Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Gilbert, Arizona
Built in closet questions
Got a couple design questions for a built in that I'm planning on doing to get rid of our dresser in the bedroom and make more sense of storage.
Closet is 10' 6" wide, and fairly shallow, 3' with a height of 8'1" (ish). Currently the doors are the typical sliding overlap. What I am planning on doing is relocating the doors just inside the opening and running a rail along the front wall so that the doors can slide further to create a large opening.
The built in will run side to side, with an "L" shaped corner piece (maybe with a diagonal front for the transition). I was planning on making 5 separate cabinet shells, 4 of 2' wide and one of 2'6" in the center. All cabinets will be 16" deep. That should allow for 15" deep drawers, and enough room to run some rods for hangars. The deep diagonal pockets at the end will be used for long dresses.
There will be drawers running from the kick panel to about 42" high, then the rest will be open space to the top shelf at ~ 6', which leaves 2' of space to the ceiling. Drawers will be 15" front to back, and either 6" or 4" high. That should give me 3 drawers of 6" and 4 drawers of 4" in each 2' cabinet. I can't go any higher than that, as the top drawers would be unmanageable for my 4'9" wife. The center cabinet will be built last, so I can adjust for any discrepancies in build widths, since I don't have the most precise equipment available. (I'll probably have home depot rip the ply at 16" for me, actually.)
Since I am running from wall to wall, and each cabinet will be fastened to a rail along the back wall and bolted to it's neighbor, can I use 1/2" plywood (Was planning on birch ply, will be painted not stained), or do I need to use the 3/4" ply? Are there any caveats I'm not aware of with regards to drawer slides? (Currently planning on having the drawer fronts overlap the edges, not flush).