Choosing the colour is the best place to start. First, you need to establish if you would like just one colour, or something more funky, with more than one colour. Plain coloured wardrobes are obviously easier to find, both on and offline. They will also be a more practical buy, as a smooth, plain wooden wardrobe, or a crisp and clean white one, will go with almost all colours of bedding. Remember, if you choose a two-tone, or multicoloured childrens wardrobe, you will be limited in the colour of bedding you can choose. Perhaps its best to have the wardrobe, and other furniture, as the blank canvas, and to add splashes of colour with cushions, bedding and other goodies. Also remember, a pink wardrobe cant be handed down to your next child if its a boy, and vice versa.
This might be something decided upon by your child, or you may wish to choose a style that suits the rest of your house. If you live in a cottage, a white glossy wardrobe may look out of place, but an antique pine wardrobe with just the right handles, will look like it has lived there forever. Likewise, a modern and stylish house could carry off a sleek childrens wardrobe with mirrored doors on one, or both, of the doors. If you cant find the exact wardrobe for your child that you want, you can also customise a wardrobe into just the one you want. For example, you can change the handles to something more modern, or sleek, or funky, just like you might change the buttons on a coat. You can paint a wardrobe - a wooden wardrobe can become cerise pink for a girl, or blue for a boy, or something more neutral, such as crisp white.
Craigslist is a great site to check out, as there are thousands of classified ads that you can browse through to find an offer of someone trying to sell a wardrobe. You will need to go to the home of the person to check out the wardrobe, but you may find that it is one of the best ways to find quality wardrobes being sold at a cheap price. Keep an eye on the "For Sale" section in your local newspaper. People who are moving homes will often have a final sale to try to make as much money as they can from the various things in their home, and you may be able to find a good wardrobe for a low price if you can luck out on finding a family that is trying to sell their wardrobe as they are moving homes. If you buy a used wardrobe, you will likely need to invest some money in getting it fixed up. Most people will slowly damage or wear out their wardrobe over the years of use, and you will find that your cheap wardrobes may need some repair work done to it. However, the cost of the repairs will be minimal compared to the money you saved.
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