Wardrobe Cabinets

Wardrobe cabinets contain integrated storage compartments with features ranging from standard shelves to cubbyholes, file and storage drawers, tote trays and bins, as well as hanger bars for jackets and clothing. Most wardrobe cabinets have a single or double door enclosure, and select models also contain open-front storage shelves for visible organizing. The wardrobe cabinets are available in stationary and mobile styles to suit different needs.


Combination Storage and Wardrobe Cabinet: Combination storage and wardrobe cabinets feature full-width or partial garment rod for use with hangers to store jackets, lab coats, or other clothing items. These combination units also include shelves and cubbyholes, depending on the style, and some models have storage drawers, tote tray or bin arrangement, or filing drawers for a versatile wardrobe capable of meeting a variety of needs.

Double Door Wardrobe: Double-door wardrobe cabinets have two doors that meet at the center to enclose the cabinet. The two doors generally open for full access and conceal a hanger bar and storage compartments for organizing work or personal items. Different double-door wardrobe models offer a range of storage options including shelves, drawers, filing system, and tote trays, with mobile base design on many styles for convenience.

Left-Hand Facing Wardrobe: A left-hand facing wardrobe will have a single-door design with hinges on the left side of the door allowing the door to open on the right for natural left-handed grab and pull access. These wardrobes may alternatively be described as having hinges on the left.

Locking Wardrobe: Several wardrobe cabinet designs include locking doors to secure stored contents for safekeeping. Mobile and stationary wardrobe options include styles with locking doors and secure storage to suit different location needs.

Mobile Wardrobe: Mobile wardrobe cabinets are set on casters that allow easy transport throughout a school, between classrooms, or in other facilities. The mobile wardrobe cabinets may be open-front or closed and come in a variety of styles and sizes to suit different needs.

Open Wardrobe Cabinet: Open wardrobe cabinets usually do not contain any doors, but instead feature open-front shelves and a hanger rod for use in office, classroom, or other settings. The open style leaves coats and other stored items visible, as opposed to the closed-style wardrobe options with single and double door designs.

Right-Hand Facing Wardrobe: The right-hand facing wardrobe configuration features a single door with hinges on the right-hand side, positioning the handle on the left-side of the door for natural right-handed grab and pull access. These wardrobes are alternatively described as hanging hinges on the right.

Single Door Wardrobe: A single-door wardrobe cabinet will have one hinged door that opens to the left or right side, and the cabinet may be reversible or available in left-hand or right-hand options.

Stationary Wardrobe: A stationary wardrobe cabinet has a flat or four-leg base rather than a base set on casters. Stationary wardrobes are placed in semi-permanent positions in an office, break room, classroom or other location.

Combination Storage and Wardrobe Cabinet
Combination Storage and Wardrobe Cabinet

Double Door Wardrobe Cabinet
Double Door Wardrobe

Mobile Wardrobe Cabinet
Mobile Wardrobe

Single Door Wardrobe Cabinet
Single Door Wardrobe


Adjustable Shelves: Wardrobes with adjustable shelves have a series or pre-drilled holes on the inner surfaces of the left and right side panels. The pre-drilled holes support shelf clips or pegs, which adjust in set increments and line up with the opposite side for a level position.

Built-in Mirror: Larger wardrobe units sometimes include mirrors, built in or installed on the backside of one or both doors, depending on the design. The mirrors are usually face mirrors installed at an appropriate level for use.

Concealed Casters: Concealed casters are hidden within the base structure of a wardrobe, usually behind a kick plate or toe apron. The casters provide mobile transport while the concealed layout presents a stationary wardrobe appearance.

Extra Deep Shelves: Some wardrobe units offer a choice of standard or deep shelves. Extra deep shelves are generally greater than 12"-deep, measuring from front to back, and usually around 16" to 20", although the shelf-depth varies between styles and collections.

File Drawer: File drawers in wardrobe units are almost always built inside the wardrobe cabinet so the drawers are concealed behind the doors when closed. A locking system often secures the doors to the wardrobe but may also include locks directly on the file drawers.

Fixed Divider: Fixed dividers are installed within the cabinet or wardrobe and are not removable or repositionable. Fixed dividers usually separate left and right halves of a large wardrobe cabinet and allow half-width shelves to adjust in the left and right sides of the storage unit.

Full-Width Shelf: A full-width shelf runs from one side of a wardrobe to the other, completely across the cabinet frame.

