How to Make an Armoire Into a Closet

If you have a large armoire and need more closet space, you can convert the armoire into a closet.

This is a simple transformation and doesn't require any extensive woodworking or carpentry skills. Rather than attempting to build an entire new closet, you can easily make your armoire into a viable space to store hanging clothes. Best of all, you will only need a few materials and a free afternoon.

Empty the armoire of any and all contents. Set your belongings aside while you convert the armoire into a closet.

Take out the shelves in the armoire, using a screwdriver to unfasten the shelf retaining screws. Store the shelves out of the way and cover with a drop cloth for re-installation when you no longer need the extra closet space. Reserve the retaining clips in a plastic bag and tape it to one of the shelves for safe keeping.

Measure in the inside width of your armoire and purchase a closet rod that will fit to that width. In addition, purchase a wood stain that matches the color of your armoire.

Put on disposable gloves and spread newspaper onto your work surface. Stain the rod mounts and closet rod with the matching stain, using a sponge. Let dry for two to three hours thereafter.

Fasten the mounting brackets on to each side on the inside of your armoire using a screwdriver and screws.

Set the closet rod into the mounts on each side, then hang your clothes inside the converted closet.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Plastic bag
  • Tape
  • Drop cloth
  • Tape measure
  • Closet rod
  • Rod mounts
  • Stain
  • Sponge
  • Disposable gloves
  • Newspaper

Tip

  • If using a metal closet rod, you can skip the staining.

About the Author

Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.