Wardrobes can be tricky unless you deal with them frequently, but of course most people only buy a new wardrobe every few years. We specialise in wardrobes & have what is probably the largest collection of contemporary wardrobes in the UK (from 5 different suppliers), although sometimes it can seem as if we have too much choice. All of our wardrobes are made in Italy, & with the exception of the Adria wardrobe are modular in design, meaning they can be ordered from two doors up to as many as you need.
Our wardrobes are somewhere in between free standing wardrobes & fitted wardrobes, as they are all freestanding (so can be moved if you move home), but can be designed & built to fit into specific spaces (angled to fit under stairs for example.)
Once you have browsed through our wardrobes online & have a design that you like Contact Us via email or phone us on 020 7731 9544, or visit our London showroom to discuss possibilities, so we can guide you through the various sizes/options.
We have absolutely all of the samples here to see, & our team of CAD wardrobe designers can show you exactly how your chosen wardrobe will look internally & externally.
We have 6 different collections of wardrobes from Italy, including wardrobes for children and teenagers, and 4 different walk in wardrobe ranges. We have wardrobes from Jesse, Bimax, SMA, Blog, Tempo, Klou & Clever.
Why so many?
Each manufacturer has a slightly different way of doing things, & their sizes are always slightly different from each other, so we can look at the size you need & make sure we get as close as possible to that exact size (usually within a few cm).
If we only had one or two ranges we would have to work with what we had & the sizes may well be out by 30cm or more, which is not ideal when you want to make the most of your available space.
So although it may seem excessive to have four different wardrobes with plain gloss lacquer doors, for example, we have found that having so much choice is well worth it!
There are three main types of wardrobes, & they each have their pros & cons. Which type you choose will depend on the space you have, the look you are trying to achieve & the type of storage you require.
Hinged Door Wardrobes - These wardrobes tend to be the most flexible size-wise, with the largest number of different size increments. Suitable for smaller spaces they can start at just 81cm wide with two doors. They will also fit into corners, & have the largest choice of handles. As cabinets are smaller they can be more flexible internally, especially if you want to have a lot of different types of hanging/pull out fittings. Special units to allow desks or dressing tables to be added in are also available. The least expensive type, usually.
Sliding Door Wardrobes - Wardrobes with sliding doors can provide a cleaner look & many people prefer them. They have an advantage where you have plenty of width available but not much depth as the doors don't need to be opened out into the room, so could be installed opposite a bed for example. Doors are large, and the wardrobes start at 2 metres, so if your gap is small a sliding door wardrobe probably won't be suitable. They tend to be taller as well, the smaller heights are not usually available in sliding door models. As a general rule they can not be installed in corners, however we do have one that can, & they can't be cut to fit under stairs or in sloping lofts. A bit pricier than hinged door wardrobes but can be cost effective in very large sizes.
Walk In Wardrobes - Walk in wardrobes are fantastic if you have a spare room but can also be used where space is very limited, to give a more open look. Options like desks & bookcases can be built in, so they can be excellent for spare rooms/home offices. The back panels are fixed to the wall & are cut to fit, so are exactly the right size - although our Wing walk in wardrobes are free standing. Doors are optional, & are usually sliding doors, fixed to the ceiling. Our Jesse walk in wardrobes can have gloss or matt lacquered doors, the others glass only (mirrored & lacquered).
STARTING TO LOOK - FIRST THINGS FIRST
When you start the process of looking for a new wardrobe we will need to understand the space you have to work with. As long as you come prepared with accurate measurements we can ensure you get the right size of wardrobe. We will need to allow an extra 6cm in height & 3cm each side for installation, & don't forget to allow for any skirting boards as they can make a big difference. You will also need to think about windows, ensuring the wardrobe doesn't block any light. Wardrobes are approximately 64cm deep, so you will want at least that. Another considerations is power points. If you would like lit hanging rails, or maybe an extension lead into the wardrobe so you can keep a hairdryer inside then you will need a power point behind the wardrobe. If you are covering up a power point, TV aerial or telephone point that is in use bear in mind that once up you won't be able to easily move the wardrobe to get to it.
For walk in wardrobes we will need very exact measurements, so we would prefer to do a site visit first. Unfortunately we do have to charge for these, but that cost is deducted from the wardrobe price. We can only install in & around London at present. If you have an architect & have precise plans we can use these instead of a site visit, but they will need to be accurate. Also, if you have any particular price constraints do let us know so we can recommend the right product, some designs & finishes are much more expensive than others.
DECIDING ON DESIGN & COLOUR
Most of the different designs of wardrobe doors are represented on our wardrobe page. Pictures will show a wardrobe in a particular colour & finish, but of course each wardrobe has a choice of colours, & if lacquer a choice of matt or gloss lacquer. Finishes also include mirrored glass, lacquered glass, textured lacquer, coloured lacquered wood & more, & new finishes are being released all the time so check with us if you like a particular wardrobe but don't know if it is available in the finish you want.
Although the most popular finish is plain lacquer the Italian designers are always coming up with interesting textures & patterns, which are well worth considering. Each manufacturer uses a different set of colours, although most of the colour ranges are very similar! We have all of the samples in our showroom for you to look at, & our wardrobe product pages have a link to either a scan or a excerpt from the catalogue showing colours.
As we also have a very large range of bedroom furniture it is possible we will also be supplying a bed or other bedroom furniture, so we can ensure that the finishes & designs are all part of the same 'family'. Lacquer colours (in particular white) & wood finishes are not standard so if you buy a wardrobe from us hoping it matches furniture from another supplier you need to be aware that it probably won't match - better to contrast instead.
LEAD TIMES & INSTALLATION
All Italian wardrobes are made to order, & the factories do not keep items in stock. The lead time to installation is usually 8-10 weeks, although it can be 6 weeks or 12 weeks. Some manufacturers are slightly quicker than others, so if you are working to a particular time line let us know. Some finishes (gloss lacquer) take longer than others too.
We have a very skilled wardrobe installation team who are based in London. They can assemble your wardrobe & can also cut panels of matching wood (known as filler panels, ordered with the wardrobe) to provide an exact fit on the width. If your room is already carpeted that is fine, our wardrobes are designed to be equally stable on a hard floor or in think carpet.
Although you will have decided on a design for your internal storage before ordering if you need to change something during installation our team can accommodate you. They can install walk in wardrobes, & do basic building work for example removing skirting boards etc. Assembly only is usually 10% to 12% of the finished wardrobe price, & anything else that needs to be done can be quoted before we begin.
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