How to build a walk-in wardrobe

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How to build a walk-in wardrobe

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Project Overview

Walk in wardrobes are a welcome storage addition to any bedroom. Simply follow our step-by-step guide and we’ll show you how easy it is to build one yourself. You’ll learn how to assemble a corner-shelving unit, a unit for drawers and shelves, and how to insert hanging rods between your cabinets. 
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Locate wall studs with a drill

If you’re not confident about the position of the wall studs you can use a small drill bit and drill a small hole to see if you can locate the timber behind. Because your cabinets or splash back will cover this whole area up you won’t see these holes when your cabinetry is in place.

Step by Step Instructions

1 Install the kickboards
2 Install the back supports
3 Attach the side walls and the back panel
4 Secure the top shelf
5 Position the shelves
6 Assemble and attach the top cabinet
7 Assemble the base organiser unit
8 Attach the top organiser unit
9 Assemble the drawers
10 Attach the drawer runners
11 Place chrome rods between cabinets
12 Attach a shelf across the top
  • Step 1. Install the kickboards

    To attach the front kickboards, tap the locking cams into the holes of the first kickboard. Insert the locking pins into the holes in the shelf. Insert the first kickboard into the locking cams. Turn the cam to lock it into place. Repeat this process for the second kickboard, making sure not to leave a gap between boards.

  • Step 2. Install the back supports

    To install the first back support, see Step 1 and follow the same process. Place the end of the second back support into position and screw it to the first

  • Step 3. Attach the side walls and the back panel

    Screw the walls and back panel to the base. Make sure the solid white face is at the front. Then place the shelves inside at the base of the cabinet to make it easier to position them later.

  • Step 4. Secure the top shelf

    To hold the top panel in place, insert a couple of screws through the top of each wall. Then use these to attach the top shelf and hold it in place. This will keeps your hands free to screw the panel in. 
  • Step 5. Position the shelves

    Take the shelves from the bottom of your cabinet and position them at the correct height. Use the shelf pins provided in your kit for support underneath each shelf by inserting them in the wall holes. 

  • Step 6. Assemble and attach the top cabinet

    The top cabinet is exactly the same as the base. To assemble it, simply follow steps 1 to 5. Now insert the dowels provided into the holes on top of the base cabinet. Give them a gentle tap with a hammer until they are firmly slotted into place. Then place the top cabinet onto the dowel and lock the cabinet into place. Make sure you get someone to help you lift and position the cabinet.

  • Step 7. Assemble the base organiser unit

    Start with one side panel and the base. Make sure that the holes for the shelf supports are on the inside. Now screw on the second side. Screw the kickboard onto the front base. Then screw the top panel on. Flip the cabinet over onto its front and nail the back panel onto the framework. The white side should be facing down.

  • Step 8. Attach the top organiser unit

    The top organiser unit is the same as the bottom unit except that it doesn’t have a base shelf. To assemble this unit, simply follow Step 7. When you’re finished, insert your dowel into the top of the base cabinet and place the top unit onto the dowel. Then place the completed unit into position against the wall.

  • Step 9. Assemble the drawers

    Drawers for the organiser unit come pre cut. Insert the base with the white side facing in. Then fold the front panel over the edge of the base and tap the edges into the dowels on the other side. Then attach the handle to the two holes on the front of the drawer with the bolts provided. Repeat this process for all drawers. 

  • Step 10. Attach the drawer runners

    Attach the runners into the slots on the side of the drawer. Tap them into place but be careful that you have the left and right runners on the correct sides. Now screw the drawer runners inside the cabinet. Slide the drawer into place. When attaching your other drawer runners, factor in the height of your drawers.

  • Step 11. Place chrome rods between cabinets

    Measure the centre position of the cabinet and screw first rod flange in place. Measure the length between two cabinets. Cut the chrome rod about 1cm shorter so you can easily move it. Place the second flange on the end of the rod. Insert the rod into the first flange. Screw the second flange to the opposite cabinet. Repeat for the bottom rail.

  • Step 12. Attach a shelf across the top

    Place a shelf across the top of the cabinets for extra storage. Screw top boards into the uprights of the wardrobe cabinetry.  Then place white screw covers on all the screws in your finished wardrobe for a neat, tidy look.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Pencils
  • Safety equipment
  • Sawhorse
  • Screwdriver
  • Spirit level
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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint Test.
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