Smart Cabinet – The New Technologies in your Wardrobe

When thinking of a smart home, what comes to mind are various sophisticated devices; however, technological development hasn’t stopped there. It has spread to sliding door wardrobes as well.

 (photo credit: SHUTTERSTOCK)
(photo credit: SHUTTERSTOCK)

When thinking of a smart home, what comes to mind are various sophisticated devices; however, technological development hasn’t stopped there. It has spread to sliding door wardrobes as well.

If until now you’ve become familiar with smartphones and smart TVs, you’ll be surprised to know that this technology has reached your bedroom too – particularly your wardrobe.

Read and find out about the innovations that will turn your wardrobe into a much more spacious and convenient storage area, and ensure you are organized on time and look your best.

 The best innovations and gadgets have made it to your wardrobe.

It turns out that the familiar childhood fantasy in which we just snap our fingers and our clothes are put in order or removed from our wardrobe on their own, is no longer far from reality.
The best minds and greatest designers are constantly at work on the design and manufacture of wardrobes and closets that meet the needs of today’s customers, and do not stop surprising and innovating!
In the following article we shall review several significant innovations that can make our lives much more convenient and well-organized, and enable us to look our best, easily and quickly.

Smart storage solutions

Versatile, advanced retrieval fixtures enable quick retrieval of shoes and belts, and make the garments placed on upper shelves or in the rear parts of cabinets easily accessible.
Carousel and fan mechanisms on which garments move from the recesses of wardrobes to within our reach, opening at multiple angles and modular storage – all add to daily ease of use and considerably improve utilization of the storage space at your disposal.
So instead of forgetting the items somewhere up there on the inaccessible upper shelves or back parts of the wardrobe, letting them just lay there unused – wouldn’t it be better to retrofit your wardrobe with solutions to optimize storage area utilization, and make every inch of your wardrobe accessible and useful?


Find every item quickly and easily with internal LED lighting that goes on automatically

One problem that many of us are familiar with is the fact that our wardrobes and closets are not always located in a way that enables convenient lighting.
Even if lighting is installed inside the closet or in proximity to the wardrobe, it doesn’t always effectively reach the inner recesses in which we store the items important to us.
The result: frustration over precious time wasted at critical moments when searching for this or that garment or accessory.
The solution has now been found, putting an end to the frustrating search in the dark recesses of the wardrobe – unique LED lighting connected to the interior walls of the cabinets.
The moment the wardrobe doors are opened, this lighting goes on automatically, making it simple and convenient to see the stored items and find what you need, quickly and efficiently.

Conceal the superfluous with a floating cabinet

Whereas on your old wardrobes the sliding door tracks were visible and usually the lower shoe drawers as well, people now seek a much cleaner, more minimalistic look.
The floating cabinet precisely meets this need.
Lior Turm, Marketing manager at klöss, explains the unique structure of the cabinet:
Floating wardrobes look different: Their sides, tracks, internal partitions and drawers are totally hidden!
The floating cabinets’ sliding doors hide all these components, which are located behind them. They are installed outside the wardrobe itself, which actually increases internal storage volume.
In addition, the unique structure of the floating sliding doors enables maximum strength and perfect durability in the long term, with carrying capacity of about 100 kg per wing, which moves incredibly smoothly and silently.
The result is a minimalistic, uniform and harmonious look in clean lines; a wardrobe stronger and sturdier over time, with better utilization of the storage space at your disposal.  

Savings in storage space and enhanced appearance with a wardrobe closing in a straight line or a TV screen embedded in the sliding doors 

Wardrobes are an important, even vital item of furniture; however, sometimes, as mentioned, they would be better to remain seen, and not disturb the overall design of the bedroom.
For those who don’t have room for a closet or prefer to have their wardrobe in the bedroom itself, the option of straight line closing is recommended.
Straight line closing enables the wardrobe to become embedded in the wall, and appear as an integral part of it, in a way that doesn’t take up unnecessary space and encumber the eye.
Another smart option is integration of a flat TV screen on the front of the wardrobe.
Instead of taking up another wall or unnecessary space in the room, the two functions can be combined – both storage and watching TV, on the same sliding doors!   
Along with the savings in space, the look this gives is smart, elegant and impeccably modern.

Make the bedroom more spacious with transparent wardrobe doors

Many people think that large wardrobes with massive sliding doors are a piece of furniture that could look heavy and bulky.
This is exactly why the option now exists of including transparent facades in the wardrobe, which enables placement of decor items on some of the shelves – either vases, pictures or any other objects to your taste.
You have the choice of one or two transparent facades, leaving the rest in the wardrobe’s original opaque color. Thus, some of the storage space is cleared in favor of decor items, visible through the clear panel. 

Emphasize the wardrobe doors or assimilate them in the walls?

From the aesthetic, design standpoint, sliding doors, of the floating type in particular, give an appearance of cleaner lines, which can be taken in two main directions.
One option is to assimilate the wardrobe doors in the space of the room: In other words, to order them in the same color of the surrounding wall, and choose straight line closing or a TV screen embedded on them, thus making it look like additional wall space.
In such cases it sometimes looks as though no wardrobe exists, since it can hardly be seen!
Another option is to emphasize the wardrobe doors, turning them into a creative canvas on which can be printed any picture, photograph or design you can think of...
thus turning the wardrobe into an artistic display wall exhibiting works of art with personality, breathtaking landscape photos, or even selfies with your loved ones.
With this option you can hardly tell it’s a wardrobe; rather, it becomes a decor item, and an integral part of the room’s overall design.


What does the future have in store with regard to wardrobes and storage?

There are several revolutionary ideas currently in the development and production stages. Some already exist as prototypes; however, they are not yet reasonably priced, affordable by the average consumer.
For example, there is now a prototype of a wardrobe that enables performing dry cleaning of the garments while in effect ironing them, through emission of perfumed steam into the product’s internal space.
The innovative wardrobe can be controlled from a smartphone screen, forming a part of the evolving smart home concept, providing saving of time and making daily life easier.
Another innovation in the development stage is a smart wardrobe whose doors function as a cellular screen, with uploading of data such as weather conditions, day, date and time and even news updates, displaying them on the sliding door or on the mirror attached to it.
Leading companies in this area are working on developing an application enabling you to share your outfit or several different outfits under consideration with friends on social media. After all, who wouldn’t want immediate advice on such a challenging question as: What should I wear today?
In the future, we may see some of these innovations, which seem as if taken from science fiction, become common items available to everyone!

To conclude, we have reviewed the main innovations currently available in the area of sliding door wardrobes and closets, as well as those now in the development stage. However, who knows what a cabinet will be able to do for us in a few more years?

Technology, advancing at a dizzying pace, is reaching every corner and every area of our lives. All we need to do is ride the wave, choose the innovations relevant and suited to us, and benefit from the progress!