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Fitted wardrobes: which one is right for you?

06 MARCH 2012

Fitted wardrobes can provide a stylish and space saving addition to your bedroom. Whether you’re looking for a sleek exterior or a roomy interior, there’s a fitted wardrobe to suit every taste and budget. Fitted wardrobes fall under three main categories: Front Frame Wardrobes, Full Cabinet Wardrobes, and Sliding Door Wardrobes. Here’s an overview of the main fitted wardrobe styles and what they offer:

 

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Front Frame Construction

Front Frame Wardrobe systems make use of a basic framework that is constructed upwards from the floor to the ceiling and away from a wall. Your bedroom wall will actually form the main wall for the wardrobe, as this model is not generally provided with backs or sides.

Front Frame systems do not have a fixed depth measurement, and as a result they can be easily installed around non-movable household features such chimneys or other possible obstructions.

They are ideally suited to rooms that have sloping ceilings, such as loft spaces that may have been converted into a bedroom.

Full Cabinet Construction

Full Cabinet Wardrobes are akin to large wardrobes that are freestanding. These are simply fixed into place using infill panels, at both ends of the wardrobe, and a top filler panel which goes up to the ceiling. 

Often Full Cabinet Wardrobes have a fixed depth measurement, which is usually around 610mm. Putting up cabinets across potential obstacles, such as the aforementioned chimney breast, is a more complex process. The entire cabinet back will need to be cut away before being re-supported on the build.

Because of the onsite modifications that need to be made to Full Cabinet Wardrobes, if a space is tricky, they would not be ideal for rooms with sloping ceilings.

Sliding Door Wardrobes

Sliding Door Wardrobes generally go from wall to wall and are available with both frame and cabinet. You are likely to come across these types of wardrobes in modern properties.

Normally the door system is constructed as a frame before cabinet interior units are positioned behind the doors.

The system can be customised to suit customers’ needs as doors can be both ‘made to measure’ or ‘standard’. Doors that are a standard size tend to have large door overlaps, which makes accessing the interior slightly more problematic.

As door systems develop sliding door systems have become much more innovative. For example you can now get soft close doors. Sliding doors are no longer at the cheaper end of the wardrobe market and prices can run into the thousands. They also come in a whole host of different door styles such as Multi Panel Glass Systems, Sloping Doors, and Wood/Glass/Mirror mixes.

The sliding door wardrobes can also act as dividers when put across the length of a room.
 

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