How To Build Shelves (With Pictures)

Solid wood closet organizers may be offered by some custom closet organizer companies and can also be found through various retail modular closet organizer providers. Offers the unique flexibility of expanding shelves and add on accessories to make the most of your space and increase storage and organization in your office. Among the measurements, calculations, re-measurements, mis-calculations, and Home Depot nipple-buying trips, the number of woman hours spent on this project far exceed the dollar value I saved building this over just buying a prefabricated closet organizer. Modular wood closet organizers can be affordable, but are limited to pre-configured designs and colors. The pantry itself features hand-scraped shelves and a mahogany butcher block countertop.

For example, in the living room the wood closet shelving systems can be used for storing books or souvenirs, and for zoning area. You observant folks will notice I didn’t paint all of the supports on the lower shelves – I thought no one would ever see them. It’s the same story for the rest of the shelves, which is why I highly recommend testing out the first shelf to make sure everything is working before nailing eleven more boards to the walls.

You can wipe off dirt and moisture from a finished surface that would otherwise penetrate and permanently stain the wood. Considerations: Melamine is a great product for manufacturing adjustable shelving systems and when properly cut and constructed can mimic the look of solid wood. If you’re after shelves that look a little out of the ordinary or make the most of awkward spots, here are a few suggestions. Since MDF is made from fine wood fibers, it can be shaped then fixed to form curved and decorative boards before a surface is applied. Now screw your shelves into place with a thin line of wood glue and a couple of well placed finishing nails.how to build closet shelves with wood	how to build closet shelves with wood

I just felt better knowing that each shelf support would be directly anchored to the wall, so I mustered my courage to fork over the >$7 a piece for galvanized steel flanges, when it occurred to me to check online. Asked how they hold up, the cabinet guy stood on the shelf saying, it holds a lot more than you’d think! I cannot tell you the significant amount of money this saved me. I needed many 12″ pipes for this project, because those were the pipes that anchored to the walls and supported the shelves.

Set a clothes iron at high (cotton), with no steam, and apply iron-on maple veneer banding to the front of each shelf. That is why our closet systems is elegant, beautiful, and they are in a class of their own. Obviously all these measurements and dimensions will be different for you based on the size of your closet and how you configure the shelves. Overall: The most common use for MDF in engineered wood closet organizers is the construction of door and drawer fronts.

To secure the pole and the rosettes, we use 1×4 cleats to support all closet poles. We did not place our shelf across the full width of the closet as we wanted to leave a small space to store our ironing board. There is no real solution to the problem of the closet door except get rid of the door. By the 1950s, creeping closet clutter had inspired the last major closet innovation — the walk-in closet. Shorter shelf lengths let you adjust to various heights allowing more storage space. The shelves look great as kitchen furniture, thus replacing the hanging lockers.

I also have those wire shelves in my pantry and in ever closet (what can I say builder’s specials). If engineered wood closet organizers are a hybrid of melamine and MDF materials, it is usually the main structure that is made of melamine (shelving and panels) and the decorative items and door or drawer panels are constructed of MDF. Wooden cleats, cut from solid 1 x 2 lumber, are used to support the shelves along the back and sides.

Open shelf organizers allow air to circulate and also make better use of the available floor space below the long hanging section of clothes. I used the sliding-arm miter saw to cut 5 back ledgers (30-7/8″ long), 10 side ledgers (11″ long) and 5 shelves (31″ long). To avoid marring closet sidewalls, cut full-length shelves at least 1/2 in. shorter than the length of the closet.

Blockboard shelves: These are stronger than chipboard and are suitable for heavy duty items, like tools and appliances kept in the garage. I want to add shelves to our lacking pantry and remembered how great this project turned out and now I can’t wait to work on my project! Measure the space required by all your items and indicate the requirements on the closet plan.

So while the square footage of this new closet is the same as our old, it’s designed much more efficiently and we have so much more room for our things. Being informed about the material characteristics, care instructions and durability of any purchase will only help you be a more informed consumer; it will also assist you in understanding the design and structure of your wood closet storage systems. Place shelf boards on each cleat and screw 2-inch screws down through the shelf boards and into the cleats at the back and on each side to secure the shelves. The rod is already there, but today, I feel confident enough to build shelves for the side walls!!