Are you looking to create a bespoke bedroom complete with fitted wardrobes? Fitted wardrobes offer the best way of maximising the space in your bedroom. While freestanding wardrobes give you the flexibility of changing your room around when it suits you, there is a lot of dead space on them.
Instead of having the tops of your wardrobes collect dust, why not invest a bit of money, time and effort and have fitted wardrobes installed.
If you have the patience and skill to carry out the installation yourself, you could save some money and create the closet space of your dreams. In this article, we explore the pros and cons of DIY wardrobe fitting, as well as discussing the cost of fitted wardrobes.
Taking the DIY approach with fitted wardrobes
There are a variety of styles, sizes, shapes and finishes for bespoke fitted wardrobes. The ability to style and design your wardrobe to suit your personal tastes and the available room is one of the biggest attraction to fitted wardrobes.
With a large number of fitted wardrobe companies operating today, how do you choose the best company? It is possible to fit your own wardrobe but you will need to be accurate when measuring up.
Most fitting companies will offer a free consultation and design service which you can take advantage of to obtain a design and precise dimensions. Once you have a design and crucially, the dimensions, you can shop around on the internet to see if you can purchase a DIY wardrobe that matches your needs. The advantages of this approach include:
- You can leverage a professional installer’s design capability for free.
- You will likely save a lot of money by purchasing and installing the wardrobe yourself.
The downside to taking a DIY approach is that you will not achieve the perfect finish you should expect from professional joiners or installers. The other cons for the DIY approach are:
- As much as measurements are accurate, there is still room for error and you may need to cut down to size, if you are lucky. If you are unlucky the units you purchase will not fit in the space available.
- Sacrificing quality for the cost in never a good idea, sometimes it is better to pay the price and receive a high-quality product you will enjoy for years to come.
- You will need to be an accomplished DIYer with time to spare if you want to do a proper job.
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Types of fitted wardrobes and approximate costs
There are different types and styles of built-in or fitted wardrobes to choose from. Depending on the space available, one type may be more suitable than another type. The great thing about going bespoke and having a professional joiner build one for you, it can be whatever style you choose. You are not bound by the constraints of the types you find in the shops or online, it can be a truly unique piece of bedroom furniture. Below you will find some common styles and budget costs for installation:
Sliding doors fitted wardrobe – a stylish and contemporary design that will suit any size of a room. Front the sliding doors with mirrors to create the feel of a bigger room. A 3 section built-in wardrobe will cost between £2,800 and £3,600 depending on the overall size and your choice of finish and interior layout.
Three doors fitted wardrobe – for between £2,500 and £2,800 you can have a handcrafted bespoke three doors wardrobe installed in your bedroom. Optional features include mouldings, columns and drawers, which will affect the price you will pay. Alternatively, you can go for a less intricate fitted wardrobe design, which will cost less.
Six doors wide closet – this size is ideal for large bedrooms and comes in a standard 3800mm size. The wardrobe is made up of three sections which accommodate the drawers and clothes hanging space. Prices start from £4,800 and will depend on the height of the closet as well as interior and exterior finishes and construction material.
Two section custom built closet – this simple wardrobe design will cost anything from £3,200 and is available in a variety of finishes.
Finding the best fitted wardrobe installer
Built in wardrobes are a way to personalise your living space and should look as best as possible. Due to the fact that fitted wardrobes become part of the room structure and are more or less permanent, you should never compromise on quality. The price guide above is on the high side to allow you to budget adequately.
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