04.12.10

Bedroom Furniture Wardrobes – The Choice Is Yours

When it comes to the bedroom there are a few items that most of us would regard as essential members. Take the bed, for instance. It wouldn’t be much of a bedroom if the room didn’t contain a bed of some sort. Almost as important for the bedroom to function properly is a wardrobe of some sort.

Even the smallest bedrooms should be furnished with a place in which the clothes and personal belongings are to be stored. Seeing as the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night is either take off or put on your clothes, you are going to want to have the place where they are stored to be close by.

If you’re going to furnish the bedroom with a free-standing wardrobe such as a solid oak wardrobe you may as well make the most of it and ensure that it is one that will add something special to the room. Your first choice is to match the wardrobe to the bed if you already have a bed frame that contains some kind of detail work. For example, if the bed’s headboard and footboard are made of some special materials such as wrought iron work set into a stained oak frame, you may want to try to buy a wardrobe that will match it to some degree. This may be as simple as finding black iron handles for the wardrobe doors.

Take a look at the following free standing wardrobes for sale to get an idea of what you will find.


SystemBuild Jennings 48 SystemBuild Jennings 48" Wardrobe Storage Closet, Brown Oak
List Price: $123.50
Sale Price: $322.08



If you can’t find the kind of bedroom wardrobe that you think suits the room appropriately you may want to turn to someone to custom make one to your specifications. By going down this route you will be sure to get the exact wardrobe that you have in mind, just ensure that you have figured out exactly what you want because you will be paying a premium for the work.

A hand-crafted piece of furniture can be something to be cherished and placing it in a room such as the bedroom will mean that you will use it virtually every day which also means that you will be able to appreciate it every day, too.

Another option that can also potentially cost you a lot of money is an antique wardrobe. With an antique bedroom wardrobe you will be getting a piece of furniture that would have been hand-crafted for someone else many years ago. Generally speaking the wardrobes that were created before the advent of mass-produced furniture were made with a single goal in mind – to last a long, long time.

If you buy an antique wardrobe you can be fairly certain that you will be buying a solid piece of furniture. However, because it is so old it is highly recommended that you thoroughly inspect it before you buy because it is possible that it hasn’t been perfectly treated throughout the years.

It is also possible to buy yourself a wardrobe that has the look of an antique but has been recently manufactured. With this type of classical wardrobe you have the dual advantage of the looks of an antique bedroom wardrobe with the modern production techniques. You can be more certain that the wardrobe has not been beaten around for years and you will have the possible security of being able to refer any problems with your purchase to a store that is still in business.

There are many different options available to all of us as we search around for the most suitable. Bedroom wardrobe furniture can be mixed and matched to suit our tastes, but generally, if you have a maple wardrobe your room will look much more balanced with maple bedside tables and a maple chest of drawers. The tones and the wood grain will ensure that the room will look properly thought out.

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12.2.09

What Is An Antique Wardrobe Armoire?

We all hear and use the term armoire when we refer to certain types of wardrobes but how much do we actually know about them? Not that it really matters because when we go out to buy a wardrobe it is accepted that the terms wardrobe and armoire are interchangeable.

The definition that many people accept as descriptive of an armoire is a tall wooden cabinet containing drawers and shelves used for storing clothes or other small household items. An armoire can be closed by means of two swinging doors and may be plain, simple pieces of furniture or elaborately decorated so that it will be a decorative feature in your room. The word armoire is French and it simply means “cupboard”.

Possibly the main difference between what might be classed as an armoire and what might be classed as a mere wardrobe could be the presence of a hanging rod. A rod to hang your clothes will be found in a wardrobe, with a wardrobe historically being the closet in which the king hung his robes. At least that’s the story about how a wardrobe came to be called a wardrobe.

Buying an antique wardrobe armoire means that you are going to be buying a traditional wooden stand-alone cabinet in which to store clothes. It will be a tall cabinet and is most likely going to be made of oak or pine. The great thing about these wardrobes is that they look impressive and so putting one in the bedroom will give the room a focal point around which the rest of the furniture may be based.

