The Concept Of Building Wardrobes In Alcoves


Making full use of space in any room is important. However, fitting purpose built wardrobes in alcoves in the bedroom is a great way to maximise the storage potential. Add in a couple of sets of drawers and the job is done!

Mr. D from Grange-over-Sands in the Lake District came to us with a pair of identical bedrooms where he wanted wardrobes in the alcoves either side of the chimney breast and 2 sets of drawers in front of each one with a desk top.

So the Johnston family Trio of Derek, Elliot & Lewis were sent down to make Mr. D’s dreams come true and we didn’t disappoint. Arriving early on the Monday morning we got straight down to business, after we were supplied with tea, coffee and biscuits. We started by laying dust sheets down through the hall, up the stairs and leading to the bedrooms. This is to ensure that we create as little mess as possible for the customer.



We then started to build the wardrobe carcasses. When this was complete we fitted all the internal shelves in the positions that the customer had requested. After the wardrobes were erected and in place these would be fixed to the walls inside the alcove using wooden batons that we fixed to the wall. This is to stop any movement.

Next we fitted the drawers that would sit in front of the chimney breast between the two wardrobes in both room. This was a difficult task as the floor in both bedrooms was so uneven. This meant that they had to be scribed. They were then fixed into place.



After the wardrobe and drawers were fixed and secure it was then time to cut the infills and end panels to give it the perfect finish. This part is very time consuming as you have to scribe it to the shape of the wall and also picture rails, window sills & skirting boards.



Finally, to finish off the job we had to fit hanging rails & shoe racks in all the wardrobes and also fit the T-bar satin handles, which gave the job the perfect finish. The customer was very happy with the finish and said he wouldn’t hesitate to recommend us:-

“I would highly recommend Real Room Designs to anyone. The initial consultation with Derek was excellent, his advice was invaluable and helped us decide what it was that we really wanted and needed from our bedroom furniture. My initial ideas were listened to and the design Derek helped with was absolutely perfect for our needs. The fitting was superb and the outcome even better than we had expected. The appearance of the wood is beautiful, very classy! Derek, Elliot and Lewis worked really hard and finished way ahead of the stated schedule. The quality of the materials and the finish is excellent and the price for this kind of bespoke work was less than I expected. Thank you for improving our home in such a fantastic way.”


Fitting wardrobes in alcoves helps to solve the storage issues in any size of bedroom – large or small.