|Project by Dusty||posted 02-20-2007 02:35 AM||2539 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
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.