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How Do I Choose the Best Wardrobe System?

By Patti Kate
Updated May 17, 2024
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When deciding on a wardrobe system, you may be faced with several options, so choose a system that best suits your needs. Consider how much clothing and accessories you have to organize. Also consider the space with which you have to work. A built-in wardrobe might be a consideration if you have a wall you can utilize. A portable storage closet or organizer is good for small apartments.

A built-in wardrobe can offer you many options, such as paneled doors and drawers. Consider whether a sliding door is right for you, or if open space storage is your preference. Wardrobes with doors may give you the option of side cabinets. This is useful for hanging items such as bathrobes or gowns.

Fitted wardrobes can be customized to coordinate with your room decor. You can choose from wood, lacquered panels, and even a mirrored glass door. If you are choosing a fitted wardrobe, consider how many hanging rails you will need. You might do well with one, but it is not uncommon to install two or even three hanging rails.

Shelving is important as well. The standard configuration for a walk-in wardrobe is one shelf. If you have many accessories to store, you might opt for two or more shelves. What is referred to as a sectional shelf, which wraps around the wall, may be another option.

A good way to select your custom-built wardrobe system is to request a catalog or brochure from a manufacturer. An in-home consultation may be another option. Be sure to inquire if this option is free of charge.

It's not always feasible or affordable to have a custom designer at your disposal. You might require a more simple solution for your storage needs. You might even wish to assemble or install a wardrobe system yourself. If you're handy with tools, you can build a wardrobe closet to your own specifications.

There are resources that can help you with your do-it-yourself wardrobe system project. Many companies sell closet organizer kits online. Additionally, these companies may offer an online design tool option. This simulator lets you create your own designs and view them from a three-dimensional perspective.

Wardrobe cabinets may be practical for dorm rooms or small apartments. These are generally more affordable than a more elaborate system. For more versatility, choose a wardrobe cabinet that offers one or two garment rods for hanging apparel. It should also include at least two drawers for storage. A shelf or two is also convenient. Keep in mind, most of these portable wardrobes require assembly.

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