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How Do I Choose the Best Wardrobe with Sliding Doors?

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  • Written By: Solomon Branch
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  • Last Modified Date: 07 September 2016
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To choose the best wardrobe with sliding doors, you need to determine what style of wardrobe you want, what material you want it to be made from, and make sure the doors are functional and easy to open. There are many styles of wardrobes, but those with sliding doors are somewhat limited. Most wardrobes have two or three doors that slide in both directions. They offer the convenience of a wardrobe but without the extra space needed for doors that open outward.

It’s best to determine what style of wardrobe you would like to have before shopping. Many people choose a wardrobe to match or compliment the rest of the room's décor. A wardrobe with sliding doors usually comes in wood or plastic, and there are often many wood choices available. It is also common for a wardrobe with sliding doors to have mirrors on the outside of the doors. This imitates built-in wardrobes that are recessed into the wall.

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Space requirements are often not as large for a wardrobe with sliding doors as they are with a regular wardrobe. The doors won’t open outwards, so they are perfect for areas where there is not a lot of space between the front of the wardrobe and another piece of furniture. Decide if you want to have a wardrobe with two or three sliding doors. Three-door wardrobes are often divided into two or three sections, with one area devoted to shelf space and the rest to hanging clothes. Two-door wardrobes are often just for hanging clothes, although some have shelf space as well.

If you have some imagination, carpentry skill, or extra money, you can convert a regular wardrobe to a wardrobe with sliding doors. A custom furniture builder may be able to do this, although it can be expensive. Depending on the wardrobe, it is possible to do it yourself. Buying a used wardrobe and adding a sliding door is a relatively inexpensive option, although it may be more a challenge with high-quality, harder wood wardrobes.

When choosing a wardrobe with sliding doors, it’s always best to see it firsthand. That way you can check the doors to make sure they are easy to open and provide enough access to the closet, and see how the wardrobe looks up close. You can also tell if the doors will last or not. If shopping in-person is not an option, there are several models available online.

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