Build a built-in wardrobe for some extra space this winter

annie-spratt-130809The UK winter can feel like a prison, with the weather keeping you indoors and the gloomy skies starving you of light. Break out by building your own built-in wardrobe that can give you more space, and help sort out that clutter that makes your house feel smaller.

If you have an unused corner of a room – that’s plenty of space for a wardrobe that looks like part of the walls – ready to be filled with clothes, shelves, shoes, or anything you can imagine!

Now whether this is an easy or hard job will depend entirely on your perspective of DIY! Personally, I wouldn’t even begin to attempt it and would be the first to head to Google for a carpenter in my area, or even better than that, head onto social media and ask friends, family and colleagues for any recommendations of suitable tradespeople.

However, we have taken some advice on the DIY method, and are reliably informed that the following are the basic steps to follow…

Your first job should be to measure the space you’ll need to fill, so you know what quantities of the materials you’ll need.

What you’ll need

This job requires eight to ten pieces of 8′ lengths of 2 x 4 construction timber, 1 or 2 sheets of 8′ x 4′ x 1/2″ plasterboard, plaster, a box of plasterboard screws, a box of 3″ screws, one length of plasterboard corner bead, 3 lengths of J-bead metal plasterboard trim, and duct tape.

Step one: build your frames

Your first step should be to build the frames, which need to fit from floor to ceiling and have 10mm clearance so you can lift them into place. These can be to whatever design you’d like.  You can get some great design ideas on the internet, try browsing sites like Pinterest.

Once they are built, these must be fixed to the ceiling joists in the roof, as well as into the floor – easy if it’s a wooden floor, but you’ll need anchors if it’s made of concrete!

Step two: cut and fix the plasterboard

After this, your next job is to cut your plasterboard to shape, so it covers the sides of your wardrobe (and above the door, if that’s your design). Once this is done, screw the plasterboard to the frame using your 3″ screws. This completes the basic frame of the wardrobe, and it’s up to you what comes next. You’ll almost certainly want to paint it in order to have it match the room, but you can add any extra decoration you like.

Step three: add the finishing touches

Using MDF, you can add walls to the inside of the wardrobe too. Just cut pieces of MDF to size (slightly smaller than your plasterboard) and screw them into place on your frame. You can paint directly onto the MDF once it’s sanded, and it’s much less time consuming than plastering. Adding skirting to your wardrobe to match your room is also a good idea, and can be purchased from timber merchants – they’ll even cut it to size for you if you provide the measurements. The same applies to architrave; you almost certainly have it round your internal doors, so why not your wardrobe?

All of these supplies can be purchased from Forestrall Timber and Fencing Merchants, so why not give us a call to find out how we can help? Or visit

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