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With so much furniture coming flat-packed these days, most people simply don’t bother building their own anymore. Even so, this is a great way of keeping yourself occupied during your time off work, and it could also help you to save a lot of money. So, I thought today would be a good time to write and release a post detailing how it can be done. Don’t worry too much if your DIY and woodworking skills aren’t up to scratch, as this is nowhere near as difficult as it sounds. Indeed, so long as you have the right measurements, the rest is childs-play.
On top of all the other advantages, building your own wardrobes will allow you to keep full control over their design. Which type of wood you use is up to you, and how you decorate or paint the final product is also completely flexible. With that in mind, give me your full attention for the next four or five minutes, and I’ll try to break it down for you.
Measuring the Space You Have
This should be your first move, and it’s vital you get it right. So, it might be worth enlisting the help of a friend, no matter how confident you are with your own abilities. Sometimes our minds become clouded, and we get things like this wrong, so having a second opinion should limit the chances of you encountering problems further down the line. Once you’re 100% certain the numbers add up, you’re ready to move onto the next step.
Purchasing Your Materials & Tools
Now you need to make a decision with regards to which materials you feel are most suitable for the job. Depending on your budget, this could be anything from MDF to solid oak. It all just comes down to how much you’re willing to spend, and how long you’d like the wardrobes to last. Ideally, you want to go for something that’s at least two or three inches thick, as this will ensure it’s stable enough to cope with average usage. Once you’ve done that, you’ll need to pick up a saw, an electric drill, drill bits & cutting and threading tools. Luckily, there are many online retailers around these days who undercut high street stores, so it’s worth shopping around.
Getting Started With Construction
Lastly, you’ll need to take your measurements and cut your wood down to size. You’ll obviously want to ensure the back board fits in your space perfectly, so cut this first and double check. After that, you can create two square frames; one for the top of your wardrobe, and once for the bottom. Then, all you need to do is link them together with four vertical pieces of wood, and you’ll be ready to start nailing your left and right side panels. Just make sure you’re constantly aware of any safety risks as you’re working.
Presuming you’ve managed to get this far, you’re almost complete. Now, you just need to cut two doors, fasten them on with some hinges and decorate your product in whichever style you see fit. Unfortunately, I can’t really offer you any advice on how to go about this, as design work very much comes down to individual taste.