Bedroom wardrobe built around chimney breast

Wardrobes in older houses often need to work around a chimney breast. Sometimes the alcoves formed by the chimney breast can be used to fit shelves but if the chimney breast is not very deep then that’s not a lot of storage potential. Here we build a generous sized wardrobe around the chimney breast.

Chimney Breast

Our wardrobe will be built around this chimney breast. The leftmost and rightmost cabinets have already been placed on the plinth. The newspaper is to prevent possible draughts blowing dust up through the gaps in the floorboards.

Wardrobe Overview

Large wardrobe totally absorbing chimney breast. The chimney breast is behind doors 3 and 4 counting from the left.

bedroom wardrobe design

Bedroom wardrobe design

Our design is made up of five separate cabinets which are bolted together to form one seamless unit. Each cabinet can be designed with DIY Wardrobes, added to you order, assembled individually then bolted together.
The trick with the chimney breast is to hide it behind a shallow cabinet. The overall design in 500mm deep but the cabinet in front of the chimney breast is 150mm deep. Such a shallow cabinet is useful in a bedroom for storing toiletries and so on.
And since the cabinet is 2000mm high and 500mm wide that’s space for a lot of toiletries!

The photo at the top of the page shows the chimney breast and some of the cabinets in position. The skirting board was removed newspaper taped down to stop any dust carrying draughts. A plinth was assembled to level the floor and the five cabinets installed on top of this plinth.

Bedroom wardrobe cabinets before doors added

Bedroom wardrobe cabinets before doors added

Here you can see the cabinets in position and various items test fitted in the cabinet. The chimney breast is totally covered by a shallow cabinet. The drawer unit to the right is before the drawer faces are added.

Bedroom Wardrobe Doors Open

Bedroom wardrobe with doors fitted and in open position

Doors and drawer faces now fitted.

Bedroom wardrobe end unit doors and drawers

Drawers End Open

Bedroom wardrobe end unit doors and drawers – open view

Bedroom wardrobe Side View

Bedroom wardrobe end on view. Blum TIP-ON fittings were used for a handle-less design


This design was created online using the design tools at www.diywardrobes.co.uk, cut to size using computer controlled machinery then delivered to the homeowner’s house. We provide a price for offering this total service.

Create your own wardrobe design online now

Bespoke kitchen cabinet

We’re called DIY Wardrobes but at the end of the day you can use our system to make anything that is made from cabinets. Generally kitchen cabinets are built from 18mm thick material and bedroom cabinets from 15mm thick material. We only offer 18mm thick material which is obviously on the strong side of things and therefore can be used for all house applications.

There are many odd shaped things to store in a kitchen. This kitchen cabinet was designed to store bulky appliances and small, but many, consumables.
What’s special is that we designed this to utilise dead space – 300mm of space next to the fridge and 250mm of depth out of the dining area.

Kitchen Cabinet Open

Bespoke Kitchen Cabinet

Kitchen Cabinet

Kitchen Cabinet

Kitchen Cabinet View line

Cabinet view line – note how the shallow part of the cabinet is not visible from this angle

The cabinet was designed to be unobtrusive. The finish is white to blend in with the walls and the shallow part of the cabinet is positioned such that when walking into the kitchen the view line means it isn’t visible and therefore doesn’t take any of the visual space of the dining area.

Kitchen Cabinet Model

Model of the bespoke kitchen cabinet designed online at diywardrobes.co.uk

Here is the design produced by the diywardrobes.co.uk online cabinet designer. To recreate this design you can follow these steps:

  • Go to the Cabinet Designer tab.
  • Enter 250 in the Width box, 2000 in the Height box, 400 in the Depth box. Press ‘Preview Cabinet’ to see the basic cabinet.

  • Now to add the doors. Click on Door Options and then the ‘One door’ radio button. Because we want to have five little doors, divide the door by entering 5 in the ‘Doors divide vertically’ box.
  • That’s the first part of the cabinet designed. You may want to add more shelves by clicking on ‘Shelf Options’ and entering the number of shelves you want.
  • Press the ‘Add Cabinet to My Order’ button. Details of the cabinet will appear on the order together with a thumbnail image at the bottom of the page.
  • Go back to the ‘Cabinet Designer’ tab and this time set the depth to 400. Ppress the ‘Add Cabinet to My Order’ button to add the second cabinet of the design. You will notice there are now two thumbnails on the ‘My Order’ tab.
  • For the final part of the design go back to ‘Cabinet Designer’ and press ‘Add Cabinet to My Order’ again.
  • The thumbnails of the ‘My Order’ tab will look like this. You can drag the thumbnails with your mouse to create the image of the design above.
  • Your design is complete. Fill in your details at the bottom of the ‘My Order’ tab and get a quote!

Floor to ceiling built-in wardrobes

Floor to ceiling wardrobe built up of two cabinets


Floor to ceiling wardrobe built up of two cabinets

Floor to ceiling built-in wardrobes make the most of a space and can add value to your home if fitted well. When designing a unit this tall it’s often a good idea to build it up from smaller cabinets. The image above was generated by our online design tool and shows a 2400mm (2.4metre) wardrobe made up from a 1600mm high cabinet and an 800mm high cabinet stacked on top. There’s a couple of important advantages doing it this way.

  • Easier to build. Manoeuvring a 2400mm high cabinet and its components is tricky, especially without a helper. It can be a sure fire way to put dings in your ceiling as you rotate it into position! A floor to ceiling cabinet 800mm wide will weigh in at something like 200Kg. Building two smaller cabinets is much more manageable.
  • Easier to use. Dividing a tall wardrobe into the classic two/thirds one/thirds proportion as above gives you a nice large cabinet for daily use at a convenient reach and a smaller top cabinet for less frequently accessed items like bedding.

Welcome to the DIY Wardrobes Information Centre

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We’ve used our technology to make ordering custom size cabinets and wardrobes over the Internet as quick and easy as possible.

When you design your cabinets online at www.diywardrobes.co.uk we do all the work to drive computer controlled cutting machinery to give you exactly what you asked for to within a 0.1mm accuracy. Our aim is to give you a comprehensive set of parts to build your cabinets with confidence and pleasure!