The Wardrobe Conundrum

IMG_1523Thanks for all your comments on my wardrobe conundrum. Debby wanted to have a look inside.


This is how far we can open the doors at the moment. As you can see, there is a handy top shelf, room in the bottom for shoes and a hanging rail as well as some hooks along the back. It needs freshening up with a coat of paint inside. It’s deep enough to hang shirts and jackets.

Mark isn’t keen to lose the wardrobe, and as I started to consider in detail how I might break it apart with my rubber mallet, I started to feel sad too. I have thought of every option for furniture placement – even using my furniture placement plans with all our furniture to scale (yes, I’m like that).

I was, however, starting to think along the same lines as Debby when she suggested using wall/overhead lighting to read by. So here is my compromise.

IMG_1516I dispense with both bedside tables and use them in the bay window on either side of a Louis XV chair with lamps and ‘objet‘. I then shift the bed about six inches to the left ensuring that there is enough clearance for opening the wardrobe but also getting through the bedroom door (not pictured but to the left). I then have my pair of wall lights fitted above the bed, with a switch you can reach from bed, like in a hotel, instead of bedside lamps. By the way, that radiator behind the bed is going to be moved.

$_12This morning I bought this off eBay. It is a small antique mahogany wine table that I will use next to the bed for the alarm clock, a book and a night-time glass of water, which is all that’s really needed. It will take up much less space that the current bedsides and it is small enough that it won’t look unbalanced, particularly if I place the wall lights in a balanced position over the bed.

This way we save the wardrobe. If it was demolished we would have to buy a new wardrobe anyway for another position in the room. We then later have the choice to get rid of the wardrobe if it doesn’t work out, but at least we will have tried. In the future, if the wardrobe were to go, I would make sure the doors and frame were retained so that it could be rebuilt in another bedroom. But for now the wardrobe will stay. As Konni said, once it’s gone it’s gone. Plus I got to do some shopping!

IMG_3103Last summer on my Derbyshire jaunt I visited Chatsworth. I quite like the idea of a writing desk at the end of the bed. Also notice only one bedside table. The lamp on the desk  balances it out. I could always do something similar if this plan doesn’t work, just with less chintz.

IMG_1526Did I tell you we have two original Edwardian wardrobes? This is the other one, in Mark’s future study.

IMG_1527It’s much shallower than the other one though. I can’t bring myself to break up the pair. At least not yet.



9 thoughts on “The Wardrobe Conundrum

  1. Life is a series of concessions and compromises so I congratulate you on the good planning. Imagine how Debo anguished at fixing Chatsworth – a huge dump when she had to solve the problem of No Cash. Envious that you have seen it, on my Bucket List.

  2. Glad you’re going to keep the wardrobe, but If you only have one bed-side table where does the un-tabled person put their book or glasses or cup of tea or tissues or whatever else is an overnight necessity?

  3. Hi Scott and Mark,

    I’ve really enjoyed your blog and found it inspiring as we embark upon our own restoration of a 1907 Edwardian house. We’re currently looking to refit some Edwardian fitted wardrobes that have been badly modified over the years and I wondered if you could take some photo’s of the latches and catches used in yours? Ours have been swapped for modern magnet type latches which I’m not keen on. I’d really appreciate the help as we try to get ours back to how they were originally designed and built.


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