Cost of Installing Fitted Wardrobes
The costs of fitting a new custom-designed wardrobe into your home.
A new fitted-wardrobe can do wonders for your home. Stating the obvious, it will give you more storage space. More room to hang up your blouses, trousers, and favorite outfits. But, a fitted-wardrobe can do so much more. It can add a touch of elegance, to an otherwise dated-bedroom. It can also take the place of a major-remodeling project, which would end up costing you far more money to complete.
If you need to maximise space, without tearing or knocking down walls, removing fixtures, and otherwise making a mess out of your bedroom, the fitted-wardrobe affords you this luxury. It is "fitted-into" the space you are working in. So, trades-professionals or carpenters will measure the area, work out detail/designs with you, add drawers, hanging-rods for clothing, and other custom-detail elements, you want to see in your new wardrobe. From there, they will simply fit it into the space.
Fitting a New Wardrobe Cost
Things to consider when installing a custom-fit wardrobe.
A new fitted-wardrobe is a great addition to any bedroom. It will increase storage space, it will provide a custom-detail in design, it will also utilise otherwise unusable space in your bedroom. Before you choose to have a wardrobe custom-fitted, you should consider a few details, which are detailed below.
Material and design – Before any works is performed, make sure you discuss the material options uPVC is cheaper, but durable, solid-wood grains, such as oak, will look far superior in the space. You should also consider: colour, custom-design work, and other elemental features (such as knobs, sliders, etc.) to ensure the best finishes in the space.
Usable space – This includes both hanging as well as drawer-storage space. Depending on if you will install hanging rods for pants, blouses, and other articles of clothing, or simply choose to have drawers custom-fitted, the cost and size of the wardrobe will vary. Make sure to discuss with the trades-professional, how much “usable” space is available, to actually store your belongings.
Detail work – If you want a spinning tie-rack, jewelry storage space, slot for socks and underwear, and other elemental design pieces, this will increase cost of the project, and also duration to complete it. Make sure you discuss the details, and all elements of implementing these features in the design-work, when speaking to a carpenter or trades-professional you will hire for this job.
It is also important to discuss the time-frame to complete the project, and whether your room can be used while they are working in the space. Discuss potential setbacks, increased costs, and other variables when hiring a professional to install your new wardrobe.
Lastly, inquire about disposal and removal. Make sure this price is included in the quoted price given for the project, so you don’t have any “last-minute” surprises, when the contractor is ready to provide you with a final bill for payment. Ask questions to avoid headaches, and inconsistencies down the road.
Doing it Yourself
If you are planning on doing it yourself, this is not a small DIY project you can knockout over the weekend. In fact, for the layperson, this will take at least 1-2-weeks, just to buy the materials, measure spaces, and determine proper placement of items. Before you hire a contractor, there are a few things you can do in the room, to help keep costs down.
First off, you can clear clutter/space. If there are doors or windows which have to be removed, you can do this. If there is dirt, debris ,and other clutter surrounding the space, also consider removing these items. Contractors will charge you for everything, even the most trivial tasks. To avoid these costs, clean-up the space beforehand, and leave them a clean canvas to work from.
The next thing you can do is purchase the supplies. You can discuss material options with your contractor before hiring them to fit the wardrobe. Most contractors will charge you in increased fee/cost if they have to go out and buy the supplies themselves. So, to avoid this, you can order supplies online, or go to your local hardware store, and buy them. This will greatly lessen the financial cost of having a wardrobe fitted.
Shop around. This might seem obvious enough, but getting a few quotes prior to choosing a contractor, should be part of the preparatory phases you go through, when installing and fitting a new wardrobe. The more time you take comparing contractors, the better it will be for you (cheaper, and you will hire the most qualified people for the job).
Ultimately, this isn’t a small job to tackle, or DIY project you can complete over the weekend. But, there are a few things you can do, beforehand, to reduce the financial burden, and possibly lessen the amount of time it will take to fit and install your new wardrobe. These are some things you can do, when you are ready to hire a professional to fit your new wardrobe.
Hiring a specialist for installing your new wardrobe.
- Hire a specialist. Don't hire a general contractor, but rather, one which specialises with wardrobes.
- Consider reputation. Look for reviews, ratings, referrals, etc. before you choose who to hire.
- Find out how long they've been in the field. The longer they've specialised, the greater their capabilities.
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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