The Ultimate Guide to Freestanding Wardrobes

I recently attempted to organise my wardrobe space having been inspired by a book written by Marie Kondo… let’s just say it’s work in progress and leave it at that! (I still can’t master the special Konmari fold and have become more obsessed with swiping through Insta looking at other people’s well organised spaces!)

Wardrobes are an essential piece of bedroom furniture, coming in a close second after the king of the bedroom, aka the bed. Providing a one stop storage solution for your clothes, accessories and shoes, wardrobes are a household furniture staple, whether you favour the clean lines and bespoke interior of built-in wardrobes or the simple solution of a freestanding wardrobe, every bedroom needs at least one wardrobe!

Although fitted wardrobes may have the upper hand in offering wall to wall storage, they do come with a heftier price tag and don’t offer the same flexibility as freestanding wardrobes. Whether you’re switching bedrooms or moving house, freestanding wardrobes can be easily moved if needed and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and finishes.

It’s worth taking a bit of time to choose the perfect wardrobe, considering how it will fit style wise with the rest of the room and more importantly, if it will actually fit in the room at all! This ultimate guide to freestanding wardrobes will hopefully help you find the best clothes storage solution that will make light work of keeping you and your bedroom well organised!

Things to consider before buying a freestanding Wardrobe

The key to finding your perfect sartorial companion is to carefully consider what your storage needs are.

Here are a few important questions to answer before buying a freestanding wardrobe;

  • How many people will be using the wardrobe – will it be shared with a partner or do you have the luxury of an entire closet to yourself?
  • Hanging space – is hanging space a priority or do you also need shelving and drawers?
  • Does your wardrobe need to coordinate with other pieces of bedroom furniture?
  • Do you prefer hinged or bi-fold doors?

Now that you’ve considered these important questions, you’re better equipped to start your search for the ultimate wardrobe. Cuckooland’s range of wardrobes come in an array of different sizes, shapes and styles, read on to learn more about the different types of freestanding wardrobes;

Vox 4 You Bi Fold 4 Door Wardrobe with Built in Drawers in White

What are the Different Types of freestanding Wardrobes?

Understanding the different types of wardrobes will help you identify the perfect wardrobe to suit your space. Single or double wardrobes are ideal for compact areas, for more spacious rooms you could consider a triple wardrobe or a corner wardrobe may fit like a glove if the space allows.

When it comes to creating a sanctuary for you to retreat to at the end of a busy day, which wardrobe will fit best? Below you will find a selection of each type of wardrobe to help you choose the right option for you;

1 Door Wardrobes:

Standing tall and slender, 1 door wardrobes take up little floor space so are ideal for smaller bedrooms. A great option if you only need hanging space for 1, perhaps not so good if you need to share!

2 Door Wardrobes:

Double wardrobes are the most popular choice, perfectly suited to smaller and larger spaces without being overpowering. 2 door wardrobes offer up different interior fitting combinations, so you could combine hanging space with shelving or opt for full double hanging.

3 Door Wardrobes:

Triple wardrobes are ideal if you need to share your wardrobe space, or if you have lots of clothes! They do command a larger footprint, so it’s important to consider whether the room is large enough to comfortably house a 3 door wardrobe alongside other essential bedroom furniture and for it not to be too imposing.

Bi-fold Wardrobes:

If space is at a premium, bi-fold wardrobes are a brilliant space saving option as they take up less room than a hinged wardrobe. Their concertina design allows for full access to the wardrobe interior without encroaching the room.

Corner Wardrobes:

Corner wardrobes make clever use of space that may otherwise be left redundant. If room allows they can be combined with another freestanding wardrobes to create a large bedroom storage solution.

Open Wardrobes:

Open wardrobes are becoming more popular, so if you like the minimalist approach an open clothes rail could be just right for you. Designs often feature a combination of hanging rails and shelving. They are also a budget friendly wardrobe option.

Most importantly you need to measure up your space and check that is compatible with your chosen wardrobe. Take a note of the width, height and depth of the space and compare this with the dimensions of the wardrobe that you like. Our product detail pages clearly list the wardrobe size specifications, so you can easily find the perfect match. Don’t forget to allow clearance space, allowing for wardrobe doors to fully open and leaving a little space between the top of the wardrobe and the ceiling. As a guide I recommend 1cm width clearance and 4cm height clearance.

Hangun 3 Door Wardrobe

Benefits of a freestanding Wardrobe

Don’t be fooled into thinking that freestanding wardrobes are inferior in comparison to their counterpart, the fitted wardrobe. Freestanding wardrobes have a lot going for them, however if you’re wavering over whether they are the best wardrobe solution for you, here are a few benefits to freestanding wardrobes that should help win you over;

  1. Versatile

Stand-alone wardrobes are hugely versatile in that they can be moved if needed. The portability of a freestanding wardrobe means that should you decide to re-arrange your bedroom, move to a different bedroom or move house all together, your wardrobe can move too!