Grommet Holes: Grommet holes are positioned in the back panel or other concealable portion of wardrobe units to allow wire and cable access in a neat, presentable manner for professional use. The grommet holes may supply media and audiovisual setup with power and internet support or provide convenient electrical power for charging devices stored within the cabinet.

Half-Width Shelf: A half-width shelf extends from one side of the wardrobe cabinet to the midline where it meets a vertical divider.

Hanger Rod, Garment Rod, Wardrobe Bar: Installed in most wardrobe cabinets, a hanger rod, garment rod, or wardrobe bar may be referred to by a number of descriptive names that all indicate the finished wood or metal bar extending from one side panel to the other, when full-width; half-width bars meet a central divider rather than the opposite side panel. The hanger rod supports us of standard clothing hangers for jackets, lab coats, or other clothing items.

Hat Shelf: The top shelf above the garment rod in wardrobe units is often referred to as a hat shelf and originally designed to store hats, safely above coats and shoes.

Kick Plate: Kick plates protect the base structure of wardrobe and storage units from contact with shoes and feet. Many kick plates are made of rubber or other impact-resistant shock-absorbing material.

Letter-Sized File Drawer: A letter-sized file drawer accepts file folders sized to hold standard letter-sized pages in 8½” by 11” sizes.

Locking Casters: Mobile wardrobes with casters usually contain at least two locking casters to safely store the wardrobe when loading, unloading, or when not in use. The casters lock to prevent rolling while the wardrobe is stored or being accessed, increasing safety and comfort.

Locking Wardrobe Doors: Wardrobes with locking doors come equipped with a built-in lock and keys to secure the contents for safekeeping.

Master Keys: Master keys provide access to all locks in a system or to all coordinating combination or padlocks depending on the keys.

Name Cards and Windows for Totes: Custom-designed for select tote tray systems, the name cards and windows fit neatly on the totes for customized labeling to enhance organizing efforts. The name cards insert into the windows easily and can be replaced for repurposing storage totes as needed.

Recessed Toe Apron: A recessed toe apron is installed under the base of a wardrobe unit but set back or recessed behind the front edge of the base. On some wardrobe models, the recessed toe apron extends almost to the floor and is designed to conceal casters for a stationary look with convenient mobility.

Recessed Handles: Recessed handles are assembled to remain flush with the door surface profile rather than protrude from the door surface, as with traditional handles. Many recessed handles are installed in a custom-designed encasements that are fitted into cutout areas on the door panels to keep the front surface of the closed wardrobe relatively flat. The use of recessed handles in the design helps prevent snagging and catching on people, students, clothing or other elements in busy environments.

SW Totes and EW Totes: Totes and tote storage units listed as “SW” refer to the 12¼”-wide tote trays as being “standard width” while the EW totes and storage units are referring to the “extra wide” tote trays with width over 18” for greater storage capacity.

Three-Point Lock System: A three-point lock system includes the keyed lock mechanism, which is usually located in a central, easy-reach position, and attached devices that secure the locked doors at the top and bottom to prevent tampering. The reinforcing elements prevent risk of prying open and reduce vulnerabilities for greater security.

Totes: Several wardrobe units include totes or bins for organizing and storage support. The totes are made of clear ABS plastic or other plastic with color selection for shatterproof, impact-resistant storage. Select tote sizes accommodate classic-style classroom desks, fitting under the desktop with the aid of custom-designed tote tray rails.

Tote Tray Rails: Tote tray rails are available for select tote tray systems and allow the 3"-high totes to fit under student desks. The addition of tote tray rails to student desks allows the totes to transfer from storage unit to student desks where they can serve as under-desk storage drawers.

3" Cable Grommet: Wardrobe with 3" grommet holes in the back or other portions of the unit offer technology support with the large grommet hole available for power cords, computer or device chargers, and other technology wires. The 3" sizing refers to the diameter of the hole and the grommet holes are strategically placed for functional use while concealed within the cabinet for quality appearance.

3" Tote: The 3" tote refers to the tote trays and bins that measure 3"-high or 3"-deep and offering shallow storage for small classroom items and supplies. The 3"-high totes come in standard and wide sizes to fit specified storage and wardrobe units. All totes are made with impact-resistant plastic, in colors or clear depending on the style, and labeling options maximize organizing.

