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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Simple Wardrobes And Storage

I have a TON of doll clothing and after years of rummaging through bags and never finding what I'm looking for or even remembering what I have so I thought it was time I made some quick, simple and cheap storage. 
The cheapest is to use a doll box and just fit a bar for hanging but I wanted something just a little more so this is what I came up with....

You will need
  1. Foamcore board I used 5mm thick board 60cm x 84cm
  2. Foam 2 Foam glue You can use any glue but this works best I think
  3. Ruler
  4. Tape measure
  5. Pencil
  6. Something sharp to cut with (craft knife
  7. Cutting board I have a big board but a smaller one would work
  8. Metal ruler if possible (Helps with cutting a straight line) 
  9. The rods are the metal rods from the Integrity Doll stands. They are great as they are adjustable.
 All of the above can be found on E.Bay or craft stores


I'm giving you the sizes I use but you can make your units any size you wish.
Measure 40cm longways mark and cut put other piece of board to one side you will need it in a minute.

(Kitten got my tape)

Then mark and cut 7cm x 2 from one side. 



The large piece will be the back and the two smaller pieces you cut off will be the sides put this three pieces to one side and get the other piece of board. Cut two stripes long ways at 7cm wide. Place your back board on top and mark the length then cut.

Your board is 5mm thick so you will need to shorten your side pieces by 10mm (1cm)
Glue longer strip on first then the two sides. I use the wall to help with keeping the pieces straight. 
NOTE: Don't leave against wall as it might stick to the wall! LOL

Then it's time to divide up the box any way you wish
 The box bellow I shelved out with some old board I had laying around (some had a bit of a curve) Oops

For menswear I would make the sides a bit wider 9cm or 10cm and for shoes 4cm or 5cm. It's up to you. Also if you made the sides deeper to could make a lid from another piece of board or perspex.

If your fussy you can measure the space and and mark for fixing the rods but I'm afraid I can never be bothered so mine are all a little wonky! LOL

A final tip is I add a small strip of foam board to the bottom front so the unit slopes back a little, just helps a little with balance. 
Display box with wallpaper backdrop

The storage area still has some furniture in it but when I move this the units will fit underneath and I will add a sticker on the end with what's in the unit.
 A shelving unit for shorts and small tops with 'bins' at the bottom for swimsuits. The fronts are just held in place with small tacks.

 Underwear box

Now as to hangers well I buy mine in bulk from E.Bay but you could make your own using florist wire, pliers and sore fingers!
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I found these last week they were only £3 each and so much cheaper than the £10 Osram lights 


6 comments:

  1. what a great display for your mens' shoes and that display for the ladies' dresses! I like how you made this!

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  2. You got the 'ole hamster wheel going yet again!!!

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  3. Hello from Spain: I love your closets. You have a lot of clothes and accessories for your dolls. Great tutorial. Keep in touch

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  4. Awesome.....and its nice to see matching shoes lol....prob in my house with my granddaughters.....sigh.

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  5. Brilliant!!!!!!!! (April from Fashion Doll Stylist)

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