DIY Cupboards

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DIY Cupboards

Creating DIY cupboards offers crafty homeowners full control over the final look of their kitchen, bathroom, or den. Adding special touches to accommodate one's personal style makes for a more functional, user-friendly environment. Cupboards add space, style, and dimension to any area. They are a great choice for storage in small spaces, but common and helpful in any size room. To truly make a cupboard unique, add special touches like paint staining and handles. When creating a do-it-yourself style cupboard, every detail is individually customised to fit one's needs. This makes for less wasted space and improved unity amongst household decor.

Measure the Space

The first step to creating DIY cupboards is measuring the space where the cupboards stand. This provides the necessary measurements for selecting wood and creating a design. It is important to take all measurements carefully. Be wary of door openings and other obstructions that require additional space. Acquire both length and width measurements. The standard cupboard measures approximately 87 by 61 cm. It often helps to draw blueprints for planned cupboards.

Select Materials

There are different options of material for cupboard creation. Inexpensive plywood and hardwood hybrids hold great popularity due to their low cost. Popular hardwood options include oak, hickory, cherry, and maple. Hardwoods are expensive, but offer a lot of value to the overall look of a room. When choosing materials to create cupboards, budget and decor are top factors to consider.

Create Frame

After space is declared and materials purchased, frame creation comes next. The frame must come before attachment to the wall. Most frames are made using sharp, wooden staples. Others are made using a traditional nail and hammer or nail gun. The bulk of the cupboard is the frame. The frame is adhered to the wall first, with no shelves and no door. It should be painted before installation. After installing the frame, it is time to add any shelves and attach a painted door.

Create Doors

Now it is time to create doors. Careful measurement is important. Place the door against its intended frame to ensure a good fit. After cutting and sanding down doors, priming and painting come next. Do not worry about adding handles yet, as these should be installed after the paint has dried.


If planning to paint the cupboards, it is best to do it prior to attaching frame to door. Paint options vary. While some choose to keep the natural look of wood, others opt to stain a slightly lighter or brighter colour. Sometimes using a completely different shade of paint also works for certain decor. Cupboard doors should be sanded, primed, and then painted. Each layer of paint or primer needs to dry fully before another layer is applied. When completely dried, it is okay to attach to the frame of the cupboard and complete the job. During future repaintings, cupboard doors and handles should be removed and the same process repeated.

Attach Via Hinges

Now comes the time to attach the painted door to the frame. Typically this is done with a hinge, a metal device used to attach a cupboard door to its frame. Like handles, there are several styles of hinge, most of which are quite subtle in appearance. Generally each cupboard requires two hinges for proper attachment. One goes at the top and the other at the bottom. It is import to measure carefully to ensure the space between hinges is equidistant on each cabinet door.

Add Handles

Handles are a last addition to most DIY cupboard projects. There are several different types of handles, from the traditional to the fantastical. Though a small part of the overall cabinetry, handles can drastically alter the final look of a design. It is important to choose handles carefully for this reason. Generally the consumer uses one handle for every cupboard. Many individuals also opt to add a magnetic strip on the inside of the door to keep cupboards tightly closed when not in use.

Add Optional Shelves

Some cupboards have no shelving at all. Others contain one or more shelves to make better use of space. Shelves are rather simple to make, as they are generally just a smooth, flat piece of wood. Metal shelf brackets are a quick option for installation. Alternatively, the committed do-it-yourselfer may create shelf brackets out of notches of wood or permanently add shelves during the frame building process.

How to Buy DIY Cupboard Supplies on eBay

eBay sellers offer a wide selection, including everything one would need to create the perfect DIY cupboard. Shoppers may use the site's search engine to find paint, wood, tools, shelf brackets, and most any other supply necessary for the project. To find what is needed, simply input a related phrase in the site's search engine. For example, search for 'shelf brackets' or ' cupboard handles'. When results appear, use handy eBay refinements to narrow options to a more reasonable number. Within just a few days, it is possible to start building custom made cupboards for one's home from the ground up using affordable supplies obtained through eBay.

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