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Jackets, caps, shoes - children often make a mess in the hallways or in the children's rooms, because children have a lot of clothes. To get rid of this problem, children's wardrobes help. Whether simple wall hooks, wall coat racks or standing coat racks, there is definitely something for your child!

With our big children's wardrobe guide, we want to help you find your best children's wardrobe by showing you what you should look out for before and after buying. We have compared the different children's wardrobes with each other and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages. This should help you with your purchase decision.




Summary

  • Children's wardrobes are specially designed wardrobes for children so that they can hang up their jackets and caps more easily. At the same time, children can learn to be more independent and keep their things in order.
  • There are different types of children's wardrobes: the simple children's wardrobe, the children's wardrobe with storage compartments or a stand-up wardrobe.
  • Before buying, you must pay attention to the following criteria, such as material, dimensions, colour and motifs, and other features, in order to find the ideal children's wardrobe for you.

The Best Children's Wardrobes: Our Picks

Children's wardrobes: Buying and rating criteria

If you are unsure about what to look for when buying your children's wardrobe, we have drawn up criteria to help you make your decision.

These are the most important features you can use to compare children's wardrobes:

Material

The material of the children's wardrobe is of great importance, as it says a lot about the quality and durability. Children's wardrobes should be free of harmful substances. Many of the wooden children's wardrobes have colourful motifs and are therefore painted.

However, since your child will be in contact with the children's wardrobe every day, you must make sure that it is free of harmful substances. So please look for test seals before buying or for unpleasant smells when unpacking, because this could be an indication of harmful substances.

Dimensions

When deciding on the size of the children's wardrobe, you should find a suitable place in the entrance area or in the children's room before you buy. You should take the correct measurements so that everything fits properly in the end.

If there is not enough space in the entrance area, the children's wardrobe should ideally be in the entrance area of the children's room so that the possible dirty clothes do not wander through the whole room.

Colour and motif

Children's wardrobes come in all kinds of colours and designs. Younger children in particular like to have colourful and unusual motifs. It is important that your child likes the new wall coat rack, because only then will he or she want to hang up his or her things independently.

However, if you want to buy a children's wardrobe for a longer period of time, it would make sense to choose a children's wardrobe in a neutral colour. Often, youngsters don't like bright, flashy colours, as this could seem childish.

Other features

Children's wardrobes are often available with storage compartments or benches. Depending on the living space, this additional equipment could be useful, as you can use it to create more order in the entrance area or children's room.

If the children's wardrobe comes with storage compartments without boxes or baskets, you can buy these additionally to create even more order.

Children's wardrobes: Frequently asked questions and answers

In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions about children's wardrobes. We have selected the questions for you and will answer them shortly.

What is a children's wardrobe?

Originally, a wardrobe was a room where residents and guests could put their jackets, coats and shoes. Nowadays, the term is used for a piece of furniture with which you can hang and organise your clothes. This can consist of one or more pieces, such as a hanging shelf and a bench.

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When buying your children's wardrobe, watch out for sharp corners and edges - there is a risk of injury here!
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The function of a children's wardrobe is to teach children to keep things tidy on their own from the very beginning. A children's wardrobe is designed in such a way that the hooks are easier for the children to reach, are child-friendly and made of non-hazardous material.

What types of children's wardrobe are there?

If you want to buy a children's wardrobe, there are two types of children's wardrobes to choose between: Wall-mounted wardrobes and floor-standing wardrobes. We have compiled the most important advantages and disadvantages of both types below:

Advantage Disadvantage
Wall coat rack
  • less living space required
  • many different motifs
  • tedious assembly
  • Wall-mounted coat rack with shelf
    • lots of storage space
    • more order
  • tedious assembly
  • large living space required
  • Floor-standing coat rack
    • unused corners and niches
    • easy to assemble
  • large living space required
  • not tilt-proof
  • Which children's wardrobe is right for you now depends, of course, on your living space. For example, if you have an open and spacious entrance area, you could consider a floor-standing coat rack or a wall coat rack with storage compartments. If you have a small entrance hall, however, hanging wardrobes are particularly suitable.

    What does a children's coat rack cost?

    A high-quality children's coat rack does not necessarily have to be expensive. It often depends on the material, functions and other features. That's why it's important that you think about the material, functions and features that are important to you for your child's new wardrobe before you buy it.

    Here we have created a small list where you can compare the price ranges of children's wardrobes:

    Type of children's wardrobe price range
    Hooks from €10
    Standard children's wardrobe €12-35
    Children's wardrobe with storage space from €35

    As you can see, you can buy a children's wardrobe for as little as 12€. Prices vary depending on the material and other features. It's best to know in advance what you want from your new children's wardrobe.

    What alternatives are there to a children's wardrobe?

    Often, there is not enough space and even a children's wardrobe can take up too much space. The alternative to a children's coat rack would be "simple" hooks. You can attach the wall hooks anywhere and they can also be combined several times in terms of style.

    Type Description
    Wall hooks Wall hooks are hooks that you can attach anywhere in your household. Stylistically, they can be combined several times and are almost unrecognisable due to their size.

    Wall hooks are particularly practical for niches and corners in the room.

    There are many different designs, be it simple, timeless hooks, real eye-catchers or cute, colourful animal hooks that will please your child and thus keep order in the hallway or children's room.

    What height should the children's coat rack be?

    To find out the right height for the children's wardrobe, it is best to orientate yourself on the size of your child. However, they should be able to hang up their jackets and caps on their own.

    Children are known to grow quickly - take into account that the clothes will soon get bigger.

    So it is important that the height is low enough to hang up their jackets without problems, but high enough so that they do not drag on the floor. Even small children become independent more quickly this way and keep order in the children's room.

    At the latest in kindergarten, a fixed wardrobe place becomes a matter of course for children. With a little help, they will soon be able to put on their jacket and shoes on their own.

    How can I build a children's wardrobe myself?

    If you would rather build and design your own children's wardrobe, we will show you in a few steps how to do it:

    1. Pre-draw: Draw the desired motif on a wooden board. You can print out a template on the Internet, for example. This would help you a little when drawing.
    2. Saw: Now you have to go along the contours with a saw, preferably a jigsaw, and saw carefully. Make sure you use a saw blade that is suitable for curves and fine cuts.
    3. Sand: Now it is important to sand the edges thoroughly with sandpaper so that your child cannot hurt himself. Sandpaper with 120 grit would be ideal.
    4. Priming: Depending on the type of wood, it is worth priming the cut wood before actually painting it. To do this, paint the wood and wait for it to dry.
    5. Painting: Now you can let your creativity run free. Paint the new children's wardrobe the way you or your child wants it. You can also do this in pairs!
    6. Drill holes and screw: Drill 4mm holes where you want the hooks and screw the hooks or wooden knobs through them. Done!

    Conclusion

    With the help of a children's wardrobe, you can create order in your flat or house particularly well and teach your child independence. In contrast to a "normal" children's wardrobe, you also ensure that your child is motivated to hang up its clothes independently.

    When buying a children's wardrobe, you can choose between a wall-mounted wardrobe and a floor-standing wardrobe. Wall-mounted wardrobes are particularly suitable for smaller flats because they save space.

    Floor-standing wardrobes are not space-saving, but they offer more space to hang up clothes and are particularly suitable for larger flats or houses.

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