How to Build a Walk in Humidor | DIY Guide | Your Elegant Bar

February 11, 2020 5 min read 3 Comments

The biggest myth about building a DIY walk-in cigar 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. However the opposite is true. The reality is that I have known many cigar smokers who have built such a humidor for a total of less than $2000 and did not even spend an exorbitant amount to buy a whole lot of cigars either.

As you can very well imagine, an individual who has just started smoking cigars would never even dream of building something like this. Seasoned cigar lovers who have been smoking for quite a long while or those who have been collecting cigars over a reasonably lengthy period of 4-10 years or even more are typically the customers for DIY walk-in humidors. Naturally, these cigar aficionados want to build the ultimate DIY walk-in cigar humidor that will do the ultimate justice to their extensive and priced collection that took many years to assemble.

This group also includes customers who tend to collect more than they smoke! If you buy cigars regularly, then you know you do not end up smoking all your cigars. There have been many debates surrounding the topic such as, when is the right time to build a walk-in humidor or do I have enough cigars to justify building one for myself?

For the benefit of those of you wondering whether you should opt for a walk-in humidor of your own or how to build a walk in humidor, we answer here some frequently asked questions pertaining to the 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’s say if you have a small closet that you would like to convert e.g., 3ft W x 6ft H space, then you can have a walk-in closet, albeit a smaller one. You can start with a modest collection of 12-15 boxes. If you have a larger walk in closet or more room for your walk-in humidor, then consider how many shelves you would like to have and where or at what height you would like to position them. I would have 6-7 shelves, placed at a considerable distance from one another. Doing so would help you accommodate at least 3-4 boxes on each shelf. Naturally, it would also depend on the desired length of the shelves. Standard shelves are 4’ or 8’ long. So, again my question is: How many boxes would you like to have? Take your pick!
Two stacks of shelves in a large walk-in humidor to show how to build a walk in humidor

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This image was posted on a website by a gentleman who built this humidor on his own. He had been collecting cigars for around ten years at the time he built this humidor. Building a home humidor similar to this would cost you less than $3000, including the backing, flooring, and humidification.


2. How much would it cost?

(2020 pricing estimates) The cost of a 4’ shelf will run around $45 - add some brackets and hardware. Depending on whether you are redoing the flooring and backing, you can get this done within a $600-900 budget. And it 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 some more money if it can get you a better item that will preserve your cigars better – after all that’s the main objective, right? You can find the Spanish Cedar prices HERE.

Shelves in a large walk-in humidor to show how to build a walk in humidor

For a bigger DIY walk-in cigar humidor you would have to double the cost of shelving. Then add in the cost of flooring. It would be best if you also considered Spanish Cedar paneling for the walls. Spanish Cedar wood offers several benefits in terms of cigar storage.

A 4' 1/4” sheet of Spanish Cedar paneling would cost you around $85 - $90. If you want to add to the looks of your DIY walk-in cigar humidor closet, consider adding some trim. Of course you’d be looking at some additional costs in that case.

3. How to pick the right size humidifier?

This part is simple. Measure the size of the room. Multiply the length, width, and height of the room, and that will give you the total area of the space, in cubic ft. Now all the humidifiers in the market clearly indicate how many cubic ft. they can handle. For example, Humidifresh will work well in a room of up to 30-90 cubic ft. space. A room with an area ranging from 100 to 1000 can use an ARIS 826 Humidifier. Consider Ultrasonic machine for any 800 - 4000 cubic ft. room.

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

Truth be told, not everyone is a handy or hands-on person who can do everything by themselves. So, you have 2 options.

The first is you can hire a contractor to get this work done for you. The contractor will perform all the calculations and can help you with purchasing the material, or you can choose to get modular units that are pre-made. The good thing about modular units is that they are already made, so all you have to do is simply place them in the space you have. These modular units are used in a built-in wall/closet space or even a big room stand-alone unit.

A case in a large walk-in humidor to show how to build a walk in humidor

What is a walk in humidor?

A walk in humidor is a space for storing cigars in an environment where the humidity and temperature are both controlled 24/7. This preserves the quality and freshness of the cigars to ensure they have enhanced flavor over time. There are different shapes and sizes of walk in humidors available, depending on how many cigars you plan to store and collect. Many of our humidors come with water tanks if you don't have access to a water supply or drain.

What are the benefits of building a walk in humidor?

There are many benefits of building a walk in humidor. You can collect a larger volume of cigars without worrying about their quality diminishing if they're stored incorrectly. You can also organize your cigars to make it easier to find a specific product that you own. Humidors allow you to display your cigars in a beautiful arrangement to show them off to your friends, family members, and guests. This can allow you to see every item in your collection to ensure they're spread out in small rows and are easy to choose from.

Walk in humidors are a luxurious addition that enhance the quality of your home or office. Similar to a wine cellar, they make it easy to access your cigars and spend more time browsing through the available options. They're even large enough to accommodate one or two people.

Good News: If all this sounds too complicated, don't worry. The second option is: Your Elegant Bar can provide you with the guidance and material required for a complete walk-in humidor. No matter how big or small, residential or commercial, we can provide the material for all types of DIY walk-in cigar humidor jobs. We can even set you up with other types of humidors, if you’re open to it. Or we can even build custom humidors, just for you. Reach out and get your walk-in humidor today. You can reach out to us at or 8885013227.

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B Singh

B Singh

3 Responses

Chris Kitchens
Chris Kitchens

August 31, 2021

hey guys, I’m converting my closet into a walk in humidor and was wondering if I could buy the supplies I need from you. The area I need cedar sheets and shelves is about 160ft or so.

Jose Reynaldo
Jose Reynaldo

July 04, 2021

Please need prices on a walk in Humidor for my store

Barry coakwell
Barry coakwell

September 12, 2020

Hi we need information on building a walk in humidor thanks barry

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