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5 things to ask when buying a wardrobe

Wardrobes come in all shapes and sizes but which one is right from you? With a bit of know how you can easily find the right choice for your bedroom. A good wardrobe should enhance the look and feel of your room and with these 5 pointers, it should help you make the right choice.

Are you looking for a new wardrobe?

Wardrobes can really enhance the look of a bedroom as well as being a practical storage solution. With dozens of different styles, materials and sizes of wardrobe available, choosing the right one for your home can be tricky. So, before you choose a wardrobe, ask yourself these five questions.

1. What size do I need?

One of the key factors you will need to take into account when choosing your wardrobe is the size. Bedroom furniture comes in all shapes and sizes and so make sure you measure carefully. Take into account not only the width and depth of the wardrobe, but also the height. Look carefully at the space to make sure you have taken skirting boards or roof alcoves into account. Make sure also that you measure the wardrobe carefully to take into consideration anything (such as feet or wooden decoration) that may be wider than the wardrobe itself.

2. What do I need the wardrobe to do?

Whilst this might sound like an obvious question, the design and interior of wardrobes can be very flexible. For example, do you want one hanging rail for dresses and suits or do you want two rails to maximise space? Do you need drawers or shelves in the wardrobe in addition to hanging rails?

3. What style and material?

From wood to stunning gloss finishes, wardrobes come in a range of designs. Some are very contemporary and would suit a modern style boudoir. Others, however, come in pine, walnut and oak and would fit beautifully in a more traditional, cottage style bedroom. Make sure your wardrobe matches other items of bedroom furniture including your bed frame, chests of drawers and bedside cabinets.

4. What type of doors?

Wardrobes come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and designs. One factor to consider is what style of doors you want the wardrobe to have. If you are in a limited space, sliding doors may be the best solution. This ensures you can tuck a wardrobe into a tight space where you don't have to leave room for the doors to open outwards. However, you may prefer a more traditional design with two or three doors that open as normal. Also, make sure you choose rugged but stylish handles that will match the decor in your bedroom.

5. Can I assemble it myself?

Not everyone is a handyman. Putting together self-assembly furniture might seem like a breeze to some, but a nightmare waiting to happen for others. If you are planning to buy a flat pack wardrobe, do you have the necessary skills and tools to assemble it yourself? Have you a spare pair of hands that can help you put it together? If your bedroom is upstairs, you also need to be sure that you can get your wardrobe up the stairs. This isn't too much of a problem with self-assembly wardrobesPsychology Articles, but if the unit comes ready built then you need to be certain that it won't get stuck.

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Philip Sedgefield is an interior designer who has worked on many home improvement projects including bedroom furniture and home office furniture using original and unique designs of home furnishings including wardrobes and desks.

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