What to consider when designing your fitted wardrobes

Fitted wardrobes are a great way to maximise your storage space.  However, there are a number of nuances the homeowner should consider before placing the order.

Agreeing the size and location

The location and the size of the wardrobe is probably the most important aspect you should think through. The standard depth of the wardrobe with the hanging space is around 60 cm depending on the door type. 

It is crucial to take this into consideration especially for the smaller rooms. Customers usually pay attention to making sure there is enough space to walk around the wardrobe, open the doors etc, but forget about looking up.  Customers often are surprised by our advice to remove the spotlight, which will be above the closet.

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Pay attention to the ceiling features and pipes behind the walls and under the floor when choosing the place for the fitted wardrobe.

Another important aspect to pay attention to is the actual construction of the unit. Many companies that advertise fitted wardrobes actually only offer certain height and width sizes. If you don’t notice this, you could end up with a unit that requires large infills to make the wardrobe fit into the space which eats away at potential spaces for additional storage.e.

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It is crucial to understand that there is a big difference between the fitted unit and the made-to-measure one. While practically all fitted units will have infills due to the uneven floors, wall, ceiling and other reasons, only ordering the made-to-measure wardrobe will offer you a truly personalised and bespoke storage created to your space.

Designing the interiors

Whilst most people tend to have a strong idea of the number of drawers, shelves and hanging space they want in their wardrobe, we see a lot of customers that don’t think about the height of the hanging space. Ensuring your hanging rail has enough height to hold your garments without them touching the bottom and creasing is very important.

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Consider having adjustable shelves that can be removed if needed or placed on a different height.

Choosing the door style

Deciding on the door type is probably the first thing the customer thinks about when going for the new wardrobe. The general types are hinged and sliding door. Another option is having no doors at all, which usually is popular for the walk-in wardrobes. While the choice of door tends to be a decision homeowners think will be easy, they can often be surprised when we suggest sliding food with shaker features or hinged doors with tinted mirrors.  It’s a great idea to explore different options and understand how much of an impact you would like the wardrobe to have – with the right approach the wardrobe can really become the interior centrepiece of the room.

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The sliding door storage is a great option for the smaller spaces as no extra room is required for the door to open. It also is a popular solution for hallways and adding the mirror to the door not only is practical while dressing up but also helps to make the space look bigger and lighter.

Picking the materials and hardware

What materials are best for a fitted wardrobe?

Choosing a material for your fitted wardrobes can be a difficult choice. Modern materials are popular because they are easy to maintain and durable. This makes them suitable for high traffic areas and spaces in your rooms that have a more difficult environment such as bathroom and laundry rooms. Modern materials can be matt, high gloss, wood effect and grain designs making them a diverse option. They are also popular because they are more cost effective than real wood.

Real wood is another popular choice because it’s a timeless classic that never goes out of style. Bespoke fretwork, different types of mirrors, glass, professional spray paint including hand paint effect can really take real wood wardrobes to the next level.

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We usually offer our customers estimates based on different types of materials so they could see the difference on the price and make their decision. Don’t hesitate to ask about the durability, how scratchable the material is and how visible the fingerprints are on the surface.

What hardware options can I choose from?

The durability of the wardrobe depends on the material of your wardrobe and also the quality of the joinery and hardware. Ensuring your wardrobes have soft closing mechanisms can help increase durability too as it prevents the doors and drawers from slamming and potentially causing damage.

Another popular option we’re seeing more customers consider is LED lighting. The most popular types come with  movement sensors or have a touch switch. While the choice might be easy, there also are different types of lights. From standard (where you can see small spots) to spotless lights and warm to cold white light –including these optional extras can help to create a truly unique and personalised storage solution. 

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Consider having optional extras before having the wardrobe fitted. It might be hard and expensive to add those or even not be possible after the installation is completed.

What are the most popular colours for fitted wardrobes?

Choosing the colour of the wardrobe is another important aspect of any wardrobe. It always is a question of personal taste and should be thought through carefully. Dark colours might make the space also look darker, it might be worth looking at the lighter options for rooms with limited sunlight or without windows. However at the same time bright and dark units could really become the interior centrepiece of the space. 

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We recommend looking at the samples of the materials in the room where the unit will be fitted. The colour and structure of the material look different depending on the type and the colour of the natural and artificial lights in the room.

Fitting within your budget

The price of the fitted wardrobe depends on a number of factors – size, how easy the space and the property itself is accessible for fitters and of course the spec. A lot of customers try to drive down the cost by removing back panels or dropping the specification of the hardware. However, we do not recommend doing this as it will affect the durability of the unit.