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How to Choose the Best Stand-Alone Wardrobe for Your Home

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A wardrobe can add storage space to any bedroom and can also be used for a home office, keeping documents and other items organized and stored safely out of sight. You can purchase wardrobes and set them up in a room rather than having a built-in wardrobe constructed; the built-in options may involve knocking back a wall or adding walls around the wardrobe area, and this may be too expensive, or you may not want to modify the home's layout. When you're ready to choose a stand-alone wardrobe, note a few important factors to consider so you know your choice will work well for your home.

1. Consider Growing Needs

If you're adding a stand-alone wardrobe because you have a growing family, you'll want to consider your growing needs. This can mean adding modular shelving and racks that can be moved accordingly. Right now you may need shelving space for children's clothes, but as the child grows up, you'll need space for longer dresses, dressier shirts, and more items to hang up. 

Growing needs also refer to how your needs may simply evolve over time, for example, a retired couple may not change their wardrobe much in the coming years, but if you're planing on getting a job in a professional setting soon, you'll need more rods for suits once you land that position. Consider if your needs for storage features will change in the coming years. Choose shelving and rods you can move and adjust versus those that are stationary, if necessary, so you can accommodate those changes. 

2. Make It Blend

If you choose a stand-alone wardrobe, you want it to blend into the area as much as possible. This will mean choosing a wood that goes with the wood furniture in the space, or opting for metal and frosted glass if you have modern décor. Note the size as well; you may think it's good to put the wardrobe in the corner of the room but this can make it seem like an afterthought; consider choosing a size you can put in the center of wall so it seems like a piece of furniture. Ensure your wardrobe blends well with the space and the décor, rather than simply choosing the cheapest or largest model available.

3. Note Replacement Pieces

Many stand-alone wardrobes are very durable, but note the cost of replacement pieces before you make a purchase. You may not want a model with costly replacement pieces; if you should break a shelf, the mirrored door, and other such pieces, this can be very expensive down the road. Be sure you price these replacements before choosing the actual wardrobe.

If you do decide that you'd rather have a wardrobe professionally installed, consider contacting local contractors to do the job.