Tips for Choosing a Wardrobe for Your Home

A wardrobe is a good choice for a space in your home that doesn't have a closet, or for when that closet is already overflowing. The difference between a wardrobe and a dresser is that a wardrobe specifically has room for hanging up clothes, rather than just having drawers. There are built-in wardrobes that are part of the wall permanently, and those that have legs like a dresser. When buying a wardrobe, you have virtually unlimited choices in their size, style and features, so note a few factors to keep in mind so you make the right choice.

1. Space savings

You'll always want to measure the space in a room before buying a wardrobe, rather than 'eyeballing' the area. Remember that you need room for foot traffic around the wardrobe, so don't allow it to get too close to your furniture pieces. For real space savings, be sure you choose one with sliding doors rather than doors that fold out. You might also consider a wardrobe in an L-shape that fits in a corner for very small rooms.

A built-in wardrobe can also be good for space savings. The frame will sit flush against the wall, and these wardrobes may even be thinner than standing wardrobes so that they are less obtrusive.

2. Style

Wood wardrobes in cherry or mahogany may be very nice to look at, but remember that dark colours absorb light. If your room is very small, you might choose something with a clear Plexiglas front. Mirrored doors on a wardrobe can also open up the space and reflect light, so this is a good choice for very small or dark rooms. This can also eliminate the need for an extra full-length mirror for dressing.

3. Installation or assembly

When considering a wardrobe, be sure you choose one that you can easily install or assemble. For a built-in wardrobe, you may need to screw it into a stud behind the wall; if you don't know how to do this and can't ask someone for help, a standing wardrobe might be better. 

4. Add-ons

A modular wardrobe made of PVC or metal may allow you to add on some features once it's assembled, and this might be a good choice for flexibility. You might want to eventually add a shoe rack, an added section of shelves or drawers or even a mirror to the end. If you're not sure of the features you need in your wardrobe, choose a modular style that allows you to add or take away these features as needed.