Modern Wooden Wardrobe DIY
I took the basic concept of the design from the DIY I saw and added a back panel on one side, not only to provide more stability to the structure, but to make it a little more interesting. I added a simple round mirror at eye level and have thought about adding a few small shelves and possibly hooks below it for accessories. I also switched out the wooden clothes rod for a copper pipe because everything is better in copper!
-2 - 3/4" x 20" x 6' pre-cut pine boards for side panels
-3 - 3/4" x 20" x 36" pre-cut pine boards for top, bottom and center supports
-1 - 3/4" x 12" x 6' pre-cut pine boards for back support panel
-1 - 5' copper pipe
-25 - #8 x 2" brass wood screws
-8" round mirror (optional)
-pipe cutter (or have your pipe cut down to 50" long in the store)
-1" drill bit
-5/64" drill bit
Step Two: Measure about 20" up from the bottom of your 3/4" x 20" x 6' panel and make a mark in the center. On the same 20" line, make a mark 1" in from each long edge. These will be the marks for your pilot holes for your center shelf. Make a third set of marks 4" up from the bottom of the same panel so that you have one in the center of your board at the 4" line and then one on each side that is 1" from the long edge. This is where you'll drill the pilot holes for your bottom shelf.
Step Four: Mark your pilot holes on the short end of your bottom 3/4" x 20" x 36" panel. Mark your bottom shelf as 3 and then add an A after it so you know it belongs to the A side. Next, use the marks from the B panel to mark the opposite edge of your 3/4" x 20" x 36" bottom shelf. Mark that side with a 3B so you can remember which side it belongs to. Continue the same pattern for your center shelf and top shelf.
Step Five: Measure down 5" from the center mark on the top of each side panel and make a pencil mark. This will be your clothes hanger hole. Attach your 1" drill bit and carefully drill a hole on each panel.
Step Six: Switch your drill bit to the other size and drill your pilot holes on the two 3/4" x 20" x 6' panels.
Step Seven: Drill your pilot holes in the short edges of each shelf.
Step Eight: Place the panel marked 'A' on its side on a flat surface and then place your bottom shelf up against it so that the correctly marked edge is matching. Screw your brass screws in one at a time but don't tighten until all three are in place. Repeat this with the center shelf and then the top shelf. Then place the other side panel (Panel B) on the other side, making sure the marked side you used when you marked your holes for the shelves is facing the shelves. Screw everything together.
Step Nine: Decide which side you want your back panel on, and then make sure the edges are flush with the bottom and the side. In the photo, I've marked all of the places you'll pre-drill more holes to secure this panel to the wardrobe frame. This will add another level of stability to your piece.
Step Ten: Drill your pilot holes so that you are drilling straight down into the 3/4" edge of each panel. Be sure not to drill at an angle or you'll bust through your wood. Then use your drill to slowly screw in your screws with the appropriate Phillips head attachment or use a screwdriver.
Place your pipe through the holes and mark the length you'd like to cut it. Remove it and cut it down to fit using your pipe cutter. I cut mine down about 10" so that it stuck out enough on each end to act as a hook. It will fit loosely through the opening, but unless you have a dance party while choosing your outfit each day, you shouldn't have to worry about it falling out.
I'm so proud of myself for adding such a solid piece of furniture to our space! Are you feeling up for a weekend project? This one has your name all over it! -Rachel