Right, that’s it. You can’t stand the ugly sight of clothes overflowing from your drawers or the doors on your wardrobe looking like they’re fit to burst for one second longer. Or perhaps your expanding family means that every spare centimetre in your home has to earn its keep. If you can relate to any of these scenarios, you might well be considering how to create more space by replacing your free-standing bedroom furniture with fitted versions.
A survey by Country Properties shows that people within the 18–44 age range are more likely to pay more for a home with built-in storage, so not only will you reap the immediate practical benefits from installing fitted wardrobes, the cost to build a closet, for example, will be reclaimed during any future house-selling move.
But a word to the wise: it’s important to make sure your fitted wardrobe is ‘future proof’. Ask yourself if your current obsession with one particular style is a fleeting love. Be honest or you may quickly regret those bevelled edges or high-gloss finish and wish you’d gone for something more classic and timeless.
The claim by Sharps, one of the UK’s most well-known fitted-wardrobe installers, that you can expect to gain up to 40% more storage space in your bedroom – or indeed any other rooms that have capacity for a built-in cupboard of some description, like the study or laundry – might well be all the enticement you need. But if you’re still mulling over whether to press the start button on the project, this blog will guide you through the whole process, including budget tips, wardrobe storage ideas and approximate calculations for built-in wardrobe cost.
We will also make it super simple to hire the right skilled professional for the job. One quick click here gives you access to a choice of installation specialists, bespoke wardrobe makers and carpenters, amongst many other tradespeople local to you and all accredited experts by the Guild of Master Craftsmen.
While the price tag for fitted wardrobes begins at around £1,000, the following plus points should help you to appreciate the return on investment:
Most of us are familiar with the large floor-to-ceiling types of built-in wardrobes, but there are several other options. We’ve listed some examples below along with suitable installation spaces.
Sliding door wardrobe
Compact rooms – you don’t have to factor in clearance space because the doors don’t open outwards. Adding mirrored sliding doors can also create the illusion of a bigger room when the light bounces off the reflective surface.
Anywhere in the home – this versatile option can mould itself to fit a range of shapes. It’s also a clever design hack, essentially altering the perceived
Space to spare – If space-saving isn’t a top concern, you can make your movie star dream a reality with an extravagant walk-in closet. The sky’s the limit in terms of the features you can incorporate here.
So far, we’ve touched on custom-built fitted wardrobes, which is a service offered by companies such as Sharps. The Sharps fitted wardrobe cost is available when you have a consultation and receive a quote for the materials and installation. You can also consider pre-designed cabinets and fittings from a DIY or dedicated wardrobe store if you’re constrained by a tighter budget. However, don’t forget to factor in labour costs if you’re not going to fit them yourself. As a rough rule of thumb, you can expect to pay between £200–£280 for a corner-based fitted wardrobe and between £800–£1,100 for a basic four-door fitted wardrobe.
Bespoke fitted wardrobes are obviously one of most expensive choices because they are built from the ground up. In this case, around 70% of the total cost will be the materials used and picking a beautiful solid wood such as oak for example, will nudge up the overall price considerably more than if you choose a cheaper veneered option. But you will then have a fitted wardrobe that is a complete one-off. If you choose one of our trustworthy specialist artisans at Find a Craftsman, you can discuss different options and agree on a daily rate for their fine workmanship, usually around £250.
When choosing your craftsman, do your own due diligence such as asking to see a portfolio of their work – some may even be able to arrange real-life viewings – and read testimonials from previous clients.
These are the general price points for custom-built fitted wardrobes, including installation.
£2,200 – £2,800
£2,800 – £3,600
£4,500 – £5,000
3-section sliding wardrobe
£3,500 – £4,000
£120 – £150 each
£120 – £150 each
£100 – £120 each
£160 – £200 each
Motion sensor lighting
Starting at £40
As our blog has outlined, fitted wardrobe cost is a key consideration but there are plenty of other factors to consider. As the UK’s most established trade association, The Guild of Master Craftsmen has been proudly representing tradespeople and artisans who have skill, integrity and expertise for over 40 years. With hundreds of reliable, trustworthy and experienced contractors all over the UK at your fingertips at Find a Craftsman, you can look forward to a smooth, headache-free build from start to finish.