Often than not, you are more concerned on what’s inside a wardrobe than the wardrobe itselves. An amazing dress won’t stay amazing if its poorly placed in a wardrobe that will cause moths to spoil it.
We are so much focussed on the aesthetics of a wardrobe that we forget that a wardrobe is much more than its looks. An “almirah” as we Indians term it, is more important to protect not just our clothes but many other valuable belongings.
But how do you know which type of almirah/wardrobe is the perfect pick for you?
The 3 Important Questions before picking a wardrobe:
Now that you’re out there deciding to buy a wardrobe, you need first understand what kind of a closet you want. If you are able to answer the following three questions honestly, you are halfway through picking your perfect wardrobe.
Where are you going to place it?
Very important particularly if you are living in cities such as Mumbai or pune where housing often comes with scarcity in space. Knowing where you’re going to place the wardrobe will give you an idea of how big of a box do you need to place and store thy clothes.
How many number of compartments/shelves?
Are you a hoarder or an organizer? Simply put, do you throw around your clothes in an unorganized and lumpy fashion or are you very particular about where your gym clothes go and where your party blazer hangs?
Depending on how many sets of clothes and how different these sets of clothes are, you are going to need more or less number of shelves in your wardrobe.
Number of people gonna use it?
Apart from the volume of clothes that go in the shelf, you should also consider the number of people that are going to use this closet of clothes. Are you a solo winger or are you buying to share it with your partner or your entire family.
Depending on the number of people, the closet should
- Increase in the overall size (or)
- Should have more shelves
Now that it’s clear, how about we go lot at the top wardrobes available on the internet.
Best Wardrobes in India
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|Deckup Cove 2-Door Wardrobe With Mirror||2||Engineered||180 X 61 X 43||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Forzza Madison 2-Door Wardrobe||2||Engineered||180 X 80 X 42||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Spacewood Optima 2-Door Wardrobe||2||MDF board||180 X 46 X 80||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Styleys Plastic 8 Cube Organizer, Wardrobe Closet Organizer for Clothes||8||Water proof plastic||120 X 60 X 30||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|HomeTown Willy Engineered Wood Three Door Wardrobe||3||Engineered||182 X 119 X 410||CHECK ON AMAZON|
List of the Top Wardrobes in India
Yet another 2 door wardrobe with a mirror, the Decup mirror wardrobe is made out of engineered low density fibreboard.
Coming to the size of the product, it is at a 71 inches height, 24 inches length and a depth of 17 inches. Given the light in weight nature and the DIY structure, it is perfect for bachelors or spinsters who are looking for a temporary solution for their rooms.
With a dark wenge colour and a matte finish, this contemporary styled would easily add a great deal of decorum to your room.
The engineered wood laminate has a somewhat thin back laminate and needs to be handled with care. The mirror easily serves as a makeshift dressing table too.
One can easily go ahead and assemble the device as the product when delivered is given the DIY instruction manual.
- Light in weight and easy to move around
- Small and easy enough to fit around any room
- Dark Wenge colour and matte finish give it a good visual appeal
- Has a mirror
- LDR Engineered wood quality is low.
- DIY is not that easy and you may need the help of a carpenter
Next on our list is the Forzza Madison Wardrobe. Made out of the Tallisa Oak’s engineered wood, this is a dual door wardrobe.
The contemporary styled wardrobe has a visually appealing oak colour and has a dimension of about 190 cm high and 80 cm long and a 42 cm depth. For a nuclear family’s kids room or bachelor’s pad, this is a perfect fit.
While the wardrobe is made out of engineered wood with 3 mm MDF back panel and high quality stainless steel hinges, it is not the best part. The best part about the wardrobe is that it is made out of 15 mm thick termites and insect repellent and resistant chipboard.
But given the Low Density fibreboard build of the wardrobe, even with the protection, the strength of the wardrobe may not be as on par with most of the wardrobes. It has a weight bearing capacity of 50 kgs and should be placed against a wall for good stability.
The legs are made out of tough ABS thermoplastic material which is chemical resistant. You need not worry about the assembly of the wardrobe as the seller would send in a carpenter within 48 hours in order to fix up the wardrobe. If you were to clean it, you can freely use a damp cloth to clean it up.
