We recently replaced my daughters dresser with a storage unit for her toys. That meant we needed some drawers to house her clothes. We have always wanted to build a built-in dresser for her walk in closet and now it was go time. I decided to build a 5 drawer dresser with two smaller drawers at the top and three larger drawers below. This setup provides a ton of storage and while plywood is extremely high right now, I was still able to build this unit for a little over $400 which saved me thousands if we were to have it custom made. Read on to see exactly how we did it.
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Full Project Video
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Time to Complete
- (3) 3/4” x 4’ x 8’ Pre-Finished Plywood
- 3/4” x 4’ x 8’ Paint-Grade Plywood
- (5) 18” Drawer Slides (pair)
- Iron-on Edge Banding
- (5) Drawer Pulls
- 1-1/4” Pocket Screws
- 3” Wood Screws
- 1-1/4” Brad Nails or Staples
- 1-1/4” Wood Screws
- DAP WeldWood Wood Glue
- DAP Premium Wood Filler
- DAP Alex Flex
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I would recommend breaking down the plywood as needed for this project. Some pieces will need to be cut to fit.
I also recommend breaking down plywood with a track saw or circular saw with straight edge guide into smaller pieces before moving to the table saw.
How to Build a Built-In Dresser for a Walk-In Closet
- Assemble Base
- Drawer Box Assembly
- Drawer Box Assembly
- Install Drawers
- Installation and Trim
- Cut and Install Top
All of our drawer fronts were primed and painted before install.
Before primer and paint on the unit I filled and nail holes, joints or imperfections in the plywood with DAP Premium Wood Filler and sanded smooth. DAP recommends using a putty knife for wood filler application.
To give the unit a truly built-in look we needed to caulk it in place. We did so using DAP Alex Flex which is a crack-proof sealant formulated for trim. DAP recommends using a finishing tool for caulk application.
We applied this around the top and sides.
Then we applied primer and paint to the exposed wood.
- Drawer Fronts and Hardware
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