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Where to buy nice (or even just OK) free-standing wardrobes?

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MaybeAfterBreakfast Sun 19-Jul-09 16:02:21

Must come flat-packed because of our stairs (no way we could get fully assembled ones up them).

Is there any alternative to IKEA?

rubyslippers Sun 19-Jul-09 16:03:59


we got a white gloss one which is fine

MaybeAfterBreakfast Sun 19-Jul-09 16:04:35

Should have added, I don't want pine style wardrobes. I'm endeavouring to transform our hideous 1970s bedroom into a fabulous boutique hotel style oasis of tranquility (pardon the cliches grin)

MaybeAfterBreakfast Sun 19-Jul-09 16:06:14

fine doesn't sound very positive....

rubyslippers Sun 19-Jul-09 16:15:12

it is fine

not sure it fits the fab boutique hotel criteria but the gloss makes it look better than other styles IMO

JackieNo Sun 19-Jul-09 16:18:12

How about Dwell? Some of them say 'some assembly required', so presumably come at least partially flatpacked. You'd need to check with them before ordering though, I guess.

MaybeAfterBreakfast Sun 19-Jul-09 16:22:44

Not sure about Dwell. I think they're ok. Dh says they look dull and depressing.

MaybeAfterBreakfast Sun 19-Jul-09 16:24:27

Have just ruled out M&S - they're all too big or small.

JackieNo Sun 19-Jul-09 16:31:46

Maybe Heals?

pasturesnew Sun 19-Jul-09 16:34:19

I know you said not Ikea, but I really like the Hemnes wardrobe, it seems much sturdier and better quality than the Pax ones we had before. Sorry if this is just annoying as I appreciate you did say not Ikea!

stubbyfingers Sun 19-Jul-09 16:37:03


HerHonesty Sun 19-Jul-09 18:21:49

have you been in to john lewis?

MaybeAfterBreakfast Sun 19-Jul-09 19:08:37

JL not suitable - all options ready assembled or dated in style or the wrong width.

Like the Heals ones. Cap style would be perfect but very £££ and we'd need 2 of them and a chest of drawers shock. Like the Westbury one too, but it isn't wide enough.

Not sure about Next. Styles are OK, but are they any good in terms of quality?

goldenpeach Sun 19-Jul-09 22:51:29

Local junk or charity shop? Auction room? You can get good quality stuff at reasonable prices, the only problem is that you might need to do them up. Sometime, it's the only way to get non standard sizes. For instance I was looking for a chest of drawers to fill a space and nothing was sold in that size. I bought an ugly 80s one from charity shop and just by painting and then distressing it, it looked great! If the wood is good quality, though, all you need to so is strip it and repaint/varnish it. I love tarting up furniture!

MaybeAfterBreakfast Mon 20-Jul-09 08:35:27

goldenpeach - lovely idea but I don't have the time (or enthusiasm) to find such things or do them up. Bedroom itself is being decorated in slow motion as and when I get a rare child-free hour.

brimfull Mon 20-Jul-09 08:42:04

we have hulsta wardrobes.

They made them for us in the bedroom.Fab quality but pricey.

MaybeAfterBreakfast Mon 20-Jul-09 12:19:59

Those are perfect. Just the sort of thing I'm after.

bettyjack Mon 20-Jul-09 17:49:42

My husband builds bespoke wardrobes.

If you are local perhaps he could see what he could do.

MaybeAfterBreakfast Mon 20-Jul-09 17:52:23

His stuff looks great but you're too far away, I'm afraid.

noddyholder Mon 20-Jul-09 17:52:29

I have had someone like bettyjacks dh do built in storage for us.It is not nearly as expensive as you think and the finish and fit are brilliant compared to diy rubbish.They utilise every bit of space and fill all the awkward gaps etc and once painted the effect is seamless.

brimfull Mon 20-Jul-09 19:37:28

nolte also good make similar to hulsta

MaybeAfterBreakfast Mon 20-Jul-09 20:53:26

And that one has a showroom not a million miles away from me. Will check it out asap. Thank you.

bathtime Tue 21-Jul-09 17:04:02

cotswold co / lombok (pricey), some of the furniture places on Wandsworth bridge rd now do painted furniture as opposed to ubiquitous pine. New heights. or how about getting a cheap but practical Ikea shell and get carpenter to hand make your dream doors?

think next would be better quality than argos?? the diy stores b&q/homebase, (never looked at their bedroom furniture). habitat?

HighOnDieselAndGasoline Tue 21-Jul-09 17:07:56

I just got these doors from IKEA - they are new this month.

Photo is fairly crap, but they do look boutique-y and hulsta-esque irl.

claireybee Tue 21-Jul-09 17:12:05

We got our wardrobe from here Very good quality.

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