A mirror present on one of the door of the is an added attraction and utility to the wardrobe. Also, there is a 30 day manufacturer’s warranty so you can return the product for a replacement if you find any manufacturing defect with it.
- 2 door wardrobe
- Engineered wood
- High quality stainless steel hinges
- Tough ABS Thermoplastic chemical resistant legs
- 50 kg weight bearing capacity
- 30 Days manufacturer’s warranty
- Mirror on the door
- The low density front part may not be as durable as promised and thus should be handled with care.
A 2 door wardrobe with 3 years of manufacturer’s warranty,t he Spacewood Optima is made out of Medium Density Particle Board.
This engineered wood almariah has a walnut rigato colour which easily compliments with most of the different colours of the room. The product is about 71 inches high, 31 inches long and a depth of 18 inches. Though very narrow in terms of depth and given the price range, this is ideal for easily movable people and also for kids rooms too.
MDF board used is water resistant, termite and fungus resistant and even scratch proof. There is a wide place for hanger placement and two large shelves for the placement of folded clothes or anything else. There is no mirror on any door of this wardrobe
While the strength of the material used is decent, the problem with this wardrobe is the pieces delivered may not be of the exact fit. The carpenter may need to cut down either of the piece in order to fix it up. Also, unlike other items in the list, there is no free installation available.
But the availability of a 3 years warranty seems to be a promising note of this wardrobe.
- High quality MDF board
- 3 years of manufacturer’s warranty
- Light in weight
- Scratch proof
- Fungus, termites and water resistant
- No mirror
- No free installation
- The pieces can sometimes not be aligned so you need a skilled carpenter to help you out.
Now we get to a fun and exciting wardrobe. They Styleys is a modern styled plastic cube like wardrobe. It is also the most affordable and budget friendly wardrobe in the entire list.
Made out of high quality Polypropylene Plastic, the wardrobe is highly customizable and can be used and placed pretty much anywhere, this is ideal for people who are always on the move and for the kids room too.
With a total of 8 cubes of the wardrobe, You are given 5 1×1 (30cm x 30cm x 30cm) cubes where as 3 cubes are clubbed together to form a long form door. The small cubes can be placed about and used as individual storage units whereas the large one can be used to hang coats or anything as such.
Easy to assemble all by yourselves, the DIY wardrobe needs no external carpenter help for installation. Multifunctional in use, this storage organizer can be your cabinet for clothes, toys or plain storage or even book shelf too.
Light in weight and water resistant too, it is a good gift that you can give to a child for storing their things or buy for yourselves for a temporary or movable property.
- Modernistic and convenient design
- Budget friendly and value for money
- Highly customizable and easy installation thanks to the DIY model
- Has enough storage
- Made out of water proof plastic
- Not ideal for a long term solution
First on our list is the Hometown Willy Engineered Wood wardrobe. Hometown is a well known brand in the home appliances sector of the Indian Market. This wardrobe comes in a walnut colour and has 3 doors with great finish.
The wardrobe is about 1820 mm in height and 1190 mm in width with about 410 mm in depth making this an ideal fit for a moderate to even big room too. It has a good fixature and if you are looking to buy something and not planning on moving around it a lot, this is a good option.
Talking of the finish, this product’s walnut coloured finish has a neat and seamless surface and gives you a unique look and feel. Hometown provides you with free installation within 48 hours of the delivery of the product.
Spacious inside and stylish and a bit modernistic on the outside, this contemporary piece of furniture comes with a high quality hardware hinges and plywood that promise good strength and durability.
But given the plywood build nature of the wardrobe, it is highly advised for you to get the wardrobe treated for termites and place moth balls at appropriate places every once in a while
- Triple Door Wardrobe
- Made out of durable plywood
- Height: 1820(mm) X Width: 1190(mm) X 410(mm)
- Walnut colour
- Free installation
- Needs good care and maintenance
- Does not come with a mirror
Buying Guide: How to Pick the perfect wardrobe
Let us both agree on one thing. Wardrobes are expensive affairs. Maybe not as expensive as the contents of the wardrobe a few people possess, but its costly enough to make sure that your purchase won’t break down in just a few months.
