Weird And Wacky Wardrobes
Wardrobes are a staple piece of bedroom furniture, second only to the bed itself! Because they’re so ubiquitous and often similar in design, they tend to fade into the background, becoming just another piece of bog-standard furniture - but that’s all about to change!
You might think that you’ve seen every kind of wardrobe there is, but these wacky wardrobes are here to prove you wrong! From interesting colour schemes to themed wardrobes for children and even avant-garde designer pieces, we’ve trawled the net looking for some of the weirdest wardrobes we could find. Our curated list is sure to surprise you, even if you’ve just come back from a furniture store!
The first entry on our wacky wardrobes list is a real blast! Mimicking the shape of an old-fashioned rocket ship, this wardrobe from Kidsaw will be a hit with any little astronaut. The wardrobe’s curved blue legs lift it up off the ground and its domed top makes it look truly aerodynamic.
This wardrobe is covered in delightful details expertly painted onto the front. A childish astronaut waves out of a porthole in the centre of the wardrobe’s door while the flames at the bottom threaten to send it into the stratosphere! The cabinet’s bright orange colour and white rivets (not unlike the rocket in Herge’s Destination Moon) complete the look.
We’ve travelled outer space, now it’s time to get back down to earth with this distinctive metal wardrobe from the homeware titans at vidaXL. This particular metal wardrobe is fashioned after storage lockers from the early 20th Century, combining vintage style with contemporary elements to truly stand out from the crowd.
Designed to give off that classic gym locker look, this wardrobe is the perfect addition to a home gym or company changing room, and wouldn’t look out of place in an ultra-modern, industrial-style home. Connoisseurs of industrial chic are sure to love the old fashioned metal handles and replica air vents - and there’s even a pair of metal slots at the top for name tags!
When it comes to weird and wacky, the DE-SIDERIO wardrobe by Officine Tamborrino truly takes the crown! With a design that looks more like a child’s painting than a piece of furniture, this odd-looking orb practically screams everything but a wardrobe. Composed of six individual pieces, this peculiar unit throws out the rule book of conventional wardrobes entirely, blurring the lines between art and functionality in previously unimaginable ways.
Each element that combines to make this wacky wardrobe has been conceived from the same shape and material - steel, but has then evolved to develop an autonomous identity. As part of the O Design collection, which reinterprets objects by revising their inner functions, this wardrobe couldn’t be more unique - and definitely deserves a place on this list!
We’re back to the artsier end of wacky wardrobes with this explosive armoire from British designers Jonathan Adler. This wardrobe has a jaw-dropping art deco body made from nickel plated metal which shines like silver. The door pulls feature a luminous, hand-cut abalone shell mosaic. Hand stamped oblongs radiate out from this centre like a sunburst, giving this wardrobe a mesoamerican flavour.
The best wardrobe designs are full of surprises, and the Talitha Armoire is no different. When its owner swings open those heavy, nickel doors they’ll see a series of drawers and shelves painted a rich, deep blue. It’s the perfect finishing touch for this most opulent of unique wardrobes!
This bizarre wardrobe looks more like an abstract sculpture than a piece of furniture, but believe it or not you can keep clothes inside. It's a creation of Lola Glamour, a furniture factory based in Spain who specialise in Dadaist furniture. Alongside innovative wardrobe designs, Lola Glamor creates weird and wacky cabinets, bookcases and even TV furniture.
Rascacielos means ‘skyscraper’ in Spanish, and this his utterly bizarre design is a cubist rendition of a city’s skyline. It’s totally absurd and yet deeply evocative - just like wacky wardrobes should be! The pure white colour of the wardrobe’s exterior, together with the textured patterns, channels the spirit of modern cities into the wardrobe.
On the theme of wardrobes that look more like sculptures than an average piece of furniture, the next contender on our list of weird and wacky wardrobes is BLEND SHELVES by Casamania & Horm. With a wibbly wobbly design and a neon colour scheme that practically emanates all things extraterrestrial, this unit certainly makes a statement!
Arguably more of a tallboy than a traditional wardrobe, this piece of furniture comes packed with ample cupboard space to fold and store your clothes KonMari style. Its theme is centred around dynamism, a predominant feature of its designer, Karim Rashid, who was heralded as the “most famous industrial designer in all the Americas” by Time magazine. Ideal for lovers of sci-fi, Area 51, or anything totally out of this world, this outlandish wardrobe is certainly worthy of its place on this list.
If you take a trip to Amsterdam and walk along the canals, you’ll spy many tall, narrow and colourful houses lined neatly along their edges. A designer at Nubie must have seen these houses one day and thought to themselves, ‘wouldn’t that make a great idea for a unique wardrobe?’ We know this because this Dutch House wardrobe has such a distinctive shape (and there’s a little clue in the name!).
This wacky children’s wardrobe recreates Amsterdam’s traditional canal houses perfectly. It has a narrow shape and even a set of ten ‘real’ windows that let its owners see inside. Canal houses are often brightly coloured and Nubie have made sure this wardrobe is available in a range of vivid shades.
Most wacky wardrobes mix the old and the new together, but Italian design house Studio Badini Createam have taken this idea one step further with their Pixel wardrobe. It has a very traditional wardrobe shape, with ornate ball feet and a curved top. It’s the portrait that has earned it a place on our list of unique wardrobes.
Studio Badini have recreated a baroque 18th Century style portrait in huge, blocky pixels like something out of a retro video game. We don’t know which historical figure this is a portrait of, although it does bear a resemblance to Marie Antoinette. Whoever it is, Studio Badini has immortalised them in one of the strangest wardrobes of all time!
The last wardrobe on our list was created by Latvian sculptor and woodworking artist, Janis Straupe, and it's truly strange. It took Janis and his team of 11 woodworkers three months to carve this incredible piece of furniture from solid alder wood - and the results are breathtaking.
Despite its strange design, this is one of the most practical wacky wardrobes around. The wardrobe’s doors are segmented and fold open like wings. Inside there are 11 drawers, shelves for stationery and paperwork and even a wine rack! This strange wardrobe won a design award in 2007 and has been part of art exhibits all over the world, including London.
We’ve closed the door on our list of weird and wacky wardrobes! From ones that are truly out of this world to ones that wouldn’t look out of place in an entomologist’s home, these wardrobes are nothing if not creative (and perhaps a touch bizarre!). Unfortunately, many of these wardrobes are one of a kind designer pieces, safely locked away in an art museum or private collection, so you won’t get to enjoy them in your home - but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own utterly unique unit yourself!
Upcycling is one of the best ways you can create something entirely new out of an old piece of furniture, and you don’t need to be a DIY whizz to make a statement! Indeed, with just a few tools, paints and paint brushes, you can take the mundane to mind-blowing, the conventional to charming, or the boring to totally brilliant! Let your creative flag fly and remember: the only limit is your imagination.
If primers and paints sound more like a chore than a fun rainy day activity, don’t fret: check out our superb selection of wardrobes right here on OnBuy. From traditional wood designs to contemporary sliding models, we’ve got a wardrobe to suit every style and need among our extensive range of bedroom furniture. Okay, so they may not be hand carved into a shape of a beetle, but they’re certainly impressive. Why not give your bedroom a boost with a brand new wardrobe today? Go on, treat yourself!