Inbuilt vs mobile wardrobes

Saturday May 4 2019


By Gloria Kawuma

I am a member of a women’s design group where interior and exterior design subjects are discussed by professional service providers.
The group is a platform where people share information, experiences and discoveries made whilst working on interior and exterior projects.

Most often than not, members critique or shower praises for unique ideas and suggestions. In one of the posts, a woman proudly shared how she beat a wardrobe quotation of Shs1.8m by constructing the wardrobe with brick and mortar.
All she had to care about were the shutters, since shelves were concrete. In essence, it turned out to be much cheaper. And this sparked off a lengthy debate on pros and cons.
Given that I am in the same wardrobe dilemma, my curiosity was aroused and I began to ponder on the pros and cons. I found out that I was more drawn to the cons.

Concrete shelves mean that there is no room for adjustments as the children grow. This means that as children grow, their sizes change too, calling for more space.
Basically, you may have to do rack height adjustments and design change.
Shoes like boots, sneakers or even wedges need more space which can be achieved easily by shelf height adjustment if the wardrobes are in wood finish.

Also, the thought of sitting clothes on painted concrete just fills my mind with visions of mold and dampness. One can argue that once painted, the surface is clean.
However, there are clothes that are sometimes forgotten at the bottom of the pile. When they kept there for a while, they stick on the painted surface because painted concrete unlike wood, doesn’t really breathe.

It absorbs heat or cold when clothes are perched there for weeks, which gets them ‘glued’ to the surface. Besides, it is much easier to clean a wooden surface than a concrete one. And before you think about tiling the shelves, the bill could be growing higher and you will most likely find yourself back to the amount quoted for the wooden finished wardrobes. This time, you will find yourself with extra maintenance duties for life. It may only be cheaper in the short run.