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Mirrored Door Wardrobe

February 29, 2012 |
posted by Ana White
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How to build an armoire with mirror. Free plans with detailed diagrams, cut list and shopping list. Featuring three small and one large drawer, a mirrored door with closet space and a top cubby, this wardrobe in a box will suit all of your bedroom storage needs!

Mirrored Door Wardrobe

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Author Notes: 

I'm so pleased today to debut these plans! With the help of Patrick

who has made so many of my dresser plans for us to use and enjoy, this massive armoire is sure to tidy up just about any space!

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Mirrored Door Wardrobe
Dimensions are shown above. This is HUGE.

Materials and Tools

Shopping List: 

2 – sheets 3/4" Plywood cut into strips 15 3/4" wide x 8 feet long, referred to as 1x16 boards in this plan
2 – sheets 1/4" plywood or other hardboard for back and drawer bottoms
3- 1x3 @ 8 feet long
7 – 2x2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1x2 @ 8 feet long
4 – 1x8 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1x10 @ 10 feet long
1 1/4" pocket hole screws
2 1/2" pocket hole screws
1 1/4" finish nails
3/4" finish nails
2 sets narrow profile hinges
4 – 16” Euro Style bottom corner mount drawer sldies
7 knobs or handles
1 – mirror 49 1/4" x 14” (available at Lowes)

NOTE: this armoire can also be made 24" deep - or any depth for the matter - by altering the rip width of your plywood cuts. For example, you could use 1x12s for the sides for a narrow cabinet.

measuring tape
safety glasses
hearing protection
circular saw
table saw
countersink drill bit

Cut List

Cut List: 

2 – 1x16 @ 67”
4 – 1X3 @ 15 3/4"
4 – 2X2 @ 69” (LEGS)
2 – 2x2 @ 44” (top supports)
1 – 1x16 @ 44” (bottom Shelf)
1 – 1x16 @ 56” (center divider)
4 – 1x2 @ 44” (Bottom drawer trim)
2 – 2x2 @ 54 1/2" (Center divider trim)
4 – 1x2 @ 23 1/4” (smaller drawer trim)
1 – 1x16 @ 23 1/4" (Shelf)
1 – 1x16 @ 49” (top)

1 – 1x2 @ 49” (top)
1 – 1x3 @ 49” (top)

6 – 1x8 @ 16”
6 – 1x8 @ 20 3/4"
3 – ¼” plywood @ 22 1/4” x 16”

2 – 1x8 @ 41 1/2"
2 – 1x8 @ 16”
1 – 1/4” plywood @ 43” x 16”

2 – 1x3 @ 54 1/4"
2 – 1x3 @ 14”
2 – 1x3 @ 23 1/2"
2- 1x3 @ 18”
3 – 1x10 @ 23”
1 – 1x10 @ 43 3/4"
1 – 1/4" plywood @ 54 ¼” x 19”
1 – 1/4” plywood @ 23 ½” x 18”

Back is optional

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Step 1

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This plan is designed for a very specific mirror and drawer faces that are made of 1x10s measuring 9 1/4" wide. This is an advanced plan. Please take time to fully understand plan before beginning.

But the good news, it starts out pretty easy. You will also want to drill all pocket holes before starting the project.

To start, drill 3/4" pocket holes along side edges of the side plywood pieces. Then attach 1x2 trim to tops and bottoms.

Step 2

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Now attach the legs with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws through the predrilled holes. Keep inside edges flush.

TIP: Drill 3/4" pocket holes along top edges pointing upward on inside for attaching top in later steps.

Step 3

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And then join the two sides with the top supports.

Step 4

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Now add the bottom shelf.

TIP: Drill 3/4" pocket holes along front and back edges of bottom shelf for attaching trim in step 6.

Step 5

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Followed by the center divider. Be very careful to make sure the center divider is placed square or your drawers will not slide properly.

TIP: Drill 3/4" pocket holes along front and back side edges of main divider for attaching trim in later steps.

TIP: Drill 3/4" pocket holes along divider top edge for attaching top in later steps.

Step 6

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Now trim out the bottom shelf as shown above.

Step 7

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Add the center divider trim to front and back. Note that the center divider trim runs flush to the inside of the larger - drawer - compartment. This is important. Attach through the predrilled pocket holes with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 8

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Now the drawer trim. Note that this is designed for drawer faces measuring 9 1/4" wide, with 1/8" gap on all sides.

