Fitted wardrobes are an amazing bespoke storage solution for any bedroom. However, learning to maximise the amount of storage space it offers can be tricky. Every room is different, presenting unique challenges that make it difficult to get the most out of your new wardrobe.


One of the biggest challenges you’ll face is choosing the right layout for your fitted wardrobes. While professional designers will offer design advice and insights to help you pick the right layout for your room, the choice is ultimately up to you and how you want to design your bedroom.

So here’s some advice to help you pick the best fitted wardrobe layout for your needs to avoid any common mistakes and to make sure you maximise your storage.


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The Importance of Room Dimensions and Wardrobe Purpose

First of all, it’s a good idea to take measurements of your room to see just how much space you have to dedicate to a fitted wardrobe. Remember that you’ll be giving up some floor space to install a fitted wardrobe, so it’s best to get exact measurements and dimensions to get a better idea of where you can install it.

Secondly, you have to consider the purpose of your wardrobe. Do you need hanging space for clothes, or are you looking for shelves for folded items? Would you like more drawers for accessories, or do you have a large shoe collection that you want to display?

Everyone has different needs, so it’s best to write down what you want from a fitted wardrobe before choosing an internal layout.

Fitted wardrobes can offer an overwhelming amount of choice and flexibility, so much so that you may find it difficult to settle on an option.

We suggest speaking directly with a friendly bedroom designer to get advice on how many drawers, hangers, shelves, and other fittings you might need. This will give you peace of mind and also make the decision a lot easier.


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Choosing the Right Wardrobe Layout

The secret to choosing the right wardrobe layout will depend on how much space you want to commit to a fitted wardrobe, and also how much space you need. It’s easy to use an entire wall for a fitted wardrobe, but if you don’t have that many storage needs then it can reduce the amount of floor space in your room.

The main types of fitted wardrobe layouts are as follows:

• L-shaped
• Straight runs
• Corner units

Each of these is designed to maximise the amount of storage space in the wardrobe, but also to take advantage of existing elements in your room. For example, if there’s currently an empty wall in your bedroom, or one that currently has a freestanding wardrobe, then the entire wall can be replaced with a fitted wardrobe.

Similarly, if there’s a recessed wall in your room, then a fitted wardrobe can be designed to fit exactly into those dimensions.

L-shaped wardrobes are best for larger rooms where an entire corner can be dedicated to a wardrobe. This is perfect for people who need a lot of storage space, or for double rooms where a couple sleeps.

Corner units are similar to L-shaped wardrobes because they occupy two walls, but the corner unit can be useful to create a more pleasant room shape.

There are many different strategies used to get the most out of a fitted wardrobe layout, but it typically boils down to two things: how much space do you need, and how can you take advantage of existing room features and dimensions.

Since each room is different, we encourage you to look at ideas on the internet for inspiration, or to contact a professional to help you design the ideal fitted wardrobe for your room.


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Balancing Design with Practicality

An important consideration when it comes to installing fitted wardrobes is balancing the design of the wardrobe with practicality. Since fitted wardrobes are completely bespoke, you can get some really unique and interesting designs that you won’t find anywhere else.

This leads to some exciting design considerations that go beyond just choosing the colour and material.

However, it’s important to balance this freedom with practicality. Consider how you use your wardrobe on a daily basis and if there are enough storage locations for everyday items that you need.

If your fitted wardrobe is quite high, then think about how often you’ll access items that are too high to reach without a step or chair. You may want to blend your fitted wardrobe with your existing decor too, such as using the same colours, finishes, or materials to blend them together seamlessly.



There are many considerations to keep in mind when picking the best fitted wardrobe layout for you. It’s important to take your personal circumstances into consideration, such as how much storage you need and what room elements you can take advantage of.

We highly recommend working with experts to help you design the ideal layout, or looking for inspiration from other fitted wardrobes and bedroom layouts.



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