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How to build your walk in wardrobe

How to build your walk in wardrobe

How to design and build your walkin Wardrobe

Walk in wardrobes design is a trend that has been in the market for decades and continues to gain popularity, especially with the aspiring new homeowners. Walk in wardrobe plan adds functionality, beauty, sophistication and lifestyle to the modern home.

If you are one of the lucky few with space for a  walk in closet, designing and building process can be a daunting task. You want this space to be as functional and beautiful as possible, and yet you have so much space to work with you might not know where to start.

Walk in wardrobes with upper drawers

List of elements you want in your walk in wardrobes

Use our comprehensive checklist to ensure you have considered everything your new walk wardrobe might need:

  • A measuring tape and a spirit level.
  • 18mm Laminated Particleboards or MDF boards.
  • Dressing bench
  • Dressing Mirrors
  • Wardrobe drawers and closet doors
  • Contact Glue
  • 3mm melamine MDF boards for the back section.
  • Edging materials to seal cut exposed edges.
  • Malpha hinges.
  • Wood screws or other fasteners
  • Hand saw for cutting boards

Well…lets dive in and take you though our short, 7-step expert guide to building your dream custom walk in wardrobe!

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Step 1: Levelling the floor and ceiling for the walk in wardrobe.

leveling the floor and ceiling of a walk in wardrobe

Before you start on your design or sketching on the wardrobe project, you will need to take some measurements. Use a spirit level to determine if your ceiling level. Ensure you have someone to help you hold the measuring tape while you take measurements and write down numbers as you go along.

Secondly, you will need to check if the floor is level as well. This piece of information is very critical because the wardrobe can be designed and built to fit the exact dimension of the floor and ceiling variations.

Alternatively, you may decide to level the floor before taking measurements of the wardrobe. If the floor has a carpet, you may need compress as much as possible.

Step 2: Measuring the height of the wardrobe

walk in wardrobe height

Then, it would be best if you ascertained the height of the ceiling at both ends of the space to fit the closet and the middle. In so doing, you will reveal whether the wardrobe needs to accommodate a bulging ceiling.

Step 3: Levelling the walls

Leveling the walls of the walk in wardrobe

It's crucial that you check the level of wardrobe walls with a spirit level. Since most wardrobe walls are not perfectly square, it would be prudent that you take measurements in a few sections along the wall and pick the smallest dimension.

If you have skirting on the floor, you will need to remove a section of them to slide in the panel before installing.

Always make an allowance by reducing all your final dimensions by 50mm from square walls/floors.

Step 4: Measuring width of the wardrobe - Wall to Wall

Measuring width of the walk in wardrobe

Measure in two places top and bottom and measure wall to wall above any skirting board.

Ensure that your wardrobe doors are not too wide; otherwise, you might not be able to open them fully with a bed be nearby! A good rule of thumb is that the wardrobe door should not be wider than 500mm. Much easier to build too!

Our state-of-the-art software will undoubtedly account for this, giving you the correct measurements for your doors, drawers, compartments, shelves and partitions.

walk in white wardrobe with well-lit windows

Important numbers to keep mind for interior sections of wardrobes {infographics}

infographic on walk in wardrobes

Step 5: Determine the materials required for your wardrobe

After designing your cabinet, you will need list down parts on a piece of paper. Please take note of their sizes. This process is popularly known as a cutting-list generation. Typically, we offer a free consultation on cutting list generation and boards optimisation for your closet project. Generally, the whole idea is to come up with number of laminated particle boards or MDF boards you will require for your wardrobe project.

Step 6: Cutting boards into part sizes and edging cut parts for the wardrobe

You need to cut the parts for your wardrobe from full-sized board materials.

Accurate, precise and clean cuts are very vital to bring out an excellent finish for your walk in closets. We would not recommend wood saw or jigsaw for this kind of exercise. You may end up with laminate chipping on cut edges. Worse, though, it may be too rough or not straight at all.

In such situations, we would suggest that you seek in-house cutting services. We have invested in the state-of-art panel cutting machinery and software to ensure that you get precise, accurate and chip-free cut.

If you use laminated wood panels, you must cover the exposed cut edges with lipping materials. You can apply the lipping or edging material using a hot iron but with a lot of care to ensure perfect and flawless edges. Otherwise, you may end up damaging it while trimming the excess edging material. The peeling of edging material or damaged edging gets worse with time and looks terrible.

Again, you can source for our edge banding services. Our top of the range banding machine has pre-milling and corner rounding stations, which give our edging a perfectly smooth surface that will lasts years to come.

Step 7: Installing the wardrobes

Aim to start and complete the job in one weekend. Often this kind of jobs can hang around for a long time as you’ll have something unfinished although usable.

  • Build Cabinet with screws. Still, probably the quickest way since as soon as a screw is driven home it is ready and the cabinet won’t need clamping.
  • Get a helper to help you carry the parts into the room where the wardrobe will be installed. All the parts for a closet can quickly add to more 300 kilograms so you want to get the material in and build the basic cabinet carcasses as fast as possible.
  • Get the hinge holes pre-drilled (by us). Probably the most inefficient way of hanging wardrobe doors is to measure out the hinges when the carcass is already assembled: awkward, inaccurate and error-prone.

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