That is a fine example of an overloaded wardrobe making poor use of the space that’s actually available in the room. Pine wardrobes typically don’t go floor to ceiling because they need to fit through doors when being moved in and out of a house. This leaves you with a large empty space above your wardrobe that collects dust and belongings that you can’t find homes for.
Then, because the hanging space in this wardrobe is extra long for dresses or frocks, the shelf at the bottom has a number of random items that get lost and are hard to see.
A typical wardrobe causing normal wardrobe problems. Fitted wardrobes make several improvements on this problematic normality.
Fitted wardrobes don’t need to fit up the stairs or through your doorways. The clue is in the name! They fit. From floor to ceiling they fit exactly into the space you have without wasting a millimeter giving you maximum storage and flexibility.
A typical room is over 2 metres high - the average wardrobe wastes about half a metre on top. Half a metre of storage makes a huge difference and those high cupboards are ideal for those things you perhaps don’t use every day, like heavy blankets or extra pillows, for cooler seasons.
Houses evolve. Old houses, built before standardisation in furniture manufacturing, often have corners or lengths of wall that are simply just the wrong size for off-the-shelf furniture. On top of that you might have a little bit of a staircase in the way, a windowsill that extends just a touch too far or a funny corner.
The pine wardrobes you’ve always had just don’t fit in the space you’ve got. Well, again, this is where fitted wardrobes really save the day. The shape of the fitted cupboards is important for the amount of storage you end up with - making use of every last bit - but also the aesthetic in the room.
It looks awful looking at a wardrobe that sits 20cm from the wall because of some structural block getting in the way. Fitted wardrobes work around stuff like that. They fit. They look good and they store so much more.
Use of space
The person using this wardrobe, pictured, clearly doesn’t own many long dresses. It’s mostly jackets, shirts and trousers. Instead of having two hanging spaces that aren’t great for either of those things, have hanging spaces that are.
With the right hanging space for your things, you’d get a lot more space in the bottom of the wardrobe for fitted draws, perhaps some box cupboards or even something innovative like a pull out shoe rack.
Ultimately life is easier and calmer when you’re not trying to ‘make-do’ with the poorly designed, mass manufactured ‘one size fits all’ wardrobe.
Fitted wardrobes fit themselves around your needs, your lifestyle and your home.