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    • buzzyzoe
    • By buzzyzoe 1st Sep 13, 12:20 PM
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    Any recommendations for fitted wardrobes?
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    • 1st Sep 13, 12:20 PM
    Any recommendations for fitted wardrobes? 1st Sep 13 at 12:20 PM
    Hi all,

    I'm in the process of buying a flat, and want to start thinking about furniture early!

    I have A LOT of clothes, so am wanting to get some fitted wardrobes installed. The bedroom has a sloping ceiling, so they will need to be custom made rather than getting freestanding units.

    I would like it to have sliding doors to make the most of the space. The dimensions would be roughly 3m wide, 1m deep and varying height due to the sloping ceiling.

    I've done some internet research, and think the more mainstream companies, such as Sharps, Hammonds etc will probably be out of my price range.

    So far, companies that I like the look of include Sliderobes, Spaceslide and Bravo. Can anyone recommend any others, or share any experiences you've had with any of the above companies? I'm particularly interested in how much you paid, as none of these companies give any kind of indication of price online, and I can't have them come for a home visit as I don't actually own the property yet!

    If I can narrow down which options are the best, I can get moving as soon as I move in.

    Any comments much appreciated!
    Last edited by buzzyzoe; 01-09-2013 at 12:23 PM.
    Mortgage received 21/12/2018
    Mortgage at start - 261,980
    Current mortgage - 260,276
    Saving towards a loft conversion first, then to smash the mortgage down!
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    • buzzyzoe
    • By buzzyzoe 1st Sep 13, 12:24 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 12:24 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 12:24 PM
    I'd be looking for something like this
    Mortgage received 21/12/2018
    Mortgage at start - 261,980
    Current mortgage - 260,276
    Saving towards a loft conversion first, then to smash the mortgage down!
    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 1st Sep 13, 12:32 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 12:32 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 12:32 PM
    The expensive ones like sharp are about 3k fitted.

    Space slide DIY fitting (not easy) for 3m is about 1600
    • buzzyzoe
    • By buzzyzoe 1st Sep 13, 12:35 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 12:35 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 12:35 PM
    I was hoping to spend less than 2000 all in.

    I couldn't fit myself, so would need to pay someone to fit them.
    Mortgage received 21/12/2018
    Mortgage at start - 261,980
    Current mortgage - 260,276
    Saving towards a loft conversion first, then to smash the mortgage down!
    • AndyPK
    • By AndyPK 1st Sep 13, 12:47 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 12:47 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 12:47 PM
    I guess you need to find a local carpenter to fit them.

    For space slide you can get the material prices online by picking what you want. If it was only 2m wide and thus 2 door it would be about 1200.
    • buzzyzoe
    • By buzzyzoe 1st Sep 13, 12:57 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 12:57 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 12:57 PM
    The ideal would be a company that will design and fit, but I know I might be pushing it with my budget.

    Don't suppose you've had any experience with Bravo? They're top of my list at the moment.

    http://www.bravolondon.co.uk/
    Mortgage received 21/12/2018
    Mortgage at start - 261,980
    Current mortgage - 260,276
    Saving towards a loft conversion first, then to smash the mortgage down!
  • GlynD
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    • 1st Sep 13, 1:02 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 1:02 PM
    To be honest with you - you could probably do worse than B&Q. We had them supply and fit our kitchen and the quality and workmanship are just as good as we've paid double for.
    • buzzyzoe
    • By buzzyzoe 1st Sep 13, 1:05 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 1:05 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 1:05 PM
    I'm sure the quality would be great, it's more the price I'm worried about.

    From what I've read, the bigger companies such as B&Q, Sharps etc tend to be more expensive than smaller independents.
    Mortgage received 21/12/2018
    Mortgage at start - 261,980
    Current mortgage - 260,276
    Saving towards a loft conversion first, then to smash the mortgage down!
    • beedeedee
    • By beedeedee 1st Sep 13, 1:06 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 1:06 PM
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    • 1st Sep 13, 1:06 PM
    The thing I've found about fitted wardrobes is that if you have them in a corner - stuff will always find it's way into the darkest depths of that corner......
  • GlynD
    I'm sure the quality would be great, it's more the price I'm worried about.

