Which Type of Wardrobe is Right for You?

Written by: Instrument furniture 
Date: Jan 26, 2021


One or more wardrobes are an essential piece of furniture in every bedroom. This is the place where you neatly store your clothes, shoes, and accessories. Wardrobes allow you to stay organised and ensure your bedroom stays uncluttered. Choosing the right type of wardrobe to fit the existing style of your bedroom and meet your needs is crucial to making the most of your bedroom. If you aren't familiar with your wardrobe options, this handy guide will help you make the right decision.

Free-Standing Wardrobe

freestanding wardrobeFree standing wardrobe by Instrument Furniture

Free-standing wardrobes are the perfect choice for those who like to redecorate frequently or have to move regularly due to jobs, school, family, etc. As its name implies, this type of wardrobe does not attach to the walls or ceiling and can easily be moved from one room to another or even to another house. 

You can choose from many colours, finishes, and door styles to match the current décor in your bedroom. Additionally, freestanding wardrobes come in several different standard sizes, making it easy to find one that will look great in your bedroom.  

Hinged Door Wardrobe

hinged wardrobeHinged wardrobe by Instrument Furniture

When choosing a wardrobe, the style of the door is one of the most critical features to consider. Not every door style will work with every bedroom. As the name suggests, a hinged door is attached to the wardrobe via hinges. It can open a full 90-degrees, which offers a full view of the closet's contents. You can even install hangers and pockets on the inside of each door for even more storage space. 

However, if you choose a hinged door wardrobe, you must ensure that there is room in front of the wardrobe for the doors to swing out fully. This is one of the most popular designs because of its versatility and additional features. Hinged door wardrobe styles can come with or without handles and can even have locks if you wish to secure your belongings. 

Sliding Door Wardrobe

sliding wardrobeSliding door wardrobe by Instrument Furniture

If square footage prevents you from having a hinged door wardrobe, a sliding door style is your best option. Each door slides horizontally on a track and, therefore, is great for tight spaces. Most wardrobes typically have two or four doors depending on the overall dimensions. 

The one big disadvantage is that since the doors slide, one side of the wardrobe will always be covered. This means you can't see your entire wardrobe at one time. However, wardrobes with sliding doors are one of the most popular choice today.

Bi-Fold Wardrobe

bi-folding wardrobe

Bi-fold wardrobe by Instrument Furniture

Bi-fold wardrobes are a compromise of hinged and sliding door designs. Their doors fold neatly together like an accordion. They do not need as much room as hinged door styles yet aren't as compact as sliding door styles. Like the sliding door wardrobes, a portion of your wardrobe will always be concealed as the doors do not swing entirely out of the way. Choose wardrobes with folding doors if you're tight on space and need extra storage.

Mirrored Wardrobe

mirrored wardrobeMirrored wardrobe by Instrument Furniture

Mirrored wardrobes add a modern touch to any bedroom. They make rooms lighter by reflecting natural light, giving off the illusion that the room is larger than it is. Furthermore, both sliding and hinged doors work great with this type of wardrobe.

If you're looking to elevate the look and feel of your bedroom, you can't go wrong with mirrored sliding wardrobes

Corner Wardrobe

Corner wardrobe by Instrument Furniture

Also known as L-shaped wardrobes, corner wardrobes work perfectly in small bedrooms to maximise space and give the room a little style. Most pieces of furniture do not fit in corners, so they end up being wasted space anyway. Corner wardrobes fill these awkward spaces and maximise storage space while elevating the look and feel of your room.

Fitted Wardrobe

fitted wardrobe by Wharfedale interiorsFitted wardrobe (Image credit Wharfedale interiors)

Fitted wardrobes, also known as custom wardrobes, are tailor-made to fit your space. This is an excellent option for those who need to make use of awkward spaces in their bedroom that otherwise would go to waste. You can customise everything from the dimensions and door type to the interior layout. 

Since fitted wardrobes are made for a particular space, they are not versatile. If you decide to rearrange your home, it will typically not work in other parts of your home or another house if you move. If you choose this type, you should be confident that you aren't going to relocate for quite some time and are prepared for your wardrobe to stay in the same spot in your bedroom for the long haul. Furthermore, fitted wardrobes tend to be more expensive than other standard designs since they are custom-made. 

Walk-In Wardrobe

walk-in wardrobeImage Credits: Artur Mitroshkin

This is the luxury of wardrobes. If you have a large amount of space to fill and a lot of clothes, shoes, and accessories to store, then this is the perfect type of wardrobe for you. Keep in mind that this is a specific type of custom wardrobe and therefore the most expensive. A walk-in closet is built to your specifications. You can choose how much hanging space, shelving, and drawer space you need. Depending on the size of your walk-in wardrobe, you can install cabinetry and anything else you can think of. 

This type of wardrobe tends to offer the most storage space, preventing clutter. You don't have to waste time every morning hunting for clothes that are crammed together in a small space. You may even be able to store blankets, bedding, towels, etc. 

Concealed Wardrobes

hidden wardrobeImage Credits: Space Atelier via Qanvast

Concealed wardrobes are perfect for those who are working with a small space. Concealed wardrobes typically double as an entertainment stand or decorative shelving. When you need to access the contents of your closet, the doors swing open, revealing the contents. Once closed, it functions as an entertainment centre or whatever else you may have in mind. 

This is ideal for those who do not want their wardrobe visible or want to make a tiny space more efficient by making it dual purpose. 

Sloped Wardrobes

sloped wardrobeImage Credits: Raumplus

Bedrooms with sloped ceilings can make it near impossible to find a standard wardrobe that fits correctly. Sloped wardrobes are the perfect solution and allow you to use awkward spaces. Furthermore, you can even install sloped wardrobes under stairwells, which is space that might otherwise go unused. This is a great option for combining style and efficiency.

Which Wardrobe Type Is Right For You?

There's no one-size-fits-all answer. Consider the available space you have to work with in your bedroom, personal preferences, and lifestyle. Narrow it down to a few options, and then shop wardrobes to explore your options and make a purchase!