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A built-in wardrobe is very practical for many flats and houses. They are capable of storing and keeping many things for you.

Built-in wardrobes are very diverse in size, shape and function and in almost all areas a built-in wardrobe can keep the room tidy. Even today, a built-in wardrobe can fulfil your wishes thanks to modern and individual designs.

With our built-in wardrobe guide, we want to help you choose the right built-in wardrobe for you. In addition, we will help you with practical information and tips regarding built-in wardrobes so that you can enjoy your built-in wardrobe. We hope you enjoy reading this article.




The most important facts

  • You should think about where and how you want to use your built-in wardrobe beforehand. It is very important to measure the dimensions exactly at the intended place in the room and you should also not forget the angles.
  • Based on the room measurements and the intended space, you can design and select the shape of your built-in wardrobe, which is particularly advantageous for unusual room shapes. Furthermore, built-in wardrobes have different functions and features for different rooms.
  • Since built-in wardrobes can be very bulky, you should choose the right built-in wardrobe carefully. You should also set aside time to build a built-in wardrobe and get helpful support from friends or relatives.

The Best Built-In Wardrobe: Our Picks

Built-in wardrobes come in many forms and variations with different functions, some of which you can arrange individually. Here we would like to introduce you to some built-in wardrobes that are perfect for different tasks.

Built-in wardrobes: buying and evaluation criteria

Although a built-in wardrobe offers you many advantages and benefits, you should know what criteria you should apply when buying a built-in wardrobe. That's why we recommend that you familiarise yourself with the topic of built-in wardrobes beforehand and make it clear what you want in your built-in wardrobe.

In this section, we will help you explain the most important criteria so that you can choose the right built-in wardrobe for you.

Dimensions

In order to know what kind of built-in wardrobe you want to install, you should have the approximate dimensions in mind. Height, width and depth are particularly important.

The best way to measure your room is with a tape measure and an angled bevel.

Since built-in wardrobes are usually quite large and heavy, we strongly advise you to assess beforehand where and how you want to place your built-in wardrobe.

Especially for custom-made built-in wardrobes, it is highly advisable to measure the room dimensions exactly and write them down. It is also important to measure special angles, such as sloping roofs and niches, as well as windows and other obstacles.

Shape

In addition to the dimensions, the shape of the built-in wardrobe is also decisive for the selection. On the one hand, you should like the look and style of the wall unit so that you can place it in the room with a clear conscience. On the other hand, the shape also determines where and how you can place your built-in wardrobe.

Nowadays, built-in wardrobes can take on very different shapes, which also adapt to modern and popular trends.

A space under a sloping roof or in a wall niche requires a built-in wardrobe designed for this purpose, which may have to be custom-made. Wardrobes with special tasks or on a corner may also have a special shape.

Material

The most important thing when it comes to the material is which wood is used. Usually the main parts of a built-in wardrobe are made of chipboard or oak, the latter being the more expensive option. It might also be important for you to know where the wood comes from, if you are looking for an environmentally conscious and sustainable production.

Many built-in wardrobes also come with assembly instructions.

In addition to the wood, the other materials for handles or the clothes rail are also important.

Some wardrobes also have shelves or doors made of glass. In addition, the colours of a built-in wardrobe are not an unimportant criterion, as they are primarily of visual importance.

Room

What kind of built-in wardrobe you want to buy also depends on the tasks you want your built-in wardrobe to fulfil. Built-in wardrobes for different rooms have different functions and looks. In some cases, wardrobes for the same type of room may also have different functions.

More expensive or sophisticated models can be used as a walk-in wardrobe or be extended.

Built-in wardrobes are particularly popular in offices these days. These wardrobes need lots of open shelves where you can store lots of files, folders and papers.

Wardrobes are also very popular for bedrooms. Built-in wardrobes for bedrooms have a lot of storage space for clothes, usually a clothes rail and some have at least one mirror on the wardrobe door.

There are also many built-in wardrobes for the living room. Wardrobes for the living room are usually huge and have several cupboards, some of which are designed as display cabinets. Wall units that have a multimedia function also have a TV board where you can put your TV.

Partitioning

There are larger built-in cupboards that you can put up to divide a room into two rooms or to separate an area. You may also be interested in the cupboard system inside, how you can organise and store your things.

The type of doors, whether normal, sliding or folding doors, are also important for a built-in wardrobe.

Built-in wardrobes: frequently asked questions and answers

Finally, we would like to answer some important questions about built-in wardrobes so that you are well informed before and after your purchase.

Who is a built-in wardrobe suitable for?

Roughly speaking, a built-in wardrobe is a cupboard that is built into or attached to a room. Generally speaking, the term built-in wardrobe is not firmly defined and misunderstandings can arise because of this. The two most common types associated with built-in wardrobes are wall units and wall cabinets.