6" Tote: The 6" tote comes in standard and wide sizes to fit different wardrobe and storage units, as specified, and measures 6"-high or 6"-deep for moderately shallow storage and organizing. The 6" totes are available in clear or colorful plastics, and offer shatter-resistant storage for classrooms and other settings.

12" Tote: The 12" totes typically come in standard size and offer deeper storage bin for greater capacity. Available in clear or colored plastics, depending on the model, the 12"-high or 12"-deep totes are durable, impact-resistant, and offer reliable support for classroom or other facility with labeling options to enhance use.

Construction Materials

Base Moulding: Base moulding is similar to top moulding but positioned along the base of the frame only. It may be on the front of the frame or extend around the sides for three-sided base moulding. The backside usually does not receive the moulding.

Catalyzed Lacquer Topcoat: Catalyzed lacquer varnish topcoat consists of a viscous lacquer applied to the surfaces of wardrobe elements and cured or catalyzed to form a strong, protective layer that lasts. The finish is generally damage-resistant or repairable, with scratch and stain resistance as well as some chemical resistance depending on design and composition.

Chemical-Resistant Oak Finish: Solid oak wood components in wardrobe storage units often feature protective finish. Chemical-resistant finish usually protects the wood stain and wood from typical classroom and science lab chemical contact, for lasting appearance and easy upkeep. The finish can also protect from contact with many cleaning products.

Cherry Veneers: Cherry veneers are rich cherry wood stained wood sheets or slices that are applied to select wardrobe collections for classic wood furniture appearance with added durability to the finished surfaces. The veneers are made from real wood, bonded to the furniture or wardrobe unit with secure bond and usually finished for lasting appearance.

Eco-Friendly Powder-Coat Finish: Paint finish is usually applied to steel and metal components only, and available in a choice of colors. Many paint finishes are accomplished with environmentally friendly paints and cured to result in a powder-coat surface for lasting, non-glossy, smooth look and feel.

European Hinges: European hinges are installed within the wardrobe and concealed when the wardrobe is closed. The hinges attach to the inside of the cabinet and the inner surface of the door, with the hinge knuckles contained inside the closed wardrobe for a smooth, hinge-free external appearance.

Finished Back: Finished backs on wardrobes allow versatile placement in classrooms, schools, and other locations. The finished backside may be revealed with ease, as the entire unit is finished for attractive all-around appearance.

Front Moulding: Front moulding are carved or decorative wood pieces, usually less than a few inches tall, attached only to the front of a wardrobe storage unit along the top and/or base of the doors or frame for decorative effect. The detailed wood is stained to match the overall design and when applied to the front of the wardrobe only, the sides are left flat to accommodate side-by-side placement of multiple storage units.

Full Access Door Hinges: Hinges that allow full-access open to 180-degrees or greater, with the doors of the wardrobe opening straight out to the left and/or right sides.

Commercial Grade Hinges: Commercial grade hinges are designed with consistent quality to reduce defects and faulty parts while providing an extremely durable finished product that supports the wardrobe doors for years of continuous use.

Hardwood Construction: Wardrobes made with hardwood construction feature core components of real hardwood panels usually finished with premium wood veneers for a durable all-wood look and feel. Wood products can include hardwood as well as particleboard, fiberboard, plywood, and wood veneers.

High-Pressure Laminate Finish: High-pressure laminate finish consists of several layers behind the surface layer with all layers securely bonded to the core panels, which are usually made of particleboard, fiberboard, or plywood. The laminate is applied under heat and pressure for a strong, reliable bond and the finish styles are available in many colors and patterns. The surface of the laminate finish is scratch-resistant and stain-resistant, as well as providing some heat and chemical resistance for easy upkeep and lasting appearance.

Hinged Oak Doors: Wardrobes with hinged oak doors have hardwood panels of oak that form the single or double door components of the wardrobe, attached to the structure with hinges and finished in traditional wood furniture style, often with a light oak wood tone finish.

Lock Tabs on Shelf Clips: Shelf clips support shelves within a bookcase, wardrobe, or other cabinet and usually adjust to position shelves where desired. The shelf clips fit into pre-drilled holes on the inside surface of side panels, and when equipped with lock tabs, the shelf clips also fit into pre-drilled holes in the bottoms of shelves to secure them in place. Shelf clips with lock tabs prevent shelves from sliding forward, backward or otherwise out of place. The shelf clips with lock tabs can also reinforce structural support by holding the shelf and side panels more securely, reducing wobble movement of the structure.

