Learn about Wardrobe

A wardrobe is a cupboard with space for hanging clothes. As an item of furniture as opposed to a separate closet, the wardrobe did not generally appear until the early 19th century. Until then, clothes had been stored in clothes presses.

Wardrobes may have between one and four doors, and sometimes have fitted drawers in the centre section and hanging space on either wing. The doors are often panelled, with a decorative figured timber panel surrounded by a moulded frame. The clothes hangers hung on rails or hooks, usually facing the front. Antique wardrobes are often too shallow to fit standard size wire hangers comfortably side on.

A Beaconsfield wardrobe is the term used to describe an Edwardian period wardrobe that has an open storage area in the centre top section, usually backed by a mirror, with externally visible drawers below.

Wardrobes have been made in most of the usual furniture timbers: oak, pine, cedar, mahogany, walnut and satinwood and the styles range from the plain and simple to the elaborate and ostentatious. Many were made as part of a bedroom suite together with matching dressing table and washstand. more...
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A colonial kauri wardrobe of attractive plain design with twin panelled doors and two drawers in the base, restrained carved decoration and carved corbels beneath the shaped pediment, moulded glass handles and plinth base. 150 x 54 x 210 cm

Antique Kauri pine Beaconsfield design robe, approx 230 cm high, 180 cm wide, 50 cm deep

A Colonial Arts & Crafts Influenced kauri & totara banded single door Wardrobe, interior with porcelain and brass hooks. Single drawer base. Height 253 cm. Width 152 cm

Mottled kauri wardrobe c. 1885 This popular wardrobe variant incorporates drawers and a cupboard as a multipurpose clothes storage cabinet. This wardrobe's appeal is heightened by the use of multiple mottled kauri types, and importantly, handles attributed

Mottled kauri wardrobe c. 1880 This wardrobe of excellent quality displays a multitude of mottled kauri in both solid and veneered form, together with figured puriri veneers, the profuse use of decorative native timbers was common throughout the colonial p

A carved kauri wardrobe flanked by four drawers and two doors. Height 230 cm. Width 137 cm

A colonial carved kauri and totara mirrored wardrobe incorporated with four drawers, two door cupboard and open shelf