How to assemble a wardrobe insert unit

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How to assemble a wardrobe insert unit

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Project Overview

Add more storage to the inside of your wardrobe with a shelf and drawer unit. It’s easy to do yourself and we’ll show you how. You’ll learn how to attach the shelves, show you how to assemble the drawers, and fit the drawer runners. Make sure you check that you have all the parts in your assembly kit and read the instructions before you start.

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This D.I.Y. Advice is part of a series How To Assemble and Install a Wardrobe Unit
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If your nails keep bending when you are hammering, check the head of your hammer. It could be that the face has picked up some dirt. This causes the hammerhead to slip slightly when it hits the nail. To solve this, give the head a clean by rubbing it on some sandpaper or a bit of rough concrete.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Attach the top shelf to the first side panel
2 Attach the other shelves and second side in place
3 Attach the second side panel
4 Attach the back
5 Insert the shelf supports
6 Slide in the shelves
7 Assemble the larger drawers
8 Attach the drawer handle
9 Attach the runners to the drawer
10 Attach the runners to the inside of the unit
11 Slide in the drawer
12 Assemble the smaller unit
13 Assemble and insert the drawers into the smaller unit
  • Step 1. Attach the top shelf to the first side panel

    First up, you should assemble the larger unit. Screw the top shelf onto the side panel, making sure the shelf support holes are facing inwards and that you have the white laminated edges facing the front. 

  • Step 2. Attach the other shelves and second side in place

    Screw the rest of the shelves into place, and also attach the kick board using the pre-drilled holes at the base. 

  • Step 3. Attach the second side panel

    Position the second side panel with the shelf support holes facing inwards and attach it to the shelves, using the screws provided. 
  • Step 4. Attach the back

    Make sure the back panel sits flush at the top and is parallel at the sides. Check that the white side is facing into the unit. Tap the supplied nails in around the edges. 

  • Step 5. Insert the shelf supports

    Insert the shelf supports into the holes where you want the shelves to sit.
  • Step 6. Slide in the shelves

    Once you have all your shelf supports in place, slide in all of your shelves.
  • Step 7. Assemble the larger drawers

    Fold out the drawers and slide the bottom panel into the slots in the draws. Make sure the white side is on the inside of the drawer. Swing the front panel around and insert the dowels into the predrilled holes.  You can use glue in the edges and dowels for extra support. 

  • Step 8. Attach the drawer handle

    Slide the handle into the slot at the front of the drawer. Then screw it in from the inside of the drawer, through the pre-drilled holes.

  • Step 9. Attach the runners to the drawer

    Place the drawer runners over the pre-drilled holes on the bottom of the drawer. Then use your hammer to tap them into position.

  • Step 10. Attach the runners to the inside of the unit

    Now install the drawer runners for the inside of the unit. Place them over the pre-drilled holes at the bottom and screw them in either side.

  • Step 11. Slide in the drawer

    Take your drawer, line up the drawer’s runners with the unit, and slide in your drawer. Then assemble the rest of your drawers (See steps 7-9) and slide them into the unit. 

  • Step 12. Assemble the smaller unit

    Now it’s time to put the smaller unit together, which is exactly the same process for the larger unit (See steps 1-6).

  • Step 13. Assemble and insert the drawers into the smaller unit

    Finally, assemble the smaller drawers (See steps 7-9) and insert them into the smaller unit. 

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Circular saw
  • Cordless drill
  • Dust mask
  • Earmuffs
  • Measuring tape
  • Multi-tool
  • Pencil
  • Pipe cutter
  • Safety glasses
  • Sawhorses
  • Spirit level
  • Stud finder

Materials

  • Hanging rod
  • Hanging rod brackets
  • Screws
  • Shelf
  • Wardrobe units x 2
  • 4

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