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How to Save Money by Building Your Own Fitted Wardrobes

Are your wardrobes overflowing with a lifetime’s collection of clothing and shoes? Perhaps you are noticing a bulge around the middle. Maybe you are beginning to think the house is haunted from the doors popping open on their own, in the middle of the night. The fact is, you have run out of space. So what can be done about this calamity? Well, the most obvious thing is to thin out your belongings. But, stop crying, there is another way.

Wardrobe units are not as convenient as you may initially think. Many of them are small to begin with and so may only have one rail and shelf in them.

If you have a basic knowledge of DIY and space in the bedroom, once those useless wardrobes have gone in a skip, it can be a straightforward job to construct your own. Perhaps you are lucky enough to have a large alcove in your bedroom. For the purposes of this article, we will assume you have. Here’s how to build your own one-of-a-kind wardrobe. You can browse stylebuzzer to get more information about it.

Tools You Will Need

  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers
  • Drill (electric or hand)
  • General purpose saw
  • Pencil
  • Drill bit to recess hinges
  • Spirit level
  • Measure

Materials You Will Need

  • Wardrobe doors
  • 50mm x 75mm planed softwood
  • Furniture board
  • Rawlplugs
  • Nails
  • Kitchen cabinet hinges

All of the above tools and materials are available at LBS Builders Merchants and many other reputable shops online.

The Frame

The design of your frame will mostly be determined by the size of the wardrobe doors you have acquired. Build the frame so that the door openings are 15mm smaller than the wardrobe doors on each side. Start by creating the outer parts first. Fix timber to the floor, ceiling and walls. Make sure everything lines up and that vertical pieces are true, using a spirit level. Once the outer frame is created begin work on the inner frame. The inner framework can either be nailed or screwed, just do the best job you can.

The Doors

Go downstairs and take a look at your kitchen cupboard doors. You will use the same type of hinges to fix your wardrobe doors.

  • Measure and carefully drill holes in your wardrobe doors to recess the hinges. Measure the centres of the hinges vertically.
  • Take those measurements and mark them on the frame.
  • Using a spare hinge, line it up with the markings on your frame and mark the centers of the screw fixings.
  • Drill pilot holes for the screws.
  • Now offer your door up to the frame and hang it by fixing the hinges. The beauty of kitchen cabinet hinges lies in their adjustability, so it doesn't matter if the doors are not quite square.

Finishing Touches

Now is the most exciting part. Design the inside of your wardrobe. Using furniture board you can create an area to hang clothes, lots of shelving for shoes, and drawers (find the runners in the hardware section of your builder's merchants). Don’t forget to get a light fitted if it is a large wardrobe. You will be glad you did. A simple light fitting wired up to a plug is all you need. Plug it in and away you go. Don’t do any wiring unless you know what you are doing though, and it is always an idea to get your local friendly electrician to take a look at your handy work before you use it.

Finish off by trimming your wardrobe with skirting board or architrave as necessary.

You will then be able to stand back and admire your fully functional handiwork. Your fitted wardrobe will serve you well for years to come. The best part though is that you get to keep all of your clobbers.

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