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Building a built-in Closet
by Lorenz Prem on 05-13-2012 6:06 pm

A built-in closet is a great way to improve yourhome. It takes a bit of time to complete a project, but the processis not hard. This guide and the mini-guides linked within willexplain what's involved. Let take a look.

Design the Closet

Starting with a good design is the most crucial aspect of theprocess. A closet must be designed properly in order to delight itsusers. Great craftsmanship cannot compensate for shelves just outof reach, narrow access, or improperly spaced drawers.

The Closet Design

Built-in Closet Face-Frame Construction
by Lorenz Prem on 11-08-2011 3:34 pm

Built-in closets are large and heavy things.Building face frames for closets is significantly harder than it isto build a frame for a cabinet. There are lots of places errors canhappen. Let's take a look at what our options are.

The Anatomy of a Face-Frame

The face frame is a built from individual pieces of stock joinedwith pocket screws and glue. It is imperative that all pieces arestraight, have a uniform width, and square ends. Imperfections willresult in an uneven reveal around the closet's opening, out ofsquare c

Built-in Closet Installation
by Lorenz Prem on 10-27-2011 3:38 pm

Assembling the closet takes three separateoperations: installing the base frame, assembling the individualunits, and installing the units.

Installing the Base

The platform frame the closet units rest on is built fromdimensional lumber. The joints are reinforced with glue and screws.Since there is little dynamic load on the frame, simple joints areall that's needed.

The separate frame is an essential part during assembly. Floorsin residential homes are never truly flat and level. A separateframe i

Designing a built-in Closet
by Lorenz Prem on 09-08-2011 2:25 pm

I recently decided to replace a couple ofclosets in my house with new, built-in units. The existing closetswere not very usable. Each had only one rod, a sagging shelf, andno drawer space whatsoever. The new units will ultimately have 2-3xthe storage space of the old closets, look much better, and makethe users very happy.

Little did I know when I started the project that designing agood closet is hard. A lot of considerations go into the design ofa usable closet. Let's examine what it takes to design a trulygreat closet.

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