February 11, 2020 3 min read

The biggest myth about building a walk in humidor inside a house is that it costs a lot of money and you have to be filthy rich to have one in your home. The reality is that I have known many cigar smokers who have built such a humidor for less than $2000 total and did not spend anything crazy to buy a whole lot of cigars. As you would imagine that nobody who just started smoking cigars would just build something like this. These guys have a collection from 4-10 years or even more that they have been smoking some and collecting more than they smoke. If you buy cigars regularly then you know you do not end up smoking all your cigars. Here are some of the frequently thought about questions on this topic:

1. How many cigars should I have to build a homemade Cigar Humidor Room?

Well this question will depend on the space you have to build the cigar room. Let say if you have just a small closet that you want to convert e.g. 3ft W x 6ft H space you can start off with a smaller collection of 12-15 boxes. If you have a bigger walk in closet or room that you want to convert, imagine where you would like to have the shelves and how many shelves. I would have 6-7 shelves in height. Now on each shelf you want to have 3-4 boxes at least. This also depends on the length of the shelf. Standard shelves are 4’ or 8’. Sp, count how many boxes you would like.

This image was posted on a website by a gentleman who has built this humidor on his own. This gentlemen has collected cigars for around 10 years at the time he built this humidor. To build something like this you can get it done under $3000 that will include the backing, flooring & humidification.

In Home DIY Walk in Humidor

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2. How much would it cost?

(2020 pricing estimates) The cost of a 4’ shelf will run around $45 and add some brackets and hardware. Depending on if you are redoing the flooring and backing you can get this done under a $600-900 budget. That will include a Humidifier. You can go with either a Cigar Oasis Magna 3.0 or a Humidifresh. Humidifresh will cost more but I am a big advocate of spending more money and getting a better item to preserve your cigars better. 

Walk In Humidor Shelving

For a bigger walk in Humidor you would want to double the cost of shelving. Add in the cost of flooring. You should also considerSpanish cedar paneling for the walls. A 4' 1/4” sheet of paneling will cost you around $85-$90. If you want to add to the looks and add some trim you are looking at some additional cost. 

3. How to pick the right size humidifier?

This part is easy. Measure the size of the room. Multiply the length, width and height of the room and that will give you the cubic ft space. Now all the humidifiers in the market will tell you how many cubic ft they can handle. For example Humidifresh will work well in a room for upto 30-90 cubic ft space. A room from 100-1000 can use an ARIS 826 Humidifiers. Consider Ultrasonic machine for anything from 800-4000 cubic ft room.

4. Do I need to hire a contractor to get this done?

Not everyone is a handy person and get all this done themselves. So, then you have 2 options. You can either hire a contractor to get this work done for you. Contractor will do all the calculations and can help you with purchasing the material or you can get the modular units that are pre made. The good thing about the modular units is that the will be pre made and you just place them in the space you have. These modular units can be used in a built in wall/closet space or a big room stand alone unit.

Modular Cabinets for Walk in Humidor

Good News: If all this sounds too complicated, don't worry Your Elegant Bar can provide you guidance and material for a complete Walk in Humidor. No matter how big or small, residential or commercial we can provide material for all jobs. You can reach out to us at support@yourelegantbar.com or 8885013227.

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