How to Install Closet Shelving How to Install Closet Shelving

What You'll Need
3/4 Inch Plywood
Shelf Standards
Wood Glue
Table Saw or Circular Saw
Tape Measure
Paint Brush

One way to give your home more organization and storage space is through the use of closet shelving. Through building some closet shelving you can easily organize a lot of small objects and make sense of the overstuffed closet. There are plenty of different systems available for the DIY homeowner. However, the cost of these systems can mean that they are out of reach of a modest budget. Building closet shelving is very easy and requires the use of some power tools and basic woodworking skills. 

Step 1: Take Measurements of Closet

First, you will need to measure the closet. The height, width and depth of the closet must be taken into consideration. With the measurements in hand, it is time to get to cutting the pieces to size. 

Step 2: Cut Plywood Sides

You will need to cut out four sides for two different cubicle type shelves for the closet. This will mean you need to have two 4 feet by 8 feet plywood sheets. Cut the plywood sheets into 20 inch side pieces. 

Step 3: Use Router for Standard Slot

To make your shelves adjustable, you will need to use a long shelving standard. Use a router and create 3/4 inch grooves down the entire length of the sides. You will need two grooves that are about 4 to 5 inches in from the front and back edges.

Step 4: Cut Top and Bottom for Shelving

With the sides already cut out you will need to cut the top and bottom of the shelving. These should be 20 inches wide and 33 inches in length. This will give you plenty of space for good-sized shelves.

Step 5: Assemble Closet Shelving Carcass

Lay the two sides on the work table on their edges. Place the top section against the top edge of the two sides. Line up the wood so that they are flush with the edges. Pre-drill some holes where the screws will go. Remove the top and line the edge with good glue. Replace the top, line up the holes and secure with 2 inch wood screws. Repeat the same procedure with the bottom edge.

Step 6: Cut Shelves to Fit

Measure the distance between the sides and cut out several shelves from a sheet of 3/4 inch plywood. 

Step 7: Sand, Prime, and Paint

Once all of the pieces are ready to install, sand them smooth. Wipe off the excess dust and apply a coat of primer. Once that dries, paint the shelving according to the color you choose. 

Step 8: Install in Closet

Cut out two pieces of plywood that is 33 inches long and 8 inches wide. Attach to the back of the shelving unit at the top and bottom with wood screws. Locate the studs in the closet and mark them. Hold the shelving onto the wall and pre-drill holes for bolts. Drive in the lag bolts through the back braces. Install the standard clips and set the shelves on top.

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