How to Build a Wardrobe Closet for a Small Room

How to Build a Wardrobe Closet for a Small Room. Clothes storage can be a challenge in a small bedroom, particularly if the room does not have a clothes closet. Adding a wardrobe can help keep your clothes organized, and can keep your room neat and clutter-free. You can build a tall wardrobe to fit your bedroom and meet restrictive space requirements. Although constructing a wardrobe is an extensive project, you can complete this task with common woodworking tools and supplies.

Things Needed

  • Measuring tape
  • 2-by-4-inch lumber
  • Circular saw
  • Miter saw
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver bit
  • 4-inch wood screws
  • 1-inch-diameter paddle bit
  • 1-inch-diameter dowel rod
  • 1/2-inch-thick pine or hardwood
  • Table saw
  • 2-inch wood screws
  • Metal hinges
  • Pull knobs
  • Wood putty
  • Putty knife
  • Paint
  • Wood stain

Step 1

Measure the available floor space for the wardrobe with a measuring tape. This will help you determine the width and depth of the wardrobe.

Step 2

Cut four sections of 2-by-4-inch lumber to the width of the wardrobe with a circular saw. Cut an additional four sections equal to the depth of the wardrobe. Miter the ends of the lumber sections at 45-degree angles with a miter saw.

Step 3

Arrange two width and two depth sections into a rectangle to form the bottom frame plate of the wardrobe. Arrange the remaining sections into a rectangle to form the top frame plate. Using a drill equipped with a screwdriver bit, drive 4-inch wood screws into the corners to secure the plates.

Step 4

Subtract 4 inches from the finished height of the wardrobe. Cut four sections of 2-by-4-inch lumber to this measurement with a circular saw. These sections form the posts of the wardrobe.

Step 5

Stand the top and bottom plates on their edges. Place one post between the plates at each corner on the floor. Insert 4-inch wood screws through the plates into the ends of the posts. Turn the frame plates over and repeat this process with the remaining two posts.

Step 6

Stand the frame upright. Measure the distance between the posts on the sides of the frame. Cut two sections of 2-by-4-inch lumber to this measurement. Install one section directly below the top frame plate on each side with 4-inch wood screws. Drill a 1-inch-diameter hole in the center of both sections using a drill equipped with a 1-inch paddle bit. Cut a 1-inch diameter dowel rod to the width of the wardrobe frame and feed it through the holes to form the hanging rack.

Step 7

Measure and cut a section of 1/2-inch-thick pine or hardwood with a table saw to fit the top and back of the wardrobe. Attach the top and back to the frame with 2-inch wood screws at 4-inch intervals.

Step 8

Cut two sections of 1/2-inch-thick pine or hardwood to fit the sides of the wardrobe. Install the sides with 2-inch wood screws. Cut an additional section to fit the front of the wardrobe.

Step 9

Measure and mark half the width of the front section. Cut the section in half with a table saw to form the wardrobe doors. Install metal hinges at the top and bottom of doors and on the front edges of the wardrobe on both sides. Drill a hole for a pull knob at the vertical center of each door, about 1 inch from where the doors meet, and install a pull knob through each hole.

Step 10

Cover the screw heads on the outside of the wardrobe with wood putty, using a putty knife to smooth the putty. Paint or stain the wardrobe as desired.


  • Wear work gloves and safety goggles to reduce your risk of injuries while building the wardrobe.