A wardrobe is a must for your bedroom.
It’s the designated storage space for your clothes, accessories, and other items. Without one, your bedroom can become a cluttered mess very quickly, but the problem is that installing a wardrobe in your bedroom can be expensive.
How much does a wardrobe cost?
The price of having a wardrobe installed in your bedroom will depend on how large it is. For example, a budget-friendly wardrobe can cost you between £800 to £1,200 per linear metre.
This might be a little too expensive for you, especially if you want something fancier, which will obviously increase the cost. That’s why you should consider making your own DIY wardrobe.
Here’s what you need to know.
Is It Hard To Make Your Own Wardrobe?
If you want to go the DIY route to make your own wardrobe because it will save you money, it’s worth noting that you have to have some DIY experience under your belt otherwise you could end up paying more money at a later stage to buy a wardrobe or reel in the pros to fix the one you tried to build.
Having experience will also help you because you’ll likely already have many of the tools that you need to build your own wardrobe. If you’re doing this as your first DIY project, you’ll have to spend money to buy such items, unless you can borrow them from a friend.
How Much Does It Cost To Buy A Wardrobe?
We’ve touched on how much it costs to purchase a ready-made wardrobe, but the cost of a wardrobe can vary quite a bit.
If you want to buy a fitted wardrobe, it will cost you roughly £1,000 for a budget-friendly option, while mid-range wardrobes can cost between £1,000 and £3,000, and premium wardrobes go above that.
The good thing about wardrobes is that there are many options. You can purchase a basic two-section wardrobe, but the sad news is that even this will cost you between £2,500 and £3,200, pretty much the same price you can expect to pay for a bespoke fitted wardrobe.
Standalone wardrobes can cost between approximately £500 and £1,250, if you’re looking for good quality. But that still might be a little steep for you.
What affects the price of a wardrobe?
The price of a wardrobe will vary depending on several factors.
- The material that’s used. The wood used to make a wardrobe could be glossy or matte, and different types of wood can be used, all of which will affect the price.
Plywood is a common type of wood used to make wardrobes because it’s lightweight and easy to work with, which makes it versatile.
That said, some companies will make wardrobes out of high-quality wood options, such as oak which is usually chosen for how it’s strong and robust.
- The type of door that’s installed. If you want louvre shutters or mirrored doors, this will bump up the price of the wardrobe. Of course, there’s always the choice to go for an open wardrobe without doors.
- The shelves and/or drawers. Adding shelves or drawers, or both, to the wardrobe design will also increase its price. But, it’s worth bearing in mind that shelves will make use of less wood than drawers, so they are the cheaper option.
How To Make A DIY Wardrobe
If you need a wardrobe but don’t want to spend a lot of money on one, and you have a bit of DIY experience, making your own wardrobe doesn’t have to be a costly or time-consuming task.
One of the best things about making your own wardrobe is that you can always expand on its design in the future if you need extra storage space. So, with that in mind, let’s explore how you can make your own DIY wardrobe.
Step One: Do Some Research
Start by researching products online to see what kind of wardrobe you would like in your bedroom. Do you want the wardrobe to be open with shelves and drawers or do you want to have doors on it? Websites such as Pinterest are great to check out and they’ll help you feel inspired!
There are also many tutorials online that can help, but some can be a bit confusing to beginners. One, is pretty straightforward so it’s worth choosing, and it’s the tutorial we’ll be using in this article.
It’s for a wardrobe storage cabinet that can come in handy for your clothes and accessories. What’s great about it is that the cabinet can be used for different purposes, so it’s not limited to being a wardrobe forever.
Best of all, if you’re really good with DIY you could put wheels on it and make it portable!
Step Two: Choose The Type Of Wood
Earlier, we talked about how plywood is useful for making wardrobes because it’s light and therefore easy to handle and work with, but another option is Medium-Density Fibreboard (MDF).
This is a good choice for wardrobe construction because it’s smooth and doesn’t have bumps on its surface. This makes it ideal for painting once you’ve built the wardrobe, and as a bonus MDF is cheaper than plywood.
Bear in mind that you don’t have to stick to just one type of wood. You could use plywood and MDF, but in different places so that you make the most of both of their benefits.
For example, you could use MDF for the wardrobe doors and frame, and plywood for the shelves.