    From what I've read, the bigger companies such as B&Q, Sharps etc tend to be more expensive than smaller independents.
    Originally posted by buzzyzoe
    My experience is that it's the other way round. The smaller firms are more expensive because that's what they depend on for their total income. B&Q have their own tradesmen on contract doing various different kinds of installation so it works out cheaper. I reckon I saved about 4,000 by having them do our kitchen, going by the quotes of independents I'd previously had tender for the job.
    • tiny_courageous
    • By tiny_courageous 1st Sep 13, 1:48 PM
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    We've just had fitted wardrobes put in, not sliding doors but in a bit of an awkward space, approx 3m by 1m, used a local joiner and fitter and total cost was 900. Of that, about half was materials and half labour.
    • buzzyzoe
    • By buzzyzoe 1st Sep 13, 2:03 PM
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    Interesting, maybe I should get quotes from the bigger companies as well.

    tiny_courageous, that's a great price. Did you source materials yourself or did the joiner and fitter do that for you? I'm not sure I'd trust myself to buy my own materials.
    Mortgage received 21/12/2018
    Mortgage at start - 261,980
    Current mortgage - 260,276
    Saving towards a loft conversion first, then to smash the mortgage down!
    • tiny_courageous
    • By tiny_courageous 1st Sep 13, 2:09 PM
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    the joiner sourced all the material for us - I wouldn't know where to start really! He said that it's sliding doors that really push the prices up. It was a guy we found in the local paper, he had a facebook page with pics of other work he'd done and we went with him based on that.
    • buzzyzoe
    • By buzzyzoe 1st Sep 13, 2:28 PM
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    Ah that's very interesting. I wonder if I could sacrifice the sliding doors. With that kind of price difference, it's definitely something to consider!
    Mortgage received 21/12/2018
    Mortgage at start - 261,980
    Current mortgage - 260,276
    Saving towards a loft conversion first, then to smash the mortgage down!
    • Fred56
    • By Fred56 5th Sep 13, 7:32 AM
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    I can only comment on Spaceslide (who also supply on behalf of Screwfix). I have just had a set of their doors. The doors are very poorly made. The door outer frames are cheap and nasty and the assembly has various ugly gaps and bent bits. The upper on lower tracks were both bent on delivery and the upper badly scratched.
    Initially I got them running smoothly but with a week I found the doors running very unevenly and "falling back" to a rest position. After messing about for while I found that the wheels had distorted and become eccentric hence the strange lumpy action. The main upshot of this is that they won't stay closed, they roll back to suit the flat bit of the wheels.
    When you look at how shabby the hardware is it is not a surprise. So, what ever you do choose, don't go with Spaceslide.
    • xyz123
    • By xyz123 5th Sep 13, 10:25 AM
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    try to find local company. we are in london and found few companies through recommendation. ours were not sliding wardrobe but included odd shapes. installed product not 100% perfect but 95% and fully functional. scrieber, space makers etc quoted double the money!
    • nicka99
    • By nicka99 5th Sep 13, 12:19 PM
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    we had fitted wardrobes built on our landing. its into an alcove 3 meters long split into 3 cupboards, each cupboard has double doors. one fitted with 5 solid shelves, one with 5 slatted shelves and one with single shelf and rail. The slatted shelf has a tubular heater with thermostat to make a warm airing cupboard. done for 1500 by local carpenter (unpainted) in mdf. he also redid the coving above to blend with the rest of the ceiling. now its painted it looks amazing and will no doubt last for years.

    definately check for a local chippy.
  • Lost the plot
    Don't use Hammonds!
    We have had two bedrooms fitted by Hammonds. Absolute nightmare, which is still ongoing. Appalling communication, mistake after mistake. Poor quality fitting.. Expecting a remedial visit again today. Booked between 10am and 1pm. Now nearly 6pm...still waiting. Not a regular complainer. Never posted on a forum before. You have been warned. Can't bear the thought of it happening to anyone else. Soo expensive too.
    • bretts
    • By bretts 13th Sep 13, 5:00 PM
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    You could get a local carpenter in and ask him to quote. You get materials and he can suggest it to you. Thats what a friend of mine did. All the wood you get you can if you want to get the best quality or just basic one to suit your budget and needs.
    • Ionkontrol
    • By Ionkontrol 13th Sep 13, 6:50 PM
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    Ikea and a local joiner.
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