Build a Beautiful Nursery Armoire

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 03/11/2010 - 09:22
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When a new baby comes along, it's not just the baby that you have to make room for in your lives. A baby also requires a large amount of things. And these things often don't fit into tradditional storage systems. This nursery armoire is designed to organize all of the baby's things, keeping necessities in one spot. Special thanks to Jake for sharing his amazing armoire with us.

Overall Dimensions are shown above. The depth of this cabinet is 24″, but you can use a shorter width board to get a shorter depth and a smaller footprint.


Shopping List

2 – Sheets of 3/4″ MDF or 3/4″ A1 Plywood
1 – Sheet of 1/4″ MDF, Lauan, or plywood (for the back)
1 – 1/2 sheet of 1/2″ MDF or A1 Plywood (for the doors)
3″ Cabinet Screws (About 50)
Wood Filler
Wood Glue
2″ Nails
1 1/4″ Nails
5/8″ Nails (for the cabinet doors)
3 – Sets of Full Overlay Frameless Door Hinges
5 – Sets of basic hinges
1 - 8′ stick of 5 1/4″ base molding, like this from Lowes
3 – 8′ sticks of 1/4″ x 2 1/2″ hobby boards in desired species (you may wish to take the cut list in and get exact cuts to pay by the foot instead of by the board)

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

Cut List for the Box

1 – 1×24 @ 6 1/2″ (Drawer Divider)
2 – 1×24 @ 66″ (Sides)
4 – 1×24 @ 38 1/2″ (Shelves)

Cut List for the Trim

1 – 1×4 @ 40″ (Top Header Trim)
2 – 1×3 @ 26 1/2″ (Bottom Side Trim, Fixed) (cut at 62 1/2″ if you want the top trim fixed too, for non-flat folding doors)
2 – 1×3 @ 36″ (Top Side Trim, if you choose to have the flat folding doors)
2 – 1×2 @ 35″ (Shelf Trim)
4 – 1×2 @ 24 1/4″ (Side Crown Trim)
1 – 1×2 @ 41 1/2″ (Bottom Front Crown Trim)
1 – 1×2 @ 43″ (Top Crown Front Trim)
2 – 5 1/4″ Base Moulding, @ 25″ (Longest Points, mitered out on front end) (measure to fit)
1 – 5 1/4″ Base Moulding, @ 41 1/2″ (Longest Points, mitered on both ends out) (measure to fit)

Cut List for the Doors

2 – 1/2″ Sheet Goods @ 35 3/4″ x 17 1/4″ (Back of top Doors)
2 – 1/2″ Sheet Goods @ 19 1/2″ (Back of bottom Doors)
8 – 1/4″ thick x 2 1/2″ wide hobby stock @ 17 1/4″ (Top and bottom trim for all doors)
4 – 1/4″ thick x 2 1/2″ wide hobby stock @ 30 3/4″ (Top Sides, cut to measurement)
4 – 1/4″ thick x 2 1/2″ wide hobby stock @ 14 1/2″ (Bottom Sides, cut to measurements)
*Cut your doors slightly smaller if you are using edge banding to finish edges of doors.

Shopping List for Drawers

Scrap 1×24, or matching width to the box from the armoire, 3′ or 2 18′ pieces
2 – 8′ 1×6 Boards
2- Sets of Undermount Slides

Optional Drawers Cut List

2 – 1×24 @ 17 7/8″ (Bottoms)
4 – 1×6 @ 17 7/8″ (Fronts and Back)
4 – 1×6 @ 22″ (Sides of Drawers)

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Work on a clean level surface. Have someone help you rotate and move this project, it’s going to be HEAVY. To decrease expense and weight, you can use a 1×16 or even a 1×12 board width instead of the 1×24. The 1×24 is designed to fit the older TVs. A 1×16 would still be enough room for a hanger to use this as a closet. When working with MDF, predrill the entire length of the screws shaft and use special MDF screws or drywall screws. Do not use wood screws. Always use glue and mark out your joints on both the joint and the outside to assist with build. Take a square after each step. Use proper safety equipment.


Step 1

Drawer Divider. Take tow of the shelves and mark 18 7/8″ inch in from the outsides. Then fasten the divider in place as shown above. This divider is not just for the drawer housing. It adds strength, helping your shelf carry a heavier weight. If you plan to use this as a computer armoire and would like to add a keyboard tray, you can omit this divider, but the shelf will not be as strong. In the next step, you will attach the sides.

