DIY: Fitted Wardrobe Doors

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DIY: Fitted Wardrobe Doors
Reattach malfunctioning wardrobe doors. (OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA image by S. from Fotolia.com)

A wardrobe is a great addition to your bedroom furniture--it provides quite a bit of extra storage space and can complement your bedroom decor. Wardrobes are usually stand-alone furniture pieces that are often found in a period or rustic style, with full-size double doors on the front. When fitted vintage wardrobe doors come off their hinges, don't toss this timeless furniture piece out. You can fix the fitted doors yourself.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 2 wardrobe doors
  • 4 hinges
  • Pencil
  • 16 wood screws
  • Electric power drill

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the left door up inside the wardrobe, as it would normally be if it were properly attached. Hold one hinge against the door in the top left corner and trace it with the pencil. Hold another hinge halfway down the door on the left side and trace it. Make sure the wide part of the hinge is against the door--this will allow the middle part to float over the space between the wardrobe door and the wardrobe base. This placement is important, as it allows the door to swing correctly.

  2. 2

    Lay the door flat on the ground, with the front facing up. Screw the hinges into the door using two screws per hinge and the power drill.

  3. 3

    Set the wardrobe door upright in the wardrobe. Screw each hinge into the wardrobe unit, using two wood screws per hinge. Swing the door gently to ensure the hinges are placed correctly.

  4. 4

    Repeat this process with the right door of the wardrobe. Open and close the doors slowly, making sure they swing properly. Close both doors at the same time to make sure they fit together when shut.

Tips and warnings

  • If the doors are heavy, have a friend hold them while you trace the hinges.
  • Wear safety goggles when using the power drill.
  • Don't yank the cord of the power drill to bring it closer to your work station--use an extension cord if necessary.

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