Fitted Wardrobe Or Stand Alone Wardrobe?

The question of which kind of wardrobe you will add to your bedroom could be a very important one, particularly if you aren’t sure exactly how long you will be living in your present house. There are advantages and disadvantages in choosing a fitted wardrobe over a stand alone wardrobe. Factors such as required storage space and the cost are going to figure in your decision making process, but there are also some other considerations to make as well.

The number one factor that may determine whether you buy a fitted wardrobe is the storage space requirements. A fitted wardrobe will give you a lot more room for storage options than even the largest free standing wardrobe. When you install a fitted wardrobe you usually build it from one wall to the other allowing the entire space to be devoted to the wardrobe itself. Additionally, the wardrobe will span from floor to ceiling making complete use of the area.

The alternate view to this may be that space in the bedroom is at a premium and there is simply nowhere for a fitted wardrobe to be installed. In this case your only option may be to fit a stand alone wardrobe into whatever space you have. By buying an elegant looking wardrobe you can add some old-style class to the bedroom making a feature piece of your main storage item.

The cost of a fitted wardrobe is inevitably going to be higher than a stand alone piece. Firstly, you can’t buy a fitted wardrobe and simply drag it into your room and begin using it, it has to be constructed and installed and this is usually done by a wardrobe installation professional. Often the materials used to make a fitted wardrobe will be more expensive than, say, a pine wardrobe.

When installing a fitted wardrobe you will be faced with a plethora of storage design choices that will allow you to personalise the way in which the wardrobe is set up. If you have a greater need for hanging storage over shelves or drawers, then you can set the wardrobe interior to cater for this need. Similarly, if you have a lot of shoes, then shoe shelves might dominate one part of the wardrobe. There are many different layout options open to you with a fitted wardrobe which is simply not available when using a stand alone wardrobe. You also have the option of redesigning the layout of the wardrobe if your circumstances change and doing so will not be a particularly costly exercise.

The façade of your fitted wardrobe is also a personalised option and can be chosen to complement the existing décor of your room. Regardless of whether you go for a modern contemporary look or a more rustic traditional, the doors and frames of your fitted wardrobe can be chosen or custom made so that the wardrobe looks as though it has always been a part of the room.

One drawback that might hold some people back from choosing a fitted wardrobe over a stand alone wardrobe is that once the wardrobe has been installed, it is part of the house. If circumstances change and you have to move, the wardrobe won’t be going with you. Your stand-alone wardrobe can be simply packed up and moved on to the next house ensuring that your storage solution will be coming with you. All of the expense and decision making that comes with a fitted wardrobe may have to be repeated every time you move to a new house.

Choosing a wardrobe is a very personal decision and should be made based on your own requirements and aesthetic personality. It may come down to the extra storage space you gain from putting in your own fitted wardrobe or it may come down to a desire to give your home the traditional appeal of a large, ornate wooden wardrobe. Whichever way you lean, make sure that when you’re done, you have given yourself enough storage space.