Are Walk-in Wardrobes Overrated?


You may have come across articles debating the need for added storage in the home, leading you to wonder - are walk-in wardrobes overrated?

Walk-in closets are as overrated as an en-suite bathroom, kitchen scullery or study. The point is, we can live without them, but having them sure makes life more convenient. Just like anything you add to your home, when tailored to your specific needs, the added wardrobe space will bring you both efficiency and comfort.

1. Walk-in wardrobes are often seen as a luxurious addition to a home, but are they really worth the investment?

Spending money on an expansive walk-in wardrobe when you have done little planning for it can certainly result in a white elephant. At FCI, we place great importance on engaging in detailed design sessions with our clients before we begin any work on their closet.

A bespoke wardrobe that is customised to your exact needs down to the size, appearance and storage system, becomes a space that you use and enjoy daily.

No one can argue against the value of keeping your home clean and clutter free. The simplest and trendiest way to achieve this is through a walk-in closet.

A walk-in also allows you to add extras such as a laundry station, dressing area and work desk. These upgrades can up the value and appeal of your home should you ever think about selling or renting it out.

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2. They can be helpful for storing clothes and other belongings, but they can also be quite expensive to install and maintain

It’s easy to come across walk-in wardrobes that have been built at a cost of tens of thousands of pounds and beyond. This however is not the average price.

How much you pay for your wardrobe is up to you. We offer entry level, mid-tier and premium customisation options. At each level, you get to choose the material, size and specifications that are suited to your budget. Our cost calculator gives you a guide of how much the different variations will cost.

The addition of specialised lighting and electricals will add to the quote, but, again this depends on the complexity of the installation.

When it comes to maintenance, the bulk of the work involved requires more labour than it does money. Depending on the wardrobe finish, it is usually sufficient to dust and wipe down surfaces with gentle cleaning products. Frequent cleaning will keep your closet looking fresh and new for a long period.

Regardless of the price point, we use the same high quality material to build all our bespoke wardrobe frames. So you can expect your walk-in to outlast most of your furniture and carpet.

One of the most common reasons for damage to wardrobes is dampness. Protect your closet from damp by keeping it well ventilated and dry. Excessive mould build up will result in the pulling out of all cupboards which is an avoidable cost.

Are walk-in wardrobes overrated?
Are walk-in wardrobes overrated?


3. There are other storage solutions that can be just as effective - without the added cost

A set of built-in wardrobes is the closest alternative to a walk-in. Fitted wardrobes offer all the benefits of a walk-in closet without the need for a dedicated pathway between cupboards. We offer a wide array of personalisations for these to ensure a perfect fit.

Alternatively, you can choose freestanding wardrobes. These units get the job done, but come with considerable limitations. They eat into your floor space and leave a lot of wasted vertical room as they do not extend up to the ceiling.

Minimalists may opt for open hanging rods or shelves. These can be trendy when you have a frugal, colour coordinated wardrobe or else they can easily become an eyesore.

Other alternatives would be under-bed storage drawers and baskets. However, your clothing will most likely be tightly packed with an increased chance of creasing and damage.

If you can maintain a prudent amount of clothing, then these storage solutions will work for you. However, for the average homeowner, a walk-in will probably be a better solution.

4. If you're considering adding a walk-in wardrobe to your home, make sure you weigh all the pros and cons first

There are several benefits of added storage. As discussed previously, more room means better organisation, improved clothing care, increased efficiency and a value add to your property.

On the other side, you will need to set aside money for the project and ensure that you choose a design that will carry well over time. Your closet will be a permanent fixture in your home so you need to be certain of its structure and design.

Our advice is to assess your needs and resources to get an idea of what you require. If you need any help deciding, our experts are available to chat and plan with you.

In Conclusion

Whether walk-in wardrobes are overrated depends on your personal requirements. For anyone who needs added storage, it is difficult to find a solution that will match the luxury and convenience walk-ins provide. We recommend choosing the right size closet with a customised storage system that suits your lifestyle effortlessly.

If you would like to find out more in regards to how our walk-in wardrobes could be the best option for you, please reach out to us via our 'Book an Appointment' form.

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