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Closet vs. Wardrobe: Know the Difference

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A "closet" is a small room or enclosed space for storing clothes or other items, typically built into a room, while a "wardrobe" is a piece of furniture for storing clothes, often a freestanding unit.
Closet vs. Wardrobe

Key Differences

A closet is an enclosed space within a building, often with doors, used for storing clothing, accessories, and other items. A wardrobe, in contrast, is a piece of furniture, standalone or movable, used specifically for storing clothes.
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Closets are typically integrated into the architecture of a room or house and can vary in size. Wardrobes are independent furniture pieces and can be relocated within a space or to different premises.
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The interior of a closet can be customized with shelves, rods, and drawers. A wardrobe, while also customizable inside, is usually a single piece with a specific design and layout.
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In terms of capacity, closets can range from small compartments to walk-in spaces. Wardrobes are generally smaller than walk-in closets but can vary in size and design.
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The term closet can also refer to storage spaces for items other than clothing, such as linens or cleaning supplies. Wardrobes are almost exclusively used for clothing and accessories.
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Comparison Chart

Type

Enclosed space in a building
Piece of furniture
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Integration

Built into the architecture
Freestanding, movable
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Use

Storing clothes, accessories, other items
Specifically for storing clothes
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Customization

Interior can be customized
Design is fixed, though interior can vary
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Additional Uses

Can store various items
Primarily used for clothing
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Closet and Wardrobe Definitions

Closet

A built-in storage area in a house.
The bedroom closet was spacious enough for all her dresses.
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Wardrobe

A tall cabinet for hanging garments.
He arranged his suits neatly in the wardrobe.
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Closet

A space for storing various household items.
The linen closet was located in the hallway.
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Wardrobe

A freestanding furniture unit for clothes.
Her new wardrobe had ample space for hangers.
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Closet

A cabinet or enclosed recess for linens, household supplies, or clothing.
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Wardrobe

A piece of furniture for storing attire.
The wooden wardrobe complemented her bedroom decor.
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Closet

A small private chamber, as for study or prayer.
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Wardrobe

A movable closet for clothing storage.
They moved the antique wardrobe to the guest room.
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Closet

A water closet; a toilet.
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Wardrobe

A tall cabinet, closet, or small room built to hold clothes.
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Closet

A state of secrecy or cautious privacy
Two days before the election, the candidate suddenly came out of the closet and denounced the proposed law.
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Wardrobe

Garments considered as a group, especially all the articles of clothing that belong to one person.
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Closet

To enclose or shut up in a private room, as for discussion
Closeted themselves with their attorneys.
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Wardrobe

The costumes belonging to a theater or theatrical troupe.
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Closet

Private; confidential
Closet information.
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Wardrobe

The place in which theatrical costumes are kept.
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Closet

Being so or engaging only in private; secret
A closet proponent of a tax increase.
A closet alcoholic.
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Wardrobe

The department in charge of wearing apparel, jewelry, and accessories in a royal or noble household.
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Closet

Based on theory and speculation rather than practice.
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Wardrobe

(obsolete) A room for keeping clothes and armor safe, particularly a dressing room or walk-in closet beside a bedroom.
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Closet

A small room within a house used to store clothing, food, or other household supplies.
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Wardrobe

(figuratively) A governmental office or department in a monarchy which purchases, keeps, and cares for royal clothes.
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Closet

(obsolete) Any private space, particularly bowers in the open air.
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Wardrobe

(figuratively) The building housing such a department.
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Closet

Any private or inner room, particularly:
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Wardrobe

(obsolete) Any closet used for storing anything.
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Closet

(obsolete) A private room used by women to groom and dress themselves.
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Wardrobe

A room for keeping costumes and other property safe at a theater; a prop room.
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Closet

(archaic) A private room used for prayer or other devotions.
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Wardrobe

(figuratively) The department of a theater, movie studio, etc which purchases, keeps, and cares for costumes; its staff; its room(s) or building(s).
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Closet

A place of fanciful contemplation and theorizing.
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Wardrobe

A movable cupboard or cabinet designed for storing clothes, particularly as a large piece of bedroom furniture.
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Closet

(archaic) The private residence or private council chamber of a monarch.
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Wardrobe

A tall built-in cupboard or closet for storing clothes, often including a rail for coat-hangers, and usually located in a bedroom.
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Closet

(obsolete) A pew or side-chapel reserved for a monarch or other feudal lord.
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Wardrobe

Anything that similarly stores or houses something.
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Closet

A private cabinet, particularly:
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Wardrobe

The contents of a wardrobe: an individual's entire collection of clothing.
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Closet

(obsolete) One used to store valuables.
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Wardrobe

(figuratively) Any collection of clothing.
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Closet

(archaic) One used to store curiosities.
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Wardrobe

Any collection of anything.
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Closet

