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How to make a wardrobe

Showcase your best items in a handmade wardrobe

Don’t conceal your clothes – showcase your best items in a handmade wardrobe. Our guide will talk you through every step of creating your own, unique, beautifully crafted closet.

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Here is a list of all of the materials and tools you will need to complete your new wardrobe project.

Wardrobe materials

The back of the wardrobe

Frame:
● Planed timber - 34mm x 34mm
● You will need 4 pieces - 2 x 740mm, 2 x 1800mm

Back cladding:
● Pine tongue & groove cladding - 94mm x 7.5mm
● You will need 8 pieces

Base & top of the wardrobe

Frame:
● Planed timber - 34mm x 34mm
● You will need 8 pieces - 4 x 740mm, 4 x 430mm

Top & bottom cover:
● Spruce plywood - 9mm
● You will need 2 pieces - 2 x 740mm x 430mm

Supporting the front of the wardrobe

Poles:
● Pine dowel - 35mm
● You will need 2 pieces - 2 x 1826mm

Extras

Hanging rail:
● 1 piece - 1 x 700mm

Swivel castors:
● 4 castors

Polypropylene rope:
● You will need 2 pieces - 2 x 150mm

Consumables

Screws
● For fixing base & top to back: 4mm x 60mm wood screws
● For fixing back frame and top & bottom frames together: 4mm x 65mm wood screws
● For fixing Castors to the base: 3.5mm x 25mm wood screws
● For fixing front support poles to base & top: 3.5mm x 50mm wood screws

Nails
● For fixing plywood base, top to base & top frame, and tongue & groove boards to back frame: 25mm steel oval head nails

Tools
Drill/Driver
2mm, 4mm & 10mm Drill Bits
Hammer
Hand saw
Tape measure
● Pencil

Extras
Sandpaper
Glue


Drill pilot holes (4mm) into the ends of both of the shorter (740mm ) back frame pieces. Find the centre of the piece and drill the pilot holes 18mm in from the ends.
Screw the shorter pieces (740mm) onto the top of the longer pieces (1800mm) using 4mm x 60mm screws.


Drill pilot holes (4mm) into the ends of the longer (740mm) pieces. Find the centre of the pieces and drill the pilot hole 18mm in from the ends.
Screw the longer (740mm) pieces to the ends of the shorter (430mm) pieces using 4mm x 60mm screws.


Nail and glue 9mm plywood to top and base frames using 25mm oval head nails.


Cut 6mm off the length of two of the 94mm tongue and groove pieces. Make sure to cut the groove side of one piece and the tongue side of the other.


Connect all 8 pieces of tongue & groove and nail them to the back frame using 25mm oval head nails.
Use 2 nails in the top and bottom of each piece, and then nail down the long edge of the outer pieces into the frame sides.


Pilot drill one long edge of both the base and the top pieces (4 holes in each). With the back of the wardrobe flat on the floor, screw the base and top onto each end of the back.


Pilot drill through the plywood in the base and top for securing the support poles. 53mm in from the front and the side of both the base and the top pieces. Hold the support poles in place and insert screws (3.5 x 50mm).


Drill holes in the top piece and hanging rail (10mm drill bit), 50mm in from either end. Drill two holes into the top of the wardrobe 90mm in from the sides and 250mm in from the front.


Push a piece of rope through both holes in the top of the wardrobe and put a knot in the end to stop it pulling back through the hole. Now repeat this process through the hanging rail, making sure it is secure and the knot will not pull back through.


Finally, drill pilot holes into the base frame and screw in the castors. This way you can move your furniture round with ease. Make sure the castors are suitable for the weight of the wardrobe.


Time to add your clothes – we recommend not overloading the hanging rail.
Displaying your most loved items is a great way to get storage and a display unit in one.

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