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Modern Modular Wardrobe Design Instructions & Guidelines

Published On: Sep 17, 2021

Someone famous said, “Building a proper wardrobe is liking building a home. All your clothes live in, it should be comfortable and stylish”.

modular wardrobe in a bedroom

The two things that are common across all bedrooms, small or big, a bed and a wardrobe. We simply cannot imagine functioning without these two essentials in our personal space. With the ongoing demand of more functionality in a smaller space, modular wardrobe or modular almirah has become very trendy. The most backbreaking task however always narrows down to managing your expectations and not compromising on space or style. This is where a customised wardrobe comes into play, sliding doors, dressing area, hydraulic hanging station, jazzy wardrobe fittings,  a wide variety of accessories, whatever you wish in your cupboard, it can go up and harmonise with your personality and room decor.

The beauty of a customised modular wardrobe is that you not only personalise space for your clothes, jewellery, shoes, etc. but also make your wallet happy by spending just as much as you plan as the costing and price would only go as up or low as you want!

The beauty of a customised modular wardrobe is that you not only personalise space for your clothes, jewellery, shoes, etc. but also make your wallet happy by adjusting the modular wardrobe cost as per your budget.

Now without any further delay, let us address all possible doubts that you can have regarding a modular wardrobe. Let’s get started!

Before you begin the process of design as yourself certain questions:

What will the wardrobe space be used for?

Make sure that you make a list of all the things that are there in your wardrobe like clothing as per seasons and occasions, shoes, jewellery, accessories, etc.

What kind of storage is required by you?

Whether you need more hanging space or you need more space to keep folded clothes. Whether you need a vanity or dresser in your wardrobe or not. Don’t forget to keep in mind the little things like inner wears, socks, stoles and dupattas and how you plan on storing them as well.

Who will be the end-user of the wardrobe?

Whether this wardrobe is for a couple or individually divided, whether it is for kids or the elderly. It is important to know so because then the ergonomics of the wardrobe design is done in such a way to ensure that each and every bit is utilised and does’t seem a hassle while using the wardrobe.

To begin with one must have a basic understanding of different types of wardrobes that cater to different needs and suit individual’s styles.

1. Walk-in Wardrobe

Walk-in Wardrobe

One of the most popular wardrobe designs perfect for those who love getting ready in style. The key factor to this kind of wardrobe is the size, it is usually preferred to be a large room in itself with the loft going as high as the roof. This is also ideal to store items that you might need to put on later in life. Did you know that walk-in wardrobes are of three shapes? U-shape, G-shape and parallel and with a full-length mirror and customised shelves and racks, this type of wardrobe is already a winner.

2. Corner Wardrobe or L-shaped wardrobe

Corner Wardrobe or L-shaped wardrobe

Corner wardrobe is for those who love to flaunt a unique style by utilising every bit of the space available. Suitable for guest bedrooms or smaller master bedrooms, this type of wardrobe comes with single or double doors made with a wide variety of materials like wood, metal, glass, porcelain, all of it to match with your theme across the room. The best way to utilise this type of cupboard is by adding organisers and baskets to the space and make use of the corner most module of the wardrobe to display photo frames, souvenirs, etc.

3. Hinged-door Wardrobe

Hinged-door Wardrobe

The most functional wardrobe there is, hinged wardrobe caters to contemporary looks due to various types of laminates and materials available but stands out as active practice in today’s world. Even though hinged door wardrobe is a conventional design that has been there in the market for ages, the modern day take on this has been applauded by users, with a twist, muted shades, contemporary shelves and hangers, a cabin just for certain type of clothing, you name it, hinged door wardrobe has got it all.

There are two types of hinged door wardrobes:

3.1. 3-door modular wardrobe design

3-door wardrobe with a mirror in the centre

This kind of wardrobe is best for a couple who share the same wardrobe, dividing the wardrobe into half and then using the centre door for vanity or shared items.

3.2. 4-door modular wardrobe with finishes

4-door wardrobe

This kind of wardrobe is double of the classic and basic wardrobe, it just adds more space, more value and with the right finish it does’t even look bulky.

