How to buy fitted bedroom furniture
By Liz Ransome-Croker
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Use our fitted bedroom furniture guide to help you design and visualise your perfect bedroom.
Fitted bedroom furniture generally isn't cheap, so it's important to get it right first time.
This guide runs through:
- how to choose the right fitted bedroom furniture
- what you need to consider
- ideas for fitted bedroom furniture
- choosing a fitted bedroom furniture company
- bedroom furniture costs.
If you already know what you're looking for, head to our fitted bedroom furniture reviews.
When you think of fitted bedroom furniture, fitted wardrobes is what probably springs to mind. But there are lots of other types to choose from. Your fitted furniture will consist of a combination of the following:
- fitted wardrobes
- fitted drawers
- fitted cupboards
- fitted shelving
- a fitted desk.
Bedroom furniture sets
This could include a built-in desk, dressing table, bench with added storage or overhead storage. The gallery below shows a few possible combinations (all images from Hammonds).
Hammonds and Sharps have the widest ranges of fitted furniture options to choose from. All the furniture companies we looked at also have cohesive design finishes to complete your room too, such as bedside tables, stools, headboards and mirrors.
What you choose will depend on what the room is like and how you use it. We surveyed 1,172 fitted furniture owners to find out what they wish they had done differently – not researching enough in advance came top of the list of regrets.
Think carefully about what you need with the following questions:
- How much do you need to store in your new cupboards?
- Do you have any awkward areas you need to work around?
- How do you use your current bedroom storage? How could it work better?
- Do you want to include specific areas, such as a dressing table, or laundry bin?
- What do you need to get to most regularly and what can be tucked away?
- How much room do you need for each section, such as work clothes or shoes?
- Do you want your storage to be open and on view, or closed in?
- What colours and finishes do you want?
- How frequently will you clean the surfaces?
65% of the people we spoke to choose the company they did because they offered good quality products. Other common reasons were:
- they offered a fitting service (62%)
- they had a product/were offering what I wanted (59%)
- they submitted a design I liked (55%)
- they had a good reputation (40%)
- they were local/close to where I live (40%)
- they had the most helpful staff (33%)
- I was impressed by examples of their work (31%)
- I had bought from them before (31%)
There are a number of different fitted bedroom furniture companies, both national and local independents. The five we reviewed are the ones most commonly used by Which? members who answered our survey. We need at least 30 responses to be able to rate a company.
You may also choose to use a local builder or joiner. Using an independent company was the most popular choice among our survey respondents, and 24% had done so. Hammonds and Sharps were the most popular brands, with 16% and 15% using them respectively.
Most companies will offer a design service. This normally involves someone coming to your home to show you samples, measure up and discuss options with you. They should be able to help you come up with a design that will make the most of your room and stick to your budget.
They'll usually then draw up the design for you so that you can visualise it. For most, including Hammonds, John Lewis and Sliderobes, this will be in the form of a 3D drawing. At Sharps, the drawing is done by hand, but you'll get a 3D visualisation once you've agreed to buy the furniture.
Not all offer as full a service though. Ikea, for example, only has in-store design appointments rather than home visits. It does have an online planning tool you can use though.
Once you're happy with the design, the company you choose will confirm a delivery and installation date. Aside from Ikea, the companies we reviewed insist on you using their own installation service. This is the same for most independents.
Visit our fitted bedroom furniture reviews to find out the average wait times for delivery and installation, and what the most common problems were with each company.
The second biggest regret for people we asked was spending too much money overall on their fitted bedroom furniture (21%). But 12% were disappointed that they hadn't chosen better quality materials.
So it's about striking the right balance. All the companies we were able to rate for durability got a very good four stars. But only one got the maximum five stars for value for money.
Specialist brands Hammonds, Sharps and Sliderobes are all at the pricier end of the scale. Your design is likely to cost well into the thousands, depending on what you want.
Ikea, on the other hand, is more budget friendly. But while you can mix and match to build a design to suit you, Ikea's furniture won't fit exactly into your space, as bespoke furniture from the others would.
Decide early on whether you want a truly bespoke design that will use every millimetre of space, or a more simple combination of off-the-shelf space-saving solutions.