Massive Bedroom Cupboards

Large Drawers on full extension drawer runners

Large Drawers (1000MM wide, 500MM deep, 400MM high) on full extension drawer runners. The drawer runners are fitted underneath the drawers so are invisible in use. These are the drawer boxes before the drawer fronts are fitted. They are made from Birch Ply and are finger jointed. Our standard drawers are offered in MDF and jointed using dowels and screws for ease of assembly.

One of the advantages of making your own custom built-in wardrobes is that you can make them massive in whatever dimension you have available. Compare this to free standing wardrobes where the dimensions are confined by the need to ensure they are stable.
Free standing wardrobes for example shouldn’t topple over if all the drawers are opened simultaneously.
If you are making built-ins which will be bolted to a wall, no such restrictions apply so if you want 2400MM high by 400MM deep then that’s no problem.
And if you want to make your drawers 1000MM wide that’s fine too.
Large drawers are practical and a pleasure to use because you don’t need to spend time opening a series of smaller drawers looking for something and you still have the advantage of a sensible way to divide up your wardrobe usage.
And there is something very civilised about a drawer bringing your belongings to you rather than having to delve deep into the back of a shelf.
Large Top Drawer puts medicines and valuable trinkets out of reach

A Large Top Drawer puts medicines and valuable trinkets out of reach of curious little fingers. This is the top drawer of the pack positioned at 1200MM from the floor and has the drawer fronts fitted in Birch Ply.

Five reasons to use DIY Wardrobes

1 Make best use of the space you have available
The ready-made furniture industry tries to offer sizes that fit ‘standard’ UK rooms. Potentially this leads to wasted space like the area above a 2metre high bookshelf – there’s usually 20% of the vertical space available there!
Kids’ rooms are another prime candidate. Kids don’t need a lot of space but they do need a lot of storage available for their things so an array of custom cabinets is just the ticket.

2 Make something beautiful
Well they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You can make something that you find beautiful by choosing the materials and proportions of the cabinets you design.

3 Make it long-lasting
Mass produced furniture has an objective to reduce the amount of material it uses. This has led to features like 2-4MM hardboard backs held in place by tiny nails. Now obviously that will not last for ever, especially if it is moved a couple of times.
Our cabinets only use high quality 18MM thick material that will literally last a lifetime.

4 Increase the value of your home
Well fitted built-in wardrobes increase the value of your home because they make best use of available space (especially if they are floor to ceiling) and become an integral part of the house.
And if a prospective buyer doesn’t like your style of wardrobe they can always just change the doors – the robust wardrobe carcass will stay solid for the lifetime of the house.

5 You made it yourself
Whilst many people find assembling flat pack straightforward – fun even! – designing and building built-in furniture can be daunting. Even worse, initial good intentions and ambition give way to the dreaded half-finished project.
This is where DIY Wardrobes really comes into its own. Once you have designed your cabinets online, you will get a kit of precision cut parts and step by step pictorial instructions to make the assembly straightforward. We’ve chosen user-friendly hinges and drawer runners for you too.
And to help you get those finishing touches just right you can choose to include ‘scribe pieces’ to cover the gaps between walls and ceilings.
Our aim? That you and your partner can build a beautiful bespoke fitted wardrobe / set of cabinets in the space of a weekend.

Materials for wardrobes and cabinets

MDF and Macassar

MDF and Macassar, both edgebanded

We get asked lots about what materials are cabinets are available in.

Short answer ‘A’ is that our workshop has a catalogue of over 400 materials of various thicknesses and finishes so in all probability you can have your cabinet in anything you want.

Short answer ‘B’ is that the website is geared around providing an instant quotation for delivering your design to you from 18MM thick MDF.

As you may be thinking there is a very long answer between answers ‘A’ and ‘B’!

The picture above shows standard MDF and a Melamine Faced Chipboard (MFC) product which has what the manufacturer calls a ‘Macassar’ wood grain effect finish.
Although that horrible word ‘chipboard’ has been mentioned don’t confuse these type of MFC products with the chipboard you’ve seen in DIY sheds. A quality MFC differs in that:

  • The finish is thick, hard wearing and attractive with a multitude of textures available.
  • The core is manufactured within high tolerances so it is even and won’t fall to bits even if it gets the occasional soaking.
  • The core doesn’t contain odd things like bolts found in cheap chipboard therefore you won’t ruin your tools.
  • Matching edgebandings are available so once it is assembled you’ll never see the core.
  • The edgebandings are available in 0.4MM and 2MM. The thicker edgebandings are incredibly robust and give the final cabinet a strong appearance.

Because edgebanded quality MFC doesn’t need spraying/varnishing etc, is low maintenance and is available in any wood grains and colour it is the material of choice for high end kitchens and commercial fit outs.

The reason we don’t automatically offer it on the website is because it costs more and we need to use it on a per sheet basis. So whilst we know MDF will be used every day something like Macassar may be chosen by a customer just once a month.

However if you do want a special MFC, or indeed real wood veneer or Baltic Birch Ply, it is available and usually within 3 days. You’ll probably want the MFC edgebanded so the cost goes up a bit more again.

Is it worth it? I think so. It makes the cabinets true bespoke quality that will last for a lifetime. It’s why so many of the samples on this website are in Birch Ply, Platinum White MFC and ‘Tabacca Aida Walnut’.

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.