Wooden Wardrobe




After having a look at some wardrobes and seeing the exorbitant prices I decided to have a stab at building one. Custom made, for our room. In this instructable you can see the wood and tools I used, the steps and the outcome.

It ended up costing about £100 GBP (about $150) for sustainably sourced wood and a few drill-bits.
So here's the BOM (Bill of Materials):

flat-sawn red pine

- 8 pieces of 195mm x 19mm x 75mm
- 11 pieces of 175mm x 19mm x 38mm
- 10 pieces of 25mm x 19mm x 38mm
- 4 pieces of 50mm x 25mm x 75mm.

About 30m of 50mm x 19mm x 38mm

Some other stuff you'll need:

* plenty of Screws for wood of different sizes
* panel pins (or small nails)
* some reclaimed wood
* two metal bars (mine were found in the skip and cut to the right size with a hack-saw)
* glue

Step 1: Chop and Measure Some Wood

The best option is to have the seller cut the wood for you.
But some of the wood was found so I just I improvised a semi-stable table (remember to wear gloves to prevent any cuts!)

Cutting with a wood saw should feel smooth, with little effort (if you feel like you have to push the saw into the wood then relax your arm and let the saw do the cutting!)

Check every now and then that your pieces are of the right length (accuracy would deteriorate when I compared A to B, then B to C, C to double of D etc ...)

I started assembling it on the floor. Keep an eye on screwing too close to the edges for the thin pieces of wood.

Step 2: Mount the Structure

The pictures are pretty much self-explanatory, but make sure to use the bubble level and some measuring tape to keep everything aligned. So far everything is screwed (and I'm not talking about the global economy).

Step 3: Shelves and Bars

the shelves are made with the  50mm x 19mm x 38mm pieces, and nailed to the inner railings (as shown in the first picture).
As everybody knows, ice-cream containers were also made to catch saw-dust.
The hole which is visible from the side of the furniture was only drilled half way, and the opposing hole was drilled all the way to allow sliding the bar  through (as shown in the last picture).

Step 4: Glue and Saw-dust

I glued the bars in to give more stiffness (the funny-shape of this bar made me and the file sweat).
the short middle shelves are glued in.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

I fixed the top of the wardrobe to the wall with an L-bracket and a screw.
That's it! I hope it helps to you come up with cool open wardrobes (makes it easy to organize and access the clothes)



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31 Discussions


11 months ago

This looks like a great space saver. It reminds me of an IKEA product. I just ordered some woodworking plans to help me develop my building skills. I got them from https://bit.ly/2McRe2t Hopefully I will be able to be proficient at woodworking sometime this century... lol


1 year ago

Slightly cut-down version. Not exactly a triumph of the cabinetmaker's craft, but I enjoyed making it and it does the job. Thanks to the prototype originator.

Naw Soe MyaT

2 years ago

i love this wooden wrdrobe style.


4 years ago on Introduction

Is it just me or there is something wrong with the measurements.
- 8 pieces of 195mm x 19mm x 75mm (19.5cm x 1.9cm x 7.5cm)
- 11 pieces of 175mm x 19mm x 38mm (17.5cm x 1.9cm x 3.8cm)
- 10 pieces of 25mm x 19mm x 38mm (2.5cm x 1.9cm x 3.8cm)
- 4 pieces of 50mm x 25mm x 75mm (5cm x 2.5cm x 7.5cm)

It should be
- 8 pieces of 1950mm x 19mm x 75mm (195cm x 1.9cm x 7.5cm)

- 11 pieces of 1750mm x 19mm x 38mm (175cm x 1.9cm x 3.8cm)
- 10 pieces of 250mm x 19mm x 38mm (25cm x 1.9cm x 3.8cm)
- 4 pieces of 500mm x 25mm x 75mm (50cm x 2.5cm x 7.5cm)


Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

This looks like it mostly been built of dimensional lumber common for their area. In the event you aren't familiar with dimensional lumber the chart in this article could helphttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumber.  Your likely to waste lumber,time, and effort trying duplicate this by unit conversions, probably  to  start from snatch designing it to fit your space, and the lumber available to you. Perhaps some need  to bake some very,very,very basic beginner how to articles to place at instructables.


Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

I'd really like to try to build this wardrobe but I'm sort of a novice. The whole thing is going to be an adventure and I'd like to start with the right size pieces of lumber. Is converting this or, as you suggest, starting from scratch, something you have done or could easily do? I'd be so grateful if someone could convert this list to something that would work in an American hardware store:

- 8 pieces of 195mm x 19mm x 75mm
- 11 pieces of 175mm x 19mm x 38mm
- 10 pieces of 25mm x 19mm x 38mm
- 4 pieces of 50mm x 25mm x 75mm
- About 30m of 50mm x 19mm x 38mm

Thanks in advance!

8 pieces of 7.6772in X .74803in X 2.9528in

11 pieces of 6.88976in X .74803in X 1.49606in

10 pieces of .984242in X .74803in X 1.49606in

4 pieces of 1.9685in X 9.84252in X 2.95276

about 98.4252ft of 1.9685 X .748031 X 1.49606

This is why i don't like to convert.

Surprised no one mentioned not putting two screws in the same place in the grain pattern on that board. Everything else aside, you stressed the same weak point twice in doing that. Offset your screws - combined with pilot holes and countersinking. Otherwise, nice work - and to the ikea suggestion, you don't get custom fit shelving by buying pre-packaged.

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Good points about cracks ... pre drilling and not getting two screws in the grain ... I learned a bit as I went but fortunately the little crack was hidden in the back :)


4 years ago on Introduction

Thank you for the instructions for a great and sturdy build, much better than store bought closet organizers. I look forward to making this as soon as we get bedroom built for our cabin. Looks great.


5 years ago on Introduction

thanx 4 the idea. I modify some of ur design to fit my house!!


7 years ago on Introduction

That is one fine looking wardrobe! Congratulations on a job well done. As for getting something like it from a store, no one ever pointed at something and said "I bought that," with anything like the same pride you will feel when you point at yours and say "I built that." Enjoy your shelves and your accomplishment.

One suggestion for future projects. When you need multiple identical pieces for a project, put some extra care into measuring and cutting the first piece and then mark it as the "master." Then use that piece as a pattern to measure all the rest. That way your dimensions won't "creep."

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Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

good point about the "master" piece. Will keep it in mind for next one. :)


7 years ago on Introduction

Or... Go to IKEA and for about the same price, buy pre-made shelves almost identical to this and assemble them with a few screws (included in the pack) and be done with it. Sorry to be a 'parade rainer' but for the cost of buying, cutting and assembling the wood bits and 'nailing and more nailing' you could buy pre-made sections and assemble them in half the time and have a similar end product. Not meaning to be harsh, but that looks similar to an already produced product for around the same price.

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Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

hi Bwaugh, you're perfectly right.
you can get something similar in IKEA or ARGOS for a bit cheaper. However, ...
* the measurements were not right (plugs, light switches in the way, etc) and it's quite tall (over 6.5ft)
* I bought sustainably sourced wood (IKEA is not know for that one)
* IKEA has also had some labour exploitation issues, so here I can feel proud of my purchase.

but as other mentioned below, the best part is the satisfaction of having done it myself (as I had never made furniture before).


Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

Yeah—but, then you lose the sense of satisfaction that comes from designing and producing something from the ground up. AND, IKEA's stuff is known for being made of crap wood that breaks easily.

Actually, IKEA has some nice stuff in pine wood (not pressed boards). Interestingly, the pine stuff is some of their cheapest products. But the issue is not that the stuff isn't well made, it's that it is designed to be shipped in a flat box and assembled by the consumer. So the joinery ends up being weak. Looks good when the furniture is stationary, but you gotta be careful when you move it because the corners don't have any strength. That's where DIY furniture has the advantage.