When you think about furnishing a bedroom, the first thing to come to mind will probably be the bed. It makes sense, of course, but no bedroom would be complete without a good-quality wardrobe to store clothes in. If you didn’t have one, the room would soon look untidy with piles of clothes everywhere. Even if you have chests of drawers, you’d still have nowhere to put jackets, shirts and trousers.
When you buy a solid oak wardrobe, you are purchasing something that is likely to last for years. The real oak finish only looks better with age, too – something you probably wouldn’t say about some of the other materials used to make modern furniture.
So let’s see what the options are here, and whether a solid oak wardrobe could be just what you are looking for. You might be surprised at the number of options you have to look at when you’re shopping for something in solid oak.
What makes a good wardrobe?
The ideal wardrobe will be one that will fit into the space you have available. This is why it is very important to measure carefully and to check your measurements before you buy. It is very easy to misjudge the space. Be sure to check the height as well, especially if you live in a property that has particularly low ceilings.
A good wardrobe should also be able to swallow up many of your clothes with ease. If you are fortunate enough to have a large bedroom you might opt to get two wardrobes, but assuming you only have space for one, that wardrobe has to earn its keep.
Considering the storage space a wardrobe can offer
Think of a wardrobe and you will think of hanging space. That’s fair enough – it is the main feature a wardrobe has to offer that cannot be matched by any other piece of furniture. But it could also provide you with a variety of other storage possibilities.
Take the Victoria oak single wardrobe complete with two drawers, for example. This has a large hanging compartment and it also benefits from two large drawers underneath the hanging section. These can be accessed without going into the main part of the wardrobe at all.
If you need good storage for a child’s bedroom, you may find you don’t need much hanging space at all. The Brooklyn oak children’s double wardrobe with four drawers is designed to cope with all your needs, even as they change. There are two smaller hanging sections to the right, and there is still enough space underneath to store boxes, or even a basket containing lots of odds and ends. On the right, you have several shelves to make use of, and finally there are four drawers underneath.
How to choose the right wardrobe for your home
We have already seen how different wardrobes are built to very different designs. Obviously you will need to consider the amount of space you have to work with, not to mention whether you need to store clothes for more than one person.
Additionally, we have seen how different wardrobes offer everything from hanging space to drawers to shelving, and it is important to work out how many of these options would be useful to you. It might help to work out whether you intend to get other bedroom furniture items as well. For instance, if you are intending to buy a chest of drawers, you may not need any drawers in your wardrobe. On the other hand, you may still wish to get a wardrobe that offers shelves as well.
A good example of how practical such a wardrobe can be comes in the shape of the Cambridge blonde oak triple wardrobe with five drawers. This has two doors opening onto the main hanging section, and a third door that opens onto a separate shelved section. You then have three small drawers next to each other below the doors, and two larger deeper drawers below those. Could this offer the amount of storage space you are looking for?
Minimalist storage solutions
Even though a wardrobe is a big item, it doesn’t always overpower the room it is positioned in. Indeed, nothing could be further from the truth. A good-quality wardrobe ideal for storing your clothes in can help you keep the rest of the room tidy. This means the room will always look better and less cluttered – and you’d be surprised the effect this has.
If you are struggling to store your clothes and belongings, perhaps it is time you started shopping for a new wardrobe. Measure up today and see how many options you have to choose from. And remember, when you choose a solid oak wardrobe you are choosing an item of furniture that is solidly-built and will look good for many years to come.