When it comes to fitted wardrobes, people often have the idea that it’s impossible to have one if your bedroom is small. They believe that fitted wardrobes are luxuries that are only available to people with really large bedrooms. But as we’re about to explain, that’s simply not the truth.

We’re under no illusion that small bedrooms are at a disadvantage when it comes to maximising storage space with a fitted wardrobe. However, they’re still perfectly fine candidates as long as you utilise a variety of techniques to use as much space as possible and to create the illusion of a more spacious room and avoid common mistakes.



Cashmere fitted wardrobe in a small bedroom

Maximising Vertical Space

As a general rule of thumb, any small bedroom should aim to utilise as much vertical space as possible. Typical wardrobes tend to leave a bit of space at the top because they’re not built to accommodate every possible wall and ceiling height.

In most cases, you can use this space for things such as boxes or large items, but it’s not very practical and it takes away some of the space that could be used to hang clothes.

As such, it’s important to use as much vertical space as possible when installing a fitted wardrobe in a small bedroom. Thankfully, fitted wardrobes are designed to use up all of the space in your room, so this won’t be a problem.

How you use that space will depend on your preferences and how high you can realistically reach. A great tip is to have a clothes rail at the top of the wardrobe if it’s quite high. This way, you can easily reach for clothes up high without having to step on a chair.

One of the commonly asked questions about fitted wardrobes is whether or not they should extend to the ceiling and in this case, absolutely they should in order to make the most of the smaller space.

Alternatively, the extra vertical space can be used to store seasonal items. For instance, you can store away any summer clothes that you’re not wearing in the winter season and vice versa. It can also be used to store other items that you won’t use much, such as extra bedding for guests.


Green handleless fitted wardrobe in a small bedroom

Enhancing the Space in Your Room

There are a number of ways to make your small bedroom feel more spacious to accommodate a fitted wardrobe.

• Focus on decluttering your room, paying close attention to clearing floor space so that you have more room to move around after installing a fitted wardrobe.

• Think about furniture arrangements that can maximise floor space when including your fitted wardrobe. Alternatively, consider removing furniture or replacing it with multifunctional furniture, such as bed frames with built-in storage or a desk that folds from a wall.

• Use mirrors to reflect light and create the illusion of more space. Placing a mirror opposite a window can reflect a large amount of light, creating a brighter and more expansive room.


White fitted wardrobe in a small bedroom

Choosing the Right Colours and Finishes

It’s important to choose the right colours and finishes to make your room feel a bit larger and more open. This is achieved in a number of ways:

• Using lighter colours makes a room feel more open and airy. On the contrary, dark colours tend to absorb light which makes a space feel smaller and more closed. Some great colours to use include neutral tones, monochromatic colour schemes, and pastels.

• When possible, utilise glossy finishes to help reflect light around your small bedroom. Try to create a balance as too much gloss can create glare which will be visually overwhelming for many people.

• Avoid matt finishes because they can absorb light, thus making your room feel closer and cramped.

• Light-coloured flooring can also make a room feel larger. This can be further expanded by creating seamless transitions between walls and floors to create the illusion of a more expansive room.

• These tips can be applied to your fitted wardrobes too. Using lighter colours and glossy finishes will create the illusion of space even with a large wardrobe in the room.



Bespoke furniture such as fitted wardrobes can be a huge benefit to any small bedroom. Customised storage solutions are built to fit your needs and specifications, making them incredibly flexible. They can even fit oddly-shaped rooms, or rooms with difficult layouts due to door and window placements.

If you’re looking to get the most out of a small bedroom, then fitted wardrobes can be a great option to consider.

While fitted wardrobes do benefit from a more spacious room, even small bedrooms can work well as long as you plan accordingly and make strategic changes to create more physical space, or even the illusion of space.


Want a free design & quote for your fitted wardrobes?


Not ready right now? Request a free brochure.

Get your free brochure, ready to download and read immediately.

Take your time, then measure your space and request a free quote and design from us.


Post comments

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.