Savvy dad quoted £470 by professionals for a walk-in wardrobe does it himself for just £120 – using a sliding door from Argos and old salvaged wood

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  • Kenoy Malcolm, 33, decided to take a walk in the wardrobe and buy himself a £350. decided to save
  • He created an easy-to-use space using a ‘naked cupboard’ and old salvaged wood
  • That’s eBay, Wayfair and Argos . only managed to spend a total of £120 on items from

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A money-savvy father, who wanted to make use of a small pocket of space in his home, built a walk-in wardrobe for just £120.

Kenroy Malcolm, 33, of Bromsgrove, decided to create a handy storage space in a small room in his home, formerly a messy graveyard for knick-knacks, and turn it into a useful cupboard.

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The father of two was shocked to learn that it would cost him £470 in materials if he used a professional joiner for the job.

Not wanting to spend a small fortune on something he could do himself, the teaching assistant and YouTuber looked to sourcing from eBay and Wayfair after finding a sliding door in Argos for £32.

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Walk-in wardrobe makes it easier to walk in and find clothes later

Kenroy Malcolm, 33, of Bromsgrove (pictured) wondered what the family could do with a small pocket of space in their home and decided to build a walk-in wardrobe

Dad and Youtuber (pictured) decided to create his own walk in wardrobe instead of paying a professional to do it

Dad and Youtuber (pictured) decided to create his own walk in wardrobe instead of paying a professional to do it

Speaking to LatestDeals.co.uk, Kenroy said, ‘We have a small area between two bedrooms that we wanted to use for storage, but we were unsure how to make the best use of the area. ‘The original idea was to take down one of the walls and make it a walk-in closet, but I’m not looking to do that right now so I was looking for a plan B.’

‘Then I stumbled upon a sliding door on the Argos that would save us space compared to a traditional door. I knew this was the best option as we could avoid having to open and close a door, instead we just slide one over to access the space.’

‘I wanted to do it myself instead of paying someone to come in and do it for me. A friend who is in business estimated that a joiner would charge around £170 per day for labour.’

‘Since this project is likely to take a full day, and if the material purchased will cost around £300, that means I will have to pay around £470. I knew I could make this space a separate space in the wardrobe without having to pay for a professional job.’

He explained that saving money for his family was a main priority when he started the project and asking a professional to install the sliding door himself was a great way to save on the high cost.

After finding a ‘naked wardrobe’ that allows everyone to see how clothes are stored, Kenroy set about making shelves out of old scaffolding boards he had from a previous project.

Kenroy wanted an open plan feel for the wardrobe and now the space is properly used and more clean (pictured, after)

Kenroy wanted an open plan feel for the wardrobe and now the space is properly used and more clean (pictured, after)

The only items he bought for the whole effort were folding doors from Argos for £32, shelf brackets from eBay which were £22 for 4; and Wayfair’s Naked Wardrobe for £55.

‘I got free recycled wood to make the door frame. I was really impressed with this particular piece of wood because I actually saved it from my neighbor.

‘He was doing some renovations on his loft and he was throwing away these pieces of old wood, which I believe were a part of his roof in his attic.

‘Instead of giving it away, I wanted to use this solid piece of wood in my project. I even bought some lumber from my local hardware store for no more than £10.’

‘I also made some savings on my purchases by using a site called TopCashback. I always aim to save money where possible as I aim to save enough to buy my first investment property.

‘The site is great for saving money in cashback as I made over £100 in cashback between February and May alone this year.’

Kenroy bought a sliding door from Argos to allow for more room and make sure it doesn't take up too much space

Kenroy bought a sliding door from Argos to allow for more room and make sure it doesn’t take up too much space

She bought a 'nude wardrobe' so the room had an airy feel and all the clothes could be seen

She bought a ‘nude wardrobe’ so the room had an airy feel and all the clothes could be seen

‘The first thing I did was to clear the space. There was a lot of stuff that needed to go. I originally bought the bookshelf that was second hand for £15. I then actually sold it to someone for the same price so that would be the last step towards having free space to work with.

Kenroy explained that he measured the door and then the wood, which would cover the gap between the door and the wall, before trimming it to size.

Next, he removed the staples from the wood given to him by his neighbor. The wood was in rough condition, so he sanded it and left it to give it a rustic feel.

They found that the sliding doors have a downside (that they only come in one specific size) but thankfully it fit perfectly for the project and they filled the gap with leftover lumber.

‘Next I set up the nude wardrobe,’ he explained. ‘The overall quality was good for the price, and assembly was very straightforward.

‘The last step was to attach the shelves, which I built earlier in the year from scaffolding boards. I drilled in the brackets and then attached the shelves with the help of my brother.’

Overall I am very happy with this project. I was very busy at that time so it took me a few days to complete it, but I think if I had set aside a whole day I could have done it all and dusted off that deadline.

‘I am glad that I was able to come up with a cost-effective solution to make the best use of this small space in the house.’

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