4. Sliding-door Wardrobe

Sliding-door Wardrobe

Sliding door wardrobe is one of the smoothest type of wardrobe which is also space-saving. With one slide you can access the entire wardrobe. With the dual-track movement of the sliders, the smooth flow of the door makes your morning ritual of picking out outfits for work, flawless. With a wide variety of shutter options for you to choose from like membrane, acrylic, mirrors, frosted and lacquered glass, sliding door wardrobe is a fine choice for your room.

5. Wardrobe with a mezzanine loft

Wardrobe with a mezzanine loft

A mezzanine is an intermediate floor which is partly open due to double height ceiling floor below but in this case, a mezzanine loft roof is appropriate for children’s bedroom where it can be used as a bed and the bottom part of the same can be used as the wardrobe. It is a unique but a very practical approach to designing a wardrobe in a smaller space.

6. Fibreboard Wardrobe

Fibreboard Wardrobe

If you have recently started living the minimalist way and don’t wish to have heavy furniture or bulky wooden wardrobe around your house anymore then a fibreboard wardrobe is the right choice for you. These are lightweight, easily assembled and often more cost-saving than the conventional ones. You can choose amazing neutral tones and pastel shades that can add a little zing to your minimalist lifestyle but we prefer that a white door fibreboard modular wardrobe will look aesthetically more pleasing.

7. Vintage Wardrobe

Vintage Wardrobe

The vintage-style furniture and retro finish wallpapers are back in style again. Recommended for a villa, penthouse, or bungalow, this kind of wardrobe is culturally rich and if you are planning one keeping a singular colonial theme across your house, this is the right choice. Even though bulky, such wardrobes can give your space a very ‘Beauty and the Beast’ vibe and you are prone to receiving multiple complements for the same.

8. Glass Wardrobe

Glass Wardrobe

For those who love to show-off their clothing collection and don’t prefer much wood they should surely consider glass wardrobes that can bring a fresh look and add a character to the entire room. For those who don’t like wood or bulky chunks in their room yet like privacy, a frosted glass wardrobe can be another option for the same. Cheaper and more lightweight than the conventional wardrobes, it is easier to install these modules as well.

Now let us talk about one of the most important questions, what is the ideal size of a wardrobe? The most ideal size of wardrobe is 7-8ft, any other dimension, higher or lower than this would be a flawed ergonomically design with a very less storage capacity. Opting for lofts to get more storage is an ideal solution, however, it is not recommended over a sliding door wardrobe as it cannot take a lot of weight over its head.

plywood or particle boards

Now that we know about the different types of wardrobes, it is time to move on to the different materials in which a wardrobe is made.

First comes the base of the wardrobe or the internal material and there are three kinds of materials to choose from:

1. MR or BWR Plywood

boiling water-resistant plywood

Also known as boiling water-resistant or marine plywood which are made by combining multiple layers of wood which are cut into sheets. BWR which is usually used in water prone areas like kitchen or bathroom is not an economical option but it can be used as well.

2. Particle Boards

Particle Boards

This material is used by joining chips of wood, wood shavings and sawdust together and is widely used for making commercial furniture which is used in offices, schools, etc. One of the famous particle board is the pre-laminate board which is more long-lasting than the non-laminate one.

3. MDF or Medium Density Fibre

MDF

This is an engineered wood that is made by sticking fibre particles together with the help of a binder. This is a cheaper, popular, and efficient option as it not affected by weather change as well.

4. Wood Modular Wardrobe

Wood Modular Wardrobe

This is an all time favourite that goes beyond conventional designs, it is a classic! Wood has stood time and again and won, not just visually but its quality of standing tall despite of all the other materials which have come and gone. Due to it’s natural textures and colours a lot of users prefer wood over any other contemporary material. However, solid wood is heavy and prone to scratches if not taken care of properly. It is a timeless material that has never gone out of style!

From the base of the wardrobe we move on the finishing material which frankly makes all the difference in the world. It can either make or break the deal for any room as the wardrobe holds a major portion of visuals in any room. So let us see what all is available in the market.

