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Furniture Support: Why is my wardrobe leaning?

The wardrobe is our home to all our clothing. We've all experienced that moment of confusion when we notice our wardrobe leaning to one side. The culprit behind this unexpected tilt can is usually something that can be easily remedied. Understanding the reasons behind a leaning wardrobe is the first step towards finding a solution and restoring stability to your bedroom. 

Uneven flooring 

One of the most common reasons for a leaning wardrobe is uneven flooring. We all know that no room is ever perfectly even or perfectly square and as a result sometimes things just don’t quite sit happy. You may have placed it on an uneven carpet. It is also possible that over time the floor has settled, warped, or even developed a slight slope that is not immediately noticeable. When a wardrobe is on an uneven surface, it can lead to an imbalance, causing the structure to lean.  

To address this and resolve the problem, we recommend checking that the floor is level using a spirit level. If you find it is not level, you can place supports on the floor or shims under the wardrobe to create an even surface that is level for your wardrobe. 

Misalignment during assembly

Self-assembled or flatpack wardrobes may begin to lean if they have been misaligned during assembly. When assembling, be sure to line up all parts as per any instruction guidance. If you've recently moved or disassembled and reassembled the wardrobe, double-check that each part is aligned and tightened as per the manufacturer's guidelines. If you notice it is leaning, you may need to tighten screws and bolts to secure in place. This can be an easy remedy for the problem. 

Overloading and imbalanced weight distribution 

Wardrobes are designed to hold a specific amount of weight, and exceeding this limit can result in structural stress and leaning. You can usually find the weight capacity for your furniture on the product page or your user manual. Take a closer look at your wardrobe's weight capacity and ensure that you're not overloading it with an excessive number of clothes, shoes, or other items.  

It is also important to consider how this weight is distributed. Pay attention to where the items are placed.  Placing heavier items on one side can lead to an imbalance, causing the wardrobe to lean. A strategic rearrangement of your belongings can help distribute the weight more evenly. 

Wall attachment

Many wardrobes come with wall attachment options for added stability. In some cases, failure to secure this attachment can increase the risk of leaning. We suggest checking the manufacturer's recommendations regarding wall attachments and, if applicable, use the provided brackets to anchor the wardrobe securely. This simple adjustment can significantly enhance the wardrobes stability in position and prevent leaning. 

Support summary

A leaning wardrobe may initially cause concern, but with a systematic approach to identifying and addressing the root causes, you can restore stability to your bedroom furniture. For more help and support, we recommend consulting your user manual or contacting the relevant support team for your furniture. 

You can click here to check out our tips for looking after your wardrobe.