Fitted furniture not only offers the most efficient use of storage space, it can also make for a fabulous design feature in your bedroom.
When it comes to getting the most out of your space, built-in furniture trumps freestanding designs hands down. Made bespoke, it really is the best way to use up every spare inch, so that you can keep the rest of your room organised and clutter-free.
However, built-in furniture has a bit of a bad rap when it comes to forward-thinking interiors, simply because it doesn't offer the same creative flair in design and finishes that freestanding pieces do.
But that doesn't mean you can't create a striking and stylish bedroom using built-in furniture, and we've picked some of our favourite examples of how bespoke storage can add character and charm to a room.
Image: Neville Johnson
A long bank of built-in wardrobes will deliver an amazing amount of storage for clothes and shoes. However, sometimes an entire wall of cabinetry can feel both a little flat and obtrusive in your space.
We love the idea of the new Wentworth collection from Neville Johnson, which brings in a Shaker-style wardrobe front, giving more of a sense of depth and texture. As a backdrop in this contemporary bedroom, it also creates the effect of fashionable wall panelling.
Image: Kindred Bedrooms
Framing your bed with overbed storage is a great way to efficiently use your bedroom space. It gives you the perfect spot to store items you don't need very often, such as spare bedding for a guest bedroom.
While it may be a bit of a retro-trend, you'll find modern furniture designers are recreating this savvy storage solution in cool, contemporary styles. We love the styling of this blush pink and gold Unity bedroom range from Kindred Bedrooms.
Use space efficiently
The beauty of built-in storage is that it's made bespoke to your space, meaning furniture can be adapted to features like a sloping roof to maximise the wardrobe interior. In this bedroom scheme from Sharps, the Essence Milan range works to highlight the architecture of the room, making the fitted wardrobes a striking design element.
Create a feature
Do you want your fitted wardrobes to stand out, or to blend in? We love the idea of this design from Spaceslide, which recreates the look of aluminium frame Crittall doors for a beautiful and bold feature for your bedroom scheme.
Create a hidden ensuite
There's something undeniably magical about the idea of this hidden ensuite from Sharps. With the door closed, it looks like a normal piece of built in cabinetry, but open the doors and you'll find a bathroom inside. Not only is it a novel idea, it offers a more sleek, streamlined design aesthetic that particularly benefits small bedrooms.
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