How to select the right hardware for your wardrobe
If wood imparts the overall character to the wardrobe, then the right hardware is what lets that
character flourish. For a wardrobe to come together fully, sturdy hardware is essential. Hardware
includes most pieces which add to the convenience and are available with a variety of finishes to
complement your personal style. Selecting the right kind of hardware is imperative to retain the
structure of the wardrobe for an extended period. Having a clear picture of what you want is also
advisable. If you have chosen a particular color and design language for your wardrobe it is essential
that you choose hardware that compliments the design. Some of the common types of hardware
accessories are briefly described below.
- Hinges and Channels made of aluminium or stainless steel offer best functionality for doors and
drawers, which are extensively used on a day to day basis. There are different types of channels,
with or without ball bearings which facilitate smooth functioning of the drawers. Further, hinges
are usually fitted within the concealed edges of the wardrobe to give a unaltered outlook to the
- Locks and handles crafted out of brass or bronze. This smooth surface suitably imparts a
glamorous touch to the wardrobes. Brass is a metal which retains a quality finish for long
periods, and can be carved into elaborate designs.
- Hanging rails and tubes are also forged of brass or are chrome plated. This metal is also less
susceptible to scratches and the smooth surface allows swift sliding motion for the hangers.
- Hooks are crafted from metals, like stainless steel, chrome, nickel, bronze, and brass. Scarves
and coats can be suitably hung on these. Mostly hooks are fitted on the back panels or side
panels of the wardrobe.
- Shoe fences and racks are a relatively new addition to the repository of wardrobe hardware.
Most fences come with snaps which can be latched to the shelves to create dedicated space to
store your shoes.
- Cabinet door catches are devices that help the wardrobe door close on its own if it does not
have self-closing hinges. There are different varieties of door catches; magnetic catches being
the most commonly used ones. Friction and spring roller catches are less commonly used but
offer quieter and smoother operation.