10 best wardrobes
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Reclaim your bedroom by keeping clothes, shoes and accessories in their proper place: a tidy, easy-to-organise wardrobe that makes light work of daily dressing.
Maximise storage in small rooms by going for wall-to-wall storage with sliding doors. Mirrored doors are extra handy for dressing, maximise the sense of space and help the bulk of bigger wardrobes disappear.
For larger rooms, classic stand-alone designs can add real character. Most of these models are double or triple, and can be teamed up with matching furniture for a cohesive look.
Subdivisions, and a variety of rails, shelves and drawers, help you get organised and might work better than one large open space. Check whether it’s possible to buy additional shelving or drawers to tailor these to your needs.
If you are opting for self-assembly to keep costs low, remember heavy wardrobes can be unwieldy and often involve two people to construct successfully. Some retailers offer assembly by the driver as an added extra.
Cotswold Company Appleby Wide Double Wardrobe: £749, Cotswold Company
At 147cm, the Appleby wardrobe is wider than most on the list, with ample room for storage. The hanging space is all full-length, and the two bottom drawers are an added bonus. The wardrobe is designed for self-assembly but made in heavy oak – at least two people are required. The mirrored doors are handy and successfully break up the bulk of the large wardrobe.
Graham and Green Chantilly Armoire: £1,195, Graham and Green
Designed to exude French elegance, the Chantilly armoire has distressed paint that gives it the feel of an antique. Made in mango wood and MDF, the wardrobe has a wide single mirrored door that makes it look more sizeable than it is; the two drawers are generous too. Final touches add an air of glamour: brass handles, gold trims and a luxurious-feeling cut-glass doorknob.
Heal’s Brunel Wardrobe: £999, Heal’s
From the popular Brunel furniture range, this wardrobe features a solid body in American oak with a blonde wood veneer. Variety of storage space is key, with different-sized drawers, although this does split an already-small wardrobe into full- and half-length. Angular legs and handles in powder-coated metal contrast well with more traditional recessed door panelling.
Hygena Bergen Mirrored Wardrobe: £269.99, Argos
The Bergen range from Hygena is brilliantly practical. It comes in small, medium and large sizes depending on your needs, you can put several side by side to fill a whole bedroom wall. The standard version comes with two rails and shelves; internal storage drawers can be bought separately. The doors slide easily on metal runners, and it comes with a two-year guarantee.
Lara double wardrobe with shelves; £1,099, La Redoute
The contemporary-looking Lara wardrobe offers a good variety of storage: open shelving, two sizes of drawer and a rail. The black metal legs are a stylish touch, but they do mean that the hanging space is compromised – no space for long dresses here. Self-assembly is required, but the unit is fairly simple to construct. Simple notch handles, and a combination of grey lacquered and oak-veneered MDF, keep this wardrobe looking clean and stylish.
Vox 4 You Bi Fold 4-door wardrobe: £765, Cuckooland
This well-priced wardrobe is all about practicality. Behind the two bi-fold doors (a handy space-saving device) are three drawers, several adjustable shelves and two different heights of hanging space. It comes in three heights – 206cm, 240cm and 260cm – to help make the most of available space. The looks and finish are simple, in white laminate with subtle handles. A nice touch are the two hooks that can be used to hang clothes as you get ready.
Hoxton Chevron Robe: £625, Next
The Hoxton wardrobe is made of solid pine and features a distressed look for some vintage style. The chevron pattern on the front is an unusual feature that gives a touch of character to the traditional shape. Inside, there is a wooden rail for hanging clothes, and a bottom compartment for shoes, but not a huge amount of options for storing anything else. Self-assembly is required, and there are matching items available.
Prague sliding 2-door wardrobe: £229, Very
Although legs can make a wardrobe look more streamlined, it’s a good idea to opt for something full-height if you need maximum storage. This budget buy has decent capacity, with a hanging rail and top shelf. The sliding doors are useful for smaller bedrooms, and there’s a selection of five finishes that mimic the look of natural wood. Grey and white are more subtle and less of a giveaway that this wardrobe is not real wood.
Bourbon 3-door triple wardrobe: £899, Made
If you’re keen on traditional style, but not on buying something second-hand, the Bourbon wardrobe is a good compromise. It has 18th-century details – like the panelled front, carved corners and turned legs – but also has a modern feel, with a striking blue colour and round brass handles. As a triple wardrobe, there’s space for hanging and shelves. Three lower drawers further boost the storage capacity.
Shay double wardrobe: £548.36, Oak Furnitureland
Cheaper wardrobes are often made from MDF or laminates, but you can’t beat solid hardwood when it comes to durability. The traditional Shay wardrobe feels robust, but is visually light, thanks to a finish of light grey paint on the hardwood doors and body. It’s beautifully made, with dovetail joints and a lower drawer that slides out on wood runners. The panelling, hinges, dark hardware and turned legs look a little busy on the double version, and the hanging space inside is fairly standard.
The Verdict: Best wardrobes
The Appleby wardrobe from Cotswold Company Appleby really does what a standalone wardrobe is made to do. It’s characterful, has a solid feel and offers a generous amount of space for the price. The wide dimension and mirrored doors make it practical, and the detailing is traditional without being fussy.