The new ELVARLI system from IKEA comes just on time in my life. I have spent the last weeks looking for a nice (and affordable) system to create a small walk-in closet in the bedroom of my new house and ELVARLI seems to be a pretty good option. It has a beautiful design, and the possibility of choosing white or bamboo shelves. The combination of the white bars with the bamboo shelves has convinced me to go for it.
Honestly, I was never totally convinced by the other systems from IKEA. Although I found quite inspirational pictures in Pinterest of the STOLMEN system (that, by the way, it seems not anymore available at IKEA online) I still thought it was a bit brute or unfinished. The other available system, ALGOT, was never among my options as a visible walk in closet. I see it as a more suitable storage system to be used in the washing room, pantry room or in a garage.
Another option that I considered I found it in Bed Habits. They have two available systems to compose an open closet: the serie Loft and the serie N which, in addition, allows several combinations of colours. The problem here was the price. The finish of the systems is beautiful and perfect to be part of the visible side of a bedroom however, even the most simple structure of bars and shelves started to count above 2000 EUR.
ELVARLI system seems the perfect balance between a beautiful finish and an affordable price. It is more expensive than the STOLMEN system but, in my opinion, it offers a better solution for those who want to create a visible closet in the bedroom. Of course, it could be also a good option as a room divider or storage system in other parts of the house, but walk in closets is all I have in mind these days.
Now I only need to decide the right distribution and go for it! The bedroom has a strange L-shape with a long arm of 3×1.5 m. It is in this space where I am planning to set up one of the following combinations of the ELVARLI system from IKEA:
The price is really sensitive to the number of drawers ;). This is something to really take into account when making the design of your closet because the price of adding a couple of drawers could be as high as the price of a chest of 6 drawers that you could place in other part of the room. I have made a comparison of prices for the same kind of structure with different number of shelves and drawers. It can be a difference of almost 300€ between the different options just for adding extra shelves or drawers that might be not so important. Sometimes less is more when it comes to clothes organisation.