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Do It Yourself or Not: Install closet cedar lining

By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Content Agency on

There’s something comforting about opening a closet door and inhaling the pleasant aroma of cedar consuming the air. That’s reason enough to install a cedar lining on the walls, not to mention its ability to repel insects from damaging clothes stored inside. The cedar wall cladding protects against moths because the oil in the material deters insects, making it an upgrade that provides a safer storage area than one with ordinary wallboard.

The most daunting aspect of installing the cedar has nothing to do with carpentry; it’s emptying the closet and finding space to store everything while you install the planks. Remove any rods, shelving and molding if you plan to reinstall it. The random lengths of cedar planks are 3 3/4 inches by 1/4 inch and come in packages that cover approximately 15 square feet. Measure the width and height of the closet walls to determine the square footage. A small closet may have 180 square feet of wall space so you will need a dozen or so packs of cedar.

To install the planks, plan the layout, cut them to length and fit together the interlocking tongue and groove edges; then fasten them to the wall with adhesive or according to the manufacturer’s directions. Always remember that before cutting it’s a good idea to measure twice and cut once. Along with the material, you’ll need basic carpentry tools to do the job: a claw hammer, a tri-square, a saw and nails or adhesive to fasten the planks to the walls.

A carpenter will charge $1,021, including labor and material, to install cedar planks in a typical 180-square-foot closet. A homeowner can buy the material and do the job for $475, the cost of the planks and adhesive, and save 53%.

Over time the natural oils in cedar may crystallize on the surface and seal in the aroma, but a light sanding will regenerate the scent.


Pro Cost: $1,201 — DIY Cost: $475
Pro time: 12.3 — DIY Time: 11.0
DIY Savings: $546 — Percent Saved: 53%


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