One of the items we take for granted in our homes is the wardrobe. We want bedrooms to have as many built-in wardrobes as possible. Preferably large ones. If you can walk into them, even better. We might have specifications on colour and position, but that’s about it. Yet there’s so much more to wardrobes. Particularly hinged ones, which are both common and convenient.
The main concern with hinged wardrobes is space. The wardrobe door needs room to swing open. So if your bedrooms are on the smaller side, sliding door Wardrobes options are better. Once you’ve decided you prefer hinges, think about the type of hinge that works best. It’s a technical aspect, so you may not know enough to decide. Below are a few basic types of hinges:
- Butt hinge – the ordinary kind you see on doors
- Mortise hinge – a butt hinge, but with alternating tongues
- Barrel hinge – spring-loaded, like commercial bathrooms or heavy office doors
- Piano hinge – extra long for piano lids
- Butterfly hinge – has decorative butterfly-like shapes
- Flush hinge – has an interlocking jigsaw-like lip
- Tee-hinge – named for its shape, mostly used on gates
- Cupboard hinge – concealed and sometimes spring-loaded, for child-proofing
Apart from usage, the position of your door hinge matters too. The door it’s connecting could be permanent, portable/removable, sliding, hidden, or customised in some other way. Also, your hinge is for home use. So be sure you’re getting domestic hinges, not industrial ones. Industrial hinges are more heavy-duty, and they include bullet, block, and flag hinges.
Hinged Wardrobe Design Options
Your wardrobe supplier can help you pick the best hinge, so don’t worry about it too much. You do get to choose the design of your wardrobe doors though. Do you want single or double doors? Solid wood or blockboard? Separate doors for the cubbies above your hanging wardrobe section? Walk-ins or stand-alone?
Some companies provide stained or varnished doors, to retain the natural wood grain pattern. Others will paint your wardrobes for you. Ask about colour palette options. You may think anything goes, then be surprised that your wardrobe supplier prefers varying shades of white. Maybe that’s their trademark, or it could be a conscious aesthetic choice.
In terms or recessed wardrobes, you could opt for something like the top-and-bottom Brooklyn Federation wardrobe. For shared rooms, you could avoid wardrobe fights by having a different set for each partner, with a fireplace or built-in vanity between. This way, neither of you can ‘accidentally’ encroach on the other’s storage space.
For something a little more intricate, try Brindabella-Thermoform doors. They use a wood panel pattern to make your doors aesthetically pleasing. Thermoform isn’t ‘true wood’. It’s a kind of plastic PVC that’s heated and moulded into position, so it can be used to ‘cloak’ a block-board, MDF, or waste-wood door, creating that realistic timber texture.
If you want some darker detail on your doors, try something like Bayswater Black Tulip wardrobes. They’re made from a combination of black thermoform and white glass. Sometimes, wardrobe doors are ordered (and manufactured) separately from the wardrobe itself, so verify delivery schedules with your contractor. Otherwise, you may be stuck in a house with pretty wardrobes but no matching doors.