Published by Roxane Wesley, Aug 20, 2016
Your cupboards and cabinets can’t take your belongings anymore? You may need to have a closet in your bedroom. An important, but less appreciated room until you need one. A closet will give you a huge storage space to keep your clothes, accessories, jewellery and valuable assets safe and sound. You may think that a closet must have been built when the house is being constructed, but that’s not true. You even don’t need professional help to build a closet. All you need is a dedicated time and willingness to use hand and tools to construct the materials. Here’s how:
1) Decide a place to build your closet
This is the most difficult yet most important part of the process. If you’re lucky enough to have an alcove, the end of a hallway, that will be the place. Otherwise, you can place the closet on a wall free from windows and doors.
2) Set the layout of the walls and doors
Whether you choose an open, wall or walk-in closet, you need to know the available room for you. If the room is sufficient, you can build a walk-in closet which will provide extra spaces and shelves.
3) Prepare the spot
Any bottom or ceiling trim and carpets must be removed from the spot. After this step done, you have the space to lay out for construction. Cut the trim carefully and try not to break it. You may want to reuse it later.
4) Begin the framing process
Beginning with the base and top wooden plate, start to install the framing. Attach the wooden base to the floor with deck screws and do the same to the top plate to the ceiling. Consider to use a 4-inch (about 10.2 centimeters) toggle bolts and some adhesive dedicated for construction.
Strengthen the frame with nailing or screwing the studs to side walls and to the top and base plates. Create the place for door openings by nailing the studs to the top and bottom plates. The standard studs are 16 inches (about 40.8 centimeters) spacing. You can only use the spacing if your wall is greater than 16 inches (40.8 cm) but less than 24 inches (61.2 cm). For better support of the sheathing, split the difference if the width is greater than 24 inches (61.2 cm).
Rough in the door framing. Trim the studs on each side of the door. Place the cripples between the door header and the plate next to the ceiling. With this done, the framing process is complete.
5) Hang the sheetrock
Hang the sheetrock or the sheathing on the walls. Use sheetrock screws on the both sides of framing. Trim the sheetrock to fit the size using a utility knife and utilize a straight edge as your guide. Run the edge of sheathing to the roughed-in door openings.
Nock the sheetrock using the utility knife. Press the sheetrock to break it off with your hands, and then with a straight edge along the back side of the sheetrock. It should snap off in one piece it’s secured deep enough.
6) Install the doors
With the way depends on the type of the chosen doors, install them to your closet. The most popular choice are bi-fold doors, sliding doors, and louver doors. For easier installation, you can also use curtains, plain or patterned, for an open, walk-in or wall closet.