How to DIY a Wardrobe Cabinet


Do it yourself projects are becoming more and more popular with the masses, especially the internet savvy. Plus, with the rise in its popularity, more easy, convenient and quick methods of building are also increasing. With the help of online tutorials and step by step instructions, you can now, perform difficult tasks that were only a professional could do, previously. In this article, we’ll tell you how to DIY a wardrobe cabinet. It is extremely easy if you have a basic know-how of carpeting and are handy with tools. However, if you are not sure about your abilities, then you are better off calling a professional.

There are two ways to DIY a wardrobe cabinet, either you make it from the scratch or you can buy ready-made wardrobe carcasses. With custom carcasses, all you have to do is assemble the parts as stated in the instructions manual. Wardrobe carcass manufacturers ensures that all the parts are easy to install and do not require much effort. The other method involves cutting the wood and customizing the cabinet from the start.

Take Measurements

The first and the most important part of building a wardrobe cabinet are taking the measurements. It is essential that all the measurements are accurate in order to build a perfectly functional cabinet. The standard size for cabinets is 25” in depth and 36” in height while the width can vary. However, you should build the cabinet according to the size of your wardrobe. Measure the space where you are going to fit the cabinet. Also, make sure to include brace panels while taking your measurements.

Cut the Side and Brace Panels

Before building the cabinet, choose the type of wood carefully because some wood species are really hard and difficult to cut. Plywood and MDF are the best choices for DIY projects since they are lightweight and easy to work with. You will also need a circular saw for cutting wood panels. You can rent it for a few days if they are too expensive to buy. Now, start cutting the side panels according to the measurements and dimensions of the wardrobe. You can trace guidelines on the surface of the wood if it is your first time cutting wood. Similar, cut out the bottom and top as well as front and back panels of the cabinet.

Brace panels act like a frame in which you will fit the wood panels. Lumber is the best material for brace panels because they need extra durability and strength. Brace panels should not be more than 1×6” in size.

Join the Panels

In order to join the panels with each other, you will need special carpeting glue which is made specifically for holding two pieces of wood together. Joining the panels may seem like an easy task but it can be quite tricky. While cutting the panels you should label them according to their position since they are all different in size. Start by gluing together the brace panels and fit the side panels in them. It is better if you go by back to sides to front sequence. Secure the cabinet with brackets and screws before installing it in the wardrobe.