The idea of installing your own fitted wardrobe may not seem achievable to some. However, with some simple design principles, it does not have to be a hard task. A wardrobe is one of the most important things in a home. It helps you manage all kinds of clothes. There are occasions where people are tight for wardrobe space, and require something custom built to maximise the wardrobe space they have. Another reason for fitted wardrobes is when there are awkward spaces in a bedroom, such as a sloped ceiling due to a loft conversion.
Below are some tips on designing and installing your own fitted wardrobe.
Step 1. Create the design
The average person who is not in the trade wants to create a bespoke wardrobe the easiest way possible. We believe the easiest way is to actually buy a variety of wardrobe carcasses that will fit nicely into your space. Basically a wardrobe carcass is just a shell of a wardrobe, without things like shelves and doors. It will provide you with the main structure of your wardrobe, allowing you to customise your shelves, rails and doors.
If you need a custom wardrobe for space with sloped ceilings (such as loft converted rooms). Then just by various wardrobe carcasses of different heights. This means that very tall wardrobe will fit where the ceiling is highest, then you will have progressively smaller wardrobe as the slope decreases.
First of all, you need to start with a fitted wardrobe design. While designing the wardrobe, you need to be focused on numerous factors such as:
Hanging Rail Space Tips
This is usually the most important aspect when it comes to wardrobe design. Everyone is unique when it comes to hanging requirements, such as the type of clothes people wear. As a general rule of thumb allow for amount of space for the items below:
- Suits and Jackets require at least a 90cm drop.
- Blouses require at least a 90cm drop.
- Trousers need at least a 80cm.
Drawer Space Tips
People usually prefer large drawers. Whatever drawer desgin you go for, ensure your drawers are very strong. Make sure you invest in high quality runners. Ideally drawers for clothes should be at least 15cm deep.
Wardrobe Appearance Tips
Your finished design should not look ugly. The good thing about using new wardrobe carcasses is that they already have a nice finish on them. Once you have created your design you simply by wardrobe doors to fit your carcasses. The doors will provide the overall finish.
- Draw your wardrobe area to scale on a piece of paper or computer. Mark your diagram with measurements, such as heights and widths. This will give you something to work with, and to work out what kind of space you have.
- Look at different shops for wardrobe carcasses. They come in various heights and widths. Basically you will need to select a variety of wardrobe carcasses that will fit into your space, filling it up as much as possible. This involves a bit of trail and error. You can get a good idea how they fit my drawing them on your design plans to scale.
- Draw where you want your hanging rails. Remember to leave enough space for certain clothes such as jackets and trousers. You can get a good idea of your hanging rail space as your plans are drawn to scale.
- Draw where you want any shelves.
- Look in shops for wardrobe doors that will fit your carcasses. If the door height does not fit exactly, your could trim it down.
Step 2. Installing Your Own Fitted Wardrobe Guide
- Start buy building your flat pack wardrobe carcasses.
- Install the wardrobe carcasses according to your plans.
- Fix the carcasses together by drilling 1 holes through each side. Then secure them together using nuts and bolts.
- Fit your hanging rails. Your wardrobe carcass will already have holes in the inside, allowing your to fix rails at certain heights.
- Now fit your shelves, using the holes inside your wardrobe. Simply fit plastic pins in the holes to support your shelves.
- Install your doors.
- If necessary, you can finish off your wardrobe with extra details. If your wardrobes are underneath a sloped ceiling, there will be gaps on top of certain wardrobe in the shape of a triangle. They could fill in these gaps using wooden panels, or a glossy plastic.
We hope you have enjoyed this article about installing your own fitted wardrobe.