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Wooden Wardrobes

The simplest and most natural looking cabinet to store your clothes in the bedroom is a wooden wardrobe. They are available in every type of wood you can imagine as well as a few that you probably can’t. Wooden wardrobes were the original choice in storage methods and throughout the years the simple unit has been designed and redesigned to express all kinds of styles and tastes.

Some people might know the wardrobe as an armoire and the terms can be largely interchangeable. An armoire is a cabinet that is usually a tall single unit containing shelves for storage. It is usually distinguished from a wardrobe by the fact that a wardrobe contains hanging space and a rod for hanging clothing on.

Wood is an amazingly versatile product and can be easily adapted, by those who have the experience, into the most gorgeous pieces of furniture. Detailed design work and stain, polish and lacquer finishes can turn the most mundane looking piece of wood into a glowing marvel. When you find a wardrobe that has been crafted by a skilled cabinet maker it is easily apparent.

If you can’t buy a custom made wooden wardrobe the next best option could be to attempt to make one yourself. Unless you are a skilled woodworker though, there would probably be too much to have to know before you are able to make an old fashioned wooden wardrobe yourself and do it justice.

Cheap Wooden Wardrobes

While everyone would like to be able to afford the most luxurious looking wooden wardrobe possible, whether it is a contemporary unit or an antique, many of us have to stick to a budget. This means that being able to find a good solid, but cheap, wooden wardrobe is going to be the preference.

There are a few things to look for to try to ensure that the cheap wooden wardrobe you buy doesn’t actually end up costing more because it has to be replaced too soon. Check in particular the way the cabinet has been joined and that proper nails have been used rather than the cheaper option of staples.

Before you even consider paying for a cheap wardrobe, ensure that it is sturdy and there is no sign of movement if when you give it a good solid shape. If the wardrobe rocks on the showroom floor it is going to prove to be too flimsy when you get it home.

Small or Large Wooden Wardrobe

Sometimes the question is whether to buy one large wooden wardrobe or a couple of smaller wardrobes. The smaller wardrobes can be used in a more versatile fashion by spitting them up and placing them on either side of a dressing table or a vanity unit.

The downside, of course, is that you are wasting a fair amount of valuable space with the double walls of the two smaller units that could be put to good use by simply buying a large wardrobe instead.

The danger is going too far with the idea of buying small wardrobes and then dotting them around the hopuse so that they begin to fill up the space without really completely solving your storage problems. Sometimes it is worth consolidating the storage space that you have into one large unit, placing it in a central location - often the master bedroom - and then proceeding to use it properly with storage tips and clever techniques.

Corner Wooden Wardrobes

A decorative corner wooden wardrobe makes perfect use of an area of the room that might otherwise go unused. There are some display cabinets that fit into the smallest corners that provide you with the perfect place to show off small figurines, photographs, plates or crystal decorative pieces.

The corner wooden wardrobe makes use of a part of a room that might otherwise have become dead space and with the gorgeous craftsmanship that goes into small cabinets such as those used as corner wardrobes, it is possible to turn the corner into a beautiful feature.

Wooden Wardrobe Colours

Just because you want to buy a wooden wardrobe doesn't mean you're going to be stuck with a single color for your wardrobe. This is true even if you aren't planning on painting the wardrobe or staining it a dark or distinctive hue. Different types of woods have vastly different colors to them and the various wood types can be used as a way to create a subtly different appearance from furniture piece to furniture piece.

A maple wardrobe is going to look vastly different to a mahogany wardrobe and a walnut unit is going to differ greatly to a pine wardrobe. Just because you want to go for predominently wood with your furniture solutions doesn't mean that it has to look boring.

It is a good idea to try different textures and different shades of each type of wood too. The variation can look very effective in the bedroom, particularly when the sun hits each piece from a slightly different angle.

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