If you are having trouble finding practical ideas to make use of that extra space around the chimney breast in your bedroom, then we’ve got you covered.

With the advent of more energy-efficient ways of heating, chimneys have become obsolete. And we understand that it might be very costly to go through the hassle of removing the chimney stack, so why not install a bespoke wardrobe that matches your interior decor; is functional, elegant; and enhances the overall look of your room?

To that end, we have compiled a comprehensive guide of best ideas for fitted wardrobes either side of chimney breast. Check it out below:

Two alcove wardrobes

If the chimney breast fits well with the interior and you want to show it in all its glory, you can get two wardrobes built in the alcoves on either side to make the most of your beautiful chimney breast.

These wardrobes are a perfect way to utilise the awkward alcove space around the chimney breast for optimal storage solution.

Free-standing wardrobes waste a lot of space that could otherwise be used for deeper shelves, extra rails, or maybe even a small dresser. Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about that with two alcove fitted wardrobes as they are customized to fit the exact dimensions of awkward spaces.

The main issue with these kinds of wardrobes is the space wasted above the chimney breast.

Bespoke wardrobes with sliding doors

Fitted wardrobe with a sliding door mechanism gives your bedroom a stunning and classy look.

You can customize the shelves and hanging rails however you want but there is a catch here. These types of wardrobe might not always be practical due to the space they take.

Moreover, there are often issues with full access to all the areas of the wardrobe at the same time.

Wall-to-wall wardrobe

If you want to hide the protruding chimney breast, and also make use of the space above it, you can fit wall-to-wall wardrobes that also extend floor-to-ceiling.

These wardrobes run across the entire wall and make sure that no space is left out. You also have the option to add custom shelves, hanging rails, dressers, and cabinets around, above, or front of the chimney breast.

In some cases, these wardrobes provide double the existing storage space.

Cool bookshelves with alcove wardrobes

We all know books are a great source of valuable information, but they also look pretty cool as decorative showpieces.

So, here’s a great idea: why not install a couple of bookshelves above your fireplace along with fitted alcove wardrobes on the side and display your brilliant collection of books.

With this setting, you’ll absolutely love curling up with your favourite book in front of the fireplace.


Like everything in the world, fitted wardrobes have their own advantages and disadvantages.

They maximise space and internal storage. They are extremely easy to adjust with your interior decor. They make your room seem bigger. They are very useful in hiding awkward spaces. And by using mirrored door fronts, you can maximise the natural light in your room.

Talking about the cons, these wardrobes are immovable and generally cost higher than free-standing wardrobes. However, a bespoke wardrobe increases the value of your home and thus is seen as a long-term investment.

Whatever wardrobe idea you decide to go with, make sure that you choose the materials wisely that complement your room style and decor.

Lastly, it is always a good idea to consult a professional so that you can make an informed and wise wardrobe decision.

You can get in touch with one of our experts today to find out the best wardrobe solutions for your home.

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