Everyone wants as much clothing space as possible, but not everyone can have a walk-in or a separate dressing room. Choosing the right wardrobe is essential, because you will need something with enough storage, but you want more than that – you want somewhere to house the clothes you love so much, and you want it to look good in your room.
A wardrobe is a key aspect of every bedroom. It’s a chance to make a bold statement so it shouldn’t be just functional but attractive as well. After all, your bedroom is your sanctuary, so this decision should not be made in haste. There are so many kinds to choose from, and there are so many considerations to factor in, picking one can be a challenging task if you aren’t sure what to look for.
Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself when deciding which one is right for you.
Where will it go?
This should be the first question to answer because once you have decided where to put it, everything else will fall into place. If your room is on the smaller side, you want to make sure your room won’t become cluttered with the addition of a new big piece of furniture. You still need to be able to move around your room, after all.
Think about how often you will be using your wardrobe.
Are you using it for clothes that get a lot of love and are worn every day, or are you using it strictly for evening wear that only get worn once in a while? If you’re going to be opening and closing those doors multiple times a day, you will want it in an easily accessible spot, but if you are only using it every now and then, maybe it’s better placed somewhere a bit more out of the way.
Once you have decided where the best place for your wardrobe is, measure the length, width, and depth of the area. Double check the size you want to buy and make sure it will fit. The last thing you want is your gorgeous new piece of furniture arriving and – surprise! – it’s too big for the space. This mistake can be easily avoided with a measuring tape and about a minute of your time.
What if you have awkward empty corner space where nothing fits? You can utilise a corner dresser, shaped perfectly for these exact scenarios. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
How big should it be?
If you want to upgrade your current wardrobe, you want to make sure it’s actually an upgrade rather than choosing something of the same size, or even smaller, for the sake of aesthetics. Why bother going through the hassle of buying a new one if it’s just going to be the same? The new wardrobe has to take care of all your needs and solve all your current clothing storage problems.
If you are starting fresh, there are a few more aspects to consider. Ask yourself questions like:
- What kind of clothes or accessories do I have?
- Do I need more space to hang clothes or do I need more space to shelve clothes?
- Which clothes need to go in drawers, and do I have enough drawer space for those?
- How much space do I actually need? Can I downsize by donating or selling any clothes I don’t wear to make space?
- Do I need more space for shoes and accessories?
- Do I need a taller dresser or floor-to-ceiling storage, or will a shorter dresser suffice?
- Would modular storage be useful?
- How much space do I have available in my room?
In regards to room space, if your space is limited, think vertical storage rather than horizontal. This is where a taller wardrobe comes in handy, especially one with more hanging space. There are a lot of organisational products available to help manage the space inside for accessories like bags and purses, scarves, shoes, and jewellery.
Will It Fit?
Also consider the size difference between single wardrobes (also known as gent wardrobes, these smaller pieces are great for saving some space, and work well as add-on pieces or in guest rooms), double wardrobes (which are the most popular size), and triple wardrobes or larger (which are good for larger rooms or those with a lot of clothes). It’s better to have all your clothes in one place if you can rather than spread out between rooms, so keep that in mind when selecting your new furniture.
What’s your style?
Most people want a new piece of furniture to integrate seamlessly with their existing home décor. Unless you are bold enough to attempt contrasting décor, choose a wardrobe that matches your furnishings. If everything is oak, go with an oak dresser; if everything is reclaimed pine, choose a reclaimed pine dresser, and so on. It will give your room a cohesive, softening feeling rather than focus your attention on one piece.
The same logic applies to the style. Is your room decorated in a more modern, contemporary way, or is your current furniture more traditional and classic? Going the contemporary route might mean choosing a dresser with a black or white gloss finish, and maybe even mirrored or frosted glass, whereas choosing something more classic would mean a traditional oak, pine, or walnut finish.
Mixing and matching styles is daring and can be very tricky to do properly, even for people with a lot of design and decorating experience. It’s easier to keep all your big pieces of furniture the same matching style and colour and then mix and match the style of the accent decorations to create subtle visual interest.
For example, if your furniture is minimalist, you can add busy-looking accessories with contrasting elements. Choose a sleek-looking wardrobe to complement your contemporary bed, but perhaps add a patterned rug or wallpaper to make it more interesting.
Another style-related feature to consider is the function of the dresser. Do you want it hinged, where the doors open outward, or do you want it to be space-saving where the doors slide open?
There are many factors to think about when selecting a wardrobe, but if you take the time to consider your needs carefully, the uses for your new furniture, and the space you have to work with, you’ll be admiring your bedroom in no time!