Step Three: Gather Your Materials
Ready to make your DIY wardrobe? You’ll need the following items:
- 3 sheets of ¾-inch thick plywood
- 1 sheet of ¼-inch thick plywood
- Five boards that are 1x3x8
- One 8’ stick of crown molding that’s eight feet
- Six 8’ sticks half round moulding
- Circular saw
- Kreg Rip Cut
- Kreg AccuCut
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
- Kreg Shelf Pin Jig
- Miter saw
- Four scrap 2×6 blocks (this is optional if you want to have feet on the wardrobe cabinet)
- Four decorative feet (also optional)
- 6 hinges
- 2 knobs
- 2 double magnetic catches
- 1 ¼-inch pocket hole screws
- 2 inches and 21/2 inches wood screws
- Nail gun
- Wood glue
- Shelf pins
- Painters tape
- Edge banding
Step Four: Follow The Instructions
- Start by cutting one full sheet of plywood in half right down the middle. You can make use of your Kreg Rip Cut and Kreg AccuCut because they do make the process much easier.
- Cut the strips into two pieces that are 60 inches and two that are 36 inches.
- Once you’ve done that, you want to drill ¾-inch holes along the bottom of the pieces that are 36 inches in size.
- Put some edge banding on the edges that will be facing the front of the wardrobe.
- Now you will have to attach the 36-inch pieces to the 60-inch pieces. To do this, the 1 ¼-inch pocket hole screws will seal the deal. Make sure you attach the one at the bottom so the top of the shelf will be 2 and a half inches from the bottom of the cabinet sides.
- Cut the ¼-inch plywood piece to fit the back side and nail it to the back.
- Cut pieces of 1×3 for the cabinet sides, and nail and glue the trim in place. Bear in mind that, according to this tutorial, you should have sides that are 60 inches and both the top and bottom will be 19 inches.
- Now you want to cut to fit two pieces of 1×3 – these should go along the top and bottom of the front. Again, glue and nail them so that they’re secure.
- Cut some crown moulding so that it will be applied to the top side. Nail it in place.
- Now you are ready to attach the middle shelf as well as your dividers that will keep your wardrobe beautifully organised. When doing this, add a support for underneath the middle shelf so that the shelf won’t buckle under heavy weight.
- For the middle shelf, cut a piece of plywood that’s 20 inches in width and 36 inches in length. Once you’ve done that, you should make pocket holes and pocket hole screws about 27 inches from the bottom.
- Attach your divider (that’s 20 inches wide and 27 inches long) between the above shelf and your bottom shelf. You can screw them in with the use of wood screws.
- Drill shelf pin holes to make the shelves adjustable, and for this task your Kreg Shelf Pin Jig will come in very handy.
- Cut a piece of plywood that’s 54 and ½ inches long and 39 inches wide. Cut this piece in half so that you can make doors for your wardrobe. This is optional but it’s a nice touch to give your wardrobe a bit of privacy.
- You can then go ahead and paint your wardrobe if you like!
- After painting your wardrobe, give it some time to completely dry before you use it. Oil-based paints take between six to eight hours to dry, but latex paints can dry within an hour. It’s a good idea to leave the wardrobe in a well-ventilated area of the home for a bit longer than its drying time so that when you put your clothes and accessories inside it they won’t take on a paint-like smell.
Alternative: Consider An “Open Wall” Wardrobe
If you want a quick and easy way to make your own wardrobe and you have some wall space at your disposal, you could draw inspiration from wall closet systems that you find at IKEA and Amazon.
This type of wardrobe basically looks like a large frame that’s been placed on the wall and it has shelves, rods, and draws inside it. The actual closet is completely open, so if you want some privacy you’ll have to use a curtain.
What’s great about this type of DIY system is that you can make a frame and then just attach shelves to the wall on which you can store bins and baskets, or even store-bought cabinets for extra storage. It’s versatile and you can upgrade it with more storage options in the future.
How can you store your clothes without a wardrobe?
You can make use of various storage options, such as shelves, old bookshelves or cabinets, or clothing racks.
Is plywood more resistant to damage than MDF?
Since it doesn’t soak up water as much as MDF, this makes it much less prone to being damaged, so it’s perfect for putting areas of the home where there are high levels of moisture and heat.
If you need a wardrobe in your bedroom, you’ll either have to purchase a new or second-hand one or make your very own.
The latter is a great way to save some money, provided you have a bit of DIY experience and don’t need to purchase many tools or equipment.
In this article, we’ve provided you with information you need to be able to make your own DIY wardrobe from scratch so you keep your clothing, shoes, and accessories in a safer and more convenient place.
We’ve also included a few tips on how to use your wall space to make your own creative wardrobe for when you need storage in a hurry. Here’s to a more organised bedroom!