Melamine Finish: Melamine finish is available in a variety of colors, patterns, and wood tones for wardrobe and other storage elements. The melamine is applied top the furniture under heat and pressure, usually listed as thermofused melamine, and the bond is similar to laminate finish but composed of fewer layers behind the surface finish. The melamine finish is scratch-resistant and stain-resistant, with an easy to clean finish and the edges are usually finished with matching melamine or PVC edging to complete the look and protect the seam where the melamine and furniture core panels meet.

Mortise and Tenon Joinery: Mortise and tenon joinery refers to a classic wood working assembly method that creates a joint-style fit between two all wood pieces. One piece contains a cutout, custom-designed to fit the other piece, while the other piece of wood contains an extension that inserts into the cutout for a close fit and durable hold.

Non-Removable Pins: Non-removable pins are found in secure hinges. The pins fit through the interwoven hinge knuckles and are secured permanently in place to prevent tampering or theft. The non-removable pins also eliminate the potential for pins to come lose from frequent rotation of the hinge as the cabinet is accessed and closed.

Positive Door Stop: Positive door stops are installed inside some wardrobe units, connecting between the interior side panels and to the upper inside surface of the doors to hold doors open for safe access.

PVC Edge: PVC edges are applied to many melamine and laminate finishes on wardrobes and furniture elements to conceal potentially rough edges, protect the seam with the core and finishes meet, and provide a smooth look to the overall design. PVC plastic offers some impact-resistance as well, to prevent damage from everyday bumps, contact, and use.

Rubber Base Moulding: Particularly popular for science lab and classroom furniture, rubber base moulding protects the base of the storage unit from water, spills, cleanup, and other contact. Rubber base moulding is also impact-resistant to prevent damage from constant contact with feet, shoes, and equipment.

Self-Close Hinges: Self-closing hinges are designed to prevent the doors of wardrobes and cabinets from slamming into the frame, which can over time, loosen connecting bolts depending on the style of the design. The self-closing hinges catch the door before it closes and slowly close the door the rest of the way.

Shelf Clips: Shelf clips are repositionable pegs or similar devices that support shelves within bookcases, wardrobes, and other cabinets. The shelf clips fit into pre-drilled holes on the inner surface of the storage unit side panels, with two clips on each side to support each shelf. The shelf rests on top of the clips once in place.

Solid Wood with Wood Veneers: Solid wood with wood veneers refers to wardrobe and other storage units built using hardwood panels for the core construction and finishing the panels with select wood veneers. Veneers are made using thin slices of real wood, matched for grain patterns and quality, finished in classic wood style with stain and protective topcoat, and applied to the furniture panels for durable wood finish.

Spring Loaded Door Catch: On select wardrobes, a spring-loaded door catch cushions doors as they close and catches hold of the doors to keep them closed until opened deliberately.

Steel Drawer Interiors: Select models of our wardrobes and storage units with drawers have steel drawer interiors, featuring steel sides, back, and base of drawers for strength and durability. The fronts of the drawers are designed to match the rest of the cabinet, with matching laminate, melamine or other finish material and core panel composition.

Steel Hat Channels: Steel hat channels have a hat-like shape when viewed from one end and are assembled inside some storage compartments to support.

Top Moulding: Top moulding is decorative carved or otherwise stylized wood panels that are usually only a couple of inches tall and attached to the top, outward facing edges of a wardrobe or other storage unit frame. The moulding may be along the front only, allowing side-by-side positioning of multiple units, or it may extend around the front and over the two sides for three-sided top moulding; the backside does not usually take moulding.


Adjustable Shelf Increments: Adjustable shelves have pre-set positions that are placed in even intervals along the inner surfaces of the left and right cabinet sides. The typical adjustable shelf increment is 1", with 1" between the available shelf positions. Larger units may offer greater increments, such as 1-1/2" or more.

Custom-Built, Non-Returnable: Wardrobe furniture listed as "custom built" is non-returnable. These storage units are built for each order to the specifications outlined during the order process. To ensure the order is placed correctly, our experienced design team specialists can assist with the ordering process, if desired.

Removable Core Locks: Locks with removable cores enhance select wardrobe models, allowing complete replacement for rekeying the entire cabinet quickly and easily.

Wire Management: Wire management helps keep technology wires, power cords, and internet cables organized and presentable for professional setup in classroom, lab, office, or other location. Wire management options can include grommet holes for wire pass-through, as well as channels and other elements to keep cables organized or concealed.