Antique wardrobe armoires can be found in quite large numbers in all kinds of styles from Georgian to Victorian and on to Gothic influence as well.

The great news, if you are looking to buy an antique wardrobe armoire, is that they are readily available from many different sources and at very reasonable prices if you are prepared to wait. Auction houses, particularly diseased estate sales or liquidation sales often have armoires for sale at very reasonable prices. Similarly, you can happen upon an armoire being sold cheaply at a garage sale if you are prepared to do the rounds each weekend.

For some people an antique wardrobe armoire is just a piece of old furniture that is simply taking up valuable floor space. For others it is a beautiful example of fine craftsmanship constructed in a style that is rarely seen these days. Snap up that cheap armoire if you can, even spending a few dollars on some furniture restoration will leave you with a bargain wardrobe.

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09.24.09

What To Look For When Buying An Antique Wardrobe

Usually a purchase of opportunity, finding the perfect antique wardrobe can involve a lot of searching as well as rejecting many possible worthy pieces. It will come down to a number of important factors, some of them general to everyone and some of them specific to you.

The authentic dark oak wardrobes of the past can bring tradition and history into the home, while the presence of them alone creates awe in anyone that is witness to their grandeur. Perhaps it is the distressed look coupled with the lightly sweet smell of age and wear, whatever the case, there is still a place for the antique wardrobe in the modern environment. Another name for this type of wardrobe is antique wardrobe armoire.

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Antique 2 Door Wardrobe

What should the buyer be looking out for when searching for the perfect antique wardrobe? The potential buyer needs to make sure that the compartments, or the doors for the garment area are still functional, sturdy and that they are not stuck or jammed in some way.

One of the things that set an antique wardrobe apart from many newer models is that they are not replete with all of the unnecessary gadgetry. In general, wardrobes were made purely for functional reasons with storage of general belongings heading the list of requirements.

If the antique wardrobe has cracked mirrors, then the buyer needs to decide if they are worth replacing, or if perhaps there is another choice: one that still has the original mirrors. Keep in mind, some wear-and-tear is good, and in fact that is part of the attraction for many folks; so do not automatically assume that all scratches are necessarily bad. Many of the antique wardrobes were made with brass handles, or mirrors outside the doors; these are some of the things to look for to capture that early nineteenth-century look.

The pine wardrobe is perhaps the most sought after antique because of its durability, and merely owning one shows that the individual is touching a piece of the past, there is an obvious connection that owners feel upon receiving something handed down from a previous century. The look of an antique pine wardrobe blends in nicely with many types of decor which also makes it a versatile piece of furniture.

Furthermore, most wardrobes built in the nineteenth century were crafted with precision, with complete dedication and love, for it is the energy that has been put into these wardrobes that creates the desire to own one.

A few tips for choosing the right antique wardrobe: decide on the shape and size before looking at possibilities. Even though style is of utmost importance, pay attention to the possibility of getting the wardrobe you want cheaply. There are often special deals surrounding the sale of antique wardrobes and picking one up at a bargain basement price will only make the purchase even more special to you. Ensure that the wardrobe will fit into the room you intend on placing it in, taking a tape measure with you when you go wardrobe shopping is essential.

Despite some relative damage, make sure that the wardrobe is durable and built to withstand the rigors of day-to-day use. An antique wardrobe may look good on the showroom floor, yet it may stick out in an unsatisfactory way upon placing it in the home. Read up on the many ways in which to take care of the wardrobe—perhaps various oils, dusting, etc, will ensure your new antique wardrobe will last a long time.

An additional piece of furniture that may also complement the wardrobe in the bedroom is something like an antique wardrobe trunk which harks back to the days when it was necessary to carry a lot of clothes when travelling. These days antique wardrobe trunks make wonderful furniture items in the room that also provide valuable storage.

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