Personal Apartment Size Mission Armoire

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Project by Dusty posted 02-20-2007 02:35 AM 3071 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This apartment size armoire was designed by myself a built just for that. That is – where space is a consideration.

I have always been frustrated with traditional dressers. I find them to be cumbersome – hard to move up and down stairs – not to mention around corners. I also live in an old home that has very little clearance for head room – when going up stairs to the second level.

I can’t even get a queen size bed up or down the steps for that matter.

I also got tired of pulling open a drawer on my dresser and having a pair of socks wedged so I couldn’t get the drawer open. I also found the shallow drawers don’t really hold a lot. It’s also easy to pack them full and loose track of your clothes. Things you don’t ware a lot end up forgotten on the bottom drawers which can be hard to reach also.

I built this just for its convenience. I fold all my jeans, shirts and place on the upper shelves. I can then see every thing I have along with their colors, and styles.

The bottom shelf has a lip built so the socks don’t fall out when you open the doors.

In the bottom section I have a divider down the center of the armoire. On one side there is a closet pole mounted -so I can hang my shirts and pants.

I then split the other divider with shelves and place my folded sweatshirts and sweaters on them.

This is built out of red oak. I think it is a bit of overkill and does get a bit heavy.

I also made my own trim and crown molding.

If you wanted to save money you could just as easy build the carcass out of oak veneer plywood and just build the door frames out of solid oak-with 1/4 plywood inserts. I used solid oak and planed it down to 1/4 for the door panel inserts.

I also make a full size version of this. That is where the two pieces really pays off. Also I found it to be much better for the bottom side with the closet pole on 1/2 of the side for hanging shirts and pants off hangers. The apartment size gets a bit cramped.

Over all size is 17 inches deep 36 inches wide and 6 foot tall.

It’s on a three inch base which is attached to the main two “boxes”.

There are two shelves in upper section. In the bottom section its split one side has the hanging closet pole full length. It has two shelves on other side.

Over all this project is fairly easy to build and can be built fairly quickly. It takes me two days now to build one.

Again the finish takes the longest.

One of the pictures shows how it’s built in two pieces. With the trim it looks like one piece.

I have a “quick attach” bracket on the back to secure both pieces when it’s in place. It uses a bracket and two screws. When its time to move it you merely back out the two screws.


I can now claim I am dresser free. I couldn’t be happier.

It’s finished with my 12 step mission stain process.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 02-20-2007 03:22 AM

Now that you mention it… I used an armoire for 4 mos.(college exchange student) and I must say I think I preferred them. I didn’t have a closet or dresser, just the armoire – hanging clothes on one side, plenty of shelves on the other. great set up – didn’t “lose any” clothes like anytime before or since.

Dresser free is the way to be!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#2 posted 02-20-2007 03:54 AM

Great work Dusty. So what are you going to do when the house is all full?

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#3 posted 02-20-2007 04:22 AM

Nice work Dusty is your mom in law in their? jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 02-20-2007 04:34 AM


Start over?

I’m not sure. I am kind of at cross roads its seems. I am not sure what direction it will take. Its almost time to turn the page. I know this. I am just unsure what the next chapter in my life will be. That’s the exciting thing for me- I have no clue- however I have no doubt that it will be fulfilling.

-- Dusty

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#5 posted 02-20-2007 04:42 AM


I just recently finished my home theater. I have not finished all the remodeling yet. Soon I hope! I am converting the mother in law apartment that is located next to the home theater to a entertainment kitchen. Its a full kitchen already but the mission furniture just doesn’t cut it with it being on carpet and tile. I am working on designing and building furniture that goes better in that type of room.

-- Dusty

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#6 posted 02-20-2007 06:23 AM

Aha, now we know what you’ll be doing next. Taking a well deserved break to screen some movies!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#7 posted 02-20-2007 06:30 AM

No, he’s removing the in-law suit as a subtle hint that it’s time for his in-law(s) to move on.

Oh, I should have mentioned, Dusty, nice work as usual.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 02-20-2007 08:00 PM


I wish.

I am just finishing the home theater and just finished installing the surround sound. What a pain in neck that was. I’m glad I prewired when I put the addition on. That at least helped. Trouble is -I forgot how I wired it.

If I did electrical work every day I suppose it would be simple task. I don’t-nor do I really want to do that type of work. I do it because I have to-or more or less out of default.

I also built several pieces of furniture for that room and the joining work out gym. I really haven’ t had time yet to really enjoy the room.

I am looking forward to the movies and HDTV.

-- Dusty

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#9 posted 02-21-2007 04:32 PM

Nice work, Dusty. You’re very talented!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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