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Wardrobes we love

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More likely than not, you want to look and feel good so chucking your clothes over the back of a chair or leaving them in a heap on the floor just isn't going to cut it. After all, no-one really wants to walk around in a crumbled t-shirt or creased trousers, which is why you should take care of your clobber by investing in a decent wardrobe.

But which one? The wardrobe you choose is going to be dependent on how you're likely to use it. Is shelf space more important than a hanging rail or do you want a perfect combination of both? Would drawers come in handy and how tall should the unit be?

It's perhaps a good idea to take a look at how many clothes you have in the first instance. That way you'll have a good idea of the required space. From there, you should consider the room the wardrobe is going to fit into. Large wardrobes in small bedrooms will simply overwhelm while small wardrobes in large bedrooms could look a little silly and prevent you from taking advantage of the available space. Always consider height too: why not go tall if you have high ceilings – an extra shelf can make all the difference.

Here we're going to look at freestanding wardrobes rather than fitted ones. Not only are they less expensive but they're also able to go with you when you move home, or shift into a different room if you ever fancy a change. Certainly consider the overall décor of the room when you come to choose a style or a colour. Some wardrobes are also part of a range and so have matching furniture such as bedside cabinets.

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SONGMICS Canvas Wardrobe

A budget choice for a temporary storage solution

Reasons to buy
+Offers shelves and hanging space+Made for simple assembly+Inexpensive and great for students
Reasons to avoid
-Zipper openings are not as convenient as doors

Whether you're a student looking for a way to temporarily store your clothes during term-time or you're simply after a quick and easy way to increase the amount of storage space you have, a canvas wardrobe could well be the answer. This inexpensive model mixes style with practicality. Assembly should also be straightforward enough.

You simply construct the frame by slotting the steel tubes into the plastic joints before adding the nine shelves and pulling the dust-proof and water-proof fabric over the top. There's a good amount hanging space for dresses and suits, and the doors rise up and down on zips, keeping everything neat, tidy and out-of-sight.

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Sauder Palladia Armoire

Don't choose between drawers and a wardrobe – have both

Reasons to buy
+Drawer and hanging space+Cherry finish
Reasons to avoid
-No shelves included-May not be large enough

If drawer space is just as important as hanging space and if you're not that bothered about shelves, then this Armoire is a great choice. The main part of the wardrobe has a rod for hanging your garments and there is a single drawers with easy-glide metal runners too, that, given a depth of 21.42-inches, will give you lots of room to play with.

Although the furniture will need to be assembled, the effort should be worthwhile. Indeed, the Cherry finish of the engineered wood makes for a delightful looking piece and because it's just 66.51 inches high, it won't overwhelm your room, making it ideal for smaller spaces. The top could even be decorated with fun items to put a finishing personal touch to the bedroom.

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Elite 32” Wardrobe Cabinet

Just about as classic a wardrobe as you could buy

Reasons to buy
+Doesn't cost the Earth+Includes two shelves+Adjustable European-style hinges
Reasons to avoid
-May be too simple-looking for some

There are no airs and graces when it comes to this simple wardrobe. What you see is effectively what you get: a clean-lined, classic cabinet with white laminate doors that has a shelf top and bottom and ample room to hang your clothes.

We like that it comes in black as well as white and love that there are other cabinets in the range if you want other furniture to match. Sure, it's made from MDF but the doors have profiled edges which is a neat touch. It also comes at a great price, making it particularly perfect for student accommodation or a guest bedroom.

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Manhattan Comforts

Start spreading the news – this wardrobe has it all

Reasons to buy
+Good use of the space+“Hidden” drawers ensures a neat look
Reasons to avoid
-Not enough of a drop for hung clothes-Definitely not the cheapest

This is a wardrobe for which the term “it's what's inside that counts” was made for. Here you get eight adjustable shelves running down the right-hand side of the unit, ample hanging space, storage at the top and three internal drawers.

The main downside is that the drop for clothes is short. You'd be able to hang shirts and jackets without any issues but long dresses are most certainly out unless you remove a good number of shelves.

Still, this makes for flexibility. We certainly like that it has sliding doors and, because the base is closed, we love that you won't need to worry about clearing away dust from underneath. It looks best in white, though, with the maple cream finish appearing a little too 1970s for our taste.

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Acme Furniture Priya II Armoire

A pink wardrobe with added cute-factor

Reasons to buy
+Lovely decorative styling+Lots of storage space
Reasons to avoid
-Made out of metal-Could be at risk of rust

If you need a gorgeous wardrobe for a child, then they rarely come cuter looking than this. Painted white with pink, decorative, nature-inspired flourishes such as flowers and insects, the large handle resembles a butterfly and the doors open to reveal a hanging rail on one side and lots of shelves on the other – a magical combination of style and substance and great for most of your little one's clothes and toys.

Perhaps unusually, the wardrobe is actually created out of metal rather than wood. This is sure to make it nice and study although we do worry that it could also make it prone to rust.