1. Types of wardrobes Based on Doors
Instead of rampaging through different models to finally get exhausted, how about we first sit down to understand the different types of wardrobes present. Then maybe when we find something interesting, we can move forward to the next important aspect of buying a wardrobe.
a. Single Door
A usual common sight in shared dormitories, Single Door Wardrobes are the most economic both in terms of design and pricing. Furthermore, given the monodoor style, they consume very little space too.
If you are a hostler or someone who lives alone or just need a simple clothes cabinet for your child’s room, this is perfect.
b. Double Door
A common style of wardrobes, double door wardrobes are a very common sight in the Indian middle class households. With more space compared to a single door wardrobe, these popular sized wardrobes easily fit in any average sized or even small sized bedrooms.
But. as is the case with most of the customizable wardrobes, these should be measured before picking the right size. Most miniature double sized would be about 6 feet high and 4 feet long but this is not the standard size for all.
They have more drawers, coat hang places and sometimes either 1 or even 2 mirrors on the doors thus doubling as a dressing table too. Modern models even have extra drawers in the bottom facing outside too.
c. Triple Door
Triple Door wardrobes are perfect for couples and nuclear families of 3. One can have easy segregation of their clothes in this wardrobe thanks to 3 different compartments. While a few wardrobes come with 3 entirely different compartments, a few have 2 doors have compartments and hanger space where as one door would be having only shelves.
d. Multi Door
Any wardrobe with more than 3 doors is a multi door model.Wardrobes of 4 doors, 5 doors or higher tend to have a lot more space than the conventional 2 door or 3 door wardrobes.
Perfect for families to share space, sometimes 5 door wardrobes are also ideal for couples to place most of their belongings in a single place and use the middle door of the 5 door wardrobe for shared items such as towels etc., Most of these even come with a dressing table in the between too.
e. Sliding Door
As the name answers for itselves, a sliding door wardrobe is a contemporary styled wardrobe which offers you doors that slide instead of open outwards. A fashion statement, sliding door wardrobes are easier to access and have larger storage spaces than conventional wardrobes. They are ideal for bedrooms but given the sliding nature of the doors, they do not have a lock option and the ones that actually have lock opiton are not that ideal in protecting the said lock.
f. Fabric Wardrobes
Fabric wardrobes are simple and easy to move wardrobes that are very light in weight. Ideal for bachelors/ spinsters in budget, it easily gives you enough space to store your clothes and at the same time it can be decommissioned, folded and stored away when not in use or when moving.
2. Based on Style
Based on the style of the wardrobes, they are usually of two types.
These are the typical outdoor wardrobes with limited shelves or sometimes, a hanger space as specified and used by many generations before. They are either made out of wood or metal are have internal lockers too (made out of the same material as the wardrobe)
They are strong but lack in a proper style statement.
Modern wardrobes are more design and style statement driven. They come with the most minimalistic designs and at the same time try to minimize wastage involved., High tech wardrobes have separate spaces to install safes inside the wardrobes.
3. Other Factors
a) Space of the room
This is not just a simple factor but is actually the most important one. Depending on the space of the room, the wardrobe space should be calculated. Also, in order to calculate this, you first need to decide where you are going to place the said wardrobe.
Space plays a very crucial role and be sure to check the dimensions of the wardrobe before finalizing your purchase.
b) Fitted vs Movable
Are you buying this wardrobe and hoping to buy another someday? Is this for a temporary place or for your own place? Depending on the answer of this question, you will decide how heavy of a wardrobe you want.
You cannot expect a bulky wardrobe to fit right in the middle of the room and then you cannot move it or place anything else around it. Also, most times, people tend to buy installation and fit based wardrobes because they found a neat offer on that but once they have to move, the uninstallation and reinstallation is a hectic move and would not only cost more, but also may result in the damage of the wardrobe.
c) Build of the wardrobe
The build material of the wardrobe is one of the most important aspects of buying a wardrobe. A wardrobe can be built with either of the following materials.
- Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF)
MDF is made out of engineered wood material. Basically, hardwood is broken down to particulates and then pressed to form MDF boards. MDF Boards are generally cheaper than plywood and tend to constitute of a lot of budget range wardrobes.