  • Wall unit: A large and usually multi-piece wardrobe
  • Wall cupboard: A small room that can be locked. It serves as a usable space for a higher-level room. In most cases, a wall cupboard is a permanently installed part of a house or flat

A professionally correct built-in wardrobe is usually custom-made perfectly for the customer and therefore optimally manufactured for special room conditions.

What types of built-in wardrobes are there?

You can divide built-in wardrobes into many categories. In addition, many built-in wardrobes are configured individually according to the customer's wishes. The most important distinction for us is whether the built-in wardrobe has a slope or not.

Built-in wardrobe

For most rooms, a custom-made built-in wardrobe is perfectly adequate. Especially if you don't have any very specific requirements in terms of shape and dimensions. The advantage of this variant is simply that you can place it in many places without too many problems if there is enough space.

Advantages
  • inexpensive
  • easy to place
Disadvantages
  • unsuitable for sloping ceilings
  • some people find the shape too boring

Built-in wardrobe with sloping roof

Especially for sloping ceilings, but also for some niches, you need custom-made built-in wardrobes with a special shape. In this case, a built-in cupboard with a sloping roof is perfectly designed, as they are made to measure for this purpose. Such built-in wardrobes are somewhat more expensive, but they make perfect use of the angled space.

Advantages
  • perfect for sloping roofs
  • makes optimum use of angled space
Disadvantages
  • more expensive than conventional built-in wardrobes
  • most have to be custom-made

What does a built-in wardrobe cost?

The price of a built-in wardrobe cannot be said in general terms, as many factors come into play. For one thing, the size of a built-in wardrobe is decisive. Built-in wardrobes with a special shape are more expensive, especially if they are made to measure. Materials, extras or additional services can also cause additional costs.

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If you don't mind cost or effort, you can add components to your built-in wardrobe until you run out of space in the room.
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What are the alternatives to a built-in wardrobe?

A built-in wardrobe has many positive sides, but of course we don't want to hide from you that built-in wardrobes also have disadvantages. On the one hand, built-in wardrobes are usually very large and heavy, which makes them difficult to assemble and transport. Secondly, classic built-in wardrobes no longer look very modern.

In the following table, we briefly list some alternatives to built-in wardrobes:

Alternative Brief description
Wall niches with door Wall niches that can be closed off with a door that you add yourself. You can store clothes in this space, a self-built closet, so to speak.
Clothes rails You can attach clothes rails to the wall or have open wardrobes that you can cover with a curtain.
Loft bed With a loft bed, the underside is converted into a clothes rail. This is complemented by shelves and drawers.

The possibilities for adequately replacing a built-in wardrobe are countless and there are no limits to your imagination and wealth of ideas. With many DIY building instructions, many possibilities can also be built quite easily yourself.

How do I build a built-in wardrobe?

You should definitely allow time for the assembly of your built-in wardrobe.

You should plan time and help for the assembly.

The vast majority of wardrobes come with assembly instructions so that you have a guide for the assembly.

It is also very helpful if you ask at least one person to help you with difficult or complicated tasks.

Where can I put a built-in wardrobe?

In principle, you can place a built-in wardrobe anywhere you find space for it. There are no limits in this respect. The best place to set up a built-in wardrobe is in a room for which it is intended in the beginning.

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You can install a built-in wardrobe anywhere you have enough space. To avoid unpleasant surprises, you should familiarise yourself with the room dimensions and the measurements of your wardrobe.
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A built-in wardrobe usually unfolds its individual functions best in its aligned place.

How do I clean a built-in wardrobe?

Normally, a weekly dusting is sufficient to maintain your built-in wardrobe. To do this, use a feather duster, duster cloth or a suitable microfibre cloth.

When choosing a care product, pay attention to the surface and the type of wood.

If there is heavy soiling, special care products for wooden furniture can be helpful, although it should be noted that different wooden surfaces require special care products.

How do I dispose of a built-in cupboard?

At some point, even the best built-in wardrobe will serve its purpose, or you may simply want to replace or get rid of your built-in wardrobe. There are several ways to do this.

The first way is to dispose of it in the bulky waste. Especially if you want to get rid of several things, a bulky waste collection can be useful, but you may have to pay a fee for it. Alternatively, you can dispose of your built-in wardrobe at the nearest recycling centre.

You can sell or give away your used built-in wardrobe.

Conclusion

Especially with a made-to-measure built-in wardrobe, the possibilities are very great and you can design them perfectly for your individual room.

Built-in wardrobes also offer you a lot of space to store things. However, you should bear in mind that very large and special-shaped models require a lot of space and are expensive.

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