Where is the best place to buy your sliding wardrobe doors?

A quick search online for ‘sliding wardrobe doors’ will bring up a myriad of results for different suppliers: the familiar retail park names such as B&Q, Wickes and Homebase; companies that manufacture the products but don’t sell direct to the public; suppliers that act as a ‘virtual’ showroom and sales facility but who are allied with a manufacturer of the doors themselves to fulfil the order; and a few household name companies that advertise heavily on television and in the press and which offer the full design, build and install package.

So how do you make an informed decision amongst all this potential choice? Factors such as product quality, range of choice, ease of fitting and overall cost are obviously all important considerations when coming to a final decision. In this article we identify four possible supply sources and discuss the particular merits (and drawbacks) associated with each. So, when considering where is the best place to buy your sliding wardrobe doors, this article should help you to make the best decision for your particular requirements.

DIY chain stores (e.g. B&Q, Wickes, Homebase)

Although choice will be limited and only standard sizes will be available (ie. the doors are not made-to-measure), these outlets are certainly convenient places to buy from and probably offer the best choice for those on a limited budget.

For:

  • cheaper
  • convenient – usually buy and pick-up the same day
  • may have a small selection of styles on sho
  • products generally in-stock

Against:

  • limited choice of panel colour options
  • only standard sizes offered
  • require DIY fitting or installation by a professional joiner
  • usually more time intensive to install as any space around the standard sized doors to walls and/or ceiling will need to be made up with other joinery etc.
  • sales staff generally have no in-depth knowledge
  • no after sales support
  • may need to hire a van to pick-up the items or pay additional delivery charge
  • open during limited hours.

Online-only specialist (eg. Wardrobe Doors Direct)

‘Online only specialist’ means just that. Companies such as this will have no ‘real world’ showroom that you can visit to look at the products and their service will usually not extend to the physical installation of your sliding wardrobe doors. However, a mid-price specialist supplier is able to offer a wider choice of products at an overall lower price than those with showroom or DIY-shed overheads. Custom, made-to-measure doors are offered for either DIY installation or for organising your own joiner to fit, and can be selected, online-only specialists, Wardrobe Doors Direct included, offer a free-of-charge consideration if you are intending to install the doors yourself or enlist the services of a professional tradesperson.

For:

  • mid-priced
  • 3-4 week delivery timescale
  • mainland UK delivery
  • large choice of frame options and panel colours
  • made-to-measure products
  • online door designer tool available
  • quality product with 10 year manufacturer's guarantee
  • detailed and easy-to-follow installation guides available to download free of charge
  • in-depth product knowledge and technical telephone support
  • remote design service available
  • free product samples available (sent through the post) to help with the design process and colour matching
  • 24 hour online ordering ability available

Against:

  • DIY fit or installation by a joiner
  • no showroom

Independent tradespersons / joinery companies

In your particular area there will no doubt be a number of companies (ranging from self-employed traders to small independent companies) that offer all types of interior woodworking and fit-out services, from kitchen-fitting and cabinetmaking to complete room alterations. Whilst these companies will have the ability to construct or install sliding wardrobe doors for you, they will not necessarily offer up a wide choice of options voluntarily, preferring instead for you to have done all the preliminary research and reached your decision on configurations, framing types, panel materials and wardrobe interiors options before enlisting their services.

For:

  • knowlegeable in the joinery and installation aspects
  • opportunity to obtain comparative like-for-like costings from different suppliers to obtain best cost/quality solution
  • can usually be sourced very locally

Against:

  • depending on individual abilities full made-to-measure installations may be limited
  • may have a preferred supplier for manufacturing the doors that does not offer all the choices or options you are looking for

Specialist with showroom (e.g Sliderobes)

A limited number of supply sources offer a full design, manufacture, install and after sales service but these are generally to be found at the premium end of the market as their overheads (eg. offering showroom choice, employing full room planning services) necessitate charging higher prices.

For:

  • wide choice of quality products to view
  • face-to-face, knowledgable sales service and after sales support
  • made-to-measure products
  • bespoke design service
  • installation service
  • customer awareness of products through TV advertising
  • printed or online product brochure available

Against:

  • highly-priced, large increase over online specialist
  • 4-6 week timescale to schedule fitters and installation process
  • may not be an outlet near to where you live
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