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Built-in wardrobes make the most of the space available in your chosen room and add value to your house.
Since built-ins are often needed to cover entire walls or a significant part of the wall, the amount of material and effort involved can make this a serious undertaking.
To make this all manageable, built-ins whether they be totally custom or built from a kit generally have the following characteristics:
- Made from melamine faced material (usually chipboard) or spay painted before delivery. This materials require no onsite finishing, saving a huge amount of effort. Also using a finish inside cabinetry can lead to chemical smells or rancid oil that can take months to disappear
- The material is generally 18mm thick. Any thinner than this and you risk sagging shelves and a generally flimsy appearance
- Simple joinery. Butt joints reinforced with screws/biscuits/Festool Dominos or knock down joinery such as cam dowels work best with chipboard based materials
- Cup hinge fittings. This hinges work well with chipboard and can be adjusted in three planes-important when you have tall doors that you want to look right
Want to make your own built-ins?
There are three steps involved in making your own built-ins:
- 1 Design it-how many drawers, doors and where they are
- 2 Generate a cutting list-how much material you need and the size of each piece
- 3 Cut the material according to the cutting list and assemble it
For those who haven't done this before, the number one problem is cutting the parts accurately and assembling them squarely. The consequence of doing it wrong is wonky cabinets, doors that don't fit right and a generally frustrating build.
The other potential problem is the design. Without experience it's easy to 'design' something that is just a box that has less aesthetic merit than the cheapest wardrobe that you can buy.
Recommendation for excellent results
Use our 'MultiCabinet' design tool to design your built-in and generate a cutting list.
Give the cutting list to a wood supplier to cut to size for you. Even better send the cutting list to a dedicated cutting service who can offer edgebanding options.
If you would like to talk through this option please use the contact form.