Updating your closet may seem like a chore. But with the right tools, it can turn into a simple task that takes only an afternoon. We'll show you how to choose and install the right shelf storage system for your space.
Help a small closet store more by installing a wire closet system. Rubber-coated wire shelving is available from a variety of retailers and manufacturers, and it can help you make the most of your space. Plus, installing a closet system is super easy. All it takes is an afternoon and a few common tools and supplies. Before you begin, here are some helpful tips:
Keep it safe. Before installing shelves, check with a professional electrician and plumber to be sure you won't be drilling into electrical wires, ductwork, or plumbing components.
Cover up. If your closet has tile or wood floors, you might wish to cover them with a drop cloth to prevent damage.
Find a friend. For safety reasons, it's best to have a partner present to help install long shelves and hold your step stool when working up high.
Buy extra pieces. If plans change, you'll have parts on hand. If not, you can easily return them.
Assess your needs. Most closet systems use closet-gauge wire shelving, but heavier-duty garage systems are also available. Unless you're storing sports equipment or other particularly heavy items, a closet-gauge system will generally fill the bill.
Check in. If your local hardware store won't cut your shelving to size for a nominal fee, consider investing in a bolt cutter for safe, clean cuts.
Cut it short. When trimming shelves, cut a half-inch shorter than the space they'll occupy. This prevents scratched walls and makes it easier to fit shelves into wall brackets.