How to Select the Right Material for your Wardrobe?
The second most important piece of furniture for the bedroom apart from a bed is a wardrobe.
Europeans were among the first ones to design armoires, which are cabinets which could be placed
inside the rooms. Originally, these were used to store weapons and ammunition, but soon proved to be
extremely versatile and objects ranging from small artifacts to clothes were stored in it. Soon every
room found a need of a wardrobe for various functions.
Talking about types of wardrobes, there are freestanding cabinets and then there are ones which can be
aligned and fixed in the bedroom walls. Typically, the dimensions of a wardrobe vary with respect to its
height, but the standard depth ranges from 18 inches to 24 inches. In correlation to the height and the
depth, price also varies for a wardrobe. A wardrobe with approximately 18 inches depth is an ideal
choice for a design with more shelves and less drawers. And a 24 inch depth wardrobe is certainly more
spacious, as it would have more room for different design features, like drawers, hangers, hooks, and
Further, the key design variation in most wardrobes is determined by different types of doors. Door
- Full Panel: These are cost effective and easy to make.
- Full Panel with drawers: These kinds of doors make a wardrobe more spacious with more
- Sliding doors: There are different types of sliding doors including framed, frameless, and timber
sliding doors. Such doors are ideal for wardrobes fitted within the walls.
- Hinged doors: Ideal for larger bedrooms, these allow maximum access to your wardrobes.
Another aspect which one should take note of is the type of engineered wood used to construct the
wardrobes. Engineered wood is the derivative wood which is manufactured by binding or fixing the
strands, particles, fibers, or veneers or boards of wood, together with adhesives, or other methods of
fixation to form composite materials. Different material has different qualities and different
functionalities. Below are some common types of engineered wood used to make wardrobes.
- Particle Board: It is manufactured by combining wood chips and fibers to form long sheets.
Particle boards are low in density and weight. These are easily maneuverable and have several
benefits. If properly used, these reduce the cost of manufacturing considerably. Also since these
sheets are 100% uniform, every furniture piece crafted with them has a uniform visual appeal.
Besides, these also come in a variety of colors.
- Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF): This kind of fiberboard is made by breaking down the
hardwood or softwood into pulp and the fibers are then glued together by special adhesives or
resins, by applying high pressure under high temperature. These are also available in multiple
colors and are versatile to be used for different wardrobe designs. Some advantages of MDF
include lack of development of knots due to a smooth surface, and edges remain smooth as well
without voids or splinters. Further, MDF boards are ideal for elaborate wood carvings.
- Boiling Waterproof Plywood: As the name suggests, this type of plywood is waterproof.
Although, wardrobes are not exposed to moisture, it can still be considered as an option for
perhaps your kitchen cabinet, bar cabinet, or a wardrobe in your kids’ room. Plywood is highly
compressed sheets of veneer glued together at perpendicular angles. This alignment helps in
avoiding warping or sagging of the plywood furniture. The grain is impeccable and surface
absolutely smooth. Plywood can also be affixed with laminates or veneers to give them a finish
you desire. Plywood wardrobes are highly durable, are borer and termite free, and it can stand
- Honeycomb Wood boards: These are an innovative type of wood boards manufactured by
sandwiching kraft paper in form of hexagonal cells within plywood or melamine boards. The
resultant wood board is durable and light in weight. These are environment friendly, have high
shock absorbency, a rigid structure, and allows for greater flexibility in design. Further,
honeycomb boards are not susceptible to twisting or warping.