Many of our homes lack the storage space that we need. Yet one surefire way to max out the available space in a bedroom, particularly in a small bedroom, is with a fitted wardrobe.
There are companies that offer bespoke solutions who will use every centimetre of available space, but even if you don’t have that kind of budget, there are plenty of other ‘off the peg’ options where you can choose the number of shelves, rails, racks and drawers inside.
Fitted wardrobe ideas
Our selection of the best fitted wardrobe ideas can help you choose which style might best suit your bedroom. Once you’ve seen a look you like, it’s time to start planning.
First up why not do what the architects and interior designers do and count your pairs of shoes, coats, dresses etc, so that you can work out exactly what storage system you need inside.
Should fitted wardrobes go from floor to ceiling?
A design expert from Hammonds explains, ‘In general the majority of installations are floor to ceiling. However when you have a period property where ceilings are high, with decorative ceiling coving and picture rails, the wardrobes would better enhance the room if they didn’t cover over these architectural designs.’
How deep should fitted wardrobes be?
‘The minimum internal wardrobe depth for hanging clothes is 550mm this seems to be the industry standard across the board’ the spokesperson from Hammonds explains. Choosing a manufacture who designs its our own fitted furniture, allows them to manufacture any depth of wardrobe to suit the customer needs.
Can you paint fitted wardrobes?
Having fitted wardrobes installed is a big investment, so you want to get it right. Due to the expense you may choose to play it safe with the finish, and opt for a neutral – a wise decision. But if later down the line you wish to add a splash of colour that’s no problem, provided you use the correct materials.
Use a specialist primer such as Zinsser to ensure the paint adheres to whatever the surface is, from stripped pine to hardwood and even laminated wood. Once prepped you can use the furniture paint of choice, which is specifically made the purpose.
1. Choose a design ready for painting
This Persona wardrobe at GoModern has film on the sides and doors so you can paint it whatever colour you like. Go for the same shade as your walls or opt for a contrasting colour. The wardrobes are customisable so can be any size you need and filler panels can be added if you want a completely seamless look.
2. Paint to blend into the background
Fitted wardrobes like these can be painted the same colour as your walls, so they remain unobtrusive and discreet, allowing the bed to be the main feature, while clothes, shoes and other items can be neatly stored away.
4. Get creative with fitted wardrobe designs
Here reclaimed timber has been used to build frames for the huge floor-to-ceiling wardrobes at each end of the room and a panelled door to an en-suite bathroom. It’s a unique way to make the most of the ample ceiling height in this large bedroom.
5. Include a beauty bay within your wardrobe
Tada! Enjoy the luxury of a dedicated beauty bay for your hairdryer and pampering paraphernalia, all discreetly hidden behind closed doors. A mirror to check your appearance and glass fronted drawers mean you can see in an instant where items are stored, so you’ll be ready in no time. Find a system like this at myfittedbedroom.com.
6. Increase light with mirrors
A fitted wardrobe like this one will not only make the most of every available centimetre in your bedroom, by opting for mirrored doors any natural light will be reflected, giving the effect of even more space and light. While of course giving you the ideal way to check out your outfits.
Top tip: Decorative panelling on the mirrored glass makes an attractive feature and will reduce any glare.
7. Do an audit of your belongings
Yep we hear’ya, who is going to do that? But if you know (roughly) how many dresses, jumpers, tops, hats, belts etc that you own, you’ll have a better idea of the number of drawers, shelves long or short rails that you’ll need – and it’ll save you time in the long run as you’ll be able to lay your hands on those things when you need them. A system like Ikea’s PAX wardrobe can be designed to suit your requirements.
8. Build in more than clothes storage
Choose a floor-to-ceiling system like this one and you’ll gain more than a home for your clothes and shoes. With all that extra storage space why not use some for a smart desk area that can be hidden away at the end of the day?
Read more: on how to choose the perfect wardrobe
Do fitted wardrobes cause damp?
Damp can be a problem, if the wardrobes are fitted to an outside wall. Due to the nature of a wardrobe having doors, the air can become trapped against the coldness outside. Many bespoke fitted wardrobes will be made without a back panel to help reduce this problem. Ensure you have good ventilation or consider buying a humidifier if you’re concerned about damp becoming a problem.
An expert at Hammonds explains, ‘No, fitted wardrobes don’t cause damp. Damp is a result of poor ventilation and occurs in older properties rather than more recent, modern constructed dwellings. Damp is a product of solid wall construction properties where natural ventilated areas have long since been hidden or blocked off. Modern properties have double glazed windows, wall vents & floor boards covered over. ‘
Can you remove fitted wardrobes?
Fitted wardrobes can be removed if you so desire, and replaced by more modern designs. Walls will simply need to be repaired and redecorated to the same finish as the remaining walls. In therapy fitted wardrobes can be dismantled and removed to relocate, say you’re moving house, but it’s not ideal due to the bespoke nature of the designs.