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Fitted vs. Freestanding Wardrobes: Which one is best for you?

Written by: Instrument furniture  Date: Jun 22, 2021

If you have decided that it is time to revamp your bedroom to add style to your space and order to your life, the best place to start is with a wardrobe. Bedroom storage solutions are an essential consideration. If you are well into the process of redesigning your bedroom, then you have likely stumbled on the dilemma of choosing between a fitted and a freestanding unit.

What is a fitted wardrobe?

A fitted wardrobe is built to measure, meaning that it will fit in perfectly with the space you have available. These units are also typically fixed to a wall to become permanent additions to a home. 

What is a freestanding wardrobe?

Freestanding wardrobes are ready-built storage units that have been designed to the specifications of the manufacturer. They are not fixed to any structures and can be moved around from one spot to another.

To make the right decision, a good starting point is to compare each option’s pros and cons. 

 Example of a custom-designed freestanding unit by Instrument

Why choose a fitted wardrobe?

One of the main reasons why many people choose a fitted wardrobe is customisation. Bespoke storage units can be designed to fit in with whatever space is available in your bedroom and they can be built to meet unique needs.

Fitted wardrobes are also good for:

  • Accommodating awkward spaces. Some bedrooms feature slanted ceilings or walls with awkward corners. To maximise storage space, a fitted wardrobe can be installed to meet the exact dimensions of these areas. 
  • Maintaining a room’s theme. If you want a wardrobe that blends in well with the architecture and interior décor of your room, then a fitted customised wardrobe will provide you with more options when it comes to matching themes.
  • Maximising space. Floor to ceiling wardrobes not only look majestic but they are the best way to utilise every inch of wall space you have in a room to maximise storage.
  • Increasing the value of your property. According to research by HSH.com, one of homeowners’ pet peeves is lack of storage space, with up to 67% of homeowners being dissatisfied with wardrobe solutions in available properties. Fitted wardrobes may, therefore, make your home more desirable if you decide to put it on the market.

With these benefits, it is clear why many prefer a fitted solution for their bedroom. However, this option is not without its drawbacks. For example, a fitted wardrobe tends to cost more and take time to complete. Once one has been installed, you will also need to commit to the design and location, as it will be difficult or even impossible to remove and rearrange the unit.

Freestanding wardrobe by instrument

Why choose a freestanding wardrobe?

If you are in a hurry to redecorate your room or need an immediate storage solution, then a freestanding wardrobe may be a better choice.

Freestanding wardrobes are also good for:

  • Variation. There are tons of different pre-built wardrobe styles to choose from and it will be easy to find a design that matches the other furniture in your room. If you are in the mood for a change further down the line, you can quickly resell and replace your freestanding wardrobe.
  • Mobility. Freestanding wardrobes are easily portable and can be moved from room to room if you decide to re-furnish your home or change its layout.  And of course, it can move with you if you decide to change homes completely.
  • Budgets. There are many affordable options when it comes to this choice of wardrobe, especially if you go the “assemble at home” route. This makes them a great solution if you are restrained by budget but still want the best wardrobe for your bedroom.
  • Same day purchases and deliveries. If you have guests on their way and you quickly need to make a guest room comfortable and appealing, then a freestanding unit can be bought on the spot with possible same day delivery.

To be fair, we will weigh the pros of a freestanding wardrobe with the cons. Unlike a fitted wardrobe, this option won’t add value to your property if you are a homeowner. Storage space is also often limited or restricted unless you choose a custom freestanding storage solution, which would then omit the advantages of this option being more affordable and subject to same-day delivery.

An ideal freestanding wardrobe with sliding doors to accommodate small spaces

To summarise: 

“Your home is living space, not storage space.”

- Francine Jay

While this quote does hold so much worth, with the right storage solutions at your disposal, your home can be a comfortable living space and a stylish storage space - to make it one of blissful convenience.

At the end of the day, the wardrobe you choose funnels down to personal choice. You need to consider your size and decide on which type of design is going to best suit your needs. For some, style may be more important than practicality while for others, getting the most storage space out of a wardrobe is going to be the number one determining factor.