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How much does a wardrobe cost? | 2024 cost guide

5th Feb '24 • By Jared Jeffery

When it comes to the cost of a wardrobe, it can vary depending on your requirements. Check out this wardrobe cost guide for an estimated cost.


Cost of a Wardrobe 2024

Expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $30,000 for a wardrobe in 2024. Bearing in mind that this is of course subjective to the size of your chosen wardrobe, design complexity and materials necessary. A wardrobe is useful in many ways. Home to your clothing items, your favourite shoes, and jewellery, or perhaps it is the keeper of your more untidy side — a place to keep the mess out of sight. 

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However you choose to organise or keep your wardrobe, it's uniquely yours. It is a part of your home that you use every day, often without a second thought. Perhaps the time has come to rip out that 70s walk-in and create the modernised walk-in wardrobe you have always dreamed of. Or maybe you are just looking for a slightly bigger place to stash your tees. Whatever your needs, there comes a time when you will ponder how much a wardrobe costs. 

Article Overview 

  • How much does a wardrobe cost in 2024?

  • Average wardrobe costs

  • Wardrobe installation costs

  • What are the different types of wardrobes?

  • Who to hire to install a wardrobe 

  • Wardrobe FAQs

How much does a wardrobe cost in 2024?

We would like to begin by declaring that there is a wardrobe for every budget, every bedroom area and every taste. So let’s begin. 

Average Wardrobe Costs 

  • Freestanding or flat pack wardrobes: $100 to $1,000 

  • Pre-loved wardrobes of any style: $100 to $400 

  • Basic built-in wardrobe: $1,000 to $5,000 

  • Walk-in wardrobes: $20,000-$30,000 

These prices are an approximation; if you opt for higher-end designs or cheaper materials your price may vary. 

Wardrobe Installation Costs

  • Freestanding or flat pack wardrobes do not require professional installation, however, you may enlist the help of a handyman

  • Basic built-in: $40 - $80 per hour 

  • Walk-in wardrobe: additional $120 per hour 

Professionals will typically charge between $40 to $150 per hour to install/build your wardrobe, depending on the complexity and size of the job. On the lower end, you will likely be hiring someone just starting out in the industry with minimal experience and perhaps a slower process. In the mid-range, will be a professional of a few years still building their client base. Toward the higher end are the experts with years of experience and an extensive portfolio of clients. 

What are the different types of wardrobes?

Classic Freestanding Wardrobe 

We have to begin with the classic freestanding wardrobe, an ideal choice for those on a lower budget or unsure about how long they will require the wardrobe. It is the most affordable wardrobe option, available at most home stores such as Bunnings, Ikea and even Kmart. The good news is that it is completely ready to go; you just have to get it into your desired spot. 

There are however a few negatives associated with freestanding wardrobes, such as the limited size options and capacity to mould with a room’s existing shape.

Flat Pack Wardrobe

The flat pack wardrobe offers another lower-cost purchase, also available at most home stores. This requires a little more savviness as you will have to assemble the wardrobe yourself, or you can enlist the help of a handyman.

Custom-Built Wardrobe

Custom-built wardrobes are ideal for master bedrooms, home improvement projects or for if you have a very specific set of expectations and desires for your wardrobe. You have the choice of making your custom-built wardrobe freestanding or built-in. 

The downside is that it will naturally cost more than the previous two options, but for the wardrobe of your dreams, it is worth it. 

Built-In Wardrobes

Our favourite for kids rooms, they offer ample opportunity for organisation. Built-in wardrobes are loved for their spacious storage, flexible design options and minimal capacity used in the room (due to them being in the wall). 

The only possible negative with a built-in wardrobe? You have to leave it behind if you move house.

Walk-In Wardrobe 

We left the best until last, the most luxurious of the wardrobes — the walk-in wardrobe. This is perfect for statement homes looking for an added touch of the finer things in life. With ample storage space, it almost feels like a room within your room! You have space for shelves, drawers, glass cabinetry, an island and even a lounge.

The catch? You need a much higher budget for this style of wardrobe. Don’t be disheartened — there are plenty of humble walk-in wardrobe designs available, however, a showstopper will cost you. 

Wardrobe Considerations 

You may want to consider the room you are putting your new wardrobe in, as this may affect your choices and budget. For example, in student rooms, affordable DIY flat packs are recommended as the best option. 

Guest rooms may suit a freestanding wardrobe as it is likely guests will have less clothing to store. Whereas kids' rooms, as mentioned, best suit built-ins due to the compartmentalised sections. 

Who to hire to install a wardrobe? 

For custom, built-in and walk-in wardrobes you will probably need to enlist the help of a professional (unless you are a DIY wiz). For this, we recommend browsing the available builders, architects and carpenters on

You should hire a trustworthy professional who can provide proof of qualifications, experience and references. As always, we encourage taking quotes from several different professionals to ensure you receive the best price possible. 

Wardrobe FAQs 

Can I install a new wardrobe myself?

That depends on the type of wardrobe — if it is a free-standing or flat pack wardrobe, yes! If it is a built-in, custom or walk-in wardrobe you will likely need to hire a professional. That being said it can be a DIY project for experienced DIYers. 

What wardrobe is right for me? 

Consider your needs and budget. Spend some time researching the options available and have a chat with some experts to decide upon the right wardrobe for you. 

How much is a wardrobe? 

Expect to pay anywhere from $100 to $30,000 for a wardrobe. Bearing in mind that this is, of course, subjective to the size of your chosen wardrobe, design complexity and materials necessary. 

Is a custom-built wardrobe worth it?

If you have a specific set of functional needs and design desires for your wardrobe, then yes a custom wardrobe is worth it. 

What if I don’t like my new wardrobe?

If you have bought a freestanding or flatpack wardrobe, most stores will allow you to return it or change it, given it is in perfect condition. As for built-in, custom and walk-in wardrobes, you should have been approving designs and checking the process as it was made. If not, have an honest conversation with the professional working for you and see if together you can find a solution. 

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Please note that all prices mentioned are to be used as an approximate guide only and are accurate at the time of writing. These prices may differ by location and at the discretion of each business.

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