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The Wardrobe - how best to use it

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We've had our Cali for 2 years now and have tried various ways of making the wardrobe space more useful. We don't need hanging space as such, so shelving would be most useful.
We have the John Lewis hanging storage comprising single 'shelves' of fabric such as one would use in a tent, which is OK(ish) but doesn't make full use of the space.
I found some old threads from 2014 and earlier which used shelving, but there were problems with getting fixing points. Velcro and other adhesive based solutions failed when it got hot and the adhesive gave way.
What solutions have owners come up with? I can't believe with all the ingenuity on this Forum that no one has resolved it.
Ikea, and others, sell units that can stack, has anyone tried them and found a combination that works?

How do we make best use of this space?
We used the space to transport a 25l fermention vessel full of cider. It fits perfectly in the base and won't tip over.
 
kaf2546

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Bedding! There's enough room to cram in a double duvet, 4 pillows, a sheet, sleeping bag and two pairs of crocs! Don't even need to fold things up - all your bedding can be tugged out in about a minute. Leaves the back shelf free for a holdall full of clothes, or a crate of food.

Agreed, acts a big stuff sack for all bedding for most trips. Only use as hanging wardrobe on longer trips and on those occasions put bedding under tartan blanket on top of mattress topper.
 
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Cadac, wine, jamons, snorkelling gear, towels, more wine, coats, gifts, even more wine....

Any attempts at organisation are laughed out of the van!
 
PudnBob

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After reading other threads on similar subject, I decided to go with these:

https://shop.vwcamper.de/moebelzubehoer/269/einlegeboeden-haengeschrank

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Not cheap but the service and quality are second-to-none in my opinion. They have transformed our wardrobe into an accessible, organised storage area (especially when used in conjunction with ebags or the like). We never used the wardrobe for hanging clothes anyway*, more like a rigid stuff-sack that regurgitated everything whenever you needed a single item (inevitably under everything else).

*Edit: even with the wider shelves fitted, you can still hang a couple of items closest to the door if required.
Which variant did you use?
 
Spartan

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Which variant did you use?

I went for "variant B" - the wider shelves are perfectly sized for a large ebag (or similar); we use the narrower top shelf for 2 small ebags or vanity bags.

I should mention that, of course, the wider shelves somewhat obstruct access to the bottom of the wardrobe - the extent of the obstruction depends on position of bench seat, the height of the shelves* and your personal agility. :)

*Shelf height is infinitely variable and easily changed even after installation. However, some thought needs to be given to access to the safe if you have one fitted. I carefully set the height of the lowest wide shelf to allow the safe door to fully open without obstruction but, depending upon how you use the safe, that might not be necessary. We've never used ours so really not sure why I bothered ... :headbang
 
Borris

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When we had our SE we only ever used the wardrobe for stuffing bedding into. I didn't find it a very user friendly space at all. Personally, this and the rear cupboards in the boot are areas that could do with a serious design re-think.
 
PudnBob

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I went for "variant B" - the wider shelves are perfectly sized for a large ebag (or similar); we use the narrower top shelf for 2 small ebags or vanity bags.

I should mention that, of course, the wider shelves somewhat obstruct access to the bottom of the wardrobe - the extent of the obstruction depends on position of bench seat, the height of the shelves* and your personal agility. :)

*Shelf height is infinitely variable and easily changed even after installation. However, some thought needs to be given to access to the safe if you have one fitted. I carefully set the height of the lowest wide shelf to allow the safe door to fully open without obstruction but, depending upon how you use the safe, that might not be necessary. We've never used ours so really not sure why I bothered ... :headbang
Thanks!
 
BikerGran

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Definitely another vote here for using it as a place to stuff the bedding, double quilt, pillows, bottle of wine (well the bedding stops it from rolling around) - plus a cou[le of 'extras' like a woolly hat, scarf etc so I never have to debate whether I need to take them.

At night when the bedding is on the bed it's a useful space to stuff coats etc, and a safe place to stow my glasses and kindle when I stop reading.

Speaking of reading and redesigning - why oh why is there only a light at the back on Mike's side? He doesn't even use it! :sad
 
Mr & Mrs B

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I think we're in the minority as we use it as hanging space. Trousers, t shirts, coats all get hung up with a few things on the base under the clothes.
 
WelshGas

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I think we're in the minority as we use it as hanging space. Trousers, t shirts, coats all get hung up with a few things on the base under the clothes.
I'm with you. Wardrobe for hanging, and eBags in the rear cupboard. Microfibre towels in roof cupboard and bedding in Duvet zip bag on rear shelf.
 
FoodieLoobie

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We hang clothes in the wardrobe. We have plastic hangers over which we can hang trousers/jeans across the bar and then hang a shirt/jumper around it over the top. We use plastic so that they don't make a lot of noise clanging around when on the move. We also hang up waterproof coats and cycling coats. I don't find it very easy to get the hangers on and off the bar. The bar seems to be a bit high and close to the roof.

We keep our window mozzie screens in there too.

I tend to find that whatever we keep in the front wardrobe is always a bit difficult to get at when needed.
 
Bellesca

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We seem to change our packing arrangements on every trip. At first we used it for the packing cubes and hanging clothes, but as others have said it's dark in there and a bit of a faff...I often had to pull everything out, and the clothes were always creased! On our last trip we put a plastic box with all the electrical bits n bobs (heater,fan kettle,lights,extension lead) in there, ready for setting up camp. Easy to remove and find what you want. On top of that we placed a big French supermarket bag with all our jackets. It worked well, but may change it to bedding cupboard on next trip
 
Moose

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daz60 like the red glass tops, is that the glass or a cover?
 
PudnBob

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Definitely another vote here for using it as a place to stuff the bedding, double quilt, pillows, bottle of wine (well the bedding stops it from rolling around) - plus a cou[le of 'extras' like a woolly hat, scarf etc so I never have to debate whether I need to take them.

At night when the bedding is on the bed it's a useful space to stuff coats etc, and a safe place to stow my glasses and kindle when I stop reading.

Speaking of reading and redesigning - why oh why is there only a light at the back on Mike's side? He doesn't even use it! :sad
We copied your suggestion of duvet, pillows etc for on the move and then clothes storage and Velcro wall hanging when camping. Seems to tick the box for ease when doing a quick one night with an early morning getaway. From alarm, wash,dress,hot breakfast, clean down and tidy up to driving away was 1 hour 5 mins!
 
daz60

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daz60 like the red glass tops, is that the glass or a cover?
Hi pmrw, they are covers. The Cali club used to have them made, but costs were to high. Fantastic quality 20150720_144507.jpg 20150729_100808.jpg
 
PudnBob

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Not sure which thread this should come under but complete accident I found out that the back wall of the wardrobe in the Cali slides out to become the blind for that "little" window! Video to follow.... file too big.. will take photos when phone charged unless you have seen it all before and I'm just a bit slow!!!!
 

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