Imagine how quick your morning routine would be if all your clothes were organized and hanging neatly, with shoes and accessories nearby. Installing coated-wire shelving takes just a few hours and it can save you valuable time every day by helping you live in an orderly way. You can customize a closet to your exact specifications with coated-wire shelving and a few tools.
Use this checklist when you go to the store and purchase your items.
Planning and measuring are integral parts of any dream-closet project. Decide how many shelves you need and how long they need to be.
To determine shelf size:
Cut the pieces of shelving to the proper lengths, using bolt cutters or a hacksaw. Avoid cutting closer than 1 in. to the vertical spacers on the front lip of the shelf.
Wire shelving attaches to the wall with screw-mounted clips and is held up by brackets or support poles. Different wall materials require different methods of installing the clips. See below for details.
|Wall Material||Clip Fastener|
|Standard drywall or plaster (1/2 in. to 5/8 in. thick)||Drill 1/4 in. holes and attach the clips with standard fastening pins (available in closet organizer kits or on the same aislse as shelving materials). |
|Thick drywall or plaster (more than 5/8 in. thick)||Drill 1/4 in. hole 1 in. deep and attach the clip with #8 x 1 in. screws.|
|Thin drywall (less than 1/4 in. thick)||Cut the rear projection from the clip and secure the clip to the wall witih a toggle bolt. Follow the manufacturer's directions for toggle bolt installation.|
|Concrete||Drill a 1/4 in. hole 1 in. deep with a masonry bit and attach the clip with #8 x 1 in. screws. Use plastic anchors if necessary.|
|Paneling/Plywood||Cut the rear projection from the clip and secure the clip to the wall with a molly bolt. Follow the manufacturer's directions for molly bolt installation.|
Cut the rear projection from the clip and secure the clip to the wall with #8 x 1 in. wood screws.
After all the clips are in the wall, start at one end and attach the shelf to them one clip at a time by popping the back wire of the shelf into the slot on the clip. It might take two sets of hands: one to hold the shelf up and another to push the shelf into the clip. It won't take too much force.
Cover any open ends with plastic caps to avoid snagging and poking.
Shelf ends that touch walls are secured by end brackets. To install:
Lower the clipped-in shelf to its level position and slide the end bracket into place, marking the screw holes.
Holding the shelf out of the way, drill a 1/4 in. hole at each mark and insert plastic anchors.
Secure the bracket with screws driven into the anchors and lower the shelf into place.
Support braces should be placed no more than 3 ft. apart and no more than 2 ft. from a shelf end that does not touch a wall.
Some support braces simply hook over a wire rod of the shelf lip. Others use joiner plates. (Joiner plates are also used when the space is too long for a single piece of shelving and two pieces must be connected.)
To install a joiner plate support brace:
Attach the plate to the lip of the shelf. It will sit vertically if the shelf includes an integrated hanging rod and horizontally if there is no rod.
Put the joiner plate bolt through the hole from the front and attach it to the smaller end of the support brace at the back.
Put a nut on the back and tighten by hand.
After the brace is attached to the shelf, fasten it to the wall. Position it against the wall, level the shelf and make a mark where the brace will join the wall.
Drill a 1/4 in. hole and insert a wall anchor by pushing it into the hole with the handle of a hammer.
Secure the brace into the anchor with a screw.
Support poles should be used in place of braces for stacks of three or more shelves. Poles should be placed every 3' along the run of the shelving. They connect to the shelving using clips similar to those that hold the shelves to the wall.
Shoe shelves can be made by turning a shelf piece upside down (lip pointed upwards). Clips attach the shelving to the wall and a special bracket holds the shelf at an angle.
Corners can be made two ways: Using a specially-shaped corner piece that attaches to shelves on either side with joiner plates. Using two straight shelves - one ending at the wall and the other ending at the edge of the first shelf - attached to each other with a corner support connector. Fit the support under the wires of one shelf and over the wires of the other.
Drawers and baskets can be added using runner frames (for multiple drawers) or hanging drawer glides (to mount a single drawer underneath a shelf). Pre-configured runner frame kits are available, or you can customize your own frame and drawer combination.