How to line fitted wardrobes?


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If your wardrobe is boring and uninspiring every time you open it, surely the time has come to redesign it and give it a second life.

In the case of built-in wardrobes, for example, when you notice them a lot over time, it is advisable to update them with modern and ecological materials that guarantee a good result.

First things first: take advantage of the space completely

Before getting down to work, it is essential to open the doors of your wardrobe and silver a more complete change and not just a facelift.

The fact is that you have a "hole" whose space you can optimize and beautify. For example, you could divide the closet into two symmetrical parts to share the closet with your partner, or find the perfect place for home lingerie or shoes.

What I want to say is that you take the opportunity to redistribute the closet and add or remove clothes hangers, add drawers or shelves, shoe boxes, etc.

After having the new structure of your built-in wardrobe you can start planning how to cover it.

How to coat fitted wardrobes?

Now is the time to make decisions and define styles. First, define which parts you will line inside your wardrobe: ceiling, floor, back wall, shelves, drawers, sides.

On the outside, both the sliding door and the swing door cabinets can be left with their matte, glossy or gloss varnished wood finish, or they can be lined with the same material as the interior of the wardrobe or some other material game.

Ecological materials for lined wardrobes

There are many options, but I suggest that you opt for ecological materials, with zero emissions, natural and harmless for human health.

Natural cork

Cork is an excellent alternative for lining built-in wardrobes. In addition to being a natural thermal and acoustic insulator, it is lightweight and easy to handle. With cork and a good cutter You can achieve a perfect finish. In addition to that you can paint with enamel, varnish or spray paint.

For self-adhesive enclosures, 5mm self-adhesive plates are ideal.

The cork is ecological, recyclable and reusable. It is also waterproof, does not emit toxic gases, is hypoallergenic and antibacterial.

Ecological wallpaper

There are eco-friendly wallpaper collections on the market that can also be fitted with built-in wardrobes.

They are made of 50 percent recycled materials. In turn, the inks used are water-based, do not contain plastics or chemical softeners, nor do they contain plasticizers or volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

There are in plain colors and the variety of prints is wide: floral, geometric, naturist, etc. The important thing is that we can decorate, take care of the environment and our health.

The application of ecological wallpaper is equal to that of traditional papers. You need a stick, a brush, a ladder and patience to avoid bubbles.

lined wardrobes with ecological materials

Ecological fabrics

The ecological fabrics are those formed with natural and non-synthetic fibers (manufactured) and are an excellent alternative for sustainable decoration.

If they have an appropriate thickness they can be used to cover built-in wardrobes, since the variety of designs is more than enough to satisfy tastes of all ages.

The most popular ecological fabrics are cotton (it is the ecological fabric par excellence when certified), silk, linen, jute, hemp, bamboo, wool and sisal.

The benefits of these fabrics are several: they are breathable, they do not emit gases (therefore they are not toxic), they do not contain chemicals, they are resistant to fungi and mites, and some like bamboo possesses antibacterial properties.

Additionally, there are ecological fabrics made with recycled plastics that, due to their resistance, could also be suitable for lining built-in wardrobes. They are known as ecopolister and recycled PET.


I left it as a last option because I think it would be the most complex project and that requires more knowledge and tools.

However, I did not want to discard it since it is a sustainable and durable alternative that can bring a natural and elegant touch to your wardrobe.

The list of materials is long: slats and planks of pine wood of the suitable thickness according to the size of the closet, glue, screws, brackets, enamel, varnish, protective treatment. While on the side of the tools we have: drill, wood wick, saws, sandpaper, measuring tape, brushes.

To line fitted wardrobes on the back wall, you will probably have to cut it into two pieces to make it more manageable.

Take measures to cover built-in wardrobes

Before buying the selected material: cork, pine wood, ecological wallpaper or ecological fabrics, we must take measurements of the entire surface that we are going to cover; this will give us an idea of ​​how much lining material to buy.

Keep in mind that the rolls of paper have a certain width that will indicate the final measures. You always have to buy a little more, especially if the paper is stamped because paper is lost to "marry" the drawings.

With wood and cork is more complicated because they are superimposed on the corners so that if the roof will cover the entire surface, the pieces next to this should be 5 mm shorter.

Finally, the assembly

If you are going to cover fitted wardrobes I recommend you follow this order to facilitate your task: start with the roof, then line the back wall (dividing the material into the necessary pieces), continue with the sides and shelves and finish with the ground. The drawers can be lined at the end.

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