Sliding wardrobes combine space-saving functionality with style, making them ideal for homes, apartments, student accommodations, and offices. They save space because the doors glide over or under each other instead of outwards like hinged or bi-folding alternatives.
What is a sliding wardrobe?
Sliding wardrobes feature any number of doors (usually 2-4) that glide open and closed. The doors are attached to runners, allowing them to move from side to side.
Some sliding door wardrobes have handles, while others slide open with a gentle push of the door. Handles are convenient because they make opening the doors slightly easier. However, if you prefer a smooth, sleek look, then you may find handless doors more suitable.
Why choose a sliding-door wardrobe?
The best designs feature doors that glide inwards (over or under each other) to optimally save space while ensuring easy access to the wardrobe’s interior. This makes them a great option for smaller spaces or compact rooms.
Most sliding wardrobe systems offer a modern style that will suit contemporary living and are an alternative option to more traditional wardrobes. Need more inspiration? Be sure to check our sliding wardrobe ideas.
What types of sliding wardrobes are there?
We offer several types of sliding wardrobes, including timeless and versatile classics to high-gloss, slick contemporary designs. Consider the bedroom decor of your home, and then select a wardrobe that complements your vision.
Remember, there are also panelled, framed, and mirrored sliding wardrobes. Panelled designs can be used to texturise a setting, while frames create a uniform look. Mirrored or glass wardrobes help to make smaller rooms appear larger because of their light-reflective properties. They’re also ideal if you want a reflective view of yourself and your room.
For handles, choose ornate for an added decorative touch, or opt for slim, metal, or chrome handles to maintain a clean, modern design.
What colours do wardrobes come in?
We’ve considered several interior decorative themes and offer a wide selection of matt and gloss finishes for our sliding wardrobes.
Choose dark hues to add warmth and texture to a space, or stick to lighter finishes if you want to maintain tranquility in your bedroom. Earthy finishes are versatile and can be used for both contemporary and country-inspired homes.
Some of our sliding wardrobes feature the option to mix and match finishes so that you can tailor the wardrobe to your exact colour needs. For example, pair a white front with an oak carcass to create contrast and intrigue.
How do I know which sliding wardrobe is best for me?
Start with storage needs and how much space your room has to accommodate. Consider the height, width, and depth of each wardrobe.
Some sliding wardrobes feature interior or exterior drawers. These can be useful if you have several smaller items to fold or pack. If hanging space is a priority, you may want to forgo drawers so that you can take advantage of the full height of the wardrobe.
Freestanding sliding wardrobes are generally more versatile than built-in options and can be moved as your needs and interior decor themes evolve.
Choose a mirrored wardrobe if you want to make your room appear larger and brighter than it is, or stick to a plainer design if you don’t want your wardrobe to take center stage!
Consider if you want to complement your wardrobe with bedside cabinets, chest of drawers, or dressing table to determine what will fit best.
Do I have to assemble my sliding door wardrobe myself?
This depends on where you order your wardrobe from. At Instrument furniture, we offer an award-winning delivery and assembly service. This means you won’t need to assemble anything yourself, and your wardrobe will be ready for use and in its allocated spot within minutes.
Is there a guarantee on sliding wardrobes?
Most wardrobe stores provide guarantees on wardrobes. Instrument furniture extends this option to its sliding wardrobes, ensuring quality storage solutions for all. Check our guarantee policy to learn more.
Sliding Wardrobes FAQ
What are sliding wardrobes?
Sliding wardrobes are a type of wardrobe that has doors that slide open and closed, rather than swinging open like traditional doors. This can give your bedroom a more streamlined look, and can make it easier to access your clothes since you won't have to worry about the doors getting in the way.
Are sliding wardrobes cheaper than doors?
Sliding wardrobes are not necessarily cheaper than doors, as the price will depend on the size and style of the wardrobe. However, sliding wardrobes can save space as they do not need to be opened in order to access the contents, and they can also be more stylish than traditional doors.
How do sliding wardrobe doors work?
Sliding wardrobe doors work by being mounted on a track and attached to the top and bottom of the door. The doors slide along the trail to open and close.
What is the minimum depth of a sliding wardrobe?
There is no minimum depth for a sliding wardrobe in the UK. However, the average depth of a sliding wardrobe is around 50cm.
Are sliding door wardrobes more expensive?
Sliding door wardrobes are more expensive than traditional wardrobes with hinged doors. This is because they require more materials and labor to construct. The final price will vary depending on the size and style of the wardrobe.
Are mirrored wardrobes a good idea?
There are pros and cons to having mirrored wardrobes. On the one hand, they can make a small room appear larger and brighter. On the other hand, they can be quite reflective and create a glare.
Are mirrored wardrobes outdated?
Some people may consider mirrored wardrobes to be outdated, while others may find them timeless and classic. Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to purchase a mirrored wardrobe is a matter of personal preference.
Which material is best for sliding wardrobe?
There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on a number of factors, including the type of wardrobe you have, the type of material you want to use, and the budget you have. However, some materials that are commonly used for sliding wardrobes include wood, glass, and metal.
Do mirrored wardrobes make a room look bigger?
Mirrored wardrobes can make a room look bigger by reflecting light and creating the illusion of more space.
Are mirrored wardrobes modern?
Some people may consider mirrored wardrobes to be modern, while others may find them to be outdated. Ultimately, it is up to the individual to decide what they consider to be modern.