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Wardrobes and Armoires

In your bedroom, the main thing you'll need to store is your clothes. No matter how ruthless you are with getting rid of old shirts, trousers, tops and jackets, you'll still need a place to store away your garments and this usually means a wardrobe or an armoire. Whether you’re looking for a modern wardrobe with sliding doors, or an antique french armoire wardrobe, there’s one out there that’ll fit your requirements.

What are armoires used for?

An armoire is a type of wardrobe which is ornate or antique in style, and is used to store clothes, just like a regular wardrobe. They are freestanding, have two doors and usually have a hanging rail, and shelves or drawers. French armoires and wardrobes are especially popular due to their distinctive hand carvings and curves.

What are fitted wardrobes?

Fitted or built in wardrobes are wardrobes which have been specifically made to fit a certain space. They are usually built from the floor of your room to the ceiling, without leaving any gaps. Built-in wardrobes will fit seamlessly into a room but will need more planning and building work than a freestanding wardrobe, so it's best to only install one if you are starting from scratch or completely renovating a room. Freestanding wardrobes and armoires, however, will have less storage space but are more affordable and can be moved about the room how you wish. You can still choose a large freestanding model if you need a lot of storage space, as you'll be able to find 3, 4 and even 5 door wardrobes, with added drawers, removable shelves and all manner of storage areas to hold your clothes.

Are mirror wardrobes dated?

The real question here is “do I want a wardrobe with mirrored doors?”. If the answer is yes, then get one! Mirrored wardrobes will always be popular due to their knack of merging fashion with function and not only will you save money on purchasing a separate mirror for your bedroom, but mirrors create space and light, which will make your bedroom feel larger.

Are armoires out of style?

There are many different styles of armoires on the market, including contemporary, shabby chic and traditional models. So no matter what your interiors look like, they’ll be an armoire that will complement it. If you already own an armoire and feel like it’s out of style, consider painting and repurposing it to give it a new lease of life.

Which wardrobes are best?

When it comes to deciding which wardrobe is best for you, you’ll need to consider a few different things; your current bedroom furniture and how much space you have available, how much space you need for clothes, and the materials and finishes you prefer. Measure your space carefully before making a purchase, and make sure you have enough room to get your new wardrobe or armoire through hallways or up staircases. Consider whether you want a sliding wardrobe or a corner wardrobe, solid wood or a distressed painted finish, and whether you it want to match or contrast with your existing furniture. There are many different options available, so you’re bound to find one that is perfect for you.
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