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Different types of wardrobe explained

While there are many different styles of wardrobes on the market from ornate and traditional to sleek and modern designs, wardrobes usually fall into two categories, freestanding wardrobes and built-in wardrobes.

Freestanding wardrobes are not attached to the wall and can be moved around the bedroom, whereas built-in wardrobes are fitted to the wall meaning that they cannot be moved when installed. Each type of wardrobe has its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s essential to choose the one that best suits your needs.

Freestanding Wardrobes

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Freestanding wardrobes have been around for hundreds of years, way before the concept of built-in clothes storage. Freestanding wardrobes come in a range of colours and styles to suit almost any bedroom theme and are usually available in a range of sizes and configurations.

Freestanding wardrobes come in two forms, pre-assembled or flat-packed and it is up to you which one you choose.

Pre-assembled Wardrobes

Pre-assembled wardrobes are built in the factory and are ready to be placed in the bedroom, they are great for those who are not confident with their DIY skills, although they can be bulky to move around especially when trying to move them up stairs and through doorways.

Flat-pack Wardrobes

Flat-pack wardrobes typically come in a box and must be assembled at home, they are easier to manoeuvre and can be built in the bedroom where it is to be situated. Flat-pack wardrobe can be complicated to put together and normally require two people to build. These types of wardrobe are often cheaper than pre-assembled wardrobes and are great for those who like the DIY philosophy.

Built-in Wardrobes

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As opposed to freestanding wardrobes, built-in wardrobes are fitted directly into the room. The wall is measured before installation to ensure a perfect fit and can be custom made to your exact requirements.

The advantage of built-in wardrobes is that they are often bigger than freestanding wardrobes meaning that you can fit a lot more clothes in them. Bespoke sliding wardrobes offer a range of options including shoe racks, baskets or shelving and because the wardrobe is fitted to the wall you can take advantage of the vertical space in the room as well.

Built-in wardrobes offer a wide range of styles and colours, and because they are custom made offer a great range of flexibility too. You can choose from either traditional cupboard doors or more modern sliding doors to cut down on wasted space; they are available in a variety of colours and patterns to match just about anything.

Built-in wardrobes come flat packed and can be installed easily by the DIYer, although they can be fitted for you by a professional if you are unsure.


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