One cannot imagine a house without almirahs, and bedroom almirah designs need special attention as they are used the most and need to provide versatile storage for a wide variety of items that one needs to store in them. While designing an almirah may appear simple, a lot of thought should go into planning the bedroom wardrobes to make the optimum use of space and ensure maximum functionality. The material for almirahs should be lightweight and sturdy; the space inside the wardrobes should be used to the maximum capacity that allows better organising. Professional interior designers and decorators can be of great help in guiding you to choose perfect almirah designs customised for your bedroom and other rooms in your home.
In this ideabook, we present some beautiful and practical almirah design ideas and share tips to help you choose the right almirah style for your home.
With the costs per square foot rising so steeply with time, it makes perfect sense to save space in every way possible, to have your room and your home look spacious and ventilated. Wall fixed almirahs can save some space on the sides and at the back to optimise the area of the room.
Another space-saving idea for the wall-fixed wooden bedroom almirahs is to use sliding wooden doors as they save the space that the doors would need to open, and you can move your bed closer to the almirahs in the bedroom, thereby creating some vacant space around the bed. You can have the sliding doors in two, three or four sections, striking the right balance between the workable space inside the almirah and the weight of the door to allow free and smooth movement when it slides.
Several choices are available when it comes to materials used for building almirahs. The most common options are plywood boards or MDF for the back and inside, and again plywood, solid wood, MDF (medium-density fibreboard) or glass for the doors. The option you choose depends on the usage and placement of your almirah. Some almirahs are subjected to dust, oils, dirt, and hence, the material chosen for them should be sturdy and easy to clean.
Every material has features that make it desirable. Plywood almirahs can easily replicate the texture and style of wood. Additionally, plywood is strong and can bear relatively heavy loads. MDF is light in weight and hence an ideal choice for the doors as it does not put much load on the hinges. MDF can also be crafted into soft edges and is the perfect choice for doors and drawer heads. Glass doors are a great choice if you want to fit lights inside your almirah, to have soft diffused light shine from inside the wardrobe into the room.
Choose the material depending on the usage of your almirah. For instance, glass shelves and smooth plywood doors covered with mica would be better in the kitchen for easy maintenance, while soft MDF doors are best suited for the kid's room wardrobes as they are lightweight, making them easy to operate.
Bedroom wardrobes can be as plain or artistic as you want them to be. You could create tall almirahs, half-size ones or even a separate loft to store the seasonal clothing or luggage which you would need less frequently. For wall-fixed wooden almirahs that do not need hangers, you can reduce the depth to create more space in the room, while making the almirah more manageable and organised.
You can create narrow wall almirahs in the washing area or balcony that will be helpful to store the cleaning essentials. Small wall almirahs in the bathroom for storing the toiletries and towels might save some of your time and effort in the daily housekeeping routine.
Bedroom wardrobes should be wide and run along the length of a wall in your bedroom. Besides providing ample storage, it will leave one less wall in your bedroom to adorn with lights and paintings. Therefore, it makes sense to decorate your bedroom wardrobe doors in a way that makes your room look attractive. Here are some ideas for decorating the bedroom wardrobe doors.
When you discuss almirah design ideas with your interior designer or architect, apart from choosing the materials for almirahs, it is essential to plan the space inside the wardrobe doors. Your almirah should have space to hang long clothes and winter clothes, shelves to keep folded clothes and drawers for smaller items. You should decide on the type of locking system that the almirah or some of its specific drawers need in case you plan to store your valuables in them.
It’s an excellent idea to plan space for shoe storage below the almirah and a loft overhead for keeping the things that are occasionally used. Remember to measure the depth of the almirah, and not have too deep shelves, as it makes it cumbersome to take things out from the back. Try to add more drawers in the lower levels, so that the almirah is easily accessible even as you get old, besides ensuring less strain on your knees or back. Do plan ahead for children and guests so that your house stays accommodating and warm, and does not require frequent upgrading or renovation.