Fear not! We’ve simplified the process by breaking down the four considerations you need to make before you embark on your quest for the perfect storage solution.
Bespoke to not to bespoke?
For those on a budget, there are many built in wardrobe designs that aren’t bespoke and just require careful measurements and storage choices. They often let you pick the number of rails, shelves and drawers you need. However, if you’re looking for a made-to-measure solution, a bespoke design is the best way to maximise your space. This is particularly important when considering small built in wardrobe ideas.
Capacity vs. reality
How much room do you really need? If you’re not sure, it’s probably worth working out how many shoes, clothes and accessories you have. Try to imagine where they’re all going to go. Then work out how long your rail needs to be, how many clothes hangers or drawers are required, and even how deep your fitted wardrobe needs to be.
How high can you go?
When you consider the height and depth of your fitted wardrobe, think about the finished look. For example, floor to ceiling designs are popular, although not always practical. If you live in a period property or have decorative coving, picture rails or other architectural features, it’s more aesthetically pleasing not to cover them.
Design with the decor in mind
Aesthetics matter. That’s why your wardrobe design needs to match your decor choices. Installing mirrored hinged doors in a rustic bedroom will look out of place, whereas Japanese sliding doors in a minimalist room will allow the design to complement the decor.
Ready to get inspired? Browse through our favourite built in wardrobe ideas below. For more information on the price of a built-in wardrobe, check out our fitted wardrobe cost guide.
Built-in wardrobe ideas
Fitted wardrobe ideas
Teal is back in style. As one of the top 2020 colour trends, why not incorporate this freshwater shade into your fitted wardrobe design?
We love this wooden made-to-measure example. With cottage style handles, vertical slats and some handy middle shelves, it fits seamlessly with the slanted ceilings of this rustic loft bedroom.
Fitted wardrobe designs
Boho meets Scandi with this gorgeous bedroom decor. The modern sliding doors of this fitted wardrobe complement the room perfectly, with their light and bright aesthetic almost invisible to the naked eye, allowing the rest of the neutral decor to stand out.
Fitted wardrobe ideas for bedrooms
Whether you choose an open or closed design, the layout of your fitted wardrobe is worth some serious consideration. Be sure to make enough room for your clothes, accessories, shoes, bags, hats and any other items. Take out a tape measure and work out some rough dimensions to save you having to change the design at a later date.
Wardrobe organisers are great for saving space and maximising storage capacity. Think about adding a few for both style and practicality.
Fitted wardrobe ideas for small bedrooms
Square footage is important when considering what built-in wardrobe works best for you. For smaller bedrooms, light or mirrored wardrobes work well. We also suggest sliding doors to avoid them opening out into your bedroom and taking up unnecessary room.
Fitted wardrobe design ideas
To add depth and character, think about clashing textures for your bespoke wardrobe. This wooden example is perfect because it uses the same materials but switches up the design and textures to create interest.
The light yellow works well with the warm wood, creating a French Country glow. The clashing duck egg duvet cover is a perfect finish, breaking up the warmth with a cooler tone.
Fitted wardrobe designs for bedroom
We love this modern wardrobe example with fitted sliding doors. The mirrored panels open up the bedroom and let the other furniture take centre stage.
This is only suitable for those who don’t need much storage space, unless there’s a secret room behind those doors that becomes a walk-in wardrobe.
Open wardrobe ideas
Open wardrobes are for those who are neat and tidy or those who don’t mind a messy-chic look.
If you fall into the latter, then matching hangers, storage boxes and folding skills are non-negotiable. These little touches go a long way and create a Marie Kondo vibe.
We also recommend you utilise the entire storage space to avoid aesthetic voids.
Children's fitted wardrobe ideas
When choosing fitted wardrobes for children’s rooms, practicality is key. This bright and fun space is full of colourful furniture and accessories, with the fitted wardrobes keeping everything mess-related out of the way. Built to fit seamlessly into the room, they’re almost invisible to the naked eye.
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