Published on June 18th, 2015 |
My parents were redoing the master bedroom in their house and wanted a new wardrobe. They have a lot of space lost in the room under the eaves so I came up with a design for a highly modified Pax to fit under the eaves on a 3m long wall. This is the gap to fill:
4x 750mm x 580mm x 2.01m Pax frames
2x 2.36m x 1.5m Pax sliding door frames
3x Auli mirror 4 packs
6x Komplement drawers
4x Komplement clothes rails
750mm x 4 = 3m so 4 Pax cabinets would fit, having to be cut down to fit the sloped roof with the height at the front being around 1.8m. Cutting down the material for the frames was mostly done with a circular saw over 2 days as each panel was different. A lot of design had to be done so that the strength was kept at the top of the wardrobe. The top panel was kept into three, a top section that the doors would run on, a diagonal section that would be on the 45 degree slope and a vertical piece on the back. There was also a lot of trouble aligning everything as the floor, walls and sloping roof are not entirely planar, therefore each piece had to be modified a bit to suit so that the doors would correctly align. Here are 4 frames assembled for a test fitting:
Yes, there are a few panel gaps in the picture but these were resolved with a bit of adjustment and caulk after the positioning was fixed.
The doors were a major undertaking. We used 2 pairs of Pax sliding door frames but rather than use the 2.01m version, we used the 2.36m version. The reason: 3 quarters of 2.36m is 1.77m which is the height required. These Pax sliding doors now have 3 panels per door, not four! To do this the aluminium extrusions of the verticals had to be cut down by 581mm. I used a jigsaw to do this but a mitre saw would be more suitable if I had access to one. Slots and holes had to be precisely cut into the vertical sections to enable the doors to be assembled in their new form. The effect is surprisingly effective as the aluminium is quite easy to work with. The edging strips used for the ends of the wardobes had to be cut down also to the correct length.
Here is the (almost) finished wardrobe with Auli mirrors:
The interior has 4 Komplement rails and a mixture of Komplement drawers in 3 of the frames. The room is not yet finished yet (the wardrobe needed to go in before the carpet) so there are a few things to be finished off.
This was a really big job. Not only did it cost around £900, was a challenging design (even with 2 civil engineers, a chemical engineer and a physicist building it – such imprecise units as centimetres and inches were banned, only millimetres were allowed!) and took 5 days to build between 4 people, totally around 100 hours work. It does however perfectly fit the space available and works really well. I would strongly suggest anyone else brave enough to give this a go!