Step 9

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For the top compartment, we'll add a shelf between the trim. Do this by drilling 3/4" pocket holes on all sides of the shelf trim, and attaching in place.

Step 10

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Build the top first, trimming out sides with the 1x2 and 1x3. Then attach to top.

Step 11

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Build drawers to fit your drawer boxes, normally 1" less in width than opening to account for drawer slides. If you place your pocket holes to the outsides, the drawer face will hide it :)

Install the drawers into the cabinet, inset 3/4" from face for adding the drawer faces in next step.

Step 12

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Construct your door faces and install with hinges. Then position the drawer faces over the drawer boxes and attach, leaving an even 1/8" gap on all sides, with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.

Finishing Instructions

Preparation Instructions: 
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

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Love it!

This is almost exactly what I've been looking for. I may need one a little narrower. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

posted by DebbieKL (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-02-29 14:22
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I have a friend who has been asking me to build something like this for her, except with a glass door to use like a hutch in the dining room. Fantastic. Thank you!


posted by hillarylouise | on Wed, 2012-02-29 15:34


Please fix the PDF link!


posted by Dr. Darin (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-02-29 16:20

Need more details on the

Need more details on the door. i'm building a jewelry cabinet with a full length mirror. Going to mount it to the wall. I have a rough idea for the door but am still not 100% with it yet.

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-02-29 23:34

There are many how to videos

There are many how to videos that explain how to make flat panel cabinet doors. Unfortunately it requires tools that are a bit pricey. There are different ways to do it though. Google "making flat panel doors" or "how to make flat panel doors". Also, you can make it like a simple mirror by routing rabets and using glass stop molding .Google how to build a mirror. It takes a bit of research and the right tools but it's not that hard.

posted by patrick (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-03-01 07:44
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Hand tool alternatives

Making flat panel doors with power tools requires expensive tools. You can do it with hand tools relatively cheaply. There are specialty planes designed for cutting grooves that will do this, either called plow planes or grooving planes.

The typical grooving plane can cut exactly one width, and you usually have to build it yourself. The good news is that it's fairly simple construction, with a hardwood body and a plane iron purchased from Lie Nielson or Ron Hock (both sell over the Internet).

There are good videos on YouTube for how to cut the groove using a plow plane. I picked one up second hand for $40 that only needed minimal cleanup and some light sharpening on the cutters.

If you're going to be doing it a lot, you can buy new from Lee Valley. It costs roughly the same as a good quality router, but is a lot faster to set up and runs more quietly. Not that routers aren't cool, but they are fussy, noisy and potentially dangerous. This tool, you can let your kids use (under careful supervision given the price).

posted by claydowling | on Thu, 2012-03-01 09:58

Love it!

I've been looking for a good plan to build a wardrobe with a mirror on it.

This will be something for me and my man to make together!

posted by Donna @ EdibleCreations (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-03-01 14:48


I clicked on this post, expecting it to explain how to mount a mirror onto a wardrobe. Wow! Your plans are terrific, and I feel like I could build myself some new furniture. :)

posted by Tara from AboutOne (not verified) | on Thu, 2012-03-01 20:00
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another great project from Alaska! hope to get started on this this spring/summer.

posted by MichaelAndMelissa | on Fri, 2012-03-02 13:25


Your amazing.. I am so totally scared of the wood cutting part but all your projects encourage me. Thank you

posted by SmallJen (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-05-26 07:19

Love this!

How did I miss this one? I love it and have added it to my ever growing list of Ana White projects.

posted by 5 tator tots (not verified) | on Sat, 2012-10-06 15:34

Love it, but can it be tweeked?

I Love it and it is almost want I have been looking for. Is it possible to make it with two doors instead? Small apartment + too many clothes = clothes every where. lol Unless you can point me in the direction of something that would suit me better! Thanks!

posted by PixieBug (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-11-21 12:13

Two drawer version

I love love love this I was just wondering if it would be safe to add a second big drawer at the bottom making it about a foot taller ? Or that my be too large would there be a way to shorten the closet portion and make two large drawers and two small? Thanks again love your site

posted by Audra (not verified) | on Thu, 2013-01-03 10:00

Great Information sharing ..

Great Information sharing .. I am very happy to read this article .. thanks for giving us go through info.Fantastic nice. I appreciate this post.
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posted by kongk | on Tue, 2013-05-21 06:09

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