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Size Guide: What Are the Ideal Wardrobe Measurements?

Written by: Instrument furniture  Date: Jun 22, 2021

Before you purchase a wardrobe, establish exactly where in your room it’s going to be placed. Measure your wall space and your floor space to make sure that you have your dimensions 100% correct – you can always request the assistance of a professional if you’re unsure.

Ideally, you want to go as big as possible because let’s face it, you can never have enough storage space! However, you need to be realistic too. You need to think practically about whether there will be enough clearance room to easily open doors. You also need to determine how much room you want left to move around freely in.

Let’s “talk” wardrobe sizes and options:

The Best Hinged Wardrobe Sizes

Instrument DIXON hinged door wardrobe (W60cm x D63cm x H231cm)

 

Hinged wardrobes have their front doors fixed with hinges so that they can be pulled open for easy access to your belongings.

  • The average standard depth of a hinged wardrobe is 60 cm. However, most wardrobe manufacturers will provide you with depth options between 50 cm to 70cm. If your room is very small, the 50 cm option may work best for you.
  • The height of the wardrobe is often determined by the lintel level of the doors, which is usually around 210-220 cm. Alternatively, you can choose a full-height wardrobe by using the space from the floor to the ceiling.
  • As a rule of thumb, a door panel of a wardrobe should not exceed 60 cm in width, otherwise, the load will be too heavy for the hinges.

The Best Sliding Wardrobe Sizes 

Instrument Maestro sliding wardrobe (W300cm x D67cm x H217cm)

 

The panels of these wardrobes slide on tracks and are perfect for tighter spaces. That's why they are called wardrobes with a sliding doors.

  • The average depth of a sliding-door wardrobe is 64 cm, which includes a running track of about 4 cm to allow free movement of the sliding panels. The spacing of the sliding panel is important because you don’t want your clothes getting stuck in it.
  • The width of each panel of a sliding wardrobe should not exceed 120 cm, if it does, it will be too heavy to glide open and closed again with ease.

Here are a few examples of ultimately stylish sliding-door wardrobes: 

Instrument ALEXIS sliding wardrobe (W300cm x D67cm x H217cm/236cm)
Instrument Maestro sliding wardrobe (W300cm x D67cm x H217cm)

The Best Men’s Wardrobe Sizes

Instrument LENOX mirror wardrobe (W255cm x D66cm x H220cm)

 

Men generally don’t need as much height for hanging their garments as women do, hence the division between “men and women” wardrobes.

  • For shirts, jackets and folded pants, the minimum height of each hanging section in a wardrobe should be at least 100 cm.
  • There should be a gap of at least 7 cm between the rail and the top of the wardrobe so that there is enough space to add and remove hangers.
  • Considering that a bulky coat is a common addition to a men’s wardrobe, you’ll want to ensure a depth of 70-76 cm. This will help to prevent the sleeves of a coat from getting stuck within the wardrobe’s door panels.

An example of the interior of an ideal men’s wardrobe: 

 Men’s wardrobe by Instrument furniture

The Best Women’s Wardrobe Sizes

Instrument Rosario bi-folding wardrobe with drawers (W300 x D58 x H216)

 

If long evening dresses and ballgowns form part of your wardrobe, then height is a very important element to consider when choosing the right-sized design.

  • For hanging women’s garments such as gowns, kurtas or full-length dresses, the vertical clearance of the hanger section should average 165-182 cm. *Depending on your wardrobe manufacturer, you may be able to adjust the height according to your individual height. 
  • Hang blouses, formal tops, skirts, or folded pants in a smaller section that features a height of 100 cm.

Idea: include drawers or open shelves for keeping folded items, shoes, and hats. There should be a gap of at least 30-55 cm between each shelf.

The Best Child’s Wardrobe Sizes

Teeny tiny clothes need less space, however, at the rate kids grow, investing in a larger wardrobe is an economic practice. A larger wardrobe can be used well into adulthood.

For your reference, sizing for a kid’s wardrobe is as follows:

  • Install poles for hanging clothes by dividing the vertical length of the wardrobe into three sections of about 70 cm each. This way, you can hang plenty of smaller-sized garments in one compartment. You can remove the lower poles as your child grows.
  • Add drawers that measure between 15 and 35 cm to accommodate folded clothes as well as accessories, toys, or books.

Tip: open shelves are great for storing items that need to be piled, such as nappies, towels, linen, and shoes. Choose open shelves that are plus/minus 30 cm apart. 

The Best Walk-in Closet Sizes

Instrument Ipanema walk-in corner wardrobe (W130 x D127 x H216)

 

When it comes to walk-in wardrobes, then you’re spoilt for choice and the size of your room will determine its final dimensions. You will want to make sure that:

  • There is enough room for you to manoeuvre between shelves and clothes.
  • That you can comfortably access your wardrobe.

Good advice: if the walk-in closet is narrow, choose sliding panels as doors as they are an excellent space-saving solution.

Knowing how to choose the right size wardrobe may not be knowledge that you can fulfil a career with, but it certainly comes in handy when you’re trying to combine practicality with style for comfortable living.