At Lifestyle Wardrobes WA, we specialise in creating custom wardrobe solutions for our customers in Perth and greater WA. Each wardrobe that we build and install can be made to measure so that it fits perfectly in the space allotted. And we equip your wardrobe with all of the extra touches and accessories – from adjustable shelves to sliding wardrobe doors.

But building the perfect wardrobe is only the first step to simplifying your life. You may also need to practise folding and organising your clothes so that you can make the most of the new space available. In this post, we’re going to introduce you to our tried-and-tested techniques for folding shirts and trousers.

How to Fold Shirts for Stacking in Your Wardrobe  

Follow these steps to fold your shirts so that they can be stacked like those seen in clothing retail outlets:

  1. Begin by placing all of the garments on a flat surface (such as your bed) with the fronts facing down. Smooth out the wrinkles before you proceed.
  2. Next, fold the sleeve straight across the garment body. This fold should occur at a right angle to the edge of the shirt. The sleeve should run parallel to the bottom edge of the shirt. Don’t bend or angle the sleeve down towards the bottom corner. This is actually a common mistake, and it will leave you with less than perfectly folded (i.e. lumpy) clothing. When folded properly, the sleeves will overlap with one another.
  3. Once you have completed the above step, you’ll be left with a rectangular-shaped piece of clothing in front of you. Now, fold the shirt into thirds width-wise. Do this by taking each side and folding it towards the centre of the garment. When finished, the folded garment should measure about 30 cm across.
  4. Now it is time to fold the garment lengthwise. The amount of folding required will depend upon how long the garment is, but you’ll most likely need to fold it in either halves or thirds. The final result will be a neat and tidy folded garment – just like what you’ve seen on shelves in clothing retail shops.
  5. Once you have folded all of the shirts that you prefer to place on your wardrobe shelves, it’s time to start stacking them. We recommend organising these clothes according to colour – preferably from light to dark – so that you can more easily find the right shirt when you need it.
  6. When stacking the shirts, focus on keeping the stacks under a height of 30 cm. If you stack them taller than this, they’re much more likely to topple and become disorganised, defeating the purpose of folding them like this to begin with. This is particularly likely to happen when you are trying to retrieve clothes situated behind the stack.
  7. It’s also worth considering which shirts you are going to need most often so that you can stack these together and position them in the most accessible positions in your wardrobe. Small considerations like this go a long way towards simplifying your daily routine.

How to Fold Trousers for Stacking in Your Wardrobe

Trousers with a crease are best placed on a hanger in order to keep them tidy and wrinkle free. However, less formal jeans and trousers can also be folded and stacked. The process for folding jeans and trousers is similar to the one used for shirts. Follow these steps:

  1. Fold the trousers in half at the fly, and place them on your bed or another suitable large flat surface.
  2. Take the bottom of the legs and fold them towards the waistline, leaving them to rest just below the pockets.
  3. Take the bottom crease (i.e. the knees) and fold it up to the previous stopping point – right below the pockets.
  4. Now take the waist and fold it down so that it meets the bottom fold.

Now you have a perfectly folded pair of trousers that are ready to be stacked in your closet. As with the shirts, it’s best to keep these garments in stacks not exceeding 30 cm in order to keep them tidy. We should also note that a particularly tall person’s trousers may need to be folded one more time to achieve a tidy folded packet. 

Where to Store Your Folded Shirts and Trousers

Once you’ve mastered the art of folding garments, you’ll find that it’s much easier to organise them in your closet or wardrobe. You’ll need a solid and well-organised shelving system in your wardrobe in order to accommodate these newly folded clothes.

This is one of our specialities at Lifestyle Wardrobes WA. We can provide you with a wide range of custom storage solutions, including shelves and drawers that are made to measure and installed in the space you have available.

Our shelving units are completely adjustable, and they can be combined with drawer systems for more flexibility. We can provide you with any of the following:

  • Adjustable shelves
  • Adjustable corner units
  • Adjustable shoe shelving units

Shelves also make a perfect counterpart to hanging rails, which can also be customised to fit your specific space requirements. In addition to using these shelves for stacked shirts and trousers, they will also come in handy organising shoes and handbags.

And if your ceilings are high enough, you can consider utilising a small stool or stepladder in your wardrobe so that you can take advantage of higher placed shelving. Making use of vertical space in this manner helps you to maximise your storage space. This is when your wardrobe really begins to achieve top performance marks.

Contact Lifestyle Wardrobes to Install New Shelving in Your Closet

Are you ready to build the wardrobe of your dreams and begin putting these new folding techniques to work? If so, the team at Lifestyle Wardrobes WA is only a phone call away. You can get in touch with us through the website or by dialling 08 9303 9962.