Fitted Wardrobes Vs Freestanding Wardrobes: Which Is Best?
14th May 2021
Learn the difference between a freestanding and fitted wardrobe and which will be best for your next project.
Designing your dream bedroom? Or perhaps you’re looking to upgrade to a new wardrobe? With various types of wardrobes available, it can be tricky deciding which one you prefer. Two of the most common wardrobe types we see today are freestanding and fitted wardrobes. To help you get more of an idea of which of the two is most suitable for your needs, we’ve laid out the main factors.
The difference between the two
The main difference between a fitted and freestanding wardrobe is the fixture. A freestanding wardrobe is not fitted to any walls or ceilings and as a result, stands freely on its own. A fitted wardrobe is built into the surrounding walls and remains secured in place.
Although it is possible to find freestanding wardrobes to fill a space, you are still likely to be limited to only a handful of options. Fitted wardrobes help to make the most of your space and can be built to perfectly slot into space, no matter the size and shape of your room.
As bespoke furniture makers, we offer a huge selection of colours, materials, and designs for fitted wardrobes. So whether you are looking for built-in wardrobe storage made of sustainable wood or a modern sleek design (or both!), you’ll be sure to find the perfect fit.
Is a bespoke fitted wardrobe best for me?
The space-saving potentials are much higher with wardrobes that are fitted. This is because the wardrobe frame is custom-made to your specifications. As a result, you can have built-in wardrobe storage that meets your capacity needs. For example, if you have a loft room with limited ceiling space, then a fitted wardrobe will be the best option. These types of wardrobes for sloping ceilings are the most effective way of optimising smaller rooms. Use every corner of space to the full and make the most of your storage opportunities.
Should you move property in the future, you can feel at ease knowing you won’t lose out on the investment. As long as in a good condition, bespoke fitted wardrobes will add value to your home. They are a desirable feature to have in any home. And who wouldn’t want to move into a property that already has a stylish wardrobe with all the built-in wardrobe storage?
What about freestanding wardrobes?
Freestanding wardrobes don’t require the same installation time that fitted wardrobes needs. They also tend to be lower in price but this can vary depending on the design, size, materials, and storage features, and because they are not fixed to a wall they can be easily moved if needed. This makes them more practical when changing room layouts, decorating or even moving home.
However, there are three big disadvantages to freestanding wardrobes:
1. You are limited by the sizes available. It is virtually impossible to find a freestanding wardrobe that will provide the space-filling practicality that you’re looking for. Fitted wardrobes are custom built to your particular requirements maximising your space with a whole host of storage opportunities.
2. Even if you have a bespoke freestanding wardrobe built, you’ll still find there is a lot of wasted space above and around the unit. Because they are usually only three-quarters of the height of a standard room, there is empty space for items to pile up on top of the wardrobe, making the space feel cluttered and disorganised. On the other hand, fitted wardrobes will completely fill your space, hiding clutter and any awkward shapes.
3. Freestanding wardrobes are also not as streamlined as fitted wardrobes; they are often odd shapes sticking out of alcoves and can look and feel clunky. By streamlining your space with bespoke fitted wardrobes from floor to ceiling, you’ll make your room feel bigger and tidier.
Choose a wardrobe type that best fits your needs
Which wardrobe type is best will be dependent on your specific requirements. Choose a bespoke fitted wardrobe to achieve that streamlined, custom style and to maximise space in any room. But if versatility is an important factor, then perhaps a freestanding wardrobe is more appropriate.
At Custom Creations, we offer a 25-year guarantee on all of our fitted furniture. From standard fitted bedroom furniture to wardrobes designed for angled rooms, we’ll help you build the perfect solution to your space.