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I recently moved into a Montreal flat, which means there are no closets in the bedrooms. Frustrated with the lack of style and quality found at Ikea and the high cost of an actual wardrobe anywhere else, I happened upon a set of old lockers at junk store, and thought I could transform them into the coolest wardrobe imaginable. I got my set of 3 full-sized lockers for $150 Canadian and then added about $30 of wood. So depending on the cost of the lockers, this is good value.
 
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Step 1: Gathering parts

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Start by gathering the necessary materials.

My materials and spec are according to my design, but can be modified as necessary. I decided to go with two lockers for hanging shirts, pants and coats and one locker as a shelf for t-shirts, underwear, jeans and the like.

Materials:

1. A locker or set of lockers, of course.
2. Either an old wooden mop or broom (if you wanna go eco), or wooden dowel/curtain rod that can be cut to size for hanging clothes.
3. Long and narrow wood to create a frame for the shelving.
4. Thick pine or the like for the shelves themselves.
5. L brackets to support the shelves.
6. Plastic ties (or metal) to hang the wooden rods.

Tools:
1. Measuring tape.
2. Screws.
3. Screw driver.
4. Saw.
you can purchase used lockers online from stores that sell them to schools, offices and gyms. just google it!

lockers make awesome clothing storage -- i have a set of 6 stacked half-lockers. unfortunately, they're jsut for folded stuff like sweaters and jeans -- they're not deep enough to contain hangers. mind if i ask how deep yours are? i hadn't considered getting another set as i figured they're all a standard depth ...

Vspec5 years ago
awesome use for old lockers, I would do the same but there kind of hard to come by.
where do you even get lockers like those? i want some haha
yourtvlies7 years ago
I'm lucky enough to have a pretty big closet in my apartment, but this is going to go on my "too cool not to do one day" list.
Anionis7 years ago
I love the idea. How much weight could this take, roughly?
jdrenard (author)  Anionis7 years ago
I think it could take a fair bit of weight. The plastic ties are quite strong, and the width of the locker is not very wide, so you can't fit too much on each one. If you are in doubt or having something else in mind to hang, try pipe brackets. They are metal and are adjustable by a screw, and can perform the same function. The plastic ties are the cheaper option.
very cool! i will definitely try this at some point in my life... as soon as i find some good lockers. nice instructable!
lol, thats cool! but i sadly dont have random lockers sitting in my room :-\ heh.