The first step in transforming your bedroom storage is deciding what might suit your room, lifestyle and budget. Find out about different fitted wardrobe options and styles below.
Fitted wardrobes can be a great way to make the most of the space in your bedroom, particularly if it has awkward nooks and crannies, such as an attic room with sloping ceilings.
You’ll find you can maximise your storage in ways that suit the clothes you own. If you wear lots of suits, for example, you can opt for extra hanging space; if you have an enviable shoe collection you can build in shoe storage compartments.
They can be a sizable investment though. While most of the 2,018 fitted bedroom furniture owners we surveyed were pleased with their purchase, 6% of those who had owned their furniture for more than two years said they weren’t satisfied with it.
Before you get started, think carefully about what will work for you so you don’t find yourself disappointed by niggles when the work is complete.
Already have a vision of what you want? Head straight to our advice on buying the best fitted wardrobes. Or see the best fitted bedroom furniture brands, according to customers.
Fitted wardrobes come in a range of designs and layouts. How you intend to use them and how you want them to look will also play a part in what you eventually choose. To get started, click on any of the options below.
Fitted wardrobe doors
Hinged doors will give your wardrobes a more traditional look, while sliding doors can give a sleek finish and are a neat option if you have limited space.
You can ditch the doors completely with open-fronted wardrobes. These will put your items of display and create a more relaxed feel room. You’ll need to keep your clothes tidy though, to avoid your bedroom feeling cluttered.
Some options even use curtains in place of doors for a softer way to conceal your clothes.
Fitted sliding wardrobes
As the name implies, these have sliding doors as opposed to hinged ones that open out.
There are lots of different options for sliding wardrobes, including the number and width of doors.
They come in a number of different styles and finishes, from mirrored glass to more traditional wood.
The benefit of sliding wardrobe doors is that the doors take up less space. They’re a good option if there is a snug fit between the wardrobes and the bed.
Fitted mirrored wardrobes
Both hinged and sliding wardrobes come with mirrored options. Doors can be totally or partially mirrored, and you can have all of the doors done in the same way, or just a few.
Full-length mirrors can be great for bringing light into the room, but bear in mind that they are tricky to keep clean – dust and fingerprints will show up more than on a normal door.
One option is to have mirrors incorporated inside your wardrobe doors. They could be hung on the back of the doors, integrated as pull-out panels or tucked at the back of a section. If you’ll be using them to check your outfit in the morning, make sure they’ve got plenty of light.
Corner fitted wardrobes
As with any other tricky space in a bedroom, a fitted bedrooms wardrobe can utilise a corner so that it isn’t wasted.
They tend to come with options such as curved rails, particularly long rails or pull-out rails to make the corner easier to reach. Our section below on storage ideas shows more of the choices available.
If you have the space, a walk-in wardrobe can make it easier to keep your bedroom tidy and clutter free.
These can include the same storage solutions as any other fitted wardrobes and can have internal doors or open shelving.
A smaller scale version can make a nice feature of a recess or nook.
Fitted wardrobes for small bedrooms and sloping ceilings
If your bedroom is an awkward shape, a fitted wardrobe can help get the best out of its dimensions.
Having a wardrobe that’s truly bespoke means it can be cut around sloping ceilings and wonky walls and built into alcoves and crevices. See some examples in the gallery.
Small and awkward bedrooms
Sharps fitted wardrobe in real oak
A wall-to-wall fitted wardrobe, built around two sloping ceilings and paired with a storage bench will really maximum space. This example is from Sharps.
Sliderobes wardrobe in black and clear glass
As well as sloping ceilings, a fitted design means you can work around awkward angles, like with this Sliderobes sliding wardrobe.