The term closet armoire could refer either to a walk-in closet for storing clothes or a stand-alone cabinet, possibly a wardrobe, in which clothes are stored. However, as a DIY/home enthusiast we rather think you’ll be wondering how to make a walk-in closet into a suitable storage space for clothes, so here are a few quick ideas to get you started on building a closet armoire.
Walk-in Closet as an Armoire
If you’re fortunate enough to have a walk-in closet off your bedroom then it makes perfect sense to maximize the effectiveness of the space you’ve got available by making fitted units to store your clothes and shoes etc inside it.
What you’ll probably want to do is have sections of the closet that are used as hanging space for coats, pants, shirts etc, shelves in a cabinet to store sweaters and underwear etc and a rack system for your shoes.
Exactly how big you want to make each of these sections will depend on the size of the closet and the amount of clothing you have to store. For the purpose of this description well assume the closet is a rectangle shape with a width of around 8 foot.
Oh yes, before starting this job it’s recommended that you freshen up the walls with new paper or paint and paint the woodwork; decorating the walk-in closet is a lot more easy when empty than full.
Along the shortest wall at the back of the closet you can fit a length of dowel rod, say 1 inch thick, to act as a rail to hang clothes from. To begin, fix battens at either end with holes in which the rod can rest about a foot away from the back wall.
The rail will need supporting every 2 foot or so using eye hooks suspended from the ceiling – make sure these are secured into rafters/joists rather than just the sheet-rock or ceiling tiles. Alternatively you could buy a metal hanging pole and fixings from your DIY store.
Cabinet and Shelves
For storing things like sweaters and casual wear a chest of drawers would be ideal. However, Constructing chests of drawers is quite a time consuming job and, if the need to have things put away in covered storage is urgent – then building a cabinet and adding shelves to it will be just as good. As you’re building the cabinet inside the walk-in closet the back of the cabinet can be the wall itself.
From your timber merchant you can purchase side panels to the required depth and height, these can be fixed to the wall with joining blocks. However, for a more sturdy job screw a piece of say 2×4, using the 2 inch side as the depth profile, lumbar down the height of the wall that the panel will be against and then screw the panel to this every 12 inch or so.
To give the panel added strength fix a length of the 2×4 to the floor from the wall to the end of the panel and screw the panel into this too.
Using a hinge system of your choice you can then use another of the timber panels to create a door. Inside the cabinet you can then cut and fit shelves, spacing them as you wish and fixing them to the rear wall and side panels using more joining blocks or battens.
The shoe racks can be constructed in a similar manner to the shelving for the cabinet. Being for shoes you might want to alter the dimensions so that one shelf can accommodate just one pair of shoes; also you can this time omit adding a door.
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