The end of the year is in sight and you might be thinking about having a clear out. As well as going through all those unworn or old clothes in your wardrobe, buying a new one might also be on your list.

Few things will affect your own personal ‘feng shui’ more than going to sleep in a room with clothes strewn all over because you don’t have proper storage space.

Wardrobes are undoubtedly the second most important piece of bedroom furniture (after the bed itself). Asides from their practical use for storing clothes and other bits and pieces, they also take up a sizable chunk of your room and affect the overall look. Therefore it’s a good idea to do a bit of research before you buy.

Colorful clothes hanging in wardrobe

What Size?

This is the first thing you need to figure out. Before you even look at any wardrobes, get out the measuring tape and see just how much space you have. There is no point getting hung up on a particular style or design if it’s just not going to fit.

Once you’ve got the measurements sorted, it’s time to think about functionality. Of course you will want to store clothes in it, but maybe you also want space for shoes, bags, towels, and other assorted possessions. This means that you should pay as much, if not more, attention to the inside of the wardrobe.

Casa Oak Triple Wardrobe

Casa Oak Triple Wardrobe

Style and design

As one of the largest pieces of furniture in your room it really needs to fit in with the existing style and décor. Is your room traditional, contemporary, or minimalist? If space is limited or you want a minimalist look then sliding doors are a great option.

The type of wood is also a big consideration. Oak and pine are the two most popular materials. Oak is very durable and resistant to moisture, while pine is less expensive and has a more uniform finish. Both these materials come in a variety of finishes so you can pick something that fits well with your existing décor.

strada 3 door wardrobe

Strada Wardrobe

The Finishing touches

Doors with mirrors are a popular option. Wardrobe doors are an ideal place for full length mirrors. Aside from the practical side of having a mirror, they can also be used to good effect to increase the light and size of your room.

Interior design writer Simona Ganea says “mirrored closet doors are commonly used in a lot of homes for their practicality. They allow you to save space by becoming part of the furniture’s design. The key to a successful interior design is knowing how to pair the mirrors with the right location to make the most of a room’s natural light.”

Another option is glass doors, which can be used to similar effect but without the reflections.

2 door mya oak

Mya Oak Wardrobe

Inside matters!

While you may spend a lot of time thinking about the style and design of the wardrobe you should also pay attention to the inside. Will you need a lot of hanging space? Or are shelves and floor space more important? You can have drawers on the outside of the wardrobe or tucked away inside. Take a good look at the clothes that you have and try and visualize how you would like them to be arranged in your new wardrobe.

If you are feeling really creative you can even download an app for your tablet and play around with the types of wardrobe interiors you could have.