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Materials Description 19mm MDF sheet (or other suitable sheet material) 42 x 19mm Pine Battens PVA Glue Wire basket drawers (optional) Clothes rack & brackets Wood screws Paint or Clear Finish Equipment Carpenter’s Square Power or hand saw Power drill & bits Hammer Tape measure Spirit Level Electronic Stud Finder Pencil & graph paper Screwdriver Total
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Organise Your Wardrobe

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Easy to follow step-by-step guide Important and handy tips Materials check list Project Cost Estimator

Before you start, please read through this pamphlet carefully and estimate and assemble all the materials you will need for the project and gather your tools and equipment together. Refer to the checklist and estimating form on the back panel of the pamphlet to assist in this preparation.

clear out your wardrobe and remove any existing fittings that you will no longer use. take the time to either paint or lacquer the shelf before final fixing – a smooth painted or clear lacquered surface is very easy to clean. There are off-the-shelf solutions available to fix wardrobes and some work extremely well.You Can Organise Your Wardrobe Create Space and Order Wardrobes can easily get out of hand. many home owners seek a cheaper solution to their storage problems and this brochure provides just that. Measure Up and Fitting Shelves • Measure the internal dimensions of the wardrobe and make a sketch to aid in designing your new layout (see Fig 1). mark the position of the studs in pencil on the wall surface. If you use plywood or MDF. before you know it what was once an orderly and spacious wardrobe can turn into a cluttered mess where everything you need seems permanently lost. you can create order from chaos and re-claim the space in your wardrobe. • It may be helpful to remove the door(s) to your wardrobe to make it easier to work on the project. Fig 3 Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs. • To fix the shelf supports first locate the wall studs using an electronic stud finder (see Fig 3). Fig 1 Make a sketch of the design. with a little assistance from Magnet Mart and some basic DIY skills. How much hanging space is required for clothing? Do you want to store smaller items separately? What about shoes? Think about how you access the wardrobe – is there a hinged or sliding door(s) – this may dictate what you can design. Shelves for your wardrobe can be easily made from plywood. • In an enclosed space like a wardrobe. Sliding doors usually lift off their track while hinged doors require you to remove the screws from one leaf of the hinges. Thankfully. Fig 2 Timber battens as shelf support. With some basic tools and materials you can achieve a customised wardrobe system tuned to your individual needs. think about how you want the finished wardrobe to function. . Clean Out • Before you start this project. shelves are easy to fit using 42mm x 19mm timber battens as shelf supports as in Figure 2. However. Vacuum so that you have a clean work area. • When you have a layout drawing. medium density fibreboard (MDF) or melamine.

Fig 4 Cut batten support to fit onto side and rear walls accordingly. Fig 5 Mark the top shelf. Fig 9 With a spirit level.• Measure the side and rear walls of the wardrobe and cut the timber battens to length to form the support as shown in figure 4. Fitting Clothes Rack • Depending on your design. mark out the position for the other bracket on the opposite wall. Fig 7 Nail or screw shelf to the supports. • Measure an appropriate height for the remaining shelves in your design and fix supports using the above method. you may need to fit more than one clothes rack. Fig 8 Screw one end of the bracket to one side of the wardrobe wall. Fig 6 Use a spirit level when fixing the supports. Fitting Wire Storage Drawers • Most types of wire storage drawers simply sit on a shelf or on the floor or can be screwed to the wall for a more permanent fixing. • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when assembling and fixing the drawer unit in place. • Cut the shelf material to size and screw or nail to the shelf supports (see Fig 7). ensure that shelves and other fixtures allow sufficient space and that the drawers will be easily accessible. • If you have planned for wire storage drawers in your wardrobe design. • Measure up the walls to 2100mm for the top shelf and mark in pencil (see Fig 5). . Fit the rack into the second bracket then screw into place. hold the rack in place and mark the point on the opposite wall for the other end bracket (see Fig 9). • Using a spirit level. fix the supports to the walls using self drilling screws direct into the wall studs (see Fig 6). • Using a spirit level. Screw a suitable bracket to one side wall of your wardrobe and temporarily fit one end of the rack in place (see Fig 8).

Refer to your sketch for an idea on how small shelf units may be incorporated into your design.Making Small Shelf Units • Part of your wardrobe design may include small shelf units that can be easily made from 16mm plywood. Fig 10 Make a sketch of the small shelf unit. ensuring that the shelves are fixed at 900 to the sides (see Fig 12). cut out the notch using a hand saw. After deciding on the overall dimensions of the unit. you now have the skills to tackle a lot more than just a wardrobe. • Essentially these units consist of two sides and a number of shelves spaced according to your storage needs. Not only that. The great thing about being your own wardrobe organiser is that you can add or modify your design as your needs change over time. Many of your wardrobe storage problems can be solved by using off-the-shelf drawer units available from your local Magnet Mart store. sketch a rough diagram to help you visualise the project and dimension the parts (see Fig 10). This can save you time as you re-design your wardrobe. Fig 11 Cut notches as marked in the sides. • Cut the sides to the desired length and the shelves all to an identical size. From shoe racks to plastic storage bins and boxes. • Assemble the unit by glueing and screwing the shelves in place. • The assembled unit may be fixed to the lower shelf in the wardrobe by screwing through the top of the shelf into the sides of the unit (see Fig 13). Fig 14 Fix the assembled unit directly to the wall studs. • Alternatively. Fig 13 Fix the assembled unit to the lower shelf. MDF or melamine. Fig 12 Fix shelves in place. we have the answers to just about every storage need. Finishing Touches Take a look around the storage section in your local Magnet Mart store to see the many different storage solutions we have to offer. fix two short supports to the rear of the shelf unit (see Fig 14) and screw through these supports direct into the wall studs. Measure and mark a notch in the sides to fit around the lower shelf support (see Fig 11). .

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