A wardrobe or a walk-in wardrobe? The pros and cons of every solution - Santalucia

A wardrobe or a walk-in wardrobe? The pros and cons of every solution

22 March 2024

When it comes to organising the space set aside for clothing at home, choosing between a wardrobe and a walk-in wardrobe can be a crucial decision. Both solutions offer advantages and inconveniences, which depend on personal needs as well as on the available space and budget. In this article, we investigate the pros and cons of each option in depth, to guide you as you choose the most suitable solution for you and your space.

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A wardrobe, the versatile solution

A hinged or sliding door wardrobe is the traditional choice and is always highly versatile, which is why it is also the most popular solution for storing your garments. Here are its main advantages.

An extensive range of models, styles and dimensions

One of the main reasons why the wardrobe proves so popular is its variety in terms of finishes, sizes and configurations. Whether you prefer a classic style or a more modern, minimalist look, Santalucia Mobili has a wardrobe to suit all tastes and styling preferences.

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From classic hinged doors to the more modern sliding opening version, there is a wide choice of designs to choose from, allowing the wardrobe to blend in seamlessly with the existing décor, whatever the size of the bedroom.

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Optimising space in different-sized bedrooms

Wardrobes with doors can be made to measure and make the best use of the available space. There are also perfect solutions for more compact or irregularly shaped rooms, such as an attic room.

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In addition, the wide variety of available accessories, shelves, drawers, clothes rails and pull-out trays allows you to maximise the use of the interior space, ensuring optimal storage of all your clothes and accessories.

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Sliding doors, bridging and corner wardrobes: space-saving solutions

Wardrobes also offer a host of space-saving solutions that make them extremely practical and functional. Sliding doors, for instance, are ideal for small bedrooms as they do not require the additional space to pull open the doors.

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Bridging wardrobes are a clever solution to increase the available storage space without further sacrificing room space. They can be used to make the most of the space above the bed or above a door, but also to divide two settings by creating an opening between one room and another in an open-plan layout, such as the one pictured.

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What’s more, bridging configurations are multi-functional so you can create niches containing TV stands or shelves and other items of furniture – the perfect place to set up your home office in the bedroom.

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Corner wardrobe configurations also make the best use of space while making it easier to access the contents of your wardrobe.

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More cost-effective than a walk-in wardrobe

Another advantage of the wardrobe over a walk-in wardrobe is that it is generally less expensive. Usually, walk-in wardrobes are custom-designed to furnish an entire dressing room, whether large or small, and they include bespoke accessories and details which affect the overall cost. Standard wardrobes are a more affordable alternative for customers on a tight budget or those who prefer to invest in other elements of their bedroom furniture.

The walk-in wardrobe, every fashionista’s dream

The walk-in wardrobe is a dream shared by many, conveying the idea of luxury and practicality embraced by a contemporary piece of furniture in a space dedicated entirely to organising and displaying your garments and accessories. More than just a wardrobe, the walk-in wardrobe is perfect for a clientele in pursuit of maximum visibility, accessibility and customisation in their wardrobe. If you are considering the investment of integrating a Santalucia Mobili walk-in wardrobe into your home, here are some advantages to bear in mind.

Multiple types of walk-in wardrobe

Open and fully visible or closed with doors, across the full wall, in a corner or with modular frames: the variety of types available, as well as their flexible design, make the walk-in wardrobe easy to adapt to the size and shape of each room, as well as to aesthetic and functional preferences.

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Whether you want to create an open and airy space or maximise the use of space in a compact room, walk-in wardrobes offer bespoke solutions to suit all needs, so you can have everything at your fingertips… and within eyesight.

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Luxury and customisation: a veritable space dedicated to clothing

One of the distinguishing features of a walk-in wardrobe is the sense of luxury, exclusivity and customisation it generates: more than an item of furniture, it is a setting designed specifically to meet the needs of those seeking a place dedicated to organising and displaying their clothing and accessories. It is like having your very own showroom, where every single detail can be tailored to your needs, a safe haven to retreat to for some quality me time.

You can choose from high-quality materials (wood, metal, glass), stylish finishes and practical accessories to create a space that perfectly reflects your style. From the central island to the interior fittings, interior LED lighting and mirrors, from armchairs to coffee tables, decorative and functional elements can be added to transform your walk-in wardrobe into a cosy and luxurious space.

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Maximum visibility and accessibility of garments and accessories

Inner shelves, clothes rails, shelves, drawer units, pull-out trays, trouser racks, shoe racks: every item of clothing is immediately visible and easily accessible. The walk-in wardrobe provides a clear view of all your wares, making it easier to select your outfit and pick out matching accessories.

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Made-to-measure design

One of the most valued features of a walk-in wardrobe is the possibility of custom-designing it to make the most of every available inch. This means that you can adapt the walk-in wardrobe both to the layout and size of the room and to your own preferences in terms of organisation and style. The rack system, for instance, is extremely modular, ensuring freedom of movement and effective organisation for a functional and comfortable space.

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The perfect fit in any room in the home

If you don’t have enough room in your bedroom or you want to keep the main space clutter-free and spacious, you can create a walk-in wardrobe in other room, such as in a study, a hobby room, a hallway, a laundry room or a converted garage.

This makes for more efficient use of the available space in your home, making best use of every square inch, while at the same time transforming any room into a multi-functional and versatile setting.

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How to decide between a wardrobe and a walk-in wardrobe

The choice between a wardrobe and a walk-in wardrobe depends on various factors, which go beyond mere styling preference and factor in practical and lifestyle considerations. Whether you’re single, a couple, or a family with children, every household has different needs. Here are some practical tips to help you make the best decision.

  • Analyse your personal needs: first of all, it is essential to think about what your real needs are. Go through the clothing and accessories you own and try to guess how much space you will need to organise them effectively. If you have a large collection of clothes, you might prefer an immaculately organised solution that offers more space, such as a walk-in wardrobe. Conversely, if you have fewer outfits, a standard wardrobe may be more than enough for your needs.
  • Budget and available space: carefully consider your budget and the space available in your home. Walk-in wardrobes can be more expensive and require additional space, while wardrobes are often more affordable and can be easily integrated into a variety of home environments. Also bear in mind the size of the room the wardrobe or walk-in wardrobe will be fitted in and make sure there is enough space to move around comfortably.
  • Lifestyle: your day-to-day habits also affect your choice between a wardrobe and a walk-in wardrobe. If you spend a lot of time picking out your outfit and organising your apparel, you may appreciate the increased visibility and accessibility offered by a walk-in wardrobe. On the other hand, if you are more practical, keep your garments neat and tidy, and prefer a simpler and more functional solution, you could opt for a traditional wardrobe with doors.

Santalucia Mobili stands out by offering a solution that integrates the advantages of both the walk-in wardrobe and the traditional wardrobe: i.e. glass doors. This solution provides the best of both worlds, offering an elegant display of garments as if it were a luxury boutique window, but with the practicality and functionality of a traditional wardrobe. The transparency of the glass allows you to have a clear view of your clothing and, in addition, the hinged doors offer effective protection against dust.

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In conclusion, both the traditional wardrobe and the walk-in wardrobe offer unique advantages and can be customised to suit individual tastes and lifestyles. Regardless of what you end up choosing, the main objective is always to create an organised, functional and aesthetically attractive space that fully meets your needs. Browse the Homy Armadi and Homy Cabine catalogues to peruse the full Santalucia Mobili line-up.