Create Your Own DIY Wardrobe


Ever dreamed of your very own walk-in wardrobe housing every item in it’s perfect little space? Perhaps you’re after something more simple, a standard sized wardrobe, customised to suit your needs. Either way, you can create something practical and elegant for an affordable price. 

These days, everyone is looking to add their own personal touch to their living spaces while saving some money. But on top of that, Aussies love creating things!

Wardrobes are an essential part to any bedroom. Your wardrobe must be functional for your needs, but can also say a lot about your personality and style.

Check out these DIY wardrobe ideas to get you started in creating your own wardrobe masterpiece!

Walk-in Wardrobe

That’s right – provided you have the space, you can create your very own walk-in tailored to your needs. No need to reserve the luxury of a walk-in to those who can afford it. You can too.

A DIY walk-in wardrobe also provides the flexibility for organising items in several different ways (tubs, hanging, folding), while providing extra space and style.

In addition, these larger wardrobes look glamorous and can help serve as a main décor piece in your room.

To make a walk-in wardrobe, you will need:

  •      2 Corner Wardrobe Organiser Units
  •      1 Basic Organiser Unit
  •      Binder Screws
  •      Curtain Rod (optional)
  •      Curtain (optional)

You will want to make sure that the units you choose are all the same height, colour, and material.

Assemble the two corner units. These will serve as the end pieces for your walk in wardrobe.

Then, assemble the basic organiser unit. This will serve as the main and centre piece of your wardrobe.

When you have all three pieces assembled, set them up in the desired location of your room. A nook or inlet would be the perfect place, if you have one!

Once you have settled on a location for your wardrobe, connect the three pieces together with large binder screws.

At this point, you can paint or decorate your wardrobe anyway you want!

If you want to enclose your walk-in wardrobe, install a curtain or shower rod to the top tips of the end, corner units. Then, pick a high quality curtain that accents your room décor to hang across the unit, serving as a divider and door for your new walk-in wardrobe.

­Pricing Guide

You can buy the materials needed for a walk-in wardrobe at most home improvement stores or you can order them online. This chart gives an overview of the expected costs:

Corner Wardrobe OrganiserIkea$950
Basic Wardrobe OrganiserIkea$400
Binder ScrewsEssentra Components$1 each
Curtain RodPottery Barn$120 each
CurtainCurtain Wonderland$50 each


Standard Wardrobe

If you don’t have the room or need for a walk-in wardrobe, you can create a DIY wardrobe that suits your needs and style with just as much flare and glamour.

Standard wardrobes still hold and organise your things, but take up less space and can serve as more of a compliment to the rest of your room instead of becoming a focal point. You can also make one for a lot cheaper than what it will cost to construct a walk-in unit.

To create a standard wardrobe, you will need:

  •      2; 2cm x 52cm x 183cm Wood Boards for side panels
  •      3; 2cm x 52cm x 92cm Wood Boards for top, bottom, and centre supports
  •      1; 2cm x 31cm x 183cm Wood Board for back support panel
  •      1; 153cm Pipe
  •      25 Screws
  •      1 Pipe Cutter
  •      1 Power Drill
  •      Appropriate Drill Bits
  •      1 Screwdriver
  •      1 Yardstick
  •      1 Ruler
  •      1; 21 cm Round Mirror (optional)

Make sure that you choose a wood colour and style that will compliment your room, unless you plan to paint it. You can also choose a metal type and colour that will accent the rest of the wardrobe, like a copper rod and brass screws.

To assemble the wardrobe, find the centre of the short end of the side panels and make a mark 1.3cm down. Then, make marks 1.3cm down from each of the corners on that same edge. These will mark your drilling holes.

Next, measure 51cm from the bottom of the side panels and draw a 2.6cm line at the centre. This will help you determine where to drill holes for your centre shelf.

Draw another line about 10.1cm from the bottom of the boards for another shelf that is lower on the wardrobe.

Then, measure 12.8cm down from the centre mark on each side panel and mark that spot with a pencil. Here, drill a hole large enough for your metal rod to snuggly fit through. Then, use a smaller drill to make holes in the other annotated places on the side panels as well.

Screw the top, bottom, and centre support panels into the appropriate places on the side panels – bringing the wardrobe together. Make sure to slide the hanging metal rod through the holes.

Choose a side for your back panel and screw it in as well. The back panel will only cover one side of wardrobe and will allow you to hang a mirror or other decorative items.  

­Pricing Guide

You should be able to easily find all of the required materials for a DIY standard wardrobe at your local hardware or home improvement store. Here are the costs you can expect:

Wood boardsBunnings Warehouse$9 each
PipeMatrix Piping Systems$2
Pipe CutterMachines4U$40
Power Drill and bitsBunnings Warehouse$90
ScrewdriverBunnings Warehouse$2


So, no matter how you decide to construct your wardrobe, you can create a beautiful, unique storage unit with a little effort and a small investment.

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