How to Make an Armoire Into a Closet

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If you have a large armoire and need more closet space, you can convert the armoire into a closet. This is a simple transformation and doesn't require any extensive woodworking or carpentry skills. Rather than attempting to build an entire new closet, you can easily make your armoire into a viable space to store hanging clothes. Best of all, you will only need a few materials and a free afternoon.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Plastic bag
  • Tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Tape measure
  • Closet rod
  • Rod mounts
  • Stain
  • Sponge
  • Disposable gloves
  • Newspaper
  • Empty the armoire of any and all contents. Set your belongings aside while you convert the armoire into a closet.

  • Take out the shelves in the armoire, using a screwdriver to unfasten the shelf retaining screws. Store the shelves out of the way and cover with a drop cloth for re-installation when you no longer need the extra closet space. Reserve the retaining clips in a plastic bag and tape it to one of the shelves for safe keeping.

  • Measure in the inside width of your armoire and purchase a closet rod that will fit to that width. In addition, purchase a wood stain that matches the color of your armoire.

  • Put on disposable gloves and spread newspaper onto your work surface. Stain the rod mounts and closet rod with the matching stain, using a sponge. Let dry for two to three hours thereafter.

  • Fasten the mounting brackets on to each side on the inside of your armoire using a screwdriver and screws.

  • Set the closet rod into the mounts on each side, then hang your clothes inside the converted closet.

Tips & Warnings

  • If using a metal closet rod, you can skip the staining.

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References

  • "Black & Decker The Complete Guide to a Clutter-Free Home"; Philip Schmidt; 2009
  • "Country Living Storage Style: Pretty and Practical Ways to Organize Your Home"; Lesley Porcelli; 2008
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