Published on March 1st, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Kid’s Built-In Wardrobe Closet

Materials: STUVA storage combination, mdf, pine trim

Description: A neighbor showed me this site when I was looking to build a custom built in wardrobe for my daughter. I am glad he did. What a time saver using the IKEA STUVA storage system was!

I started by building a base out of 2×4 lumber, placed the STUVA systems on the 2×4′s and added a custom storage area on top of the storage units that was made out of MDF.

After that, I put trim around all of it to match the existing trim in the house. Holes were drilled into the sides of the STUVA units for the adjustable shelving. An oak desk top between them finished off the project.

~ Marty, Saint Paul, MN

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Jules Yap

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8 Responses to Kid’s Built-In Wardrobe Closet

  1. Corry says:

    Wonderful job, awesome idea! Was wondering how did you stabilize or put in the desk top between the two Ikea shelves. I looked at the shelf units and they looked like they may have hollow sides….

    Thanks so much!!!


  2. Kasey says:

    I am looking for the doors and drawers you used and I see them online only in brown. Do you know if the white was recently discontinued? Or did you paint them or use some door other than the Stuva Bestad? Looks great!

  3. Gabby says:

    I’m building something similar .. Can you tell me the width of the desk and each side storage cabinet. Thank

  4. Anonymous says:

    Very nice Marty. I will come over to take a look.

  5. Muhammad Zahid Iqbal says:

    Awesome cupboards. I like to get such for my own room. furniture bowling green ky I like White and shining colored for my little library at home.

  6. Laurel says:

    Very attractive hack, lots of storage and a very clean look.

  7. China Ali says:

    If I may ask how much did this cost about? My daughter has a small room and I’d love to create a space like that for her so she has the storage in the area that she needs. Currently her room has no closet what so ever and I was looking to create something like this that would not take up that much room and look absolutely amazing. You did an amazing job

    • Anonymous says:

      Thanks for the compliment. I had about $700 into it. $450 of that was the Ikea Stuva wardrobes. $250 in materials. Could’ve gotten away with less, but I decided on getting the base trim custom made to match the house and that ran about $90. I had the oak desk top laying around so that was free.

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