Wardrobes are not a luxury item, they are
absolute essentials as anyone who has had to cope with piles of
clothing dropped on the floor or draped over chairs can testify!
Just like every other major purchase you need to plan your
requirements very carefully in advance, bearing in mind that it is
not only clothing which is stored away in a wardrobe but also stored
luggage, shoes, bags, or even cameras, books and CDs are
Once you have decided just how big your wardrobe
needs to be (bearing in mind that the number of clothing items you
own may well increase in the future) the next important decision is
the type of wardrobe you are going to choose, whether you want to
have a fitted unit, a free standing unit or a combination of both.
The advantage of a fitted unit is that maximum use can be made of
available space including awkward nooks and crannies and these can
be an ideal solution in a characterful room of uneven proportions.
The drawback of course is cost, because you have to pay a skilled
tradesman to build it for you.
Free standing units have largely gone
out of fashion because they can take up too much space which can be
at a premium in a modern house, but they have the great benefit of
often being very cheap to buy, and many are available without a
completed surface finish so that you can paint them to suit your own
tastes or those of your children. A third alternative is to buy
units which are designed to imitate fitted furniture from companies
like IKEA, and if you have good DIY skills you can often adopt these
to fit into awkward spaces and so have the benefit of fitted
furniture without the high costs. Another advantage of these units
is that they can often be taken apart and re-assembled elsewhere if
you move house.
Whilst the basics size of a wardrobe is an important
consideration, please do not forget about the interior fittings; you
will probably need lots of shelves or even drawers for smaller
items, rails to hang trousers upon and shoe racks. Depending upon
the style of your wardrobe and your budget you could have sliding
doors which may save some space in front of the wardrobe, interior
lighting to make it easier to find small items and even mirrored
doors to make your room appear larger.