Modular Wardrobe Shutters and it’s materials:

1. Laminates: (high gloss, matt finish)

Laminates

The most frequently used material for finishing for plywood, MDF and particle board wardrobes is laminate. It is made when plastic resin and paper is compressed adding a coloured layer of textures which are now available in abundance, ranging from matt finish to glossy to digital finish. The best part is that you can pick and choose which works best for your room.

2. Mirrored Glass: (sliding glass door)

Mirrored Glass

This type of material makes a wardrobe look classy and the room look bigger. It is a more practical approach as an Almirah can also act as a vanity unit. Another way to add a mirror on your wardrobe door is by splitting the door into portions of laminate and mirror which balances out the whole look by subduing the entire look by half.

3. Veneers

Veneers

This is another finishing material that is made by slicing and peeling the tree trunk and since it is a natural material it is available in limited number of shades. A more high maintenance, veneer surfaces need polishing every now and then. However, since veneers are made from wood, the elegance is similar to wood adding a unique and rich feel to wherever used.

4. Acrylic

Acrylic

This has rapidly become a material that is in high demand since it similar to lacquer but non-toxic. There is a wide variety of finishes and colours available ranging from high gloss finish to ultra gloss finish, matt finish to wood grain finish. It is a highly recommended material to uplift the overall look of a wardrobe as it is long lasting and not very high maintenance.

5. Leather

For those who love to make bold statements, this is ideal for your wardrobe, faux leather on wardrobe doors. It adds warmth and style and softens out edges by covering those up. Pairing up the same material for the bed’s headboard and the theme will exude luxury.

Moving on to wardrobe organisation, a step that is vital once designing is complete. If you also wish to channel your inner Marie Kondo and want each and every item in your wardrobe to have it’s own place, then it can be done in a jiffy, all you need are various accessories to top-up your wardrobe design. So here is a list of few must-have wardrobe accessories that will help in making your wardrobe user-friendly.

1. Trouser Rack

Trouser rack

When in a rush to reach office on time you have no time to waste, every second counts so why just sit and ponder what trouser to put on. Take one half of the wardrobe and dedicate it to men’s clothing by installing a trouser rack in the middle.

2. Saree rack

Saree is a staple clothing material found inn majority of Indian wardrobes. A six-yard delight that is gorgeous when draped but a hassle when it comes to storing it neatly. A saree rack ensures that all your beautiful weaves are wrinkle-free and stacked in a way that it adds a pop of colour whenever you open your wardrobe.

3. Folding iron board

Folding iron board in a wardrobe

Till date ironing is manually done in Indian households, it is not just a part of a chore but also a meditative technique that is often mentioned in many self-help books. The problem is that an ironing table is always hanging here and there, the solution to this is adding a folding iron board which is a space saver and also conveniently helps you put your ironed clothes directly into the wardrobe once done.

4. Wicker baskets

Wicker baskets

A great way to store the extra things like mufflers, dupattas, hats, etc. These baskets are great to store the light-weight items and look so neat when they slide in. What an absolute delight!

5. Accessories display organiser

display drawer with lighting

We’ve seen it in the movies and fancy showrooms, the plushness of fabric lined display organisers  which can house your watches, jewellery, sunglasses, etc., all lined up with lighting underneath it. Such an open display of materials makes it easy to locate them and saves up a lot of time plus it looks so luxe!

Now that we have covered how what materials a wardrobe is made with, interior and exterior both, it is time to head to few important points that often come to mind but slip from the cracks quite easily.

1. Know what you own

Always be aware of your belongings in your wardrobe, we often miscalculate our clothes, accessories, and shoes and end up stuffing a beauty wardrobe haphazardly. So before you begin designing your wardrobe make sure you see what all you need to make space for all your items.

2. Shelves, drawers and their lengths

When in design process make sure that you know what kind of clothes will go where so that when the wardrobe is finally ready there are no surprises and you are able to fit all your dresses, sarees, jackets and shirts without cramming up anything. It is recommended that a long hang for the average woman should be somewhere between 18 -24” which is 1.5- 2ft.

