Wardrobes vs. Closets: What Best Fits Your Needs?

Choosing between a wardrobe and a closet to best accommodate your clothes is a difficult choice if you don’t have a background on the strengths and liabilities of each clothing storage solution. Check out the breakdown below and see whether a wardrobe or a closet is best for your situation and lifestyle.

Wardrobe and Closet Strengths and Weaknesses


  • In comparison to a wardrobe, a closet is a much more durable solution to storing clothes. Closets usually have more capacity and allow for the storage of a variety of different types of items including boxes and bins. Closets also are usually also designed in ways that they do not visibly occupy space in rooms, but instead are inset into walls. In comparison, a wardrobe will often take up a lot of space in a room and often must be placed awkwardly to allow for its doors to fully open.


  • Despite its less permanent status, a wardrobe can provide many advantages over a closet. The most obvious is that it is much less difficult to put wardrobes in a room than to have a closet installed, especially if a room did not already have a closet. A wardrobe comes in handy when a room without a closet is being converted into a bedroom or a guest room. For a room with clothing storage needs that are above the capacity of an existing closet, wardrobes can make a convenient overflow closet. A wardrobe, especially an antique armoire, can make a beautiful addition to room furniture, serving an aesthetic purpose that closets often do not.

Still Can't Decide?

Your personal taste, functionality – even the style of your home – all come into play when selecting a clothes storage system. Your California Closets Design Consultant can talk you through the choices and help you find and customize the right system for your needs. Contact California Closets today to set up a consultation with one of our expert designers.