Wardrobe Buying Guide
Wardrobe Buying Tips:
- Measure the intended space before purchase to ensure the wardrobe will fit
- Take inventory of your clothing, clearing out what you no longer need to reduce your storage needs
- Make use of hanging organizers, same-size clothing hangers, drawer organizers and closet organizing systems to maximize your storage space
- Look for a good combination of shelves and hanging rails to ensure adequate storage as your clothing and accessory collections grow over time
- Attach your wardrobe to the wall with wall-mounting brackets to prevent it from tipping over
- Store the heaviest objects on bottom shelves or in bottom drawers and the lighter items in top drawers to prevent tipping
- Use child-resistant locks on wardrobe doors to keep young children from climbing shelves
Wardrobe Styles +
Whether your bedroom boasts French country charm or clean, contemporary lines, choose a wardrobe with a material, stain, finish and hardware that complement your existing bedroom decor. You may also want to consider how your wardrobe is assembled to determine its quality: flat-pack wardrobe armoires are the most affordable option, but factory-assembled designs tend to be tougher and more durable.
Look for a wardrobe large enough to suit your storage needs yet small enough to fit in your bedroom comfortably. Measure your space and the desired placement of your wardrobe to make sure you have enough room to allow the doors and drawers to open easily. Consider how much clothing you have, and whether you’ll be sharing your wardrobe space with others. Use space-saving clothing organizers, pant racks, drawers and shelving to make the most of your wardrobe space.
Wardrobes come in canvas, plastic, metal, wood or synthetic woods and veneers. Plastic and canvas wardrobes are typically reinforced with metal or plastic tubes. They’re inexpensive, lightweight and easy to assemble, but may not be as sturdy as other options. Metal wardrobes are less likely to sag under heavy weight. Wood wardrobes, such as oak, pine and teak come in a variety of stains and finishes that can be coordinated with existing bedroom furniture. Wardrobes with solid plywood shelves support more weight than plastic, fibreboard or melamine particleboard.
Wardrobes come with a variety of door designs to choose from, including doors with handles and knobs, glass doors and sliding doors. While some wardrobes may have open designs for easier access, doors help to conceal clutter and keep dust out. If you’re deciding between handles or knobs, try to coordinate them with any other metal or wood elements in your bedroom.
Wardrobes with drawers serve double duty as both a dresser and a closet. A wardrobe with drawers accommodates foldable items of clothing, such as sweaters, or smaller items, such as socks and lingerie. Consider how much storage space you need for accessories such as shoes, bags, ties and scarves, and look for deep, wide drawers that will accommodate everything from accessories to linens.
Hanging Rails +
Hanging rails allow you to hang clothing such as suits, dresses, shirts, blouses, jackets and outerwear to save space and prevent wrinkles. Most wardrobes have one hanging rail for full-length items of clothing, but some may have more to maximize space. Consider the height of a fixed hanging rail to make sure it offers enough space for full-length coats, dresses and suits, or consider an adjustable hanging rail to accommodate items of varying lengths.
Look for space-saving shelves for storing sweaters, gym wear, bedding and blankets. You may also want to consider adjustable shelving. Don’t forget that the top of your wardrobe can also serve as an open top shelf for hats, handbags etc. stored in decorative boxes. A bottom shelf can also be handy for shoes, boots and specialty items, especially those that aren’t everyday essentials.
A mirrored wardrobe will help keep you looking your fashionable best from head to toe. Full-length mirrors may be attached to the inside or outside of doors. The latter has the added benefit of visually expanding your space, which can be helpful with smaller bedrooms.
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Wardrobe Maintenance Tips:
- Dust and clean all exposed wood surfaces weekly using a duster or soft cotton cloth and dusting spray
- Clean all exposed wood surfaces yearly with soap and mineral water
- Line shelf and dresser drawers with acid-free shelf paper or fabric to protect clothing from wood acid
- Clean hinges using mild dish soap and warm water, and tighten screws when necessary
- Clean garments that are to be stored, and use lavender, cedar, or mothballs to prevent moths