Running out of closet space – here’s a quick DIY solution

Looking good and feeling good are linked together. If retail therapy is your favoured form of stress relief, worrying about the limited shelf space you have shouldn’t be a bother. This quick and easy closet solution (with a ready-made drawer) takes just an hour to build. But if you don’t have a spare drawer lying around somewhere, keep the stress monster at bay and put your DIY skills to use by building your own drawer.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Drawer or shelf unit
  • 2 of 32mm pine dowel or curtain rod – length long enough for two mounting poles
  • 2 of 44 x 2400mm PAR pine – cut down to 2200mm
  • 4 x 30mm cut screws
  • 4 x 50mm cut screws
  • Pattex No More Nails adhesive
  • Rope

Let’s not forget, a good DIY artist needs tools for the process of creation. These will help:

  • Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
  • Jigsaw, mitre saw or table saw
  • Sander plus 120- and 180-grit sanding pads
  • 30mm* spade bit, hole saw or MAD bit
  • Tape measure and pencil

Quick tip:

A small diameter bit can be used for cutting holes, then sand away excess using a Dremel MultiTool and sanding ring.

Now, you get started. Follow these easy steps:

  1. 1.Use a tape measure and pencil to mark the centre of the 4 uprights. Cut off a small section of pine dowel or curtain rod and use this to draw a hole at the top of all the uprights.
  2. 2.Round off the corners of the four uprights and sand smooth.

If you need to make the hole bigger or sand smooth a Dremel MultiTool and sanding disk is ideal

  1. 3.Test fit the pine dowel or curtain rod to ensure a perfect fit. There needs to be enough space to rotate the uprights around the dowel.
  2. 4.Cut a length of pine dowel or curtain rod to allow for the width of your cabinet, plus extra length to secure the uprights.
  3. 5.Before mounting the uprights to the cabinet you need to cut an angle at the base of each upright. This angle may vary slightly depending on the size of your drawer cabinet. An easy way to determine the angle is to place the cabinet on its side, position the uprights flush with the front and back and use a pencil to mark the cutting angle.
  4. 6.Remove the drawers from the cabinet and set the length of a 3mm drill bit in order to secure the bottom of the front uprights to the side of the cabinet. Secure with 30mm screws.

Before you panic, here’s another great tip:

A strip of masking tape on the drill bit will ensure that you do not drill too deep.

  1. 7.For the back uprights, cut 4 mounting blocks and glue these onto the underside of the back uprights with Pattex No More Nails adhesive. The blocks should be mounted approximately 20mm away from the top and bottom of the drawer cabinet.
  2. 8.Secure the bottom of the back uprights in place as you did with the front uprights, but this time making a deeper pilot hole and using 50mm screws.
  3. 9.With the bottom of each upright secured you can now secure the uprights to the top of the cabinet in the same way.
  4. 10.Cut an extra length of pine dowel or curtain rod for the second hanging rail. This is mounted using cotton rope and duncan’s knot.

There you have it! Your very own hand made closet. To celebrate, go out and buy a great coat to go with your fresh DIY project.


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