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1 October 2020

How to buy fitted bedroom furniture

Expert advice on fitted wardrobes, from choosing the best fitted bedroom furniture to suit you to selecting a trusted brand, plus how much fitted wardrobes cost.
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Sarah Ingrams

Your bedroom should be a space for relaxation, unwinding after a long day, or easing into a lazy Sunday morning. Elegant fitted wardrobes can be just the thing to keep it smart and uncluttered, as they usually offer lots more storage space than you'll get with free-standing furniture.

The range of styles – plus the potential to come up with your own bespoke option – can mean that buying made-to-measure bedroom furniture is a big and pricey project. 

But there are also simpler, ready-made storage options if you want to refresh your bedroom on a smaller budget.

Use our expert guides to take you from initial ideas and inspiration right through to finding the right company or trader to fit your bedroom furniture.

Built-in wardrobe ideas

The first step is to look for inspiration for how you want your new bedroom to look and feel. 

Do you want a fully built-in, bespoke-designed system that incorporates your bed frame and dressing table, as well as wardrobes? Or are you looking for something simpler you can choose from a pre-built range?

Fitted wardrobes can be great for creating reams of handy storage space in children’s bedrooms, or making a feature out of corner wardrobes in a guest bedroom.

You'll need to consider the style of the furniture, the type of fitted wardrobe doors you want, the space your wardrobes will fit into and how you want to use the storage space, as these will all have an impact on what you choose.

See design options, styles and ranges from big brands including Ikea, John Lewis, Hammonds and Sharps on our built-in wardrobe ideas page. The gallery below shows a few options to get you started (all images from Hammonds):

 

How much do fitted wardrobes cost?

Fitted bedroom furniture can cost anywhere from a couple of hundred to several thousand pounds. The kind of furniture you want, the brand you choose, style and materials, and how bespoke you want it to be will all impact the prices.

So it’s about striking the right balance between your ideal bedroom storage and what will work in your space and your budget.

Find out more about the cost of fitted bedroom furniture and whether you should buy DIY fitted wardrobes to install yourself to save on costs.

Best fitted wardrobe brands

Brands including Hammonds, John Lewis, Sharps and Sliderobes sell built-in bedroom furniture with lots of customisable options. They also offer planning and design services to help you create your fitted bedroom furniture. This comes at a cost, however.

Other brands, including Argos, B&Q and Homebase, offer a range of fitted storage cupboard options which you can combine together to create storage to fit your space. Some don’t offer an installation service so you’ll need to build DIY fitted furniture yourself, or hire someone to install it for you.

Find out what customers think in our fitted bedroom furniture reviews.

Should I use an independent fitted wardrobe company near me?

We’ve rated 10 big brands selling fitted wardrobes – Argos, B&Q, Hammonds, Homebase, Ikea, John Lewis, Next, Sharps, Sliderobes and Wickes – using the feedback of their customers. But many households use an independent trader or carpenter to create and install their built-in bedroom furniture.

Use our advice to weigh up the pros and cons of using an independent fitted bedroom furniture company.

Or find a reliable fitted wardrobe fitter specialist near you using Which? Trusted Traders. You don’t need to be a Which? member to see our recommended traders.

Choosing fitted wardrobes

Use our key questions to establish the best bedroom storage solution for you, at a price you’re comfortable with, in our guide to choosing fitted wardrobes.

Find out whether fitted or freestanding wardrobes would work best in your bedroom, and how to choose the best style for you on your budget.

Installing fitted wardrobes

Many fitted bedroom furniture companies offer a design service. This normally involves a bedroom designer coming to your home to show you samples, measure your space 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.

Some companies are offering virtual design appointments at the moment so you can start to design your fitted furniture without leaving your home.

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 bedroom planning tool you can use though.

Once you're happy with the fitted bedroom furniture design and layout, the company you choose will confirm a delivery and installation date (if relevant). Check each brand’s page within our fitted bedroom furniture reviews to find out more about delivery and installation options.

Some companies we reviewed insist on you using their own installation service. This is the same for most independents. But with others you’ll need to find an installer or assemble and fit them yourself.

Find a recommended local company to build and install your fitted wardrobes with our independently reviewed Which? Trusted Traders.

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