Most American homes built before the 1950's had less closet space because, in general, people owned less clothing. It's hard to believe, but sometimes a couple kept their entire wardrobe in one wardrobe, hence the name. Also, clothes needed to be enclosed in a small space in order to protect the fabric from environmental elements, like moths. However, wardrobes will always serve a purpose for those who live in tight urban quarters. Extra shelving keeps clutter under control and enclosing the clothes behind doors helps maintain a clean aesthetic. The concept of a wardrobe might be old fashioned, but many modern designs are sleek. Below is a selection of stylish wardrobes for many budgets:
• Century Wardrobe, CB2, $699.
• Larissa Screen Door Armoire, Posh Tots $7,425.
• Iannone Design Graphic Armoire, 2Modern, $3,995.
• Bonne Nuit Grand Armoire, Posh Living, $4,800.
• Elga Wardrobe, IKEA, $300. Modular shelving so you can personalize your wardrobe.
• Mirrored Armoire, Neiman Marcus, $1,739. In case you're really low on space, this armoire can double as storage and full length mirror.
• Stanley Young America Ma Marie Armoire, Layla Grayce, $1,929. Pink and french with flourish, this wardrobe is perfect for a feminine look.
• AR-16 Armoire/Media Cabinet, Home Portfolio. This wardrobe is both luxurious and simple.
• Bento Kona Chifforobe, Crate & Barrel, $1,899. Inspired by Japanese design, this practical piece has ample drawer space.
• Wilshire Armoire, The Furniture Domain, $1,529. The perfect addition to any shabby chic decor.