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Install Wire Shelving

Imagine how quick your morning routine would be if all your clothes were organized, with shoes and accessories nearby. You can customize a closet to your exact specifications with coated-wire shelving and a few tools.

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Prepare for Your Wire Shelving

Woman removing old wire shelving

Planning and measuring are integral parts of any dream-closet project. Before installing a wire closet system, watch the Design a Closet Organizer video. You'll see how to create a plan specific for your closet.

It's also important to do some prep work. First, remove your old closet system and repair the walls if needed using spackling compound, sanding and priming the surface. This is also a good time to paint. When the paint is dry, lightly mark the studs where you'll hang the unit. If you need help read, How To Find Studs in Walls.

Good to Know

If you take measurements to your local Lowe's store when you buy the materials, a sales associate will cut the shelving for you. But, it's handy to have the tools to make adjustments once you get home.

Install the Wire Organizers

Wire systems are easy to install. Follow these steps to create your perfect closet.


Step 1

Attach the hanger rail

Using your plan as a guide, attach the hanger rail to the studs. Make sure it's level as you secure it. Watch our video: What Do Level and Plumb Mean?

Step 2

Connect uprights to the hanger rail

Now connect the uprights to the hanger rail. Make sure they're plumb -- meaning straight up-and-down. Secure them at the bottom with screws.

If the uprights aren't in line with the studs, use wall anchors. Mark the spot and drill a pilot hole. Install a wall anchor and then drive the screw.

Step 3

Wire shelving with a hanger rod

Installation is easy from here. Lock in the shelf brackets on the uprights, snapping the shelves into place.

Attach the rod hooks and the hanger rod. Then cap the rod ends and hanger rails. Your basic system is complete.

Good to Know

To maximize corner spaces, run one shelf the length of the wall. Cut the adjacent shelf to fit. Some closet organizer systems come with special corner shelves.

Wire Shelving Accessories

Wire shelving baskets and shoe racks
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. You can use a specially-shaped corner piece that attaches to shelves on either side with joiner plates. Or you can use 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.


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