving and clever storage systems which fit right against the wall. This means there are no space-wasting back panels, giving you up to 3 times more space inside for all your beloved clothes.
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