The Cost of Fitted Wardrobes

Tuesday 06th September 2016

Installing your own bespoke wardrobe is an exciting prospect. However, when considering fitting made-to-measure sliding doors, are you put off because you believe a bespoke solution might prove too costly? In actual fact, sliding wardrobe doors shouldn’t break the bank, as long as you are prepared for any associated costs.
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Let us take you through the potential extra elements you may come across, allowing you to plan ahead, and acquire the wardrobe of your dreams without any nasty surprises along the way.

 

The Cost of Fitted Wardrobes

There are a handful of companies that offer sliding doors, but more often than not you are given a fixed price that you can’t negotiate. Online quotes start from £1,500, for a low cost standard wood finish, and reach anywhere up to £5,000 or above for premium finishes. Although you can source prices between these, you may not receive any other features within this cost. This often means paying out more money for interiors and extra features you will almost definitely need to complete your wardrobe.

One way to avoid these hidden costs is to use a where you can design your own fitted wardrobe, this way costs remain transparent throughout the process. A configurator tool will allow you to choose a cheaper alternative or a more premium range, but also gives you the option to pick tower units or liners and end panels for inside your wardrobe – while always having the costs on screen.

Hiring Installers

It can be quite daunting to receive your sliding doors and realise that you have to fit them yourself. Many brands will not tell you that installation costs are extra, ranging from £100 to £150 per sq. ft. depending on width, length and style. Furthermore, many brands do not offer any help to install their wardrobes, meaning the consumer is often required to pay money to have the doors professionally fitted (unless they are a DIY fiend). Ultimately, you could end up spending a lot more money and time than planned, more often than not on the phone with customer support asking for assistance.

To avoid these hidden costs, and drains on your time, do a little digging and choose a brand that has multiple platforms for you to interact with them on. Features like ‘How-to’ installation videos or live chat links with support staff can be invaluable. Moreover, receiving an initial design visit from a professional who can measure up your space is really helpful as you are assured against wardrobe doors will fit perfectly, thus streamlining the DIY process. Even if you decide against fitting your wardrobe yourself, always ask about the costs of the installation service so you aren’t surprised with a big bill at the end.

Costs of Removing Existing Storage

Something that even the most organised person might not have considered is the cost of removing your old wardrobe. You don’t want to have to fall at the first hurdle and pay for someone to remove your old furniture, or waste fuel driving to the local rubbish or recycling dump.

Make sure you ask your wardrobe specialist if the cost of their wardrobes covers the removal of your old one. Either way you are at least fully aware of your options and can make an informed decision that isn’t last minute.

Whatever you decide to do, being aware of the pitfalls can make the whole process a lot easier. A final tip, why not write a list of the exact requirements and features you want your wardrobe to have, as well as all the questions you need answering? That way you won’t get tripped up and will have a clear idea of the costs involved.