Wardrobes are a key staple bedroom piece if you don’t want a cluttered space. But as with all furniture, there’s such an unbelievable number of wardrobes out there that picking one can trigger an indecision crisis. We’ve done the research and narrowed down the broad categories of wardropes, so the choosing is a bit easier. Note that while some of these are intended to fit different bedroom spaces, a lot of your decision should be based on the storage offered and appeal.
Types of Wardrobes
● Free Standing Wardrobe
These are the most common type of wardrobes, as it’s easy to move them not just within the room, when you need a makeover, but also when you need to change locations. They can be made with any number of materials – plastic, wood or even steel.
A subset of free standing wardrobes are Armoires. If you watch vintage movies, they’re a regular staple in bedrooms, but armoires have been making a comeback. Bear in mind that unlike most free standing wardrobes which use a variety of materials, armoires are famously known for using only wood. Because this isn’t an in-built furniture, it can take up extra floor space and make a room look smaller.
● Hinged Door Wardrobes
You’ll need to have enough space in front of the closet with this shutter style wardrobe. It’s considered ideal because of the locking mechanism, and comes in both hand-less and handle design. It’s an ideal wardrobe because you’ll have access to the entire wardrobe without having to open drawers. It’s also in-built, meaning you can’t easily move in, and unless you live in a house designed for an inbuilt wardrobe, you might as well just get a free standing, because it’ll take up a lot of space.
Bottom line, hinged door wardrobes are the middle class version of walk-in wardrobes. If you don’t have enough space in front of your wardrobe for a hinged door, get a sliding door wardrobe – it serves the same function, but is less demanding on your bedroom space.
● Walk-in Wardrobes
These are the creme de la creme of wardrobes because it can take up a whole bedroom. On the plus side, all your clothes and accessories are on display, so you forget any item you own. These are fairly rare though, so you need to be really into fashion to get one. A standard walk-in would have hanging and storage spaces on every side of the room, with perhaps a chair right in the middle of room. In fact some walk-in closet owners incorporate elements from the other wardrobes, so you might find a free standing wardrobe within a walk-in.
● Customized Wardrobes
In today’s consumerist economy, if you can think it, it can be done. As long as you can pay for it, that’s the logic that applies to customizable wardrobes. You don’t have to go over the top. In most cases, they are designed to fit into certain spaces, so if you can’t find one that’ll suit your bedroom, why not have one custom made?