How to Select the Right Material for your Wardrobe?


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 inner cubbies.

Further, the key design variation in most wardrobes is determined by different types of doors. Door panels include:

  • 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 storage units.
  • 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 variable temperatures.
  • 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.