Description: 1) Assemble 4×4 EXPEDIT with only one vertical row of shelves on the left and without the bottom. 2) Before adding the right vertical panel put in two screws that stand out half an inch to hold the DAMPA curtain rod. 3) Cut the rod to the right size, put it in place, add the right panel. 4) Add three EXPEDIT inserts with doors on the left. 5) Add the plants in BIGARRA pots on top.
Assembling it is faster than assembling the whole Expedit.
This wardrobe is great to create a semi-transparent division between entrance and living room.
~ imaia, Vancouver
A. Student’s version
Updated 30 August 2012
Materials: Expedit shelving unit (white 5×5), Hugad curtain rod (black, 210 – 385cm), x2 long bolts with nuts, x5 Drono box (black)
Description: I was planning on doing something similar to this but decided it was too small for all of my clothes so I upped it to the 5×5 version. I went with the cheapest options (white shelving unit and Drona boxes) which are probably what I would’ve gone with aesthetically anyway.
The instructions in the previous post pretty much covers it so I’ll just refer you to that but there are a few things I did differently:
1. It’s worth mentioning the wooden pegs used to hold the inner shelving units together. The pegs going into the outer frame are fine as they are but the other ones (picture 2) need to be shortened to prevent them from protruding into the rail space. Easily done with a few minutes of sawing before hammering them in.
2. I drilled a hole through the two sides of the outer frame and used thick 3″ bolts with nuts to hold the rail in rather than a decorated screw. Thought it’d be more secure, which I think it is.
3. I also used the bottom section for stability. I think it looks better anyway. Bit confused as to why they didn’t use it in the other post tbh..
Two things I’d do differently if I did this again:
1. Perhaps use a stronger curtain rail. Because of the length, this one does bend slightly in the middle. Not a problem and barely noticeable but depends if you’re really bothered about maintaining immaculate straight lines.
2. Use wood glue on every wooden peg you hammer in. I’ve had no problems yet but the upper shelving may end up losing integrity years down the line. Belt and braces etc.
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