Potential moulding

Hi Neighbours :)

I am planning to fix up a room in the house but could do with some advice and/or opinions.

I live on Florence Road, top floor, so if anyone else lives on this road or is familiar with the houses there and can help, I'd be very grateful for any guidance.

I was wondering about 'building' in some IKEA wardrobes (https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/cat/pax-fitted-wardrobes-29879)/bookshelves (https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/cat/billy-series-28102/) to the walls and using wooden framing to give it a custom effect. But after researching into some nightmare renovations about built-in organisers I'm having second thoughts. I won't be building onto the inner exterior wall, but close to the wall near the fireplace. The room is slightly cold but I'm afraid of the cold air from the chimney breast creating some issues with the warm air. I am planning to ventilate the room well, by closing doors, opening windows and using a diffuser. Basically, I'm worried about mould growing in the room (and other parts of the home).

The idea is that the furniture will be flushed against the walls (possibly) without skirting boards and adding wooden frames to the top (maybe bottoms too, adding platform bases to achieve this). I've added some pictures to help.

The framing effect - https://justagirlandherblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/PAX-Storage-from-Corner.jpg

Flushing against the wall - https://i0.wp.com/www.crazy-wonderful.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/IMG_0611.jpg?w=2000&ssl=1

There is a direct loft above, it hasn't been converted or insulated, but I'll be getting a roofer hopefully to sort out a leaking issue before fixing up the room (we have some small gaps in the roof).

I had mould issues in a smaller room in the house a few years ago and ended up getting acute pneumonia (and so did another family member), so least to say, I really want to avoid it again!

I've added a link of the floor plan if it helps - https://www.canva.com/design/DAD6KeaX410/UGmKw6QS-CL3l_c34mv9DQ/view?utm_content=DAD6KeaX410&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=sharebutton

So if anyone has had any built-in furniture and would like to share their experiences (good or bad), I'd love to hear it.



  • I've always wanted to try something like that to build a library. Let us know how you get on.
  • I put in bespoke cupboards either side of a chimney breast and indeed mould became a serious problem. It was made worse because they were on an exterior wall which had damp caused by some leaky gutters. The whole lot had to come out. I think you can measure the humidity levels so you can get a sense of what you’re dealing with.

    I put cupboards in again but did them completely differently. I think it’s all about trying to get as much ventilation in as possible. Don’t put any wood flush with the wall and leave it bare. If you make a plinth at the bottom make some holes in it to let the air through. I put air bricks in the chimney breast and holes in the sides of the cupboards. I’ve had no issues this time.

  • @Arkady - Will do, I have a few general issues too (new windows, door business, replastering of the walls, new skirting fitted and levelling of the ceiling too). So they'll need to be sorted once this 'lockdown' ends. Probably thinking too far ahead with the wardrobes/bookshelves though :neutral:
  • Make sure the new windows have trickle vents to aid air movement.
  • @dorothy - Thanks for your comments. I'll check the humidity levels. I'll look into the holes for the plinths/wardrobes. The room has had damp issues (exterior wall between chimney breast and window) years and years ago, but I'm not planning to build anywhere near there. The rest of the room has never really had issues. The units don't really need to be built in, I rather have less work after the fitting and avoid getting sick again.
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