How to buy fitted bedroom furniture

Your bedroom should be a place to relax, unwind after a long day or chill out on a lazy Sunday morning.

Sleek built-in wardrobes can be perfect for keeping it sleek and uncluttered, as they usually offer a lot more storage space than what you will get with free-standing furniture.

The range of styles – plus the ability to come up with your own bespoke option – can mean purchasing custom bedroom furniture is a big and expensive project.

But there are also simpler, out-of-the-box storage options if you want to freshen up your room on a budget.

Use our expert guides to guide you from initial ideas and inspiration to finding the right company or merchant to fit your bedroom furniture.

Integrated wardrobe ideas

The first step is to seek inspiration on how you want your new bedroom to look and feel.

Do you want a fully integrated, custom designed system that integrates your bed frame and dressing table, as well as cabinets? Or are you looking for something simpler that you can choose from a pre-built range?

Fitted wardrobes can be ideal for creating reams of practical storage space in children’s rooms, or do a function from corner cabinets in a guest room.

You will have to take into account the style of the furniture, the type of recessed cupboard doors you want, how much space your cabinets will fit into and how you want to use the storage space, as this will all impact what you choose.

Explore the design options, styles and ranges of top brands such as Ikea, John Lewis, Hammonds and Sharps on our built-in wardrobe ideas page. The gallery below shows a few options to get you started (all images from Hammonds):

Fitted bedroom furniture sets

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How much do built-in wardrobes cost?

Bedroom furniture can cost anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand pounds. The type of furniture you want, the brand you choose, the style and materials, and how you want it to be tailored will all have an impact on the prices.

So it’s about finding the right balance between storage for your ideal bedroom and what will suit your space and budget.

Learn more about the price of fitted bedroom furniture and if you have to buy DIY built-in cabinets to install yourself to save on costs.

The best brands of built-in cabinets

Brands such as Hammonds, John Lewis, Sharps, and Sliderobes sell built-in bedroom furniture with lots of customizable options. They also offer planning and design services to help you create your fitted bedroom furniture. This comes at a cost, however.

Other brands, including Argos, B&Q, and Homebase, offer a range of built-in storage cabinet options that you can combine to create storage to suit your space. Some don’t offer an installation service, so you’ll have to build custom furniture yourself or hire someone to install it for you.

Find out what customers are saying in our bedroom furniture reviews.

Should I use an independent integrated wardrobe company near me?

We evaluated 10 top brands selling built-in cabinets – Argos, B&Q, Hammonds, Homebase, Ikea, John Lewis, Next, Sharps, Sliderobes and Wickes – using their customer reviews. But many households hire a tradesman or freelance carpenter to create and install their built-in bedroom furniture.

Use our tips to weigh the pros and cons of using a independent company of equipped bedroom furniture.

Where to find a reliable specialist in fitting out cabinets near you using which? Trusted traders. You don’t have to be a Which? member to see our recommended traders.

Choosing built-in wardrobes

Use our key questions to determine the best bedroom storage solution for you, at a price that works for you, in our guide to choose fitted wardrobes.

Find out if built-in or freestanding wardrobes would work best for your bedroom, and how to choose the style that works best for you based on your budget.

Install fitted wardrobes

Many bedroom furniture companies offer design service. This normally involves a bedroom designer coming to your home to show you samples, measure your space, and discuss options with you. They should be able to help you find a design that will get the most out of your room and stay within your budget.

Some companies currently offer virtual design appointments so that you can start designing your fitted furniture without leaving your home.

They then craft the design for you so that you can visualize it. For the most part, including Hammonds, John lewis and Bathrobes, it will be in the form of a 3D drawing. TO Sharp objects, the drawing is done by hand, but you will get a 3d visualization once you agree to buy the furniture.

However, not all of them offer such a comprehensive service. Ikea, for example, only has in-store design appointments rather than home visits. It does, however, have an online room planner you can use.

Once you are satisfied with the design and layout of the fitted bedroom furniture, the company you choose will confirm a delivery and installation date (if applicable). Visit each brand’s page in our bedroom furniture reviews to learn more about delivery and installation options.

Some companies we’ve reviewed insist that you use their own installation service. It’s the same for most independents. But with others you will have to find an installer or put them together and assemble them yourself.

Find a recommended local company to build and install your built-in cabinets with our independent assessment Who? Trusted traders.

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