Charles R. Blaisdell
Those of us bachelors, young or old, who are obliged to make one room serve the purposes of a suite, may find the corner cupboard here described of assistance in providing additional storage for wearing apparel of various kinds; hats on the shelf, clothing on the hooks and rubbers on the floor. It requires but little in the way of lumber, and if measurements are made before ordering all the sawing can be done at the lumber mill, leaving the work of putting together to consist of driving a few nails and screws.
It should not be higher than the picture moulding of a room, which in many houses is below the frieze of the wall paper. If this moulding is at the top of the wall, as it is in many houses of recent construction, the height may be about 7 1/2 ft. The width will depend upon the size of the room and the space available, but most rooms have a corner allowing a cupboard at least 4 ft. wide or, more properly, front measure in this case.
The wood used should be that like the room in which it is to be placed, or similar to it. Cypress can be used in a room finished in white wood, chestnut or ash, and is a good wood for the purpose. The necessary pieces are: A strip of moulding at the top; three pieces 3 1/2 in. wide, one at each side and one at the back; two pieces 3 ft. long and 5 in. wide to support the shelves, and a piece 6 ft. long and 12 in. wide for the shelf. The latter piece is sawed into two pieces, the cut being at 45° angle, to give one piece 4 ft. long, the other 2 ft. long on the longest edges, the other ends being also cut off to the same angle.
The method of attaching the pieces permits of their being easily taken apart in case of a move, a matter not infrequent with those who board. The moulding is attached to the two side strips by 1 1/2 in. screws, the heads being on the inside.
The two supports for the shelf are fastened together at the ends in the corner with two 3 in. angle irons and 1/2 in. screws. The outer ends are attached to the side pieces in the same way, after first bringing the angles to the increased angle at which these pieces meet. A block of wood can be screwed to the side pieces under the ends of the shelf supports to help carry the weight should it be thought desirable, although it will hardly be necessary.
It will be noted in the drawing that the lower ends of the side strips are cut out to fit over the baseboard of the room. These ends are also fastened by angle irons to the baseboard. If there should be any objection to putting screws into the baseboard, two strips 3 in. wide are run from the side strips and fastened the same as were those under the shelf.
The remaining long strip is now cut out to a halved joint and fastened with screws to one of the supports for the shelf, and the lower end to the baseboard or to one of the strips just mentioned. It will be necessary to keep it all rigid by fastening with angle irons to the wall somewhere, preferably just above the shelves. The shelves are not fastened or at most, by two screws at each end. A curtain pole and portiere complete the outfit, after having put on the clothes hooks.