Their surface is also way to smooth and one can easily paint and customize their wardrobes with a touch of paint.
But be sure to keep the MDF wardrobe away from water or any other such particles. They can get soggy and be damaged. Also, they are not termite averse and can be easily infected. Make sure you have mothballs as such in place to prevent this.
- Particle Board
Also known as low density particle fibreboard or LDF, this is just another type of board material that is made out of engineered wood being pressed into a board. Highly cost effective in nature, particle board based wardrobes are very cheap in nature but given the low density of the wood used in them, they are not so great in quality.
These are considered when you want to choose a wardrobe that is just cheap but not strong in terms of quality and strength,
Plywood is also made out of engineered wood but it is one of the most used material in the manufacturing of wardrobes. This is due to one main reason. Its strength.
The layering of the engineered wood is not at a granular level but at sheet level and the quality of the wood used is high and thus the quality of plywood wardrobes is high than typical wardrobes.
But given the strength and quality of the wood being used, Plywood are generally very costly and do not have the smooth finishing as the other type of particle boards.
Metal wardrobes are one of the most common contemporary styled wardrobes of all times. They have been used not just in regular households and old time homes but also been used in a lot of commercial offices of India. They have been the signature place to store money during the 20th century.
Metal is formidable and it is strong. They can withstand any type of damage and with proper care and anti tarnish/anti rush paintings from time to time, a meta wardrobe will last with you for a very long period of time.
Mirrors just tend to make everything way better than they are before. For instance, a normal door, nothing. But place a mirror on it and it is automatically looking twice as good. And if you stand in front of it, it is thrice as good.
It is a general practice to buy a dressing table for a bedroom but with wardrobes that come with pre installed mirrors. You wouldn’t be needing to buy another set of dressing table yet again.
The reason why I’m talking about the budget of your wardrobe at the last is because when it comes to wardrobes, they are bought for a long time. You do not usually buy a wardrobe and replace it every other year or so right?
Once you buy a wardrobe, chances are, it will stay in your family for at least a generation.
While there are a lot of budget alternatives for this such as the Low density Fibreboard or the fabric type wardrobe (which actually make sense for people who are looking for a temporary solution)
But if you have a family or are planning for one or even looking for something that will stay with you for a long time, try investing in either a good plywood wardrobe or a sturdy metal one.
Tips and Tricks to keep your wardrobe for a long time
- Clothes in Plywood or engineered wood wardrobes can be easily eaten or bitten through by moths. Hence make sure that expensive clothes are sealed off neatly
- Place mothballs in order to repel any bugs that have the potential to destroy your clothes
- If you are buying a metal wardrobe, get it properly painted at least once every 2 years or so in order to prevent it from getting rusted.
- For MDF wardrobes, try keeping them away from any kind of moisture as the wood material can easily be damaged by moisture.
- Metal wardrobes may have sharp edges so make sure that they are not placed in the passways and also not by the walls. Ideal placement of these wardrobes is the corner of the room
Frequently Asked Questions
Ans: If price is not an option to be considered, plywood based wardrobes tend to have higher durability and life than typical MDF and lDF material wardrobes. It is always suggested to pick a good plywood because when it comes to plywood, their quality is also questionable if taken from the wrong manufacturer.
Ans: Sliding doors offer better and easier access to the internals of the wardrobes than a hinged/ pull out doors. These are smooth to access and often come in lightweight version of the wardrobe.
But sliding door wardrobes fail in the area of security as it is not so hard to open a locked sliding door wardrobe.
Ans: Not much and not little too. The width of both the doors has to be same and the gap between them has to be about that of an inch in order for them to move and slide smoothly.
With 3 doors and its Walnut Colour in a neat matte finish, the HomeTown Willy Engineered Wood Three Door Wardrobe is made out of high quality durable plywood and comes with free installation and also tops our list of the best wardrobes/almirah in India.
While that was our list, we are keen on knowing your top picks. That and if you happen to have any queries regarding wardrobes, their build material or anything as such, be sure to write to us in the comments below, our team of experts will get right back to you as soon as possible.