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Sliding Doors Wardrobe Buying Guide

Written by: Instrument furniture  Date: Jun 22, 2021

When it comes to making a house a home, then storage solutions are an essential consideration. Everything from clothes and shoes to linen and Christmas decorations and other household items needs to be tucked away – out of sight, yet easily accessible. The best storage for all these items is, undoubtedly, a wardrobe.

Wardrobes have become a standard addition to most households and play a vital role in not only organising belongings but preserving them too. In our opinion, and possibly yours, there is no better options than a wardrobes with sliding doors. These storage units tick all the boxes for being stylish, practical, and compact enough to save you space.

If you are not yet convinced that a sliding door wardrobe is for you, then let us take a quick look at the benefits of this design:

  • Sliding door wardrobes allow you to save up to 500mm in front of your wardrobe when compared to hinged door types. This makes them ideal for smaller rooms.
  • There is a broad selection of door designs and colour options to choose from and you can swap door styles and adapt your storage setup as often as you want to suit your changing lifestyle and needs
  • With no bulky handles on the exterior, sliding doors encourage a room to appear sleek, sophisticated, and optimally decluttered.


Side note | what is a sliding door wardrobe?

Before we commence with this wardrobe buyer’s guide, let’s make sure that your idea of a sliding door wardrobe matches the actual product.

A sliding door wardrobe is a type of large storage unit that is contained using doors that open horizontally by sliding or rolling on tracks.

What to consider when buying a sliding door wardrobe?


Location is important because it will tell you what size and shape your wardrobe needs to be to fit perfectly in the space you have in mind.  It is important that you get exact measurements of the wardrobe framework to ensure that your wardrobe and the doors have enough space to function properly. 

How do you measure a wardrobe?

Follow these steps to gather the sliding door wardrobe measurements that you need:

STEP 1 - Take a photo of the area where you want the wardrobe to be placed. This will be handy to have on hand when you are out browsing options or if you are requesting a custom-built solution.

STEP 2 - Measure the height from floor to ceiling and floor to cornice. Make sure to get the measurements for both the left side and right side as they may vary. 

STEP 3 - Measure the width by starting on one side and measure up to 1000 mm (1 meter), mark with a pen. From the opposite side, measure the distance to the 1000 mm mark you made. Combine the two measurements for an accurate overall width.

STEP 4 - Measure the depth from front to back on both ends of the wardrobe.

STEP 5 – Make sure that you have considered any windows are wall mountings in your calculations and measurements.


 Instrument Helix sliding wardrobe


Sliding wardrobe doors are far more than just the plain-old solid panels you may imagine them to be. They have evolved significantly and today they are available in a selection of options and can be classic or contemporary in design.

To determine which “look” is going to be best for you, consider the architecture and interior décor theme of your home. Think about what colours complement each other and if a sleek and modern look or a chic wood-panelled look is going to meld in with what you have in mind for your room.

  • Contemporary sliding doors

Contemporary sliding wardrobe doors are perfect for modern homes where there is plenty of white space. These doors are typically minimalistic in their design and feature clean, seamless lines. They also often combine different materials such as mirror, glass, and wood to create a unique and modish wardrobe.

  • Classic sliding doors

Classic wardrobe sliding doors are best suited to traditional country-style homes. They offer a chic level of sophistication and warmth to an environment. They are generally made from one material only, but the classic look can still be maintained by adding elements of glass and mirror to the overall design.

 Instrument Alexis contemporary wardrobe in glass pebble grey


Instrument Cleo 6 classic wardrobe in shetland oak


Today’s sliding door wardrobes are made using different materials such as:

  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Mirrors
  • PVC
  • Plywood

Each of these materials is good for bedroom wardrobes, with mirrored panels being one of the most popular options.

Mirrored sliding doors are trendy and provide multiple functions. They serve as doors to keep your belongings out of sight, they provide you with a looking glass to check your appearance, and the mirrors also help your room to appear more spacious. 

 Instrument Enzo sliding wardrobe with full-length mirrors


If you are installing your wardrobe sliding doors yourself, you will need to make sure that you have all the necessary tools and accessories at hand. Installation accessories include rails for the doors to slide on, fascia strips, end fillets, end panels, fixing blocks, spacer blocks, and opening height reducers.


What’s great about sliding wardrobes is that not all of the options are exceedingly expensive, and you will easily find an attractive solution that will fit within your budget. If you are really strapped for cash, you can always go the self-installation route or select a design that is made of affordable yet long-lasting materials.

Instrument Cali sliding wardrobe with synchro doors


The bottom line…

Every home needs at least one wardrobe or closet as a convenient and reliable storage solution. While there are various types available, wardrobes with sliding doors are one of the most popular options that will look good in any type of home or apartment. They are an attractive and cost-effective solution to your organisational needs and their presence is one that easily converts a home into a place where you want to be.