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Wardrobe Buyers Guide

For a great number of people, a wardrobe is an essential part of the bedroom where we store and organise our clothes. There are so many options available when it comes to wardrobes that it seems almost impossible to choose. With our in-depth buyer’s guide, you will be better informed on how to pick the best choice for your home.

Different Types

A Single Wardrobe

If you have a small bedroom, then you probably want a smaller wardrobe which is proportionate to the rest of your room. A single wardrobe is a 1-door wardrobe that fits perfectly into tiny bedrooms and it is usually tall and narrow. They are a good solution for guest rooms for storing a few items and you are also able to use it as an expansion to your existing wardrobe.

A 2-Door Wardrobe

A 2-door wardrobe is the most common variety of wardrobes usually present in every home. Some of them may have drawers and hanging space arranged to suit your needs while a double wardrobe usually provides enough space for storing one person’s clothes.

A 3-Door Wardrobe

A triple or a 3-door wardrobe is usually a good choice for larger bedrooms where there is enough space to place a wardrobe of this size. It features lots of storage combinations and if you have quite a lot of clothes, this is the perfect choice.

A Sliding Wardrobe

A sliding wardrobe is a clever choice if you want to get extra space, as you do not need to account for additional space for opening the doors. There is usually plenty of space inside too, so it is a good solution for smaller bedrooms.

Materials

Oak

This material is very durable, making it a good option if you are looking for a water-resistant wardrobe.

Pine

Pine is less expensive than other wood types. Therefore, it is a good choice if you are not looking to spend too much money on your new wardrobe.

Mahogany

Mahogany wardrobes feature a beautiful reddish-brown colour and are known to be very durable. If you are looking for a classic, quality wardrobe, this may be your best choice.

Medium-Density Fiber

MDF is an engineered wood made by using recycled wood fibers. This material is not so expensive, but fortunately, it is durable. It is water resistant as well and features a smooth surface ideal for painting -  if you do decide to decorate your wardrobe.

Particle Board

Particle board is made by glueing wood chips and shavings together. It is commonly used for manufacturing furniture as it is cheaper than solid wood. In absence of moisture, this material is durable but do be aware that it must not be exposed to humidity and moisture.

BWP Plywood

Boiling Waterproof Plywood is also an engineered wood which is resistant to water, so it may be a better option than a particle board wardrobe. It is created by thin layers of wood glued together and it handles moisture really well.

Designs

Free Standing

A freestanding wardrobe is the most common and traditional type of wardrobe. They are very easy to move around as they are not large, but they do take up a lot of space when opening the doors.

Wall Mounted

Wall-mounted wardrobes are becoming extremely popular as they are much more practical than freestanding wardrobes. They are wall-mounted so they take up less space and they usually allow you to store more things.

Sliding Door

The sliding door is often considered an old-fashioned type of a wardrobe, but it is certainly very practical. It does utilise space very well as you are not opening the doors like with a freestanding one and they often come in different sizes too.  

Walk-in Wardrobe

A walk-in wardrobe requires an entire room with plenty of shelves to display your clothes and often with a chair and a mirror. These wardrobes are not very common as they are often regarded as a pure luxury for the fashion conscious people with plenty of clothes and plenty of space to spare.

Factors to Consider

Size

The size of the wardrobe is usually the deciding factor when buying a new piece of furniture for your clothes. It has to be big enough to store all your clothes and solve your old wardrobe problems, but it must not be too big for your bedroom. If you have a smaller bedroom, a wardrobe with a sliding door may be a good choice as it doesn’t take too much space.

Space

Do you need more shelf space, or more space to hang your clothes? You have to consider these things when making a decision so you don’t regret it later. Perhaps you also need a couple of drawers, so it’s best to consider this factor as well.

Care and Cleaning

Once you purchase your ideal wardrobe, you have to take good care of it so that you are able to enjoy it for a long time. Many people face issues with their wardrobes, which can be a result of poor care and cleaning.

Mould

Mould is one of the common issues we face when it comes to our wardrobes, so to prevent mould from reappearing, first remove all traces present in your wardrobe. To do that, use a cleaning product to remove the mould.

If you have a wood wardrobe, you must not use bleach as it can damage the wood. Use white vinegar mixed with water instead to clean the surfaces. The surfaces treated should be left to dry and then rinsed with clean water.

Condensation

High humidity levels around your wardrobe create a good environment for mould, that is why you must take steps to prevent condensation. Pull your wardrobe away from the wall a little so that there is more airflow as well as ventilation.

Don’t Hang Damp Clothes

This is a common mistake that can result in mould due to the humidity you bring into the wardrobe by hanging damp clothes. So, avoid doing this and wait until the clothes are dry before you hang them.

Conclusion

With our buyer’s guide, buying a new wardrobe does not have to be a tiresome process. Take note of all the factors before you make your decision so you won’t suffer from buyer’s regret. Once you decide on your perfect wardrobe, pay attention to caring for and cleaning it well so you can enjoy it for a long time to come.