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04-19-2019 02:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: wardrobe advise furniture inbuilt

Hello there

I was wondering if anyone could give me some expert advice.

I want to build my wardrobe for the attic room I just converted. I have drawn the plan to scale and done the measurements but I am not very sure what is the best way to start.

I am a complete beginner. I have been reading, researching, watching videos and I have a couple of ideas as to how I could do it but I am not sure which one will be the best, the easiest for me but also the most stable and durable.

I insert the picture of the plan here. I would appreciate any advice as to how you would start it, what are the pieces you would assemble first or if you would assemble boxes and then fit them.Any tips really would be helpful and appreciated.

It doesn’t let me attach a picture so for you to see it you have to copy and paste the following link in your browser. Hope it works!

-- Sandra - Spain/Scotland

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#1 posted 04-19-2019 03:16 AM

That is one heck of a elaborate closet. I would start with building the front face first and then as time allows finish the rest. The picture still pretty fuzzy but looks fairly complicated to me.


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#2 posted 04-19-2019 11:39 AM

your drawing.

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#3 posted 04-19-2019 12:20 PM

Mahdee, I am not sure if I understand exactly what you mean, but thank you for your comment. I know it is quite elaborated but I want to try making it, I know is doable and I am willing to put the time and effort in it.

John Smith thank you so much for uploading my drawing properly! Very much appreciated


-- Sandra - Spain/Scotland

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#4 posted 04-19-2019 02:46 PM

I, too, find that I can’t read the annotations, but I get the idea. Notably, I can’t read the dimensions, and that can greatly affect any advice you are given.

Most often, very large built-in cabinetry is best made “in place”. That is, actually constructed where it will live. The general construction sequence is:

1. Base. Usually a rectangular frame, made of construction lumber, leveled and screwed to the floor to serve as a stable platform for the whole thing. Vertical dimension should be high enough to allow a “toe-kick” (ideally, 3½“, though I don’t actually see this in your drawing).

2. Base cabinets. Me, I’d consider the two sets of drawers on the wings and everything in between as the base cabinets. Build each cabinet in the shop, and consider a strategy to allow face-frame trimming of the width. Place these cabinets, trim, level, screw them to each other and to wall and to the base.

3. Upper cabinets. Everything else, in manageable pieces. For uppers, consider a strategy for trimming both height and width. Same steps as base cabinets: build, place, trim, level, screw.

The devil is in the details, so you might consider getting a book to think through things like materials, face frame designs, finish, hardware, etc. Any and all of these considerations can greatly affect your design, and its easier, more effective and much faster to change your design in the “drawing” stage.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#5 posted 04-19-2019 03:11 PM

I would do this as five cabinets, 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B and 3. The parts listed as 4 would be attached in place.

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#6 posted 04-19-2019 06:07 PM

Jim and Blueridgedog, thank you so much. Those are exactly the two ways I had in my head and I have been exploring. And I am undecided which one will be the best.

I am very clear about the need for a base as I need to elevate it because I need to also account for the flooring which will come in afterwards. Sorry it is not in my drawing, this was just first attempt at designing the structure of the cabinets.

I totally see the devil is in the details and this is probably what gets me stuck because I feel I may be missing details due to ignorance. I bought a couple of recommended books , the Colins complete woodworker’s manual and Furniture and cabinet construction by Andy Rae.

I am also investing in some power tools to try and make things easier. After some research I decided to go for a table saw, a conbi drill, a jigsaw, an electric planner, a router and a circular sander.

I really appreciate your recommendations, any! so please keep them coming :-)
And my apologies for the blurry drawing

-- Sandra - Spain/Scotland

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#7 posted 04-19-2019 06:28 PM

If you break them up into 6 units per BlueRidgeDog, make sure the sizes of the units will fit through the halls and stairs to the attic.

Some idea of the processes, etc

As this is new to you, if you are not on a tight timeline, I suggest a few simple projects to get accustomed to your tools before you attach things to your house. Make a step stool, a tote box for your tools (which you will be carrying to your attic) and a small book/utility shelf with an eye towards the techniques you will using with your new tools.

-- -Steven Peck,

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#8 posted 04-19-2019 06:48 PM

Steven Thank you very much, very useful tips and links.

I can build the units in the attic itself as it is a big space I have converted into a room. I had that into account from the beginning as the staircase space is a bit tight to move any furniture up, reason why I want to also make the shelving and the bed from up there.

Thank you so much. So helpful


-- Sandra - Spain/Scotland

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#9 posted 04-19-2019 06:55 PM

You do want a base, and I recommend it be free standing, so you can put it down and level it, then cover the front with a facia piece so you cabinets have a level place to be setup. If there are difficult stairs, then 2A and 2B should be made in a top and a bottom.

Finally, you should find a mentor near you that can get you started. Your plan is not a especially challenging one, but there are some large parts to it that will frustrate someone no accustomed to work piece management.

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#10 posted 04-19-2019 08:09 PM

Thank you Blueridgedog. I am trying to get a mentor but it is not easy around here. I have a couple of frineds that will be able to help me at certain points.

-- Sandra - Spain/Scotland

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