My wife wants me to redo our 10x15 master bedroom closet. Instead of
buying those closet kits from HD we have decided to make this an education
experience. I have some woodworking experience and quite a collection of
tools.. Having never done cabinets before I was wondering what people
recommend making the boxes out of... MDF? PB? PLY?
Well may I start off with the comment that I could easily put my master
bedroom inside you master bedroom closet.
MDF machines and paints well and provides a smooth finish. But it is darn
heavy and it can warp under its own weight. Cheap.
Paint grade plywood would be my choice trimmed on the front edges with a
harder wood such as poplar and then painted.
I have to disagree with this statement in an offbeat way.
I believe more in the "You can't take it with you" approach...
Lets face it when was the last time you saw a Ryder truck following a
Sorry but it is 6:45 AM and I am firmly tongue in cheek and not quite
Big smile though!
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White melamine is excellent for this owing to its brightness -- closets
don't usually get much natural light. In a 10x15, a skylight would be
I taped mine white, but a very nice look can be had by simply edging the
melamine with a hardwood. Half-inch or 3/4" solid hardwood edging looks
much better than hardwood veneer tape. For an even more elegant
appearance, use a full face-frame construction. Cherry fronts on white
melamine looks fantastic and is eminently functional.
When you plan the layout, make provisions for about 100 pairs of shoes.
No kidding. She'll love you for it.
Yep. (G) But it's not just us. Inadequate space for the lady's footwear
is a huge shortcoming in most closet designs. I *was* exaggerating a
little, but the average American woman has 30 to 40 pairs of shoes.
We designed my wife's closet -- of which she graciously condescends to
share a meager portion with me -- to accommodate 50 pairs, and it's
full up. *sigh*
been there done that... our master has 2 closets... hers and hers..
When my brother's last kid moved out, he converted a bedroom to a walk
in closet for his wife... rumor has it that he gets to use some of the
space in the master bedroom closet now, if he can reach over the
stacks of shoe boxes.. lmao
I've got an article from Workbench (April 2003) that has plans for a closet
system made from torsion panels. Horizontal pieces are made from a 2x4
frame and vertical panels are made from a 1x4 frame. All parts are covered
in 1/4" ply and hardwood edging. The article shows this going into a
"typical" closet of 2' deep by 6' wide, but if you can get a back-copy of
Workbench you may see how to adapt this to your size.
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