Victorian Fitted Wardrobes

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Victorian Fitted Wardrobes
Victorian era wardrobes often had innate scrollwork above the doors as illustrated here. (Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images)

The term wardrobe refers to two different, but related, concepts. The term wardrobe refers to the full range of an individual's clothing and accompanying accessories such as hats, jewellery and shoes. Wardrobe also applies to certain storage areas for garments and related items.

Fitted Wardrobes

Fitted wardrobe, in terms of storage areas, refers to closet style units that incorporate a variety of sections fitted to accommodate different wardrobe elements. For example, a fitted wardrobe might have a centre section that allows for hanging of clothing such as dresses or skirts and blouses along with smaller, segmented side areas such as boxlike sections for jewellery and stacks of shelves for shoes.


The term Victorian refers, in terms of architecture, to homes built during the reign of Britain's Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria had the longest reign of any British monarch, over sixty years, and as such Victorian architecture spans several different schools of architectural design including Neoclassic, Renaissance Revival, Italianate and Gothic Revival. Various styles shared a variety of common features. Many had bay windows, for example. Some had turrets, or a tower structure incorporated into the design of the home. Some included a roofed porch called a portico. Victorian style, both in architecture and in fashion, incorporated elaborateness.

Interior Decor

With interior design, Victorian can refer to antique furnishings that actually date from the Victorian era. Victorian in terms of interior design can also refer to interior architectural features incorporated into a home at the time of design and construction. One feature often incorporated into Victorian era homes is the "built-in." A built-in refers to the designing into the home a feature that served the same purpose as stand-alone furnishing such as a closet or cupboard. While possibly the most common use of a built-in was for locations such as a dining room china closet or a bathroom storage unit, some Victorian homes did incorporate built-in wardrobes. Such wardrobes combined the fitted features of the standalone fitted wardrobe with interior space that acted as a dressing room: and as such while often part of a bedroom area, acted as a separate small room unto itself.


Victorian fitted wardrobes refers either to the fitted style design of a built-in fitted clothing closet and dressing room combination in a Victorian era home or to the fitted style of standalone closet dating from the Victorian era and incorporating the ornate design features of Victorian era furniture design. Alternate terms for the standalone wardrobes include armoire and chifforobe also spelt chifferobe.

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