To make a fitted wardrobe, the builder measures the space, then installs cabinets, shelves and drawers with appropriate hardware. Depending on the materials used, the wardrobe can then be stained or painted to suit the builder's preferred aesthetic.
Most built-in or fitted wardrobes are created using prefabricated cabinets or simple shelves. Some feature sliding doors, glass inserts or open shelving to create a functional and attractive space.
Step 1: Measure the space
Since most houses feature uneven floors, ceilings and walls, cut wood or size cabinets slightly smaller than the dimensions of the actual space. Once the builder knows the height and width for each segment, he or she can order cabinets or lumber to begin building.
Step 2: Install cabinets and shelves
For shelves, a basic frame made of two-by-fours is required to stabilize the wardrobe. Attach the frame to the wall with nails or screws, and extend the walls up on either side of the wardrobe as well as on the top. insert horizontal shelves between the frame, supported by metal or plastic brackets. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cabinets.
Step 3: Attach hardware and decorative accents
A fitted wardrobe might need handles, knobs and hinges to function properly. To add visual interest, install decorative trim, rosettes or other accents on the face of the cabinet or drawer. When painting or staining, the builder should leave adequate time for the finish to dry and cure.