How To Design A Wardrobe With Cut Outs Or Awkward Corners
Our design team often receive requests from people who have a fairly straight forward space, except for one or two corners with "cut outs". These may be because of boxed in pipe work that runs through the corner of the room, or perhaps a supporting beam of the house. Whatever the reason, they can become a bit a nuisance and prevent any of our "standard" wardrobe packages and designs from fitting their space.
In this tutorial, we show you how you can still make the most of these awkward corners and what additional hardware you may require to make a standard package suit your space.
In this example we have used our 16" deep SuperSlide shelving with our regular fix mounting hardware, and we were working around an awkward stepped in corner that had been built to block in some pipework. The ClosetMaid system is wonderfully versatile but there are some limitations to what you can work with, so when considering your own space make sure you take into account the following...
This corner stuck out into the room from the back wall by approximately 25" (63cm) and was approximately 7" (18cm) deep. When working around odd shaped corners, we recommend that the shelf you have to cut, is cut by no more than 12" (30.5cm) Wide x 8" (20cm) Deep. This is because if you have to cut the shelf anymore than this, you will begin to find that the shelf loses its strength and rigidity and will therefore be fairly useless!
So how do you cut the shelving accordingly and support it appropriately? Read on to find out!
Start by installing Shelf A first. This is the shelf that will butt up to and fix directly onto the blocked in/ stepped in corner.
Next you will need to measure how much of your Shelf B requires cutting. In this case, as mentioned the corner was 25" (63cm) Wide x 7" (18cm) deep. This means that from the installed Shelf A, you measure how much length of Shelf B needs cutting, and in this case it was approximately 9" (23cm). You then measure how much depth is needed to be cut from Shelf B to fit around the corner, and in this case it was 7" (18cm). Using Side cutters for the thin wires that run vertically through the shelf every 1" (2.54cm) apart, and boltcutters or a hacksaw for the thicker lateral wires along the back edge of the shelf. Trim off exactly what is needed and cap cut ends using deck wire caps for the thin wires and small end caps for the thicker back edge wire.
Now that your shelf is cut and capped, you can install Shelf B. You should now find that the shelves fit around your awkward corner giving you a fully customised solution to help you make the most of your space. In our example, we have even managed to install a hang bar too so that garments can still glide around the corner without interruption and full use of the space is optimised.
This image shows a view from below so that you get a view of the required supports. You should always make sure that when cutting a section of a shelf out, you add extra supports to ensure the weakest points will cope with the load that you later put on them.
If creating a two tier hanging section, simply repeat as above to achieve a fully functional walk in wardrobe, regardless of awkward corners!!
Note that for this design we used our 16" (40.6cm) deep SuperSlide shelving with our regular fix mounting system.