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.
Using an electronic stud finder we mark the position of the top frame of the wardrobe.
We then mark and cut the ceiling and floor tracks which will hold the upright studs in place.
The stud channel is simple to use. It cuts easily with aviation snips.
We then measure
and screw the floor channel into position using pan head screws.
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.
We then position the top frame and mark the fixing points for pre drilling.
With the ceiling, floor and walls frames in position, the wardrobe begins to take shape quite quickly.
We then use a piece of track for the top of the door frame.
We cut and bend a flap in each end to act as a bracket that we can screw into.
We then add some small upright frames to support the plasterboard above the door.
Then we begin to mark and cut the plasterboard sheet ready for fixing.
Plasterboard is a really user friendly material. It cuts easily with a standard trimming knife and then breaks neatly along the cut.
I then use a piece of cornice to mark the cut-out on the plasterboard.
It makes for a neat fit and less filling.
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.
Having pre-cut the plasterboard we then use adhesive and then fix it into position.
The adhesive dries fairly quickly and the combination of screws and adhesive ensures the overall strength of our built in robe.
Once the plasterboard is all on, we use a metal corner moulding for extra strength.
We also apply paper tape to where the plasterboard meets the existing wall.
We then fix the cornice into place using cornice adhesive.
Before the adhesive goes off give it a good clean-up with a sponge, it saves a lot of time later, right Dene?
Our split door frame is a great idea,
you put it in in 2 parts and it screws together beautifully.
We’ve pre-painted the frame and the doors so we fix the into position and the wardrobe starts to look great.
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.
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.