Creating Custom Built-in Cabinets for Living room

A home renovation does include tweaking the furniture settings and even adding up new furniture or wood creations. Custom built-in cabinets are one of the creative things that enhance the charm of the cabinet and overall living room.

Well, you on your own can build the project with these DIY step by step guide here. So, determine which room you want the custom cabinets for and get on to the steps-

Firstly, you need a space where the cabinet can go like built-in. however, there is no hard and fast rule on this; you can set up a homemade cabinet wherever you want as part of your home renovation project.

Tools Used For The Cabinet Creation:

  • Circular saw
  • Miter saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Hinges
  • Wood glue
  • Measuring tape
  • Electric wiring
  • Wood paint
  • Sandpaper
  • LED lighting
  • table saw (optional)

Creating Custom Built-in Cabinets

The first thing you should be clear about how you are going to use your cabinet. It means which things mainly are going to be in the cabinet. As per the needed things, you would need to design the cupboard. Such as if it is going to hold your cosmetics or household materials that would need more height and width.

Get yourself plywood and basic home renovation tools such as screws, screwdriver, hammer, nails, measuring tape, along with any portable saw. A custom cabinet can be done without using any expensive woodworking tools.

Step 1: Start With The Foundation

Step 1 Start With The Foundation

The first task is to create the base on which the entire cabinet would be standing strong. Use the electric jigsaw to get the wood you need from the wood log. Process this log through the miter saw and shape it like the base that it would seem like a hollow rectangle.

Step 2: Create The Walls

Step 2: Create The Walls

In the next part, you would be creating the walls around the space you have. Create a wall over the base too and in all the directions. By now, it should look like a box that is open from one side. Use the miter saw for the job as it would get those plies straight with precision. Now, you need to get some more plies to section this box, so you can get the shelves as a result.

Step 3: Creating The Shelves

Step 3: Creating The Shelves

Once you are done with the walls, you would need the shelves to hold your belongings. Use the measurement tape at this point, and the height and width for each shelve and cut the ply accordingly. Any kind of motorized saw would work fine for the purpose, if you are comfortable working with it.

Step 4: Fasten Everything In Place

Once you have all the shelves ready, get them one by one and fasten them with the structure of the cabinet. Use the screwdriver and the screws and get your job done quickly. A cordless screwdriver works fine where you don’t have to worry about the outlet.

Tip: Cut some holes in the plywood walls for the electrical wiring to light up the cabinet later.

While using the screwdriver, you can make use of wood glue too as in many places you would need it. You should know to use most of the space so the cabinet can be used for as much storage as possible. You can also have some small spaces for smaller accessories and it would look innovative too.

Step 5: Time To Add The Door

Step 5: Time To Add The Door

To make sure nothing comes out unexpectedly, you should add a door too. But before that, you paint the overall cabinet and smoothen it up. You can also add some kind of cover over those walls and shelves to make it look even appealing. The painting job, however, can be postponed at the last step too. Don’t forget to sand anything that feels uneven!

By the way, use the plywood and the cutting saw to use the plywood and shape it like a door. Use the hinges to secure the ply to the frame in a proper way. Use some kind of handle or knob on the doors that you can drip and open them effortlessly. You can always be more creative and add a lock system on the doors too.

The project is almost done, you need to crosscheck if everything works fine and if the paint feels smooth enough; there should be no pointy or rough edges or surfaces. To have a professional-looking cabinet, you have to work like a professional and be very careful with every measurement you take.

You can always bring more twists as per your requirements as there is no need to stick with the same idea, and as long as it looks amazing, you should try new things.

Step 6: Lastly, The Colorful Lights

Step 6: Lastly, The Colorful Lights

It is time to work with the hole you made in the wall of the cabinet. The purpose here is to pass the electric wiring through the hole to the switch. You can get a pack of LED lights of your choice and add up under the cabinet to have an even mesmerizing look.

Also, it helps you find things easily when you can remote control the lights and grab what you need without switching on the room’s light.

Finishing Up With The Stuff

Since it seems ready and feels good to see the cabinet, it is time to use it for the things you prepared it for. Collect your stuff and place it in the assigned cabinet as per the dimension of the shelves and the accessories. 

These types of custom cabinets can be added in every room with specific height and width shelves with custom lightings, décor, and much more. The cabinet can be adorned in the festive seasons to make it look charming than ever. it is a nice idea to use the space with something creative like built-in cabinets and your guests go awestruck too.