These are the woodworking plans for the built-in wardrobe with side cubby as seen in Kristy’s bedroom. If building these wardrobes to flank the storage bench and queen platform bed . you would want to build two towers but reverse the cubby in one so the cubby faces IN towards the bed from both sides.
Built-in Wardrobe with Side Cubby -plans
*You should adjust the height and width of your towers to fit your specific room size.
Rule of thumb for cabinet width; I hardly ever build a cabinet wider than 32″.
Cut List and Materials
- 1 3/4″ wood screws
- wood glue
- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws (pocket hole jig)
- 3 sheets of 3/4″ MDF or Plywood cut as shown.
- 1 sheet of 1/4″ hardboard or plywood for backs.
- 1 sheet of 1/4″ beadboard or smooth panel for sides
1. Attach horizontal supports with 1 3/4″ screws through the side that is one full piece. These will be covered with beadboard or flat panel in the end so there is no need to hide the screws.
2. Attach second side in sections keeping the cubby open. You will have to assemble this cabinet laying on it’s back because this side won’t support itself.
3. Secure front and back of cubby.
*Remember you are accessing it from the side so you need to make one as a mirror of the other so both cubbies are open INSIDE as they flank the bed.
4. Attach back cleats so you have something to secure the cabinet to the wall through. Use pocket hole screws.
5. Square up and attach the back. I use an air stapler to attach cabinet backs.
6. Build and attach the faceframe using pocket hole screws. The faceframe will have a 3/4″ overhang on the outside of the cabinets. It should be flush with the inside of the cabinet.
7. Build a side face frame to frame the cubby opening. Glue and nail these pieces into place making sure to use nails that won’t punch through to the inside of the cabinet.
8. Add 1/2″ cleats above and below the cubby frame if you want your beadboard panel flush with the outside of your cabinet. If you want it inset, leave the cleats off.
9. Attach beadboard or flat panel to the visible side of your cabinet to cover all the screws and pocket holes. I use caulk to glue it on or you can nail it on with small brad nails.
10. Build drawers, doors and drawer fronts using the multitude of tutorials I’ve already provided, install and BAM — You’re done. 🙂
Check out Kristy’s bedroom reveal to see what this all looks like in real life. So much prettier than the drawings. 🙂 Get the rest of the free plans for this collection of Built-ins:
- Queen Platform Bed with Storage
- Storage Bench – Kristy Queen Bed Extension
- Drawers and Drawer fronts for Queen Bed
- Pull-out Storage Trundle
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I am getting a kick out of the “Kristy Collection” title. Little did she know she would also have a (small) furniture line named after her.
LOL Coming up with names for furniture is hard — I decided that naming it after the Sawdust Girl that built it was perfect!
Just found your website a couple of days ago – love it!
The projects are well thought out, and the plan write ups are so clear.
The cutting layouts are especially helpful.
Last night I was reading a lot of the collection posts and spent about an hour looking for THIS cabinet plan.
Didn’t know it hadn’t been posted yet. Go, me ;-p
Love the idea of having a project coach, so you may be hearing from us!!!
Why thank you Sara. Those cut list diagrams are time consuming so I appreciate hearing that they are helpful! Make sure you post some pics of your finished project on The Sawdust Diaries!
Kristen Lancaster says
This is great! My partner and I will be doing this project over the next few weeks! I am havinbg some issues understanding the cuts for the faceframe though. There isn’t a cut list… help?