Fitted vs Freestanding Wardrobes: Which is Best?

Wardrobes are arguably the most essential pieces of furniture we own – we use them daily, they house some of our most valuable possessions, and they stand proudly next to our beds (our second favourite piece of furniture). If your old wardrobe simply doesn’t cut it anymore, you might have found yourself with the following dilemma: should my new wardrobe be fitted or freestanding? 

Let’s take a look.

Freestanding wardrobes

free standing wardrobe advantages

Advantages of free standing wardrobes

  • Mobility: One of the obvious benefits of choosing a standalone wardrobe is that it will be portable. That is, if you decide to move home at any point, you will be able to easily put your wardrobe in the removals van and take it to your next place. Of course, you will be able to move it into any other room in your home too, if you so choose.
  • Easily replaced: If you opt for a freestanding wardrobe, it will be something that you can easily replace with a new one, if necessary. While you shouldn’t be worrying about the wardrobe that comes after the one you haven’t even purchased yet – it still provides some peace of mind!
  • Mix and match furniture: Freestanding wardrobes allow you to choose other furniture items from the same range, or go for something entirely different depending on what sort of aesthetic you’re looking for with your room.
  • Same-day purchase: When you choose freestanding furniture, there’s a good chance you will be able to take it home and use it that very same day, especially if you have chosen something flatpack. Yes, you might have to spend a few hours poring over the instructions, but it can be a game-changer if time is of the essence.


free standing wardrobe disadvantages

Disadvantages of free standing wardrobes

  • Size and shape limitations: Typically, freestanding wardrobes only come in three sizes: single-door, double-door and three-door variants. And while these options will differ somewhat in size, many of them will still be uniform in depth and height, making it difficult if you’re looking for something really specific.
  • Wasted/unused space: One of the biggest problems with freestanding wardrobes is that, thanks to the lack of size and shape options, they simply waste space in our bedrooms. Given that homes – and, by extension, bedrooms – are only getting smaller as time goes on, we have to be much more resourceful when it comes to the utilisation of space.
  • A messy/disorganised feel: A knock-on effect that this wasted space can have is a messy or cluttered feeling in our bedroom. A freestanding wardrobe simply cannot strike the same clean, elegant aesthetic that fitted furniture can, and we all know that a tidy room is a tidy mind, right?
  • Limited storage: Even with the biggest freestanding wardrobe in the world, the storage capacity and layout is still going to be limited by what the manufacturer thinks you want. That is, with a storage system that isn’t tailored to you, you won’t be able to economise on space in the same way, ultimately limiting your storage capabilities.


Fitted wardrobes

beautifully fitted wardrobes

Advantages of fitted wardrobes

  • Storage tailored to you: Following on from our last point, fitted wardrobes offer the ultimate in storage economy. This is because, even with a relatively modest storage system, you can make sure that you have all of the space and compartments that you need to house your items. And with tailored storage, you will be able to choose unique compartments that you simply won’t find in more basic freestanding wardrobes, such as fold-out jewellery containers.
  • Maximising your space: As we mentioned earlier, if you opt for fitted wardrobes and storage, you will be able to maximise the space that you have in your bedroom. This is perfect for someone with a more modest size bedroom, or if you’re looking to use that extra space carry out something like a morning fitness regime.
  • An aesthetic to suit your tastes: While you can hunt for styles and colours that you like with freestanding wardrobes, it simply doesn’t compare to the sheer customisability of a bespoke storage system. You can stick with a pre-established colour scheme and follow it right down to the perfect shade of green or grain of wood – or, you can go for something entirely different. The choice is truly yours.
  • No more clutter: This is one of the true benefits of fitted storage systems: not only will the space in your bedroom be maximised, but that cluttered look that comes with freestanding furniture will be eradicated. That is, you can eliminate any awkward alcoves or irritating protrusions, and be left with clean and simple space.
  • Your room will feel bigger: Not only will your room have more space, but that increase in space will feel more significant. Why? Well, this has to do with that fact that freestanding wardrobes will only draw your eye three-quarters of the way to the ceiling, whereas full-height fitted wardrobes will draw your eye the whole way, creating the illusion of extra space. Choosing to add mirrors to your fitted wardrobes will compound this effect, making your room feel extremely spacious, if that’s what you want.

As an aside, mirrored front doors will also allow you to make much better use of the available light in your room, ensuring that your space is much brighter during the day time.


bespoke wardrobes with mirror

Disadvantages of fitted wardrobes

  • You can’t move it: Unlike freestanding wardrobes, you won’t actually be able to take your fitted wardrobes with you when you move home. However, you can take solace in the fact that it will increase the value of your home, and make it more enticing to potential buyers.
  • More expensive: Of course, a fully-bespoke storage system will cost you some extra money, but you really do get what you pay for. And, as we mentioned in the previous point, this sort of addition to your home could well add value. 
  • Less flexibility in layout: If you decide to change the layout of your room, you will find that you have less flexibility in terms of layout post-installation. However, this will be offset somewhat by the sheer amount of space you will have.
  • Longer delivery and installation: Unfortunately, a bespoke wardrobe can’t simply be put like a piece of flat-pack furniture – it will take some time. With this in mind, make sure that you order yours with time in hand. This way, you will be ready for the installation process.


Conclusion: which is best?

There are certainly pros and cons to both styles of storage system but, if you’re willing to pay a little extra, a fitted wardrobe simply cannot be beaten. The increase in space is invaluable, and the different looks that you can achieve are remarkable. So, you know which one has our vote!


Are you considering a bespoke fitted wardrobe for your bedroom? Look no further than Unique Bedrooms. Operating throughout Northwood, Watford and Dunstable, we specialise in creating one-of-a-kind storage solutions for our customers that look great and stand the test of time. If you’re interested in our work, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly team today.