Depending on the size and make of the wardrobe can depend on the next feature of the double wardrobe, the extra space above the hanging rail. With many wardrobes, additional shelving can be found with a strong solid shelve made from the same wood used to produce the wardrobe. This can be used for many items from the bedroom as the depth from the top of the wardrobe to the shelf is usually quite a few inches in height. A feature which can be very useful but not as common is an added drawer or series of small drawers found at the bottom of the wardrobe. This means the hanging rail can be higher up to provide the same amount of hanging space, or alternatively, the same higher as a wardrobe without additional drawers but provides hanging space which is lacking in height.
The craftsmanship of an antique wardrobe may exceed that of todays manufactured versions. A centuries old wardrobe is a statement to the extra care and skill that went into the making of it. Much of todays mass-produced furniture is unable to match the standards of craftsmanship that were employed to produce the handmade item. However, with the advancements in furniture manufacturing, the quality of mass-produced furniture is quite good. The style choices and storage flexibility of new and antique wardrobes is equally extensive. Some of the more elaborate wardrobes of the Victorian era are reproduced today. The simple lines and styling of the Shaker style wardrobe is a popular option in todays furniture market.
The variety of wood colors, stains and finishes is just as broad in the antique wardrobe as it is in the new. Design of the antique wardrobe is mimicked in todays styles. Depending on the level of restoration, differentiating between a new and an antique wardrobe can be difficult. With the rising popularity of vintage and antique furniture, new wardrobes can be created to look like a fine antique. With paint, stain and even some carefully administered marring, the new wardrobe can take on the characteristics of an antique. Conversely, there are many antique pieces that have been completely restored to look brand new.
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