We’ve surveyed 1,744 people who bought fitted bedroom furniture recently to find out how they brought their furniture ideas to life, and asked for their tips for others starting out on the same project.
We’ve added Which? expert advice to help you make the best choices for you.
Keep reading to see our full expert advice or jump straight to the relevant section.
Start by thinking about your how you use your bedroom and what you want from the furniture in it. Use the following questions to think carefully about what you need so that you have no regrets once your furniture is installed:
Which? Trusted Trader (which does fitted bedroom furniture too!) has been designing and fitting wardrobes since 1985. Director Chris Sutherland shared his tips with us for what to think about in advance:
"Consider what you require from your fitted bedroom furniture:
Respondents in our survey also suggested measuring your room, including its height, before you start looking at possible furniture, and planning out where your furniture will go. Several suggested speaking with different firms as different designers may have different ideas.
Popular reasons for choosing fitted bedroom furniture over freestanding furniture from the 1,744 people we spoke to in our survey include:
Here some fitted bedroom furniture owners explain their choice:
"The space in a dormer bedroom was an odd shape for free standing and would also waste space. I like storage to be in every corner so I got a design to my specification."
"We decided to buy built-in furniture because we considered it would look smarter."
"I wanted something to fit into the alcoves either side of a chimney breast. I opted for custom fitted because it would maximum use of the space from floor to ceiling and also be made to my taste."
"We wished to maximise use of an alcove space."
"There was a very limited range of bedroom furniture that included a dressing table. I spent a long time investigating various options and companies. Fitted furniture offered a customised solution that provided maximum storage space."
Get started by trying some of the most popular ways to research fitted bedroom furniture, according to our survey of 1,744 people who already own it.
While some companies are now offering virtual appointments, it’s still important to see the materials, and products if possible, before you buy to make sure you’re happy with the and look and feel of the finished product.
It’s worth getting multiple quotes so you can compare prices and options and find the best for you. With much fitted bedroom furniture being tailored to your space and requirements, it’s tricky to give guide prices. Find out .
One person we spoke to described getting quotes from six different firms, ranging from £6,000 - £20,000.
Before finally settling on a brand and furniture range, here’s what you can expect:
Installation can take as little as two weeks if the company from which you buy the furniture also installs it. Among the hundreds of people in our survey who did this, 15% said it took less than two weeks from ordering to the furniture being fitted.
Between two weeks and two months was much more common, however. A third said it took between a fortnight and a month, another third said it took between one and two months between ordering and their furniture installation being completed.
Online survey of 1,744 people in April and May 2020 who bought fitted bedroom furniture since July 2018. Of these, 775 said the firm they bought from also installed the furniture.
If you’re planning to install the furniture yourself, or find your own installer, it’s helpful to know how long you’ll be waiting for delivery so that you can get started.
The majority (79%) waited less than a month from order to delivery of their furniture. More than half (53%) said it took less than two weeks for their furniture to be delivered.
*Online survey of 1,744 members of the general public in May 2020 who bought fitted bedroom furniture since July 2018