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Top 10 designer wardrobes

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Cabinets, closets and cupboards are in our bedrooms to make our lives easier and more orderly. Without them, storing clothes and accessories would be a real mess. But when choosing a cabinet, where does one start? Do you opt for built-ins or modules? Sliding or regular doors? Custom made, or standard size? The cabinet determines the style of our room, and so when we carry out this investment, we must consider a long list of details: materials, budget, internal layout, external appearance, and of course, location. So, if you are in the market for a wardrobe, but are undecided, here today on homify, we have a selection of 10 cabinet designs to help you make this difficult decision. 

1. Functional minimalism

 Bedroom by PIANCA



Our first example is a closet with sliding doors; one that is so discreet and minimalist, it almost goes unnoticed at first glance. This is a good choice for those who do not like heavily decorated or ornate cupboards, or those who want their wardrobe to blend seamlessly into the space. The Nastro Closet, by Pianco, has three glossy sliding doors made from white glass. It is perfect for small spaces, or for those who favour function above anything else, since its sliding doors allow us to save room without losing square metres of depth in both the room and closet. 

2. Cabinet & shelves

This wardrobe is super functional—it has taken advantage of the lateral space on the ends, as well as considered the space for storage inside. Visually, the colour difference shows us the cupboard has two different uses; the shelves are in a pale timber tone, whereas the doors, painted in an off-white, denote the closet space. A particularly interesting point of difference are the L-shaped handles, which rise up from the ground creating this stunning detail of plain geometry. 

3. A cupboard with curves

Challenging the classic concept of the wardrobe, this wavy design hides an interior full of drawers, which help us to distribute our clothes with ease. To increase the sense of movement in this cupboard, the designer has chosen to use two different colours, creating a point of difference, as well as highlighting the peak and troughs of the curves. It is also an interesting way to hide the handles, which, seen in white, blend in against the white panel work.

4. Lay it all out

 Bedroom by Extendo



This is a highly recommended option when putting together a personal dressing room. Here, it's what's on the inside the counts, leaving everything you own in plain sight. However, an open cupboard like this leaves little room for error, so if you are the type of person who throws their clothes off in despair after a long day, this is probably not the ideal choice for you. When considering a style like the one pictured, the division and number of shelves are of utmost importance—you need to ensure you have enough room to store all of your personal belongings effectively. 

5. Taking advantage of space

A true masterpiece of design, is this cupboard on wheels! It can be hidden away under the stairs when not in use, or any other tight space that allows for a product such as this. The wardrobe pictured, belongs to a small loft, barely reaching 30m² in size, so in this instance, every millimetre counts. Hence, the designer has devised this storage space on the top floor, which lets the occupant decide when they want to use the objects stored inside. Clever!

6. Sustainable design

  by Stange Design
Stange Design

Garderobe ADAM RIESE und Figur HEIDI

Stange Design

If you are someone who cares about sustainable design, be sure to call your attention to this wardrobe unit. Made entirely from cardboard, this model is a great choice for student flats or those nomads who are journeying from city to city, and from floor to floor. An ecological and practical choice for any move, and definitely any budget!

7. Grandma's closet

Following on from the sustainable cardboard cupboard pictured above, you can be just as environmentally friendly by adding recovered pieces to your home. This cabinet from solid mahogany has a special charm and can give a touch shabby chic to your bedroom. These old pieces can sometimes take up too much space, and be visually heavy, if left in their original dark timber stains. However, this time, use your DIY skills to the best of their ability, and give an old cupboard a new lease on life with a fresh lick of pale coloured paint. This will help to remove the bold appearance, instead, becoming a lighter and more delicate object. Besides the obvious benefits to the environment, these cabinets are stylish and full of charm.

8. Vintage trends

 Bedroom by Goldstein & Co.
Goldstein & Co.

Spind aus den 20er Jahren

Goldstein & Co.

This steel locker, which is almost one hundred years old, will do wonders for any lovers of vintage style. This is a very special cabinet that, although may not become our most important piece of storage furniture, is a great option for entrances and lobbies. Whether you use it for coats or shoes, as suggested in the photo, it is a piece that will stand out in any corner.

9. Heavy metal

This stunning metal cabinet is a striking and very elegant addition to any modern design lovers bedroom. Here, the presence of the metal finish does not go unnoticed, so if we choose this model for our bedroom, we should be aware that it will mark a very specific style in the bedroom: industrialism. 

10. A quirky design

We end our tour today with another metal locker, except this time in steel. Compared with the other models which are in wood, steel allows us to have a wardrobe that offers the same function, yet occupies less space, since the plates used are much finer than wood. This model also has a very cool, urban and vintage air. A small, but very well organised example of a cupboard - what more could you ask for? 

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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