5 things to consider before buying your new wardrobe
Our hints and tips are here to help you choose the best wardrobe for your bedroom. From simple and slim to mirrored and multi-door, there’s plenty of choices that can keep your clothes neat, tidy and tucked away.
1 - Freestanding vs fitted wardrobes
Why choose a freestanding wardrobe?
The main benefit – flexibility. Freestanding options can be easily moved around your bedroom, if you ever fancy a bedroom layout refresh. There’s also a wide range of styles to suit your current décor, and a variety of sizes, from large four-door showpieces to smaller singles, ideal for nooks and crannies.
Why choose a fitted wardrobe?
Fully fitted wardrobes are all about extra space. They integrate seamlessly into the structure of the room, and fit right up against the wall, giving you more storage and floor space. The downside is you can’t take them with you if you move and you have less options for changing up your room layout.
2 - What's the best wardrobe size for your bedroom?
What size do you need?
The size of wardrobe you need depends on how big your room is and the amount of clothes you need to store. Consider if other bedroom furniture, like a bed, baby’s cot and chest of drawers will fit alongside your wardrobe.
What sizes are available?
Single or double wardrobes, with one or two doors, are perfect for small spaces. There are also three and four door options. Generally, the more doors, the bigger the wardrobe will be due to extra compartments. And the larger the wardrobe, the more hanging space you’ll have.
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If you need more space than a single offers, why not choose a corner wardrobe? They attach to the wall and make the most of unused corner space. Deceptively spacious, they’re a great option to maximise the floor space in your room.
3 - How much bedroom storage do you need?
More than just hanging
Wardrobes are about more than just the hanging space. Bigger wardrobes are likely to have extra drawers and compartments for keeping accessories, socks and anything else that doesn’t need to be hung up. And look out for other handy storage solutions, such as pull-out canvas drawers and vertical shoe racks.
If it’s the middle of summer, why not keep your winterwear out of sight in a storage box until the weather turns chilly again? This gives you more room in your wardrobe and stops your old clothes collecting dust until it’s time to break them out again. The perfect solution for any outfits that are so last season.
4 - What's your bedroom style?
Match made in heaven
Keep things consistent by matching your new wardrobe to your bedroom style. Oak, walnut and pine are modern styles, with a rustic touch, while white wardrobes are the perfect complement to any scandi style bedroom. For a slightly different take, black or mirrored wardrobes can be a great fit for a sleek and luxurious feel.
No room for a stand-alone mirror? Some wardrobes include full length mirrors on the outer doors. Not only is this a handy space saver, but it can also make your room look bigger.
5 - To door or not to door?
Open wardrobes let you see exactly what’s in your wardrobe at first glance. Not only can you show off your favourite outfits, but the open airflow helps to keep your clothes fresh. A minimalist look that’s very on-trend.
Sliding wardrobes are ideal if you’re short on space. They open across, rather than out into your room. Moving on a runner, they're easy to open and close, and won’t knock into anything like hinged wardrobe doors.