How To Install Closet Shelves

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This simple project will more than double the storage potential in a small linen or pantry closet. It is perfect for light loads in closets with a span of 36" or less. The 1 x 3 furring strips are inexpensive and easy to install, and the shelving seen from the outside of the door lends a professional touch. If you don’t have a lot of time, but would like to try your hand at an installation to maximize your storage, start here.

 

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Overview

Measure from the floor up 15" and mark a level line. Repeat level lines every 12" up from original line (repeat four times for an 80"-tall closet).
Cut 1 x 3 strips to fit along the back side of the wall, flush into each corner. Cut 1 x 3 strips to fit along walls, flush against the back wall 1 x 3 strips and 4" short of the inside wall (approximately 6" in from closet door track). Align the tops of 1 x 3 strips with level lines on wall and fasten to the wall, hitting studs where possible. Note: If you cannot hit a stud, use a self-driving metal anchor with machine screws every 10".
Cut melamine shelving stock (without pre-drilled holes) to fit along the back side wall (measure wall and subtract 4"). Rest shelves on top of the 1 x 3 strips.

What You'll Need

Tools:

Stud finder
Tape measure
Level
Screwdriver
Jigsaw
Nail gun
6d and 8d finish nails
3⁄4"-thick shelving stock (without predrilled holes)
1 x3 pine
Wood screws
L-brackets (optional)
Finish materials

Materials:

Stud finder
Tape measure
Level
Screwdriver
Jigsaw
Nail gun
6d and 8d finish nails
3⁄4"-thick shelving stock (without predrilled holes)
1 x3 pine
Wood screws
L-brackets (optional)
Finish materials

 

Step 1

Step 1

Measure from the floor up 15" and mark a level line. Repeat level lines every 12" up from original line (repeat four times for an 80"-tall closet).


Step 2

Step 2

Fasten 1 x 3 strips to back side wall, flush into each corner, and fasten 1 x 3 strips along the side wall (as shown, ending approximately 6" in from door track). Align the tops of the 1 x3 strips with level lines on wall and fasten to wall with a nail gun at studs. Note: If you cannot hit a stud, use a self-driving metal anchor with machine screw every 10".


Step 3

Step 3

Cut melamine-coated shelving stock (without predrilled holes) to fit along back side wall (measure wall and subtract 4"). Rest shelves on top of 1 x 3 strips.


 
 

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