  1. Co-ordinate with other Furniture

Whether you are looking to buy an entire new bedroom suite or looking to try and match your new wardrobe with your existing bed frame, freestanding wardrobes are easy to coordinate with other bedroom furniture.

  1. Affordable

With many different wardrobe options available you are sure to find one that suits your budget. Freestanding wardrobes are a much more affordable bedroom storage solution in comparison to built-in wardrobes, that often require specialist design and fitting therefore command a higher price tag.

  1. Easily sold or replaced

If the situation arises whereby you need to sell or replace your wardrobe, whether you’re re-styling your bedroom or moving house, freestanding wardrobes are easy to replace or sell on to a proud new owner.

  1. Delivery time

As much as we’d like to think we’re patient – long delivery times can be painfully frustrating! Freestanding wardrobes, in comparison to built in wardrobes, are likely to have much shorter delivery times, so you won’t have to wait quite so long to get your bedroom ship shape!

Lifetime Customisable 4 Door Wardrobe

Top Picks of the best freestanding Wardrobes

To follow is a roundup of my top picks from Cuckooland’s collection of standalone wardrobes, chosen for their superb functionality combined with aesthetic appeal. From traditional through to contemporary, sustainable wood to modern metal, to suit different tastes as well as different budgets.

Solid Wood Wardrobes

Take your bedroom storage to a whole new level with Connect, a range of beautiful FSC® approved solid pine bedroom furniture from Woood. The range includes a 2 door wardrobe and a 3 door wardrobe that come with the versatility of changing up the interior, whether you’re after split level hanging rails or extra shelving for those meticulously (Konmari!) folded sweaters. If room allows, you could even create a storage wall by placing these freestanding wardrobes together and with other matching furniture available you can create a coordinated look in your bedroom.

Connect Contemporary 3 Door Wardrobe with Storage in White by Woood

Customisable Wardrobes

If you’re looking for a new wardrobe but can’t quite find the perfect combination of legs and handles, Vox Simple is the answer! This collection of customisable bedroom furniture lets you pick out your very own blend of colour, feet and handles to create your perfect wardrobe! Vox Simple includes a 2 door wardrobe, a corner wardrobe and a fabulous 4 door bi-fold wardrobe that opens out from the centre to reveal oodles of hanging and storage space inside.

Vox Simple 4 Door Wardrobe

Wardrobes with Storage

If you want a splash of colour in your bedroom as well as ample storage, Vox Concept is sure to brighten your day! This collection of bedroom furniture comes in a choice of 5 different colours and includes a 3 door and 2 door wardrobe. Both of these standalone wardrobes feature a combination of hanging, storage drawers and shelving for a complete clothes storage solution. With an entire collection of coordinating bedroom furniture available, you can opt to compliment with other pieces or mismatch with different colours!

Vox Concept 3 Door Wardrobe in Grey & Blue

Locker Style Wardrobes

For something a little more industrial, you could consider a locker style wardrobe such as this one from BePureHome. Don’t be scared of the on-trend darker shades dominating a room – dark colours create the illusion of appearing further away, so for big pieces of furniture it can even work in smaller bedrooms. For those of you who aren’t quite ready to embrace the full metal locker there are designs that maintain the softness of wood that have been painted to give the effect of metal.

Metal Locker Style Wardrobe in Grey by BePureHome

The Ultimate White Wardrobe

You really can’t beat a timeless white wardrobe, a true classic that won’t age. With Oliver Furniture you get to choose from a double wardrobe and 3 door wardrobe, both feature storage drawers at the bottom and come fully kitted out with hanging rails and interior shelving. Not limited to a kids bedroom or nursery, these beautiful white wardrobes would look perfectly at home in any bedroom.

Oliver Furniture Seaside Children's Luxury 3 Door Wardrobe in White

These are just a handful of the most amazing selection of freestanding wardrobes that are available at Cuckooland. As we’ve discovered, freestanding wardrobes are incredibly versatile, giving your bedroom relaxed yet organised feel. Whether you’re shopping for a kid’s wardrobe or treating yourself to a funky new armoire, you’ll be delighted by the array of standalone wardrobes we have on offer.

If you’re still left undecided on which wardrobe is best for you, our closet friendly customer service team are on hand to answer any further questions, give us a call on +44 (0) 1305 231231 or pop us an email.


With more than 8 years’ experience in providing advice and support to parents looking for their perfect kids bed, mother of 2, Nathalie Davis is passionate about helping children develop. In her role as Director of Product Procurement at Cuckooland, Nathalie has helped thousands of parents improve their children’s sleep and sleeping habits through the beds and mattresses she sources and the articles she writes. In her spare time she teaches her Golden Retriever to be a responsible vegetarian and is often spotted sifting through clothes at her local Charity Shops.

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