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Last updated on November 21st, 2023

How much do fitted wardrobes cost in 2024?

For years UK homeowners, interior designers and property developers have been taking advantage of fitted wardrobes to optimise space and style in properties. Find out the average costs of fitted wardrobes.

Whether you’re moving into a new house or doing up your current property, making the most of space is key in every home.

Built-in wardrobes may cost more than many standard stand-alone wardrobes, but they’re a brilliant way to fill awkward spaces whilst adding value and style to a property.

How much do fitted wardrobes cost?

There are lots of different shapes, sizes and styles of fitted wardrobes that you can choose from.

Each room will have a unique fitted wardrobe due to dimensions, materials and internal unit designs, all of which will affect the cost of your built-in wardrobes.

ItemRange - LowRange - HighAverage cost
3-door standard fitted wardrobe£2,500£4,000£3,250
3-door sliding door fitted wardrobe£2,800£4,600£3,700
6-door wide fitted wardrobe--£4,800
2-section custom built fitted wardrobe--£3,400
Carpenter labour (per day)£240£300£270

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

Factors affecting the cost of fitted wardrobes

The most common factors that will determine the installation cost of your fitted wardrobe are:

  • Size
  • Quality
  • Materials used
  • Additional fittings (such as integrated lighting, shelving, shoe racks, etc)

Average 3-door standard fitted wardrobe cost: £3,250

Average 3-section sliding door fitted wardrobe cost: £3,700

Average fitted wardrobe carpenter cost (labour only): £270 per day

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What are the benefits of fitted wardrobes?

Fitted wardrobes are one of the best space-saving solutions for your home. Benefits include:

  • Maximised space, particularly in awkward spaces where traditional shop-bought wardrobes wouldn’t fit or would waste space
  • Fully customisable designs that are perfectly tailored to the space and your storage needs
  • An organised home with bespoke units that you need, such as shoe racks, extra shelves and longer rails
  • Easier to clean than wardrobes with nuisance gaps or awkward ledges where dust collects
  • They add value to your home

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Different types of fitted wardrobes and average prices

One of the greatest features of fitted wardrobes is that they can be fully customised both inside and out. Built-in wardrobes will cater for your personal style and fit in any space, no matter how big, small or awkward it might seem.

Below are the most popular types of fitted wardrobes for British homeowners.

Standard fitted wardrobes

Average 3-door fitted wardrobe cost: £3,250

A standard fitted wardrobe comes with hinged doors that open outwards. They will be divided into different sections, depending on the space they’re filling and the internal units you choose.

The doors themselves are available in a range of materials, including MDF, wood, glass and metal. And there are a wide variety of door styles, such as plain, grooved, panelled, mirrored, handle-less, and with windows.

Sliding door fitted wardrobes

Average 3-section sliding fitted wardrobe cost: £3,700

If space is sparse in your home, you might want to go for fitted wardrobes with sliding doors. Instead of hinges, these wardrobes make use of doors that move by sliding on a runner.

As with standard fitted wardrobes, there are a lot of options for the style of doors and the features of the internal storage. Mirrored glass doors tend to be very popular as they help make smaller spaces look larger, and provide a full-length mirror at the same time.

Extra-wide fitted wardrobes

Average 6-door wide fitted wardrobe cost: £4,800

If you have a very large bedroom or the luxury of a walk-in wardrobe, then you’ll need an extra-wide fitted wardrobe. Put simply, it’s a wider version of a standard or sliding door fitted wardrobe.

Because they’re bigger than standard wardrobes, you can expect to pay more.

Custom-built fitted wardrobes

Average 2-section custom built fitted wardrobe cost: £3,400

Fitted wardrobes are adapted to create a bespoke wardrobe for your home, but if you’re looking for something very specific you also have the option to have custom-built wardrobes made.

Like other fitted wardrobes, they allow you to fit around sloped ceilings, wonky walls and recesses, but the materials and/or internal units will be designed and built to meet your exact needs.

Fitted wardrobe cost calculator

Using the figures above you can calculate the average cost of the fitted wardrobe you require in your home. Of course, the actual cost of your wardrobe will depend on your individual specification and will be influenced by the size, quality, materials used and additional fittings you choose.

As you’d expect, oak built-in wardrobes cost considerably more than MDF alternatives, and if you want to add soft-close doors, shoe racks and lighting, then this would make your fitted wardrobe project more expensive than if you simply request a basic shell, shelves and doors.

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Fitted wardrobes internal storage

One of the factors that will affect the total built-in wardrobe cost is your choice of internal storage units. Generally, you can ‘mix and match’ different types of storage so that they’re configured exactly how you want them.

As well as standard rails, drawers and shelves, you can also have more specialised features, including:

  • Pull-out shoe racks
  • Double-hanging clothes rails
  • Pull-down rails (for higher, hard-to-reach sections)
  • Jewellery tray
  • Cosmetics unit
  • Laundry baskets
  • Pigeon holes
  • Trouser rails
  • Integrated lighting

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How long does it take to install fitted wardrobes?

Usually between one and two days, however, the time needed for installing your fitted wardrobes will depend on the size and complexity of the space and wardrobe units themselves.

Can I fit my built-in wardrobes myself?

If you’re skilled at DIY, you might want to try and fit the wardrobes yourself. However, for the best quality results, we would highly recommend hiring a professional.

Built-in wardrobe installation quote

To get costs for your project, we recommend getting multiple quotes.

UK homes are always unique, especially traditional homes as there are some interesting shapes and sizes. These unique sizes and shapes can add to the cost and at the quote stage, you will see that.

Useful fitted wardrobe checklist

  • Plan ahead by taking time to consider what clothing and other items you use regularly and make sure the internal design of your wardrobe accommodates them
  • Make the most of shelving by using baskets or shelf dividers to partition the space
  • Speak to local fitted wardrobe experts for advice and prices for your space
  • Ask for a full list of the options for internal and external designs, there are a lot of cool storage solutions out there
  • Choose a style and materials for your fitted wardrobes that will match the space they’re filling
  • Always shop around for fair and competitive prices
  • When planning your budget for your fitted wardrobes make sure you include the cost of the materials and labour, as carpenter and installation labour costs can quickly add up
  • When hiring a professional tradesperson, always choose someone with proven experience and relevant accreditations
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Gary Collins

This has been very very useful guide and has confirmed to me that the quotations I have received are a fair reflection of the market and in line with the notes read here, so many many thanks.

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