3. Seasons change, so do our outfits

We live in India, where seasons change every quarter. Sometimes we need summery bright outfits in comfortable fabrics, other times we need warm jackets and sweaters to keep up from turning into a popsicle. In such a case ensuring that the main wardrobe has second storage space like baskets, trays and drawers to put items for a longer time is the right thing to do.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1: How much does a modular wardrobe cost?

Modular wardrobe costs vary as per the design and layout, the more the space, more it will cost but to give a basic idea a basic fitted wardrobe with 2 swing doors and no accessories can cost somewhere between Rs. 21,000 to 30,000 whereas sliding doors can cost somewhere between Rs. 60,000 to 70,000. If you use MDF as a material it can cost somewhere around Rs. 50,000 and above and if you use plywood the range can go higher, around Rs. 70,000 and above.

Q2: How much does a wardrobe cost in India?

There are various factors that include in the cost of a wardrobe for eg., raw material cost, complexity of the design, labour cost, choice of plywood, size of wardrobe, etc. So the cost of making a wardrobe in India can vary from somewhere between Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 as well.

Q3: How can I make my built-in wardrobe look better?

If you have built in wardrobes in your room for ages and now you feel the need to change and spruce up the existing one you can add many accessories and features to it but to begin with change its outer appearance by refreshing the door of the wardrobe, add a mirror or change the shutter colour with a different laminate. If you are willing to make more space then we recommend that you break it down completely and start afresh making extra space for newer items. The best way to go about it is by experimenting with new materials which are trending in the market to give your room an upbeat look.

Q4: What are some tips for wardrobe design in 2021?

Some tips for wardrobe design in 2021 are to understand your needs, surroundings and most importantly your budget. Sometimes few drawers can be given away only to add an organising basket or movable shelf. Plywood and laminates are cheaper options than veneers and wood, so considering those can be a wise call. Playful combinations and elegance of glass wardrobe is the trend for the year. Stretching out from one wall to the other to optimally utilise the space is a wise call, you not only ensure that each and every inch is put to use but also get a feature accent wall in your bedroom.

Q5: What are sliding door wardrobe designs for a bedroom?

One sliding wardrobe style, multiple designs, a sliding wardrobe can be customised into various ways. You can either have a half sliding, half hinged door wardrobe to make use of the space given in a relatively small apartment. Add metallic finish to your sliding doors and create a contemporary look and feel instantly. You can add a mirror pull out and create your vanity section right there in your sliding wardrobe.

Q6: Which material is good for a wardrobe?

For external finish veneers are a good option as they can look both modern and traditional all at the same time. Laminates, however, are the most popular material for bedrooms as they are durable, water-resistant, low-maintenance and cost effective and come in a wide variety of materials like high-gloss, matter, and digital print.

Q7: How much do built-in wardrobe cost?

Built-in wardrobes cost as much as modular wardrobe as it is usually made from the scratch. The measure of this is done by calculating the labour charges, raw materials cost, prices per square feet and then finally the add ons or accessories that you put in your wardrobe. Usually it starts from Rs. 21,000 for a basic hinged door wardrobe with no accessories.

Q8: How to design my own custom wardrobe?

To design your own custom wardrobe, visit our office or book an appointment with our in-house designer who will guide you step-by-step in creating a wardrobe that is unique to you and your space.

Q9: DO built-in wardrobe save space?

Yes, built-in wardrobe will have space. It is all dependent on how you manage the entire space that is given to you, whether you put plain shelves and add organisers to it eventually or you create a niche for every little item in your wardrobe, a built-in wardrobe can house whatever is in your need, all you have to do is sit with a designer and work your way into it.

Q10: Do built-in wardrobe add value?

Yes, built-in wardrobe add value to your space. They promote effective cleaning and give a customised experience with hangers and drawers as per your requirement. A built-in closet adds more space for multipurpose uses like you can hang your coats and put your winter boots tucked in a corner, put duvets and quilts on one side.

We hope that we have covered all our bases and helped you get a clearer picture as to what all goes into designing a wardrobe. So put your thinking caps on and visit our website to book an appointment with our design expert today and see your dream wardrobe come to life!

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