How to Pick the Perfect Wardrobe

If the bed is the most important piece of furniture in the bedroom, then the wardrobe comes a close second. It provides hanging and storage space for clothes, shoes and other items such as spare blankets. Yet studies have shown that over 60% of people don’t have a wardrobe in their bedrooms, with many younger homeowners opting for freestanding clothes rails rather than spending the money on a proper wardrobe.

But if you do decide to invest in a proper freestanding wardrobe, how do you go about choosing the right one for your needs and your space? We’ve put together this guide to make sure you know what to look out for.

A wardrobe is a sizeable purchase and one you’ll live with for many years to come. Not only are they functional, but they also add character to your room, provided they go well with your other décor. It’s worthwhile then to spend a little time looking at what’s available, rather than purchasing the first one you find at your local furniture store.

First Measure

While many of us dream of a walk-in closet, most of us don’t have enough space. The first step in choosing a wardrobe is determining how much space you have in your bedroom. It can be disappointing to find a model that you like, only to find that it won’t fit through the door. Decide where you’d like it to be in the room then take some measurements. You’ll need to measure the ceiling to floor height, plus the available width. Take note of how close it will be to other pieces of furniture in the room. If you choose a wardrobe with outward hinged doors, remember that you’ll need space to open them.

Decide Which Type

There are several types of wardrobe available. The most common come with two full-length doors that open outwards. The design is fairly basic, consisting of a rail for hanging, a shelf above that and floor space for shoes. Larger types will have hanging space on one side and about three shelves on the other.

Couples sharing a room will probably prefer to go for a three or four-door wardrobe with two hanging rails. These normally have a set of shelves on either side, one for each of you. This type is also great for single people who have a lot of clothes.

Space-saving wardrobe designs come with sliding doors. These are useful if you don’t have much space for doors to open outwards. This type of wardrobe has quite a large amount of hanging space, some shelves, plus a drawer or two at the bottom which are perfect for storing winter clothing or linen.

Determine a Budget

Next to your bed, a wardrobe is probably the second most expensive item in your bedroom. This doesn’t mean that you’ll have to spend your entire savings when you buy one. Do a little research to get an approximate figure to work with. It’s always better to buy something that’s going to be durable and attractive. It’s also better to spend a little more at the outset to purchase a wardrobe that’s big enough for your needs. There’s no use buying a wardrobe that’s barely big enough now, only to have to look for a larger model later on.

Wardrobe Assembly

Remember to check if your new wardrobe comes pre-assembled or if you’ll have to put it together yourself. Some models come partially assembled to make them easier to get through the door. Self-assembling wardrobes can be a little cheaper, so if your budget is tight, then this is probably the way to go.

For Kids

If you’re purchasing a wardrobe for a child’s room, there are a few special considerations to be aware of. Look for adjustable shelving and a half-height hanging space. It’s nice to have several drawers too, for all those small items of clothing.

Style and Design

The style of wardrobe you purchase will depend largely on your budget and personal décor preferences. If you like your bedroom to look neat and clean, then go for a compact design with doors that hide the cupboard contents. This could be done with sliding doors or panels, or the usual hinged doors. You can even get some with panels that completely cover the drawer fronts too.

Mirrored doors are great if you are trying to make a small room appear bigger, or if you want to bring more light into a dark bedroom. They provide a useful full-length mirror for getting dressed, too. Wardrobes with mirrored doors work best when placed opposite a window with a nice view.

A completely different idea is open storage. Rather than hiding everything behind wardrobe doors, you could display the contents and make them part of the décor. This type of wardrobe features open shelves and hanging rails. The style goes well with casual, Boho style bedrooms or in tiny bedrooms where a full-on wardrobe would use too much space.

Try to pair the style of your new wardrobe with your bedroom’s existing theme. It should marry well with the rest of the bedroom furniture. For instance, if the room has an ornate look, you could go for a wardrobe with feet and detailing such as carving on the door. Clean lines and a minimalist look work well with an open wardrobe.

Which Kind of Storage?

Have a good look at the clothing and accessories you want to store. Does your wardrobe consist mainly of suits, dresses or other formal wear that needs to be hung? In that case, you’ll need a model with plenty of hanging space. If you have loads of accessories like scarves, jewellery and shoes, then you should probably purchase something with lots of shelves and drawers.

And Finally

A new wardrobe is a big purchase, and we hope these guidelines have given you some good ideas. There are many options available to suit all styles and budgets, so just remember to keep these tips in mind when you shop for your next wardrobe!

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