Amanda M
Amanda M
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  • Bethlehem, GA
Asked on May 20, 2012

Building an armoire

Meg SAmanda MKMS Woodworks
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My son's bedroom lacks a closet, and I want to build an armoire to solve the problem. The problem is that I cannot find a plan that fits the design idea. The front will have horizontal slats to give the armoire a modern look. I want to keep the design simple with clean lines. Inside I need to double hang his clothing and want to allow room for adult length on shorts and shirts, pants will be folded over a hanger. My carpentry skills are between beginner and intermediate. I need design help! Do I build a frame and attach playwood siding? Advice would be great! Hoping the finished product will be about 25 depth, 39 width, and 70 tall (can be a 6 foot tall).
6 answers
  • 3po3
    on May 20, 2012

    Sounds like you have a really specific idea of what you want. Might be worth paying a local carpenter for some nice detailed plans for you. Might even help you with some of the more complicated woodworking for a reasonable rate.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on May 21, 2012

    You might be able to work around ready made "slat" doors. The rest will be a lot easier. Picking up a set of slated bi-folds and designing around them would be were I would start. Material selection will also play a big role, as your budget will as well. A number of years ago I built a "blanket chest" for my daughters using some Santa Maria, Chechen, and Pallea...the wood alone for that was many 100's of dollars. http://www.hometalk.com/Kevin/project/2591 fir or oak plywood by comparison can be had for 30 to 40 bucks a sheet. Sheet stock is the best for building large "boxes" as it is can make entire sides with a single piece. Do you have access to a table saw?... here are some plan ideas to get your thinking http://thedinosaurwalk.com/armoire-plans/

  • Meg S
    on May 21, 2012

    I saw some great armoires made from tv cabinets and nice hutches...I like to repurpose by finding a few peices that I can take apart and refigure to make it exactly what I want. tv cabinets are nice because the older one have the depth you need and some have side shelves for the clothes too.

  • Amanda M
    on May 24, 2012

    These are great ideas. Thanks, everyone!

  • Amanda M
    on May 24, 2012

    Meg S, I also like to repurpose and upcycle when I can. Many of my projects have been completed with scrap lumber from other projects, neighbors, and from my husband's work site. For example, I used a leftover sectional fence to create a headboard for my oldest daughter's bed. Another example, I've used pallets to create floating shelves in my son's room.

  • Meg S
    on May 25, 2012

    it certainly is more fun, economical and whatever you make is a one of a kind thats good to our earth! Love it...

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