How to Finish a Foyer Closet


 

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How to Finish a Foyer Closet

 

Rod Height

 

Set the height of your rod, the “standard” is somewhere between 66 and 72″ depending upon who you ask or where you look. Set it to a comfortable height for you and your family or at a comparable height to any other finished closet.

 

Level line

 

Using your mark draw your level line on all three walls.

 

Slope Mark

 

Using a scrap piece of wood against your level line butt it up against the side wall and use a straight edge to mark any slope. You will want to use this method on both sides of the back board and the side boards where they meet the back board.

 

Mark to measure

 

Measure

 

Then measure for your back board, when using a tape measure for inside dimensions mark a line away from the corner so you don’t have to guess how long it is at the bend of the tape. I used a 12″ metal ruler. At your mark just add the dimension you measured out from the wall.

 

Compound set

 

On all your boards you will want to make a compound miter cut. For the back board 2-3 degrees is plenty, for both of the sides you will want the compound cut to be 5 degrees.

 

Cut boards

 

Line up your saw blade with the marks transferred from your scrap piece of wood and cut your boards to the required dimensions.

 

So Why All These Compound Cuts?

 

Sharp Corner

 

When two square pieces of wood come together they come to a sharp point, drywall corners are rounded, if you install this without a bevel cut on the back then you will end up crushing the mud and tape in the corner eventually leading to a crack. The bevel on the back bridges this rounded corner.

 

Beveled side

 

On the sides if your corners are less than 90 degrees a bevel isn’t needed as the wood will pivot on the front edge, if your corners are greater than 90 degrees the wood will pivot on the back edge exposing a gap at the seam. If you bevel the back it will always pivot off the front and show a nice seam.

 

Seam no slope

 

I only had a 1 degree slop on my rear wall, this is what the seam would have looked like if I didn’t cut it at that 1 degree and didn’t put a bevel on the back.

 

 

Seam Slope and bevel

 

This is the same corner except with the slope and bevel cut, as you can see, it leaves a perfect looking seam.

 

fancy edge

Since this is going to hold winter coats and assorted crap on the shelf it needs a center support, so some quick work with a tube of caulk and a roll of tape I made a bit of a design and jig sawed it out.

 

Sand everthing

 

Sand everything and finish as you desire.

 

Installation

 

I counter sunk all the screws and covered them with plugs to provide a nice clean finish.

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