Cedar-lined closets are highly aromatic, rot-resistant and insect-resistant storage areas for clothes, towels and bed linens. cedar-closets make a good place to store clothes and blankets that are out of season. It does not bend, twist, warp or shrink, making it the perfect material for lining a closet. EasternRed-Cedar has more effective insect resistance and the aroma lasts longer than other types of cedar. The natural oil in cedar emits the scent that keep moths and other insects that damage fabric away from clothes and linens. Storing textiles in a cedar lined closet allows textiles to be used as soon as they are removed from the closet, unlike offensive smelling products such as mothballs.
Lining the Closet
Measure the inside of your closet from floor to ceiling and side to side on each wall. Don't forget to measure above the closet-door and the areas of the wall on both sides of the door. Write down the measurements to determine how much Eastern Red cedar planking you will need to cover the inside of your closet.
Clamp the first cedar plank to a worktable or workbench with C-clamps. Measure and mark the plank with a pencil mark for cutting.
Cut the wood along the pencil line with a circular saw. Make sure you wear a dust mask and safety goggles when you cut the cedar planks.
Continue to clamp the wood to the worktable and cut it with the saw until you cut enough pieces to cover the inside of the wood-closet. Mark the back of each piece of wood to show which wall each piece goes on because the walls probably will not measure the same width or height. Rarely if ever are closets square.
Put dots of construction adhesive all over the back of the cedar plank. Put the plank in place against the wall inside the closet and press it against the wall. Keep adding dots of construction adhesive and pressing the cedar planks in place until the cedar covers the entire inside of the closet.
Measure and cut 3/4 round Eastern Red Cedar molding to run along the base of the closet. Put construction adhesive on the back of the molding and put it in place around the bottom of the closet.
Wait an hour or two for the adhesive to set before using the closet.
Sand the face of the cedar with 320-grit sandpaper to remove rough or uneven areas from the surface.Wrap a piece of sandpaper around a sanding block or use a hand-held orbital palm sander.
Keep the closet-doors closed as often as possible to keep the aroma inside the closet.
If there is a window or windows in the closet, cover them with heavy drapery to keep the sunlight out. Direct sunlight is damaging to both the stored textiles and the cedar.
Cedar may lose its scent over time, but the cedar aroma can be restored with the right technique.
Many lumberyards don't carry cedar, but they can order it for you.
You can also order cedar lining kits from manufacturer's who specialize in cedar-closets.
Save cedar scraps and place them in thin bags or sand off rough edges and place the pieces under piles of clothing or linens to add insect protection to unlined closets. Stash cedar scraps in kitchen cabinets to keep bugs out of the pantry or cabinets.