Step 2

Build the Box. Because this box is so gigantic, I am going to recommend you use some good fasteners to fasten it together. Use cabinet screws in 3″ length and predrill and countersink your screw heads. The divider from step 1 is not shown above.

Step 3

Back. Using the 1 1/4″ nails and glue, fasten the back in place.

Step 4

Begin Trim. Start with the header trim. Fasten in place with 2″ nails and glue, to both the top and sides. Then fasten the bottom side trim, also to the sides and shelves. Finally, measure and cut the blue trim above from 1×2 boards, and fasten in place with 2″ nails and glue. Keep edges flush with the tops of the shelves.

Step 5

Step 6

Front Crown Trim. In the same manner as you fasten the side trim, fasten the front crown.

Step 7

Footer. Mitering your corners, cut the base moulding to fit your sides. Then measure and cut your front piece, mitering out both sides to fit the sides. Use 1 1/4″ nails and glue to attach.

Step 8

Footer Cutout. Cut out your footer as shown above with a jigsaw.

Step 9

Doors. Cut your door pieces as shown above. Using 5/8″ nails, start by gluing and clamping the tops and bottom trim pieces to each door. Let dry flat. Then add the side trim for all the doors. If you wish to stain this piece, you will need to add edge banding to the visible edges of the doors.

Step 10

Top Side Trim for Fold Flat Doors. Measure and cut the side trim, approximately 36″. Using framless full overylay hinges, fasten the trim piece in place. The trim will need to extend out 90 degrees when opened. You can use euro style (needs a special bit to install), but there are also other types. The important elements are FRAMLESS, FULL OVERLAY and opens 90 DEGREES or more.

Step 11

This drawer is designed to work with the flat folding doors. If you choose to have non-flatfolding doors, you will need to cut your drawer bottoms and sides @ 15″.

Build your Drawers by fastening with glue and 2″ nails the fronts and the backs of the drawers to the bottoms. Then fasten the sides in place, with glue and 2″ nails, to both the bottom and the sides. Mount in the openings using undermount drawer slides.

Step 12

Fill any holes with wood filler. Let dry and sand and finish as desired. If you are staining, you may need to add edge banding to any exposed plywood edges.


Nicki (not verified)

Tue, 05/04/2010 - 08:07

I have this printed out to use as a pantry in my kitchen. This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. Add a few more shelves to each layer & it will be perfect!!!!!!


Tue, 04/19/2011 - 19:42

I am so flippin' happy I found your site!  (Keep reading for the good part that actually goes along with this project).

I showed my husband the Laundry Basket Dresser and told him I wanted to put it across from the washer/dryer in my laundry hallway (we live in a ranch--LOOONNNGGGGG but skinny house, thus I have a laundry hallway instead of a laundry room). We measured and I thought there would be enough room, but he said it was too tight and I trust him.  So we stood there trying to think of a solution, because this is a project I really wanted to do.... (and I totally didn't think he'd support my plans, but it's nice that he is) We have this awkward tall cabinet right next to the dryer that we use for food storage.  It's tall and skinny and just weird.  It's split into three cabinets so it's not even a real pantry.  I said, what if turn this into a bigger project, would that be okay?  He said, we're going to demo those cabinets and use that area for the laundry basket dresser.  We measured that area and we're going to be able to take off the cabinet doors and cabinet bottoms, but keep the two side structure pieces to build upon for my laundry basket dresser! It will be the stacked design and I will be able to fit all 6 baskets. 

After deciding that was the way to go, I jumped on here to find a plan for an armoire type cabinet that we could build upon to make into a pantry with smooth roll out shallow drawers to store our food goods.  You have to understand, this is something I have been asking for FOREVER.  So, I found these plans which are going to work awesome (according to hubby, who is going to have to help me with this one because of the alterations).  So, to make a long story short--THANKS SOOOOOOOOO much for making this website!!

guest (not verified)

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 19:31

Did anyone have trouble with the drawers? I am building this piece by piece in sketchup so I will know exactly what to do when I build with wood. When I use the dimensions given the drawer is too big for the opening. What size do they need to be in order to use the undermount?

Rolando Arroyos

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 11:27

i know this is an old post, not sure if anyone will respond but is the plywood used on the doors sandwiched between the 1/4" hobby stock and then a trim piece all around?