The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Wardrobe

When choosing the perfect wardrobe, the variety of options can be overwhelming. This guide will provide the information you’ll need to help you make an informed decision that suits your space, style,

Understanding Wardrobe Types

  • Freestanding Wardrobes – These are the most common and versatile type. Ideal for those who prefer flexibility, they come in various sizes and styles. However, they might not utilise space as efficiently as built-in options.
  • Fitted Wardrobes – Custom-built to fit your exact room dimensions, fitted wardrobes offer a seamless look and maximum storage. They’re ideal for irregularly shaped rooms but are more expensive and less flexible in terms of relocation.
  • Walk-In Wardrobes – A luxurious option providing a dedicated dressing area with extensive storage. Best for large spaces, they can be custom designed to include various storage units. The cost and space requirements are significant.
  • Sliding Door Wardrobes - Great for saving space, as doors don’t swing out. They come in various materials and finishes, but limit access to one side of the wardrobe at a time. These are ideal for narrow rooms.


Space Planning

  • Measuring Space – Accurately measure the height, width, and depth of your available space. Consider door and drawer clearance and walkway space in the room.
  • Optimising Small Spaces – In small rooms, consider taller wardrobes to utilise the vertical space. Sliding doors or mirrored fronts can make the room appear larger. Corner wardrobes can also be a great space-saving solution.

 Materials and Finish Selection

  • Wood – Options like oak, pine, and walnut offer durability and a classic look but can be expensive. Softwoods are more are more affordable, but less durable.
  • Medium Density Fibreboard – Medium density fibreboard (MDF) is a less expensive alternative to natural wood. It’s easy to paint and comes in various finishes. However, it’s less durable and prone to moisture damage.
  • Metal – Ideal for a contemporary look and known for its durability. Metal wardrobes can be less warm in appearance and might not blend well with all décor styles.
  • Finishes – Laminate and veneers offer a wood-like appearance at a lower cost but vary in quality. High-gloss and matte painted finishes allow for color customisation but may require more upkeep.

Interior Configuration

  • Storage Components – Consider the balance between hanging space, shelves, and drawers based on your storage needs. Adjustable shelves and extendable rods offer flexibility.
  • Accessories – Customising the interior allows for efficient organisation of items. Integrated lighting, pull-out baskets, tie racks, and shoe organisers can enhance functionality.

Door Styles

  • Hinged Doors – These doors provide full visibility and easy access but require space for the doors to open. They offer a classic look and can feature different designs and finishes.
  • Sliding Doors – Ideal for saving space and available in mirrored, glass, or various other finishes. The width of sliding doors might limit access to wardrobe contents.
  • Mirrored and Glass Doors – Mirrored doors are practical for dressing and can make spaces seem larger. Glass doors add an elegant touch but require more maintenance for fingerprints and smudges.

Budget Considerations

  • Setting a Budget – Determine your budget by considering the size, material, and custom features. Remember that higher quality materials might be more expensive initially but offer greater durability.
  • Cost-Saving Tips - Consider off-the shelf options for standard-sized spaces. Look for discounts or sales, and don’t shy away from negotiating with suppliers.

Maintenance and Care

  • Cleaning and Care – Regular dusting and gentle cleaning are required from time to time. Avoid harsh chemicals, especially on wood and mirrors. Tighten any loose screws or fittings periodically.
  • Repair and Prevention - Address any damage or wear and tear as soon as you discover it to prevent further deterioration. If your wardrobe is in or near a damp area, you may want to use a dehumidifier to protect from moisture.

Trends and Styles

  • Current Design Trends – Look for trends in home décor magazines and websites. Current trends might include minimalist designs, bold colours, or vintage-inspired looks.
  • Personal Style – Choose a wardrobe that reflects your personal style and complements your rooms’ décor. Consider more conservative and timeless designs for longevity.

Eco-Friendly Options

  • Sustainable Materials – Bamboo, reclaimed wood, or FSC-Certified are all eco-friendly choices. They offer sustainability without compromising on style and durability.
  • Eco-Friendly Finishes - Choose finishes with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) levels. Water-based or natural oil finishes are more environmentally friendly options.

Sourcing and Installation

  • Choosing a Supplier – Start by seeking recommendations and checking online reviews. When comparing quotes, make sure they cover all aspects of the installation, including any additional labor or materials.
  • Preparing for Installation – Clear the space around the area and make sure the workers will have clear access from the outer doors to the work area. Keep children and pets away for safety.
  • Post-Installation – Inspect the finished wardrobe carefully to ensure that everything was completed per your contract and that all parts of the wardrobe are working properly.
  • Communication is Key – Maintain clear communication with your supplier at all times to understand the timeline and any necessary preparations you need to make before the installation day.


Selecting the right wardrobe involves a careful consideration of type, space, material, style and budget. With this comprehensive buying guide, you should be able to successfully choose an option that not only adds to the functionality of your space but also complements your home’s overall aesthetic.

Consult the Experts

Carters Furniture prides itself on the vast selection of furniture on offer, along with our outstanding customer service. Our highly trained staff can provide you with the right advice and information so that you can make the most of every furniture purchase. Because of the special relationships we have with our suppliers, we are able to source furniture from all over the globe, as well as products that are manufactured locally, and we can offer the lowest prices on all of the products we sell. In fact, we have a low-price guarantee that states that we will match or beat any competitors price on identical products. We have 2 large showrooms full of the most stylish, practical, and high-quality furniture and bedding, and our stores are open seven days a week to serve you.

If you’d like more information about the products and services we offer, visit our website or call us at 01562 540862 (Carters Furniture Store) or 01562 66396 (Carters Bed City). Even better, stop by either of our locations to see for yourself. We look forward to serving you!