Asked on May 19, 2012

Building an armoire

Amanda M
by Amanda M
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).
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  • 3po3 3po3 on May 19, 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 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. 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

  • Meg S 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 Amanda M on May 24, 2012
    These are great ideas. Thanks, everyone!

  • Amanda M 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 Meg S on May 24, 2012
    it certainly is more fun, economical and whatever you make is a one of a kind thats good to our earth! Love it...