Sliding wardrobe door ideas - 10 of the best

Add style to your bedroom with these neat ideas for sliding wardrobe doors

Sliding wardrobe doors are a sleek modern addition to any bedroom. Space is at a premium in many bedrooms as property gets more expensive and we look for ways to kit out smaller bedrooms. Sliding wardrobe doors allow a bedroom to appear more spacious as they won’t extend into the room when opened. Take a look at our top 10 sliding wardrobes and get inspired to by its smart and stylish design.

For understated chic choose walnut or teak-effect sliding doors for the bedroom. Add a mirrored panel to one of the sliding wardrobe doors to reflect light around the room. Maximise space by positioning fitted sliding doors in the alcove space either side of the chimney breast.

Pale wood sliding wardrobe doors act as a great centrepiece to the bedroom with a little creative thinking. Add a decorative focus to the sliding doors by attaching pretty wall stencils to the doors, continuing them onto the wall to create a unifying feel to the space.

In a small boxy bedroom a mirrored wardrobe panel will double the size of the space. Add a freestanding wardrobe that has sliding doors so they won’t extend out into the bedroom when opened. Allow plenty of storage space with baskets and extra shelving for folded garments and footwear.

If you are looking to maximise space in your bedroom then use the area behind the sliding wardrobe doors for more than just hanging clothes. Add a shelf and drawers to one half of the wardrobe and use the area for a dressing table – but make sure you include good lighting so you’re not putting make-up on in the dark!

Create extra space in a teenage girl’s room with sliding doors. Make her feel as though she has her own walk-in wardrobe with mirrored doors and sectioned off zones for shoes, belts and other accessories. Add high-gloss wardrobe doors in a bold blue or red to suit teen boys and girls.

1/10 Sliding wardrobe doors with stickers

bedroom with sliding wardrobe doors and wall stickers

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Customise plain sliding wardrobe doors with an arrangement of pretty butterfly wall stickers - perfect for a modern bedroom. Fix the vinyl wall stickers to the wardrobe doors and continue them onto the wall to give a unified feel and turn the wardrobes into a decorative feature.

Butterfly vinyl wall stickers
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2/10 Sliding wardrobes in bedroom alcoves

bedroom with sliding wardrobe and guild linnaeus wallpaper

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Utilise space in a bedroom by fitting sliding wardrobes into the alcove space either side of a chimney breast. These simple cream panelled doors act as a neutral backdrop allowing the striking tree-print feature wallpaper to really stand out.

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3/10 Built-in dressing table behind sliding doors

room with dressing table and sliding wardrobe doors

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Utilise the space behind sliding wardrobe doors for more than just clothes storage. Try fitting a couple of shelves and using the space as a dressing table area.

Beech sliding wardrobe doors

4/10 Organised storage inside wardrobes

room with organised storage and curtains

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Consider how you want to kit out the interior of your wardobe so you have ample storage inside for clothing and accessories. Include at least two hanging rails and allow plenty of space for baskets, too, so you have a place to store folded garments and footwear.

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5/10 Teen wardrobe decorated with bright stickers

teen wardrobe decorated with eiffel tower vinyl stickers

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Give a teen girl's bedroom a grown-up theme with a bright Parisian-themed look. Decorate sliding wardrobe doors with large-scale Eiffel Tower wall stickers - one on each door panel - teamed with a co-ordinating pictorial wallpaper on the walls.

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6/10 Understated bedroom wardrobes

bedroom with sliding wardrobe

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Choose sleek and simple sliding doors that will co-ordinate with the décor in a neutral bedroom scheme. Simple walnut-effect panelled doors like these are unobtrusive and will blend into the background. Add a mirrored panel to help reflect light around the room.

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7/10 Bedroom with mirrored wardrobe doors

bedroom with mirrored wardrobe doors

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Make a small space appear larger by installing mirrored doors along the length of the room. Ideal for a small bedroom or dressing room, mirrored doors will not only maximize your mirror area, but can have the effect of doubling the room size, too.

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8/10 Child’s bedroom with sliding door wardrobe unit

childs bedroom with sliding door wardrobe unit

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Short on floor space in a child's bedroom? Utilise what space you do have with a freestanding wardrobe that can be squeezed into a tight corner. Opt for a design that has sliding doors so they won't extend out into the room when opened.

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9/10 Bright hi-gloss wardrobes in teenager’s bedroom

bedroom with sliding wardrobe doors and telescope

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Bridge the gap from nursery to teen years with a funky bedroom scheme that will appeal to young and older children alike. This red, white and blue colour scheme with high-gloss blue wardrobe doors is a classic look that will be a hit with boys and girls.


10/10 Country bedroom with alcove storage

bedroom with sliding wardrobe doors and chandelier

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Make the bed the focal point of a traditional bedroom by positioning a pair of freestanding wardrobes on either side of it. This arrangement will create an alcove for your bed to slot into, which will add depth to a blank wall. Put up a shelf between the wardrobes to create some display space above the bed and fit wall lights into the alcove.

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Lisa Fazzani
Deputy Editor

Lisa is Deputy Editor of Style at Home magazine and regularly contributes to sister title Ideal Home. She has written about interiors for more than 25 years and about pretty much every area of the home, from shopping and decorating, crafts and DIY to real home transformations and kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Homes and interiors have always been a passion and she never tires of nosying around gorgeous homes, whether on TV, online, in print or in person.