Build a Wardrobe Closet for More Storage

Clothes in a wardrobe
  • 10-20 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-500

A wardrobe closet helps you not only have more storage, but gives you a place to keep your clothes organized.

Step 1 - Frame the Walls

Once you know where you want to place the wardrobe closet, begin by framing in the walls. 2x4 studs are the most common materials used for framing and are placed 16 inches on center. You can build the walls on the floor, or if you are using an existing area, just build the frame on the wall.

Step 2 - Add Shelves and Cabinets

wood wardrobe closet

After the frame has been built, either by scratch framing (framed on the ground and lifted into place) or by building directly onto existing walls, it is time to add the shelves and cabinets. Plywood, or other types of hardwood can be used here.

Step 3 - Add Walls and Trim

If there are exposed areas of your wardrobe closet then you will be closing them in with wallboard or drywall. Cut the drywall to size and hang to the exposed 2x4 studs. Tape and mud compound the cracks and screw holes, sand, and then paint. Add trim to the top and bottom for a finished touch.

Step 4 - Finish Inside, Door

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Depending on what you want on the inside of the closet, paint or stain the shelves and cabinets. Add a folding or sliding door and you are done with your wardrobe closet.

Notes for a Walk-in Closet

A walk-in closet is a popular amenity when remodeling a master bedroom. It adds value to the home and helps keep clothes, shoes, and accessories organized and all in one place. The walk-in closet dimensions should be taken carefully to make sure you get just the right fit and don't have to redo it or make drastic changes.

Step 1 - Measure Depth

This is the measurement that can throw off the entire walk-in closet. If you are installing a walk-in closet system, or building one from scratch, the depth of your closet must be carefully measured. Take this measurement in two ways. First, set a tape measure on the floor and measure front to back. Next, put the tape measure about shoulder height and do the same thing. Hopefully the measurements are the same. If not, you will have to work with shimming the back for a good, tight fit.

Step 2 - Measure Height

Three places in your walk in closet dimensions should be taken for height. Start at the front of the walk-in closet and measure from top to bottom. Move to the center of the room and do the same thing. Then go to the back of the closet and to either corner to take the measurement. Again, the measurements should be the same. If not, then note the difference in case you have to level out rods and shelves.

Step 3 - Measure Width

The last walk-in closet dimension is the width of the closet. From side to side you should measure in the front, in the center, and in the back of the closet. This doesn't have much impact on the overall system, but you should make sure this measurement is accurate.