Who said wardrobes can't be as stylish as the clothes they contain?
You don’t need a separate dressing room to create dreamy bedroom storage. Tackle bedroom clutter with beautiful, tailor-made fitted wardrobes. When space is at a premium, floor-to-ceiling built-in wardrobes allow you to maximise every spare centimetre as they put what may otherwise be dead space to good use.
Built-in wardrobes make the most of tight corners and awkward angles and will keep floors and surfaces clear, creating a clean, streamlined and uncluttered look which regular stand-alone wardrobes rarely achieve. They can further save space if you install sliding doors instead of hinged doors that open outwards.
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With built-in wardrobes there is also the advantage that you can coordinate the amount of hanging rail space that you need (as well as choose different rail heights for dresses and trousers or shirts and tops), with the amount of drawer space, shelves and shoe racks.
And why not do like the architects and go through your clothes and accessories first to assess the storage you need? It might be a laborious one-off task but it will reap rewards every day when you can easily find favourite outfits – and you’ll never have expensive purchases languishing at the back of the wardrobe unworn.
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Whether you fit them across an entire wall, in an alcove space or either side of a chimney breast, the result will be flush and fabulous.
For a completely seamless look paint the wardrobes in the same shade as the rest of the room or cover them in the same wallpaper.
Alternatively, make a feature of them with sumptuous upholstery, eye-catching glazing or stylish wood-panelling. Or for something entirely different conceal wardrobe doors in pretty plasterwork or a striking wall mural.
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Take inspiration from the built-in wardrobes ahead. Whatever your style, fitted wardrobes and bedroom storage come with modern, sophisticated options that create additional space while also contributing to the room’s décor.
Joinery in the master bedroom is made with pre-grooved MDF boards. The top of the built-in wardrobes offers space for displaying personal collections.
Sleek, handleless wardrobe doors keep things simple and clean.
Designer Tom Barlett designed this smart storage as part of a renovation project in a west London townhouse.
Get the look:
The Memphis-style Callimaco floor lamp is by Ettore Sottsass for Artemide.
Wardrobe doors were built under the stairs.
A jewel-like dressing room is encased in pretty hand- painted wallpaper.
Get the look: Get the look The wallpaper is custom- made by de Gournay.
These plain wardrobes look gorgeous thanks to their coat of sage green paint, complementing the bedroom's wallpaper.
Design by Lucy Barlow of Barlow & Barlow.
The dressing area leads through to the en-suite – there’s even a dressing table in the cupboard. There’s so much cupboard space, the owners use a ladder to get up to the top.
Get the look The bespoke whitewashed oak joinery with brass recessed handles is from AJ&B. The crittall-style doors are from Alu Nordic Timber.
The walls and wardrobe doors are painted the same shade of porcelain pink. The sheepskin chair lends a luxurious, sculptural element to the room.
Get the look Walls and wardrobes painted in Temple, Paint & Paper Library.
Venetian glass is used for the wardrobe doors and even on the window shutters, turning the bedroom into a jewel box of trippy reflections.
Get the look a glazier can supply mercury mirrored panels.
The built-in wardrobes are covered in Gucci’s Heron wallpaper.
Get the look Secondome Edizioni vanity dressing table and stool, 1stdibs. Gaetano Scolari pendant, Les Trois Garçons. Thistle Gold rug, Vivienne Westwood at The Rug Company.
This space is kept clear and restful. The only clutter is printed on the wallpaper, so it never needs tidying up.
Get the look This is the Vintage Bookshelf wallpaper by Young & Battaglia for Mineheart. The bed is from Sweetpea & Willow. This is the Pineapple table lamp from Graham and Green. The cushion and throw are by Designers Guild.
There’s a certain sumptuousness to this space, with its rich textures and colours. An impressive amount of storage space helps keep it clear of clutter.
Get the look The wardrobe is bespoke by Daniel Hopwood, wrapped in an Alcantara fabric.
Panelled walls open to reveal hidden storage and screen doors glide seamlessly into wall recesses to separate this sanctuary. Emerald painted skirting boards and matching blinds are the only concession to the overriding azure hue. The entire wall behind the bed is actually a run of concealed cupboards with white mouldings.
Get the look: The floral fabric used for the bedcover is by Josef Frank, available at Svenskt Tenn.
These wardrobes are bespoke. The design (which conceals inset handles) is based on dandelion seeds being blown in the wind. Inside, the wardrobes are meticulously arranged with a space for everything.
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This clever design ensures the built-in wardrobes also incorporate a dressing table area.
Get the look: The wardrobes and dressing table area are painted in Paint & Paper Library’s Cotton V architects eggshell. The stool is from Ikea.
The painting on the walls opposite is continued onto the wardrobes, helping to blend the wardrobes in with the rest of the room.
Get the look: This is de Gournay’s Wisteria wallpaper.
New fitted wardrobes are complemented by storage space in the dressing area behind the headboard.
Get the look: The walls and joinery are painted in Dulux’s Potters Clay 1 emulsion. This is the Caboche pendant by Foscarini. The Type 1228 wall light is by Anglepoise. The rug is from John Lewis. The cushion is from Graham and Green.
Here, hidden built-in storage in disguised by wood panelling.
This bedroom feels calm and grown-up, with a palette of dark, sleepy colours. A wall of fitted wardrobes were installed and painted in the same shade.
Get the look: The wardrobes are painted in Mole’s Breath estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball.
The bedroom's best feature is the opulent but practical storage, made bespoke by The London Joinery Co.
Get the look: The bespoke storage features Buster + Punch Closet Bar handles.
Nature feels like it’s just an arm’s reach away with these huge windows overlooking the garden. The wardrobe doors add to the rustic scheme.
Get the look: The wardrobe doors are made from reclaimed scaffold boards. The overhead lamp is a vintage find. The mat is from Wayfair. The bedlinen is from Soak & Sleep.
Wardrobes are covered in the same shade as the rest of the bedroom for a cohesive look.
The bedroom has a hotel feel, thanks to a plush rug, upholstered bed and fitted wardrobes.
Get the look: The bed is by Ikea. The bedlinen is by Mille Notti. The lamp is from Circa Lighting. The painting is by Petter Lindroth.
This bedroom has been transformed into something really rather gorgeous with the gold-leaf ceiling, one raw concrete wall and lacquered green elsewhere. We love the mix-up of modern and traditional – with retro style wood wardrobe doors.
Get the look: The gold-leaf ceiling was applied by Clare Lewis. The Christy duvet cover and Biba pillowcases are from House of Fraser. The Infamous Sex Etching in the Boudoir print is by LE GUN at Cob Gallery. The parquet floor is antique charred Japanese ash from Victorian Woodworks.
Seamless, handle-free storage keeps this space uncluttered, so a selection of art and ceramics can shine through with a simple clarity.
Get the look: The cabinetry is bespoke and painted in Purbeck Stone estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The bed is from Warren Evans. The bed linen is from Merci. This is Richard Ray’s Untitled #238 manipulated photograph, available at artfinder.com.
An impressive amount of storage space helps keep this bedroom clear of clutter. The black and brass give it a daring, dramatic edge.
Get the look: The wardrobe is bespoke by Daniel Hopwood, wrapped in an Alcantara fabric.