How To Install Aromatic Cedar In A Closet

By Robert Robillard on closet conversion

How To Install Aromatic Cedar In A Closet

Photo:  CedarSafe aromatic cedar boards come in a box that cost approx $25.00 and covers 15 square feet.

Installing An Aromatic Cedar Lined Closet

In the past few years I’ve seen an increase in closet makeovers. Cedar closets are often asked for by homeowners as are a great DIY project.  This article will focus on installing an aromatic cedar lined closet.

Cedar Closets were used in 17th century closets to repel moths from their fine linens. A hundred years later later, European furniture makers began using aromatic cedar in their trunks and chests to protect clothes.

A 2005 study by Unity Marketing shows that 15 percent of homeowners who make $150,000 a year or more have cedar closets. That’s about the same percentage as those who own wine cellars or outdoor hearths. According to the CedarSafe survey, 44 percent of cedar closet owners inherited them when they bought the house. More than 30 percent installed them on their own. The remaining 16 percent had someone install the cedar closet for them.

The benefits of a cedar closet include the following:

1. Repels and resist moths, roaches, silverfish and mildew
2. Provides a wonderful cedar scent
3. Safer than mothballs and smells better
4. A great place to store out-of-season clothes
5. Nice re sale addition to your home

How To Install Aromatic Cedar In A Closet

For this closet I purposely lined the interior with 3/8″ plywood.  The plywood and the cedar thickness equaled the same thickness of blue board and plaster which allowed me to apply trim to the inside of the door with out extension jambs.

1.  Starting at the bottom always level your first course of boards by scribing and then cutting the groove side of the cedar board.  If you don’t you’ll have a problem with the last board being out of level and an eyesore.
I used a small amount of construction adhesive to help secure the boards to the plywood. I also used my Paslode finish nailer to face nail the cedar boards to the plywood and into the studs. Where no studs were available I nailed directly into the plywood.
How To Install Aromatic Cedar In A Closet

2. Using the adhesive I added boards by fitting the groves onto the tongues of the lower board. Remember to continually check for level. One trick to adjust for level is to lift one edge of a board slightly off the tongue. This can be done in very small increments to regain your level.

How To Install Aromatic Cedar In A Closet
Photo:  Using my Paslode T250A 16 Gauge Angled Finish Nailer

3.  Allow 1/8 to 1/4″ space in the corners for expansion.  This will be covered later by trim.
4.  Measure the space for the last board.  It will have to be trimmed to fit the space between the board and wall.   Measure this distance from the ceiling to the last fitted board.  Compare these measurements on both ends and make adjustments as needed.
Installation Tip:
Don’t nail the second to last board yet.    Leaving it loose will assist you in fitting the last board.
It the cut is not even you will need to use a jigsaw or table saw.  Make your cut a bevel cut and cut the tongue side. By back beveling your giving yourself some room to press the board easier but look tighter.
How To Install Aromatic Cedar In A Closet
5.  By holding the second to last board out slightly add your last board on top at an angle and push the two boards into the wall for a tight fit.  Nail off.
How To Install Aromatic Cedar In A Closet
6.  Finish your closet by ripping left over cedar boards to 1-1/2″ rips and fill in the wall corners.
7.  Last we installed the door and door trim.  No baseboard trim was needed since the cedar ran from the floor to ceiling.
By following these 7 steps installing an aromatic cedar lined closet is a simple DIY project.
How To Install Aromatic Cedar In A Closet
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Robert Robillard

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Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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