How to Build a Simple Built in Wardrobe

We are going to show you how to build a simple DIY built in wardrobe using plasterboard and a steel framing system which will look like it’s always been there.

This built in wardrobe is one of my favourite projects. It really does improve the functionality of the room. And it blends perfectly.

The great thing about using steel framing and plasterboard is that it is cheap, light, simple to cut so the whole job is fast and easy. The metal door frame is also a simple way to hang the doors. Much easier than building you own door frame.

mark studs

Using an electronic stud finder we mark the position of the top frame of the wardrobe.

mark tracks

We then mark and cut the ceiling and floor tracks which will hold the upright studs in place.

cut with aviation snips

The stud channel is simple to use. It cuts easily with aviation snips.

measure floor

We then measure

screw in floor channel

and screw the floor channel into position using pan head screws.

fix wall channel

So now we’re going to put the wall frame on, drilling into the wall, safety glasses. Got yours? Checking for level we then fix the metal stud to the walls.

position top and mark

We then position the top frame and mark the fixing points for pre drilling.

start assembly

With the ceiling, floor and walls frames in position, the wardrobe begins to take shape quite quickly.

use piece for door frame

We then use a piece of track for the top of the door frame.

drill in place

We cut and bend a flap in each end to act as a bracket that we can screw into.

upright frames above door

We then add some small upright frames to support the plasterboard above the door.

mark and cut plaster board

Then we begin to mark and cut the plasterboard sheet ready for fixing.

plasterboard cuts

Plasterboard is a really user friendly material. It cuts easily with a standard trimming knife and then breaks neatly along the cut.

cut cornice piece

I then use a piece of cornice to mark the cut-out on the plasterboard.

cut out cornice

It makes for a neat fit and less filling.

apply adhesive

Using stud adhesive and bugle head screws we are going to fix the inside sheet first the we will come around and do the outside.

fix into position

Having pre-cut the plasterboard we then use adhesive and then fix it into position.

Fix all walls

The adhesive dries fairly quickly and the combination of screws and adhesive ensures the overall strength of our built in robe.

metal corner moulding

Once the plasterboard is all on, we use a metal corner moulding for extra strength.

paper tape on wall

We also apply paper tape to where the plasterboard meets the existing wall.

add cornice

We then fix the cornice into place using cornice adhesive.

clean adhesive with sponge

Before the adhesive goes off give it a good clean-up with a sponge, it saves a lot of time later, right Dene?

split door frame

Our split door frame is a great idea,

screw in second part

you put it in in 2 parts and it screws together beautifully.

screw in door frame

We’ve pre-painted the frame and the doors so we fix the into position and the wardrobe starts to look great.

hang doors

All you need to do is just dress it up inside with whatever you want, shelves draws or pigeon-holes or whatever and that’s it.

built in wardrobe

And it wasn’t too difficult, it’s something you can do at home. It looks like it belongs there. A coat of paint and it’s done.

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