All you need to know about installing a fitted wardrobe including costs of materials, labour and time frames.
Fitted wardrobes are a great way to maximise the space in any bedroom. Free-standing wardrobes are pretty flexible as you can easily change your room around to suit you, but there is a lot of dead space with free standing wardrobes, so many people feel it is worth investing a bit of time and money to have fitted wardrobes installed. If you have decent DIY skills along with a good amount of patience, you could potentially carry out the installation yourself, but although doing it yourself could definitely save you a lot of money, there are of course pros and cons to the DIY wardrobe fitting approach. There are many different types of fitted wardrobes to choose from depending on the space available and your personal preference. The great thing about having a professional joiner build wardrobes for you is that it can be whatever style you prefer, so you can end up with a completely unique piece of bedroom furniture. Of course, a bespoke fitted wardrobe is much more expensive than a flat-pack mass produced item, but it will make the most of the available space.
There are many different styles of wardrobe to choose from with the cheaper wardrobes made from MDF and melamine faced boards, whereas more expensive fitted wardrobes will often use varnished real wood in a custom style. Traditional style wardrobes often come with full-length mirrors and a built-in chest of drawers, but sliding door wardrobes offer a more modern look. When you hire a joiner he will need to spend some time measuring the available space and discussing the style with you before giving an accurate price. You need to think very carefully about how you intend to use the wardrobes as once the joiner starts building the furniture there is no going back (not without extra time and costs anyway)! Bespoke wardrobes tend to be more expensive as customised designs require more labour to produce, but the bespoke design means no compromise in terms of style and space, which usually means a more practical and better-looking wardrobe.
The ability to design your wardrobe to suit your personal preference and the available space is probably the biggest attraction to having fitted wardrobes, but joiners hourly rates are expensive and custom wardrobes are labour intensive. If you have the necessary skills to install fitted wardrobes as part of a DIY project, then there are many companies which offer a free design service which you can use to obtain a design and the dimensions. It is a bit cheeky, but you can leverage a professional installer's design for free and save a lot of money than by simply installing the wardrobe yourself. However, there is a downside to this approach, for a start, it is unlikely that you will not achieve the sort of perfect finish you would expect from a professional joiner. Sometimes it can be better to just pay the price for a professional to ensure that you receive a high-quality product that will last for many years. But if you are an experienced DIY enthusiast with plenty of time to spare, you could to do a great job and save a fortune. At the end of the day, whether you try installing a fitted wardrobe yourself or to hire a professional, it is entirely up to you, both approaches have advantages and disadvantages.
The biggest problem people experience with fitting problems comes down to incorrect measurements. This is, of course, a disaster for DIY enthusiasts as once the wardrobes arrive and you find they do not fit properly, there is little you can do about it at this stage! Invariably this sort of mistake ends up making the job cost much more than it would have to have simply hired a professional in the first place. If you are ordering the wardrobes and measuring yourself, you need to take special care to double and triple check all measurements.
In order to give accurate pricing estimates we contacted numerous joiners from across the UK and compared dozens of quotes for multiple specifications.
The average material cost to install fitted wardrobe will ultimately depend on the size and the style of the wardrobe. 2 door fitted wardrobes usually cost a minimum of £300 and the price can increase considerably depending on how unusual the custom wardrobe will need to be, as well as what wood and fittings you choose. A solid oak wardrobe will usually cost around £600-£800 in materials.
The average joiner will usually charge around £150 per day to work on the project. The job duration will vary on if you are having bespoke wardrobes or if you are simply just having them fitted with materials you have bought yourself. Bespoke fitted wardrobes, you can expect to take anywhere from 3-5 days work. While fitting already purchased materials should only take 1-2 days work, if little changes are required.
Below are some estimated costs of hiring a joiner to install a fitted wardrobe:
|Job Description||Avg. Cost||Duration|
|Bespoke fitted wardrobe with sliding door||£2200-£3000||3-5 days|
|Bespoke fitted wardrobe with 3 doors||£2000-£2500||3-5 days|
|Install fitted wardrobe with sliding door||£600-£800||1-3 days|
|Install fitted wardrobe with 3 doors||£600-£800||1-3 days|
Individual costs to install a fitted wardrobe with sliding door - Total Cost: £800