Many homes are very skimpy when it comes to closet space. If the closet does not have built-in shelves, much of the space is wasted. Rather than piling items on the floor of the closet until they form a large, unstable structure, install some custom shelves and get things organized. The project is easy to do and requires only a few materials.
You will need:
• 1×6 cedar boards
• Triangular shelf support (optional)
• 3-inch screws
• 1 5/8-inch screws
• LePage Power Grab adhesive (optional)
• Electronic studfinder
• Measuring tape
Step 1: Use the electronic studfinder to mark the locations of the studs in the closet walls. If the walls contain outlets, use the Power Grab adhesive instead of drilling.
Step 2: Mark the height for the lowest shelf. Leave enough room under the shelf to store cartons or bins.
Step 3: Using the level, draw a line along the back and side walls of the closet, serving as a reference line for the ledgers that will support the shelves.
Step 4: Measure upward from this line to create the location for the second shelf. Draw a horizontal line at this level on the back and side walls, as you did in Step 3.
Step 5: Continue measuring and drawing horizontal lines until the top of the closet (or highest area you can reach).
Step 6: Create an adequate amount of 1 ½-inch ledger boards using a cutting guide attached to a circular saw and the cedar boards.
Step 7: Attach these ledgers to the stud locations on each horizontal line, using the 3-inch screws or the Power Grab adhesive.
Step 8: Measure the closet width at both its front and back. In most cases, closets are wider in one of these locations. Cut the boards to create the shelves. Create the same number of shelves as horizontal lines in the closet. Ensure that the depth of the shelf does not exceed the closet depth and allow room to close the closet door.
Step 9: Install the shelves on the ledgers. If they are wide and sag in the middle, install a triangular shelf support in the middle, screwing it to the underside of the shelf and the wall. Pre-drill and screw the shelves to the ledgers using the 1 5/8-inch screws.