(figuratively) A secret or hiding place, particularly the hiding place in English idioms such as in the closet and skeleton in the closet.
The closet can be a scary place for a gay teenager.
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Wardrobe

(obsolete) A private chamber, particularly one used for sleeping or (euphemism) urinating and defecating.
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Closet

(slang, uncommon) closet case.
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Wardrobe

Badger feces, particularly used in tracking game.
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Closet

Any small room or side-room, particularly:
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Wardrobe

(intransitive) To act as a wardrobe department, to provide clothing or sets of clothes.
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Closet

One intended for storing clothes or bedclothes.
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Wardrobe

A room or apartment where clothes are kept, or wearing apparel is stored; a portable closet for hanging up clothes.
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Closet

(obsolete) nodot=a, water closet: a room containing a toilet.
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Wardrobe

Wearing apparel, in general; articles of dress or personal decoration.
Flowers that their gay wardrobe wear.
With a pair of saddlebags containing his wardrobe.
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Closet

(heraldry) An ordinary similar to a bar but half as broad.
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Wardrobe

A privy.
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Closet

A sewer.
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Wardrobe

A tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
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Closet

A state or condition of secrecy, privacy, or obscurity.
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Wardrobe

Collection of clothing belonging to one person
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Closet

(obsolete) private
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Wardrobe

Collection of costumes belonging to a theatrical company
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Closet

Closeted, secret (especially with reference to gay people who are in the closet)
He's a closet case.
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Wardrobe

An item of furniture with shelves and drawers.
The wardrobe had drawers for accessories at the bottom.
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Closet

Denoting anything kept a secret or private.
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Closet

(transitive) To shut away for private discussion.
The ambassador has been closeted with the prime minister all afternoon. We're all worried what will be announced when they exit.
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Closet

(transitive) To put into a private place for a secret interview or interrogation.
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Closet

(transitive) To shut up in, or as in, a closet for concealment or confinement.
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Closet

A small room or apartment for retirement; a room for privacy.
A chair-lumbered closet, just twelve feet by nine.
When thou prayest, enter into thy closet.
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Closet

A small apartment, or recess in the side of a room, for household utensils, clothing, etc.
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Closet

To shut up in, or as in, a closet; to conceal.
Bedlam's closeted and handcuffed charge.
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Closet

To make into a closet for a secret interview.
He was to call a new legislature, to closet its members.
He had been closeted with De Quadra.
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Closet

A small room (or recess) or cabinet used for storage space
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Closet

A toilet in England
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Closet

A tall piece of furniture that provides storage space for clothes; has a door and rails or hooks for hanging clothes
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Closet

A small private room for study or prayer
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Closet

Confine to a small space, as for intensive work
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Closet

(of information) given in confidence or in secret;
Closet information
This arrangement must be kept confidential
Their secret communications
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Closet

Indulging only covertly;
A closet alcoholic
Closet liberals
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Closet

An enclosed space in a room for storage.
She hung her coats in the hallway closet.
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Closet

A small room for storing clothes.
He organized his shoes in the walk-in closet.
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Closet

A cabinet or cupboard in a room.
The cleaning supplies were kept in the kitchen closet.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

Is a wardrobe movable?

Yes, wardrobes are generally freestanding and can be moved.
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Do closets come in standard sizes?

Closet sizes can vary greatly, from small to walk-in sizes.
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What is a closet?

A closet is an enclosed space in a building for storing various items.
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What is a wardrobe?

A wardrobe is a piece of furniture designed for storing clothes.
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Are closets only for clothes?

No, closets can store a variety of items, not just clothes.
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Are closets common in all homes?

Most modern homes include closets, but their size and number can vary.
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Can a wardrobe be a style statement?

Yes, a wardrobe can be a significant element of interior design.
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Do wardrobes have shelves?

Many wardrobes include shelves, drawers, and hanging spaces.
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Can a closet be part of a house's architecture?

Yes, closets are often built into the architecture of a house.
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Can a closet be a separate room?

Yes, a closet can be a small room, like a walk-in closet.
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Can wardrobes be built-in?

While typically freestanding, some wardrobes can be built into a room.
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Can wardrobes match room decor?

Yes, wardrobes come in various styles to match room decor.
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Is a walk-in closet spacious?

Yes, walk-in closets are typically quite spacious.
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Do wardrobes come in different materials?

Wardrobes are available in various materials like wood, metal, and plastic.
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Are wardrobes easy to assemble?

Some wardrobes come ready-made, while others require assembly.
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Can a closet have lighting fixtures?

Yes, especially larger closets like walk-ins often have lighting fixtures.
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Are wardrobes customizable?

While the external structure is fixed, the interior can often be customized.
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Are wardrobes suitable for small spaces?

Yes, there are wardrobes designed to fit in smaller spaces.
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Do closets add value to a home?

Yes, well-designed closets can add functional and aesthetic value to a home.
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Can a closet be converted to a workspace?

Some larger closets can be converted to small workspaces or offices.
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