How to Choose Between Sliding Door Wardrobes Over Hinged Door Wardrobes

Fitted wardrobes, whether sliding or hinged, are built floor to ceiling and, where appropriate, can in most circumstances be wall to wall. Also, usually both types of wardrobes are built without backs or sides so that you maximize the storage space available. However, some customers prefer to have backs and sides in their wardrobes, which will of course affect on the storage space.

Both sliding door wardrobes and hinged door wardrobes are made to-measure, so can fit almost any space. With both wardrobe options, you can choose from a number of interior storage options to accessorize with, including; long and short hanging, tie-racks, shoe-racks, trouser rails, draws, shelves and more, so this is no different in each case, however to help you choose:

Hinged Door Wardrobes

  • The depth for hinged wardrobes is usually up to 100mm less as their is no slider track.
  • Hinged wardrobe doors swing open so, despite the overall depth of the wardrobe is less than a standard sliding wardrobe, the space required is usually more to take account of the door's 'swinging' space.
  • Hinged doors usually have a maximum size of around 600mm (Approx. 2 foot), so as not to put too much weight on the hinges when they open.
  • Usually hinged wardrobes have a floor built-in at the height of a standard plinth of around 100mm, which will cut-down the hanging space marginally. However, where the ceiling height is around 2300-2400mm This does not normally pose a problem. Also, if necessary the floor height can be altered to suit the client's requirements, subject to ceiling height.
  • With genuine made to measure fitted furniture there are no standard door sizes – so outside of the above maximum size and a practical reason for not having doors too small, hinged doors could have made to any size.

Sliding Door Wardrobes

  • Unlike hinged wardrobes, sliding doors do not require space to open up into the room.
  • The standard depth of sliding door wardrobes is around 650mm (Approx. 26 inches), which allows for the running track for the sliding doors. This depth also allows for sufficient space so that the clothes are not worn by the doors, as they are slid opened or closed. However, if space is limited, then you can always have your clothes hung 'back-to-front' within the wardrobe, which is not as practical, but it does exceed a space problem and will reduce the depth required for the wardrobe.
  • With slider robes you have the option of going for larger doors and much larger mirrors. Sliding doors can be made up to 1,200 in width, with a choice of mirror, panel, sculptured, frosted or color glass. However, if cost is no object then slightly larger doors can be made too.
  • No standard door sizes – our door sizes are totally adjustable and made to fit your space.
  • There are no floors in sliding door wardrobes so you get maximum storage facilities.