Closet Shelving

by Hettie Woehler
(last updated September 28, 2021)

Building or buying closet shelves will both require some fairly meticulous planning. First, make a list of the things you want to keep on your shelves. This will determine what materials you will need. Light items do not need a robust shelf. Books and other heavier items ask for sturdy, heavy duty shelving. Once you have the planning down, you need to implement it. Here is some great advice that you can use to get the most out of your closet shelving.

The Planning Stage

Work according to a well worked out plan. The aesthetics of the end product is as important as the shelving itself. Start by measuring the available space. Measure each wall and write clearly which wall's measurements you have to ensure the shelves are not placed where the bed should be. Does the room need painting as well? It is easier to paint the room before installing the shelves.

The Implementation Stage.

While you wait for the paint to dry, cut and paint all the shelves and allow to dry before building the closet. If you are not sure how to go about erecting the shelves, buy the ready-made shelving where the frame is already done. These frames allow you to place the shelve at the precise spot you want it. Together with the frame and shelves you can buy shoe racks, flat shelves which either slide into position or are placed on brackets already fitted for this purpose. If the frame, brackets and shelves need painting too, do that before fitting everything together. This will prevent you painting the wall and spoil the painting already done.

If you are a skilled "do-it-yourself" expert and love doing your own carpentry, build the construction and then fasten it to the wall or leave it as a stand-alone closet. Another factor to keeping mind is whether or not you need doors to close the closet. If you are storing ornaments, CD's, DVD's or any other item you want to be visible but protected, ask your glass dealer to cut the glass according to the size necessary to fit the frame of the doors. The available space will determine whether you fit sliding or outward opening doors. If the shelves are intended for a child's bedroom, consider incorporating a desk where home work can be done. If you are revamping an existing room or building a new home, always take the electrical outlets in consideration. It is very impractical to have the bedroom light switch inside a cupboard. On the other hand, long electrical cables to reach the desk can be dangerous and spoil the neat appearance of the room.

Author Bio

Hettie Woehler

Hettie lives in Mokopane, South Africa. She writes articles for a country-wide monthly newspaper, The Vessel. She self-published a devotional book in 1993 and writes a regular column, Hettie's Chatterbox, for the S.A. Neuromuscular Foundation. ...


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