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Pros and Cons of an Open Wardrobe

Pros and Cons of an Open Wardrobe

Is an open wardrobe right for you? Open wardrobes offer a convenient way to organize your clothes while keeping everything in sight using clothing racks instead of a traditional closet. They’re not right for everyone, though - some still prefer to keep their clothes behind closed doors.

To help you decide whether or not an open wardrobe is for you, here are a few pros and cons to consider.

open wardrobe rack

Benefits of an Open Wardrobe

Great for Small Spaces

It’s easy to fit an open wardrobe in a small space because of its minimal footprint. This makes it great for small apartments or tiny homes. Closets can be used for storing bulkier items like storage bins or holiday decor while your clothes stay front and center. By using a wall mounted hanging clothes rack or a rolling rack as an open wardrobe, you can organize your clothes while maximizing a small space.

Aesthetically Pleasing

Another benefit of an open wardrobe setup is the aesthetic. The open, airy look seamlessly integrates with your decor. Since there’s no closet door to block your view, you can use your clothes’ colors and patterns to create a unique style.

Convenient for Renters

If you’re renting and need more storage space, an open wardrobe is perfect. These open closet solutions don’t need to be secured to the walls and are available for purchase as easy-to-install, ready-to-assemble kits. You can even get clothing racks with wheels to make it easier to move around if you like rearranging your room a lot.

Easy to DIY

An open wardrobe is easy to create and completely customizable. Whether you choose a rolling clothing rack, a wall-mounted rack, or something in between, you can design an open wardrobe solution that perfectly fits your space.

wall-mounted clothing rack

Drawbacks of an Open Wardrobe

Less Protection for Your Clothes

Closets are typically a shady, temperature-controlled environment, which is ideal for more delicate fabrics. When opting for an open wardrobe, be mindful of the placement so that the clothes aren’t at risk of being faded by the sun.

Not Pet- or Toddler-Friendly

If you have a cat, dog, or small child in the house, an open closet might not be suited for you. Pet hair can also stick to your clothing and can be a hassle to take off. Toddlers often have messes on their hands that can transfer to clothes with just a touch.


If you think the pros outweigh the cons, PIPE DECOR® is here to help. We have a wide selection of clothing rack kits so you can jumpstart your open wardrobe today! From rolling racks to wall-mounted options, you’re sure to find a storage solution that works for you. Shop today!

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