Fitted wardrobe ideas – for better organisation and space-saving in any bedroom

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Now’s the time to sort out the clothes that no longer fit or that you no longer wear.

Many of our homes lack the storage space that we need. Yet one surefire way to max out the available space in a bedroom, particularly in a small bedroom, is with a fitted wardrobe.

Fitted wardrobe ideas

Our selection of the best fitted wardrobe ideas can help you choose which style might best suit your bedroom. Once you’ve seen a look you like, it’s time to start planning.

First up why not do what the architects and interior designers do and count your pairs of shoes, coats, dresses etc, so that you can work out exactly what storage system you need inside.

Should fitted wardrobes go from floor to ceiling?

A design expert from Hammonds explains, ‘In general the majority of installations are floor to ceiling. However when you have a period property where ceilings are high, with decorative ceiling coving and picture rails, the wardrobes would better enhance the room if they didn’t cover over these architectural designs.’

How deep should fitted wardrobes be?

‘The minimum internal wardrobe depth for hanging clothes is 550mm this seems to be the industry standard across the board’ the spokesperson from Hammonds explains. Choosing a manufacture who designs its our own fitted furniture, allows them to manufacture any depth of wardrobe to suit the customer needs.

Can you paint fitted wardrobes?

Having fitted wardrobes installed is a big investment, so you want to get it right. Due to the expense you may choose to play it safe with the finish, and opt for a neutral – a wise decision. But if later down the line you wish to add a splash of colour that’s no problem, provided you use the correct materials.

Use a specialist primer such as Zinsser to ensure the paint adheres to whatever the surface is, from stripped pine to hardwood and even laminated wood. Once prepped you can use the furniture paint of choice, which is specifically made the purpose.

1. Choose a design ready for painting

Go for the same shade as your walls or opt for a contrasting colour. The wardrobes are customisable so can be any size you need and filler panels can be added if you want a completely seamless look.

2. Paint to blend into the background

Fitted wardrobes can be painted the same colour as your walls, so they remain unobtrusive and discreet, allowing the bed to be the main feature, while clothes, shoes and other items can be neatly stored away.

4.  Get creative with fitted wardrobe designs

Reclaimed timber can been used to build frames for the huge floor-to-ceiling wardrobes at each end of the room and a panelled door to an en-suite bathroom. It’s a unique way to make the most of the ample ceiling height in this large bedroom.

5. Include a beauty bay within your wardrobe

Tada! Enjoy the luxury of a dedicated beauty bay for your hairdryer and pampering paraphernalia, all discreetly hidden behind closed doors. A mirror to check your appearance and glass fronted drawers mean you can see in an instant where items are stored, so you’ll be ready in no time. Find a system like this at

6. Increase light with mirrors

A fitted wardrobe like this one will not only make the most of every available centimetre in your bedroom, by opting for mirrored doors any natural light will be reflected, giving the effect of even more space and light. While of course giving you the ideal way to check out your outfits.

Top tip: Decorative panelling on the mirrored glass makes an attractive feature and will reduce any glare.

7. Do an audit of your belongings

Yep we hear’ya, who is going to do that? But if you know (roughly) how many dresses, jumpers, tops, hats, belts etc that you own, you’ll have a better idea of the number of drawers, shelves long or short rails that you’ll need – and it’ll save you time in the long run as you’ll be able to lay your hands on those things when you need them. A system like Ikea’s PAX wardrobe can be designed to suit your requirements.

8. Build in more than clothes storage

Choose a floor-to-ceiling system like this one and you’ll gain more than a home for your clothes and shoes. With all that extra storage space why not use some for a smart desk area that can be hidden away at the end of the day?

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