How to Make a Built-In Wardrobe Closet

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If you are organizing your wardrobe and find that the space is not adequate, build a closet to fit your needs. You can hire a designer, purchase one already assembled or install the closet yourself with minimal carpentry skills.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


  1. 1

    Remove items from the closet. Sort through the items you want to keep and throw away. Analyze how you can use the space and make it fit your needs.

  2. 2

    Try ready built units and shelving if you do not want to do major construction. Buy organizers that accommodate your clothing. Hire a designer.

  3. 3

    Make a sketch of your new wardrobe closet. Measure the length, width and depth of the closet you are building.

  4. 4

    Prepare the walls for framing. Mark the positions.

  5. 5

    Use 2x4's to build the framing. The inside depth should be at least 27 inches and the height about 1/4 of an inch shorter than the ceiling. Connect the frame to the walls.

  6. 6

    Add wall covering for the final touch and paint. Hang the doors and include some closet rods.

Tips and warnings

  • The wall of your built-in wardrobe closet should be made about ¼" shorter than the total height of the ceiling. You can then place thin blocks in the gap between the ceiling and the top of your framing.
  • Use a framing square to ensure that everything fits to the front wall.
  • Built-in, floor based and wall hung are three common wardrobe closet types.

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