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This large closet closed by two sliding doors and flanked on both sides of open shelves makes the best use of the space of this office, arranged in an attic.

Make a closet for the office

Necessary material

  • paint roller,
  • metal saw,
  • mallet,
  • clamps,
  • lamella milling machine,
  • drill-driver with drill bit Ø 5 mm,
  • router with straight cutter with grooving of Ø 10 and 20 mm,
  • jigsaw,
  • sander
  • Medium ep. 19 mm
  • Plywood 3 ply spruce ep. 19 mm
  • Sliding door mechanism type StarTec 30 IF (Häfele)
  • Euro screws 6.2 x 19 mm, wood screws 4 x 50 mm
  • Assembly slats n° 20
  • Satin lacquer in aqueous phase
  • Polyurethane glue (or composite) cartridge, cyanoacrylate glue
  • Nickel-plated brass bowl handles (Häfele)
  • Carrier trucks

Difficulty: 3/4
Cost: 600 € (panels + hardware)
Time: 5 days

create an office and its storage under the roofs

It was necessary to put order and make the files accessible without stool in this corner office under the eaves.
The project had two constraints: the elements had to find their place between the failures of the roof, and a narrow staircase imposed a realization in workshop dismountable and remountable on the spot.

Customized layout

make a large cupboard and two shelves in medium

Three modules are made: a large cupboard with shelves constant height (33 cm) and two side shelves.
For reasons of economy, the cupboard has no back, unlike the side shelves which thus ensure the stability and squareness of the central cabinet.
Boxes and shelves are in panels of medium cut to the desired dimensions. Economical and easy to paint, the medium offers the advantage of being millable, which does not allow the traditional chipboard.
The doors are in plywood 3 ply spruce, ordinary plywood tends to be veiled.

Slat assemblies

manufacture a slatted storage cabinet

To facilitate the operation of the doors, we chose an aluminum rail system.
This solution is ideal provided you have a perfectly flat floor. Otherwise, it is always possible to use a load bearing base with wedges or small cylinders to be adjusted at the end of the work.
To meet the difficulties of access, the assemblies are made by slats. The edges of the shelves and spacers are grooved which allows to slide on the slats previously laid.
The whole is held by screws through the sides, hidden by the side furniture.

Preparation of the grooves of the cupboard

grooving a closet to the lamellar

Using the lamellar or router, mill a fixed groove (that is, not leading to the front edge) on the inserts and shelves of the main unit. Their installation on site will be facilitated between the sides previously set up.

make stopped grooves

The stopped grooves are made by placing a stop at the end of the race.

use a laminator with precision

Block tabs with clamps, and use them as templates and abutments to groove the sides of the shelves. This assembly makes it possible to gain precision.

assembly of shelves by slats

The side shelves have a back that ensures the squareness and stability of the whole. They are assembled by lamellae glued in their cuts.

trick to assemble by screwing without using a clamp

Between each cut, drill a countersunk hole Ø 4 mm. It will thus be possible to tighten the assemblies by screwing without using a clamp.

Laying the cupboard guide rails

groove milling

Milling the grooves for the guide rails on the top and bottom of the cabinet with a router or, as here, a router with its side guide.

cutting of aluminum profiles

Cut the aluminum profiles to the correct dimensions with a hacksaw. They are particularly easy to twist; Be sure to handle them with care.

sanding the closet panels in medium

It is best to paint the panels before inserting the guide rails into the grooves.
Begin by softening the edges of the panels with sandpaper.

to paint cupboard elements in medium

The songs, quite porous, require a primer. Use a water-borne paint spread in two layers.

fix the sliding door guide rails

Spread a thin stream of glue (polyurethane or composite) in the bottom of the grooves before driving the guide rails to the mallet.
A wedge avoids deforming the profiles.

wall cupboard base

The base, consisting of 2 cleats 40 x 50 mm section glued and screwed under the bottom panel, stiffens the grooved part which will remain perfectly horizontal.

Assembly of the elements of the office cupboard

placing the slats of the cupboard in their slots

Put the slats in the notches of the sides. A dot of glue at the bottom of the cuts will hold the slats in place during assembly.

assembly of cabinet elements in the workshop

Fit the open elements (the shelves) starting with the back panel, then a back, a shelf, a back, etc.
Finish the assembly by putting in place the second side.

screwing the cupboard shelves

Shelves and backs are screwed through the sides (cheeks) with 4 x 50 mm screws.

screwing the sides of a shelf

Screw the sides against the base of the central cabinet. This part of the furniture does not include backs, ensure the squareness using wedges and clamps.

laying songs from the shelves

Since the edges of the shelves and dividers have been grooved beforehand, it is easy to slide the panels onto the slats on the sides and shelves.

placing slats on the shelves

The slats can be put in place on the shelves as and when mounting.

setting up elements of a shelves

The top is set up following the same steps. Do not over tighten the screws, because the central cabinet, too bulky, must be removed for transport.

Installation of the sliding doors of the cupboard

inlay carts carrying a sliding door

Dig cuvettes in the router with a Ø 20 mm straight cutter to embed the supporting carriages and the top plates in the thickness of the doors.

Tip to facilitate the guiding of the machine:

preparation of a U-machining template to guide a carpentry machine

Prepare a U-machining template previously cut with a jigsaw in a panel drop.

fixing the rollers of a sliding door for office cupboard

The rollers intended to slide the doors on the rails are integrated with turntables at the back of the panels

laying the high slide of a closet

Likewise install the high slide.
The dimensions of the part to be dug and the location of the holes are indicated by the manufacturer of the trolleys.

adjust the plumb and the height of the doors

A fine adjustment of the plumb and the height of the doors can be done by rotating eccentrics integrated in the carrying trolleys.

Bowl handles

bowl handles for sliding doors

Round or elongated, blind or open, the bowl handles fit well with sliding doors because their overhang is negligible.

chrome plated brass bowl handles by Häfele

This matt chromed brass model (from Häfele) is installed without screws. 1 or 2 drops of cyanoacrylate glue are enough to keep the two parts together.


Video Instruction: Sliding Doors & Closet Installation