8 Most Asked Questions About Fitted Wardrobes
Fitted wardrobes are popular... very popular, in fact. Every month, there are hundreds of thousands of online searches for fitted wardrobes, walk-in wardrobes and other bespoke fitted bedroom furniture. It's not just people looking for the best fitted wardrobe companies, online reviews and for pricing though... there's lots of people asking questions and turning to search engines or our design team to ask them.
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We thought it would be a great idea to put all those questions and their answers into one place, to help other people who are researching ahead of a potential fitted bedroom purchase to learn everything they need to know. Let's get started, shall we?
1. Are Fitted Wardrobes Worth It?
We get straight in there with the biggest question of all... are fitted wardrobes worth it? By that consumers are wondering if investing potentially a lot of money into some bespoke, made to measure furniture is worth it in the end.
Naturally, we're biased because we sell fitted wardrobes to consumers all over the UK looking for a great deal, but we'll try to look at this objectively. Ultimately, only you can decide if fitted wardrobes are worth it, but we know that there's numerous advantages, such as bespoke storage, better use of space, potentially improving your home's value (more on that later), improving the look of your room and much more.
Learn more by reading our in-depth article to decide for yourself:
2. How much do they cost?
Naturally, this is one of the most asked questions of our designers... people often love the idea of having some beautiful built-in wardrobes that are built bespoke to their requirements and specification, but it always comes down to cost... it has to be a good deal. This is often searched by people wondering how to build fitted wardrobes on a budget.
As a basic rule of thumb, they cost anywhere from £550-750 per linear metre, plus the cost of fitting (unless you fit them yourself, saving you more cash!). Some people wonder why fitted wardrobes are so expensive - well, you're getting a bespoke product that's so much better than a generic flat-pack offering!
We go into this in more detail in our article:
3. Will they increase my home's value?
There's a good argument to say that a built-in wardrobe can increase the value of your home, as future buyers are attracted to a wonderful built in storage solution that they can immediately start using.
We often find that customers say our furniture looks and feels a lot more expensive than it was, which we think is a wonderful compliment and testiment to the quality of our furniture and cabinetry overall... this sort of thing will help a potential future buyer of your home be more inclined to want your property.
We did some research on this, which you can find out more about:
4. Should fitted wardrobes have backs?
Different companies will give you different answers on this question as they each have their own agenda and product to push. The answer isn't necessarily simple, but we'll try to make it so.
A front-frame wardrobe will have more internal space as there's no cabinetry in there, so technically you will get a few more millimetres of space across the wardrobe. The downside is that you pay a lot of money (usually to one of the big high-street names) for basically half a wardrobe where you can see your walls inside.
In contrast, with a full cabinet wardrobe (like ours!) you get beautiful cabinetry throughout. Fitted wardrobes should have backs as there will be less chances of damp and mould on your clothes from your walls, better overall strength and durability, plus ou'll see beautiful cabinetry instead of your painted walls and you won't be scuffing your walls with hangers, belts shoes and anything else you put in your wardrobe.
5. Should fitted wardrobes go to the ceiling?
Whilst not essential, fitted wardrobes should normally go to the ceiling to complete that 'built in wardrobe' look that most customers desire.
If you have a particularly tall room, you might not want extremely tall wardrobes that you can't get into the top of, so you can opt to have either top cabinets for storage of seasonal items, spare bedding and other items that only need to come out occasionally.
Alternatively, taller top plinths will allow the wardrobe cabinets to connect to your ceiling neatly.
Although it's not 100% necessary for your fitted wardrobes to go to the ceiling, it's hightly recommended for two reasons. The first being for that neat, smart looking "built-in" aesthetic and the second for cleanliness, as it there won't be any accumulation of dust and grime on top of the wardrobes.
We offer floor to ceiling wardrobes, completely made to measure for your space.
6. Do they block sound?
This all depends on a number of factors, like whether the wardrobe is going against a wall that normally has problems with sound ingress. Perhaps it's noise from the road outside, or a noisy neighbour or even just someone else in your household making a racket.
If the wardrobe is going up against a wall that suffers from sound ingress, and the wardrobe is solid cabinetry and wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling then yes it will indeed help to block sound.
Learn more in our dedicated article:
7. How deep should they be?
This really all depends on what you're going to put inside your wardrobe, of course... but also what exact internal storage options you've chosen. If you're wanting a wardrobe that just has shelving and some shallow drawers inside then you don't need it to be too deep at all... maybe as little as 450mm.
This is true regardless of if you have front frame or full carcasse wardrobes in your bedroom.
However, if you're wanting hanging rails then think about what sort of thing you're hanging. Is it shirts, t-shirts and other light garments or something thicker like winter jackets, blazers and coats? We recommend at least 600mm as a depth for the cabinetry, leaving room of course for the opening of the doors (unless you opt for sliding door wardrobes of course!)
You might be wondering how long fitted wardrobes take to fit too, whilst you're considering the installation process. The answer is... around a day!
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8. Fitted v Built-In wardrobes
We get asked this question quite often as we think that some of the terms can confuse people, particularly if they've never bought one before. Many people ask about what the difference is between fitted wardrobes and built-in wardrobes.
To be quite honest, there is no difference. A fitted wardrobe is one that is fitted into the room... this can be fitted by you or by a third party fitter or tradesperson. It generally means that it "fits in" to the room... made to measure, filling the space beautifully. Similarly, the phrase "built in wardrobe" just means that it looks like the wardrobe was always built into the room.
Simple! We discuss this further here: