1. Functionality

Functionality - What do you want the wardrobe to do? Obviously you want it to store your clothes and other items but make a list of roughly what you have. How many suites, long dresses, foldables (t-shirts, trousers, jumpers), shoes, boxes, board games etc. Are you hoping that your new wardrobes will store more than your current solution? Make the list as detailed as you can. (It may seem like overkill, but if you do this you will end up with a much better solution in the end).

2. Sketch It, draw it, snap it

No matter how bad and basic your drawing skills are, try and put the dimensions of your room into a diagram or sketch. Reputable furniture and decor shops will have consultants who will be able to work with your sketch. Use a pen and pencil or some of the available online software or apps. Take a picture with your mobile or draw the room shape on paper with measurements indicated. Measure in international standard measurements like centimeters. Remember to include measurements of the loose items that will take up space in the room or along the walls.

3. There is no such thing as "we don't have a budget"

There is no such thing as "we don't have a budget". Rather than setting a fixed figure like £3000, better to set a range. Be clear with yourself what your range is. What is it that you expect from your range? If you're looking for a large 4 metre wardrobe, with pull down hanging, hundreds of drawers, leather doors and disco lighting, will your range realistically cover it? Make sure you set a realistic range before and during your online research.

4. Take lots of photos of the room where the wardrobes will be placed

Take lots of photos of the room where the wardrobes will be placed. Take a video too. Don't just take photos of the wall or corner where the wardrobe will go - be sure to get a complete 360 of the room. This will help the in-store designer advise you much better on colours, finishes and style

5. Save time by looking online before heading out

Save time by looking online before heading out - look at online customer reviews of the shops you are thinking of visiting - there are many shops that have fantastic reviews - aim to see those first. Avoid those shops that suppress or don't encourage customer reviews. Obviously also avoid those that have poor reviews!

6. Check the floor to ceiling height in several places, not just one

Check the floor to ceiling height in several places, not just one. If you think you need a 3 metre wardrobes, check the floor to ceiling once every metre along the run where you think you will place the wardrobe and make a note of all the measurements. Floor to ceiling height can vary from one end of a room to another and it's worth beginning your search with accurate information.

7. Plan your hunt

Plan your hunt - make a list of stores that you want to visit - speak to the store beforehand to understand their price points to ensure they are aligned with your budget range. Find out if the store offers a variety of different brands or just one - the more brands they offer, the more variety you can expect in terms of style, door type, size flexibility, price and delivery time.

8. Understand the difference

Understand the difference between a wall fitted wardrobe and a stand alone or freestanding fitted wardrobe. Wall fitted wardrobes are usually made from chipboard and have the advantage of being a cheap solution. Stand alone fitted wardrobes tend to be a little more expensive but usually wear better.

9. Make sure the store has a design team available to help you design your wardrobe

Make sure the store has a design team available to help you design your wardrobe. Take your photos, lists and room sketch with you to help the in-store designer. In store designers will be able to show you a number of suitable options and then draw them out for you including customising the internal configurations of drawers, shelves and hanging to suit your requirements (hence the need to draw up that long boring list).

10. If you can, ditch the kids.

If you can, ditch the kids. Send them off on a play date or drop them off to relatives, friends, babysitter, zoo - anything to give you a few free hours where you can focus.

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