Wardrobes: built-in vs freestanding

Built-in wardrobes might give rooms a sleeker look, compared with their freestanding counterparts, but they are less landlord-friendly when it comes to tax time.

That’s because built-ins are considered by the Australian Tax Office to be capital works improvements which can only be written off at 2.5 per cent a year over 40 years.

Freestanding wardrobes, on the other hand,  can be depreciated over a 13.3 year period.

A recent online discussion of the issue led one user to comment that “tax doesn’t have to make sense”.

Whether built-in or freestanding, good storage is high on the wishlist for most tenants.

Depending on the size, materials and fittings, built-in wardrobes are also often more expensive than standalone pieces.