How to build a closet?

The corners of apartment rooms and especially in the entrances are often unused. However, these corners are easy to arrange, in storage spaces and closed by one or two doors, with a custom-made cupboard adapting to any type of structure of an interior.


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  • The square cup
  • Blocks
  • Crossbeam
  • Shelves
  • Doors
  • Finishing

The square battens

Corner closet in a bedroom

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The most tedious work is to slitting by sawing a square battens 40 mm on the side, following one of the diagonals. To achieve a satisfactory result, it is necessary to make already a template consisting of 2 identical parts.

Each part will be carried out with a piece of hardwood 80 x 50 in cross-section and 100 mm in length.

On each block, it is appropriate to draw very accurately the cutting lines that will be made following a slope of 40°, to obtain a notch, the sides of which will form an angle of 90°.

The blocks

Corner cabinet with 2 doors

Since the two blocks are placed on either side of the square of 40, the assembly is then tightened in a vise . As the cutouts in the templates are only 27.5 mm deep, there will remain between them a gap of about 1.5 mm which will allow the passage of the saw blade.

As the square is sawn, it will be advanced in the templates. In order that the blade is not blocked, it will be necessary to place between the already sawn and tightened parts between the jigs, a thin wedge of wood same thickness as the notch produced by the blade.

Each of the half-battens that will be obtained will have to be fixed, against the 2 walls, at an equal distance from the angle, using screws mounted alternately in each face and entering buffered dowels.

If a skirting board exists at the bottom of the walls, the 2 battens will be notched at their base and on their back face equal to the height of the skirting board. Or it is the skirting board itself that will have to be interrupted on a width equal to that of the batseau, that is, 55 mm.

The crosspiece

A low cross member , the same height as the skirting board, will be fixed on the battens. At the upper part will be mounted a cross member fixed, too, on the battens. With 2 other crossbeams that have a thickness of 16 mm, will have a 45° cut at each end so that they lean against the skirting boards or walls.

It will only be left to fix another 2 posts, 55 mm wide, which will also have a 15° cut on one side. So we will get a facade frame .

Depending on the height of the ceiling, you can provide near it either a cross member of the same height as the lower crossover or a higher panel. But in the case of a high-rise ceiling, in the upper part one can install a small closet closed by one or 2 doors in width, which will give one or 2 lower doors of suitable height.


A wooden shelf

One tablet will divide the overall height and will come to flush, forward, the sizes. This shelf will rest on 2 battens fixed against the walls, while the identical shelf , mounted at the bottom, will rest on the 2 skirting boards and front on the sleeper.

The intermediate shelves, held by battens, will have a depth of 16 mm to accommodate the doors. The cupboard, with doors to the upper part, will present itself with these various shelves.

The doors

The doors cut like all other elements in a 16 mm thick particle board, will each be hinged, by 2 hinges (upper doors) and by 3 hinges (lower doors), the latter being fixed in the edges of posts and in those of the doors.


The sleepers and uprights that form the facade frame of the closet will be painted in the same color as the frames and skirting boards in the room.

Doors will already be decorated with straight or curved moldings that will animate their surface. They can then be fully painted, but you can also cover the panels, between moldings or entirely with wallpapers or fabrics covering the walls.