We all need somewhere to hang our clothes, but finding the perfect storage solution can be tricky when your bedroom is on the smaller side. However, just because you’re lacking space doesn’t mean you have to miss out on style! Compact spaces may require a little more creativity when it comes to utilising wall and floor space, but there are some hard and fast rules that you can follow to ensure you find the right solution for you, and wardrobes make no exception. We’ve rounded up our top tips for finding the best wardrobe design for your small bedroom.

How do you fit a wardrobe in a small room?

Small wardrobes for small bedrooms

Original Rustic Oak double wardrobe

Original Rustic double wardrobe | @holcombedreaminteriors

The first thing you’ll need to think about is the size. Will the wardrobe actually fit in your small bedroom? While it might be tempting to try a 3-door wardrobe, the reality is that it’ll overwhelm the space you have, making it – rather than the bed – the focal point of the room. Instead, choose furniture that’s appropriately sized for the space it will be living in.

A double wardrobe still provides plenty of hanging space, and choosing ones with drawers means you have more room to store your jumpers, jeans or linens without using up precious hanging space. But make sure you leave enough space! You’ll need around 20cm at the front of your chosen wardrobe to allow for opening the doors and manoeuvring around it. For more info on optimal bedroom layouts, take a look at our bedroom measurement guide.

Use the whole wardrobe

Romsey wardrobe | @insideours

We all know that wardrobes provide indispensable, hidden storage. But why not make the most of the extra storage created on the outside of the piece? Above it, next to it, the sides, maximise the space you’ve gained! The top of a wardrobe comes as a ready-made shelf, perfect for ornaments or your favourite rattan storage boxes. Why not pop a floor-standing plant pot or wicker basket next to the wardrobe to fill with spare accessories – your options are endless.

Where should you put a wardrobe in a bedroom?

Make the most of alcoves

Parquet wardrobe | @mypetitenewbuild

Many older properties feature bedroom alcoves around a chimney breast, some may be fortunate enough to still have a beautiful fireplace fitted! Alcoves offer an amazing opportunity to squeeze in those often cumbersome wardrobes, especially in a bedroom lacking space. Fit one into one side of the chimney breast, while creating a sense of balance and symmetry with another furniture piece, such as a chest of drawers or dressing table, on the other side.

Make sure to measure up the space so the wardrobe slots seamlessly into its surrounding walls. If you’re working with a period property, remember that walls tend not to be perfectly straight. Take measurements from several parts of the wall to ensure it will fit all the way along.

Build-in a wardrobe

A mirror, fireplace, side table and lamp-bedroom furniture-antique gold grid mirror-painted fireplace-warm neutral walls-painted side table with wooden top

Madeline mirror | @layered.home

If you’re worried that a wardrobe may make your space feel cluttered and claustrophobic, a built-in wardrobe offers a beautifully sleek alternative. Whether you fill available alcoves or make use of a vacant wall, these floor-to-ceiling bedroom additions can actually make your room feel more spacious. What’s more, it means that your favourite furniture pieces can take centre stage, whether it be your bed, dressing table, chest of drawers, or bedside tables.

Make sure to paint the new fixture the same colour as your bedroom walls so that they blend seamlessly into the background, making the room feel bigger.

Best wardrobe designs for small bedrooms

Blend your wardrobe in

Brompton wardrobe | Brompton tallboy | @a_house_and_its_chows

When dealing with smaller bedrooms, we can’t create space, but we can certainly create the illusion of space. A great way to achieve this is by matching your wardrobe colour to your walls, allowing them to almost dissolve into their surroundings. This premise is the same regardless of wall colour. While some may shy away from using darker furniture in a darker room, it can actually create a beautiful cocooning effect, perfect for a deep night’s sleep.

Make a statement

Parquet double wardrobe

Parquet double wardrobe | @jlg-designs

If your wardrobe needs to sit at an awkward angle or you’re struggling to find a piece that matches your existing colour palette, why not make a statement? Give your bedroom an instant wow factor with a stylish and eye-catching wardrobe option. If it has to take up floor space in a small room, make sure it’s worth the square footage! We love how the detail of the Parquet range provides an interesting edge to any bedroom. Its decorative style, intriguing mid-century modern characteristics, and rich warmth from its honey hue make for a beautifully unique wardrobe, no matter your existing decor.

The wardrobe alternative

Canterbury bed | Canterbury bedside table | Canterbury tallboy | @mrsh_at_bears_cottage

While wardrobes offer ample storage space for bedrooms, they may not suit every home spatially. Tallboys, with their narrow and space-saving design, provide an excellent alternative. Their slim profile allows them to fit easily alongside other bedroom furniture, such as dressing tables and much-needed bedside tables.

You should now be ready to kit out your small bedroom with the perfect wardrobe design! Head over to our wardrobe collections to find a stylish two door piece, or gain some more tips for styling small homes here. Don’t forget to show us your style on Instagram, tag us, or use #OakFurnitureland #GrowYourHome.