Hi all, I am considering trying to build a wardrobe out of 16mm melamine.I would like my wardrobe to be 2000x1790x595mm. How do I calculate how much melamine to purchase?
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This sounds like a great project. I'm sure community members will be happy to assist. Perhaps some of our community members who do a lot of woodworking and other projects like @darylhewston, @ProjectPete, @She_Skills, @Wayne, @Brad or @AndrewJones will be able to help with calculations.
This raises so many questions, but simply, we know its 1800mm high, so add the depth x 2 sides and width of wardrobe, 595 + 595 + 2000 = 3.190m total width, so divide 3.190 by the width sheets you want would be around 5.2 sheets of 1800mm x 600mm sheets. This assumes you are using the existing wall as the rear.
But, there are a stack of questions about design, are you building this free standing, or is it against a wall, or fixed between two walls, how are you dealing with doors, sliding, overlapping front, All of the above will determine exactly how many sheets you need,
As melamine sheets come in preset widths I would design according to whats available, ie if you make it 600mm deep then a couple of 1800x600 will do that nicely without you having to cut. Again for front work out how many doors, how wide, remembering if you slide them to allow for overlap, and that just leaves the probably 3 front panelsto fill in between doors.
If ypu have a drawing / plan, post it 👍 And ofcourse you may need to think about a small frame inside as well
As @Johnnynl said, there are a number of variables to be considered. Can you answer the following:
Doors, sliding, pivot/swing or none at all?
Do you intend installing a kick panel?
How many shelves do you need?
Being quite wide, do you intend installing interior supports? Or maybe build 2 seperate units and tie together so they can be moved at a later date.
Is it freestanding or built in?
Do you want adjustable shelving?
Of note, panels come in precut lengths so maybe consider this for sizing
Most come in the following sizes:
2400 x 1200
2400 x 900
1800 x 900
1800 x 600
1800 x 450
1200 x 900
1200 x 600
1200 x 450
1200 x 300
and the list goes on.
Sounds like a fun project. I enjoyed making my parents wardrobe quite a few years ago.