Having chosen the perfect bed and mattress for your room, the next most important piece of bedroom furniture is the wardrobe or wardrobes to host your clothes and accessories. Selecting the best wardrobe is not a decision that should be taken lightly as there are many points to consider and you do not want to end up regretting your decision when it’s too late.
Before you start conducting research into specific wardrobes, why not make a list of requirements or things that are going to be important for you and whoever else is going to be using it, for example how much space do you have in your room? How many people will be using it for storage? What types of clothes will mostly be fitting in it? and Do you need shelves for shoes?
What size wardrobe should I buy?
Wardrobes come in a variety of heights, depths and widths, therefore it is essential that you measure your space first so that you know which models are available for you to choose from. As well as the dimensions of the wardrobe, you will need to make sure that you have sufficient clearance space around it, meaning that you can open the doors or drawers fully, as well as having space to move around it and get things out when you need to.
2-door, 3-door and 4-door wardrobe options are available, or if you have a small room, then you might want to consider a corner wardrobe or armoire to save space. Always ensure that the wardrobe is proportionate to the rest of the room, for example a large wardrobe in a small room may look too overwhelming and leave you with very little space remaining, where as a small wardrobe in a large room would look lost.
What type of wardrobe should I choose?
As well as various size options, there are also functional choices available too. You can choose from a fully-fitted wardrobe, a free-standing wardrobe, a sliding-door wardrobe or a wardrobe with storage drawers.
The best thing about fully-fitted wardrobes is that they are designed and built to fit into your bespoke room, therefore they use the best space optimisation to fit around uneven walls or different angles, however, they are often the most expensive option, compared to free-standing options. Free-standing options can also be moved more easily around your bedroom, so if you decide in a few months to have a room re-design then you can do so with ease. Also when it comes to moving house, you can take a free-standing wardrobe with you to your new home, where as a fitted wardrobe you cannot.
Slider wardrobes are a popular option in many homes as they consist of sliding doors that open from right to left or left to right. They can be a very practical choice for smaller rooms as you don't need to consider having enough space to open doors like with a front-opening wardrobe. Wardrobes with sliding doors can also appear more modern in style, and can often be purchased with mirrors on the front as an added feature.
If you have lots of accessories, ties, jewellery, underwear or bed sheets that you need to store in your bedroom, then you might want to consider a wardrobe with fitted drawers. The drawers usually come either at the bottom of the wardrobe or as a side section, and can be a very useful feature to choose.
What style of wardrobe should I choose?
With so many different styles and designs of wardrobe to choose from, it is worth spending time to observe the rest of your room and decide what materials, textures and colours would work best to compliment the interior walls, flooring, curtains, blinds, bed and bedside tables.
Black or white high gloss or mirrored finishes can really enhance the look of your room, adding a desirable and contemporary look, which go really well with monochrome tones or hues of grey. Colourful, painted wardrobes make great feature pieces and can be great to bring larger rooms to life with character, but may be too much for a smaller room, where they could appear too heavy.
If it is a more traditional or rustic look that you are aiming for, then there are plenty of wooden wardrobes available that will help you to achieve that feel. Pine is a popular choice in many households, and pine wardrobes come in a range of finishes including antique style, waxed finish or the typical rich golden tones.
No matter which wardrobe you opt for, make sure that you have considered all the options available and that you are 100% certain that it will fulfil all your storage needs as well as compliment your room interior. A wardrobe should be a long-term investment so take your time and choose the perfect wardrobe that is just right for your bedroom!