How to Install Wire Shelving: Part 2 of 2

Wire shelving is a great way to make easy shelves in your closet to put just about anything on for storage. You can hang clothes on the openings or just use the top part to stack things, it’s your choice. Here are the rest of the directions, plus a relisting of the tools and materials you will need to install your wire shelving.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Measure tape
  • Stud finding gadget
  • Pencil or marker
  • Leveling tool
  • Hack saw (if needed)
  • Drill
  • 1/8 inch bit
  • 3/8 inch bit
  • Wire shelving pieces
  • Side brackets (should be in your shelving kit)
  • Safety glove
  • Safety glasses
  • Plastic screw anchors
  • Screwdriver

Step 1 - Mark Wire Shelving

You need to take the pencil or marker and mark the places on the wire shelving that will hold the clip fasteners. You should pay strict attention to any instructions by the unit manufacturer so you know exactly where to put each of the clip fasteners, as some sections of wire shelf units may have the screw holes located in different sections of the shelf. The marks should be centered on each section of the wire where the screws will be put so they will line up properly.

Step 2 - Pre-drill Holes for Screws

Take your drill and drill holes using the appropriate sized drill bit for the size of your screws and pre-drill the holes where the screws are to hold the shelving onto the wall. Make sure you locate the studs first with the stud finder and, if needed, use plastic anchors with the screws when you install them. The anchors will help secure the screws into the wall so they won’t fall down if you place anything heavy on the shelf. Whether you need these depends on how heavy the shelves are, how heavy the items you plan to store will be and the construction of the wall in the closet. The screw holes must adhere to the manufacturer’s guidance as to the size and depth. If you don’t do this correctly, your shelves won’t fit, so be sure to line them up properly.

Step 3 - Put Wire Shelves on

Position the wire shelving over the holes you drilled. Hold it steady while you screw in the screws to hold it tightly onto the wall of the back of the closet. Make sure that everything is straight and it isn’t attached to the wall crooked. Carefully lower the shelves onto the wall positions, put in the screws and make sure it’s tight in place against the wall.

Step 4 - Continue for Each Piece of Shelf

Follow the same above directions for each piece of wire shelf if you install more than one level of shelving in your closet. Be sure to get each one straight and leave enough space for stacking items you plan to put on the shelving units. You should measure the distance you want in-between each one and place them that far apart. How many shelves you use may depend on the size of your closet or the amount of things you want to store in the closet.

Step 5 - Finishing Up

Inspect all your finished shelving units to make sure everything is in place and good to go. After you have installed all the shelves, you are done with your project and can enjoy your wire shelving for years to come to hold your closet items.