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Step By Step Process To Building Closet Shelves

If you love to DIY projects at home, you are guaranteed to love this project. It's about how to build closet shelves so it can accommodate even more pieces. Again, if you know how to build your very own, you'll end up saving lots of money. Therefore, this is your ultimate guide to creating that perfect closet shelf that will add space and functionality to your unit.

First though, you need to consider what you'll be putting inside the closet. You need to figure out how much of hanging space and shelf space you'll need, clothing size you'll be hanging, the people who will be using the closet, as well as their heights.

After you think about the crucial items you want to create your shelves for, it's time to map down your ideas on paper. You should start by taking the measurements of the longest items you'll be hanging in the closet, then write them down. If you're not sure, just hang your clothes on hangers to have a clue about their height when placed inside the closet.

As for the shelving materials, you're going to use fiberboard shelving, 1X2 and 1X4 boards. This project should not cost you an arm and a leg.

Here is a list of the things you'll need:

- 1 X 2 and 1 X 4 16 foot lengths

- Wood glue

- Pencils for marking

- Fiberboard shelving with finish edge

- 1'' and 1.75'' nails

- Sand paper, sparkle, caulk, sanding sponge

- Primer and semi-gloss paint

- Metal hooks and adjustable closet rods

Lastly, you'll need basic construction tools. These should be readily available if you're a seasoned ''DIY-ier''. These tools should include a skill saw, chop saw, brad nailer, and a measuring tape.


Building these shelves is very simple, it shouldn't take you too long to get the task executed now that you have the tools with you.

The steps

1) Draw your design on the wall

This is where you should use a pencil to draw on the walls, not on paper. Drawing on the wall lets you represent your project with actual measurements as opposed to drawing on a piece of paper. It also gives you the chance for refining those parts so they can actually fit in the spaces available.

2) Attaching the 1X2s and 1X4s on the wall

Guided by the drawings you initially made on the wall, you should implement your 1 by 2s and 1 by 4s. You should establish where wall studs are so you can mark them as well. Cut your 1X2s into lengths you've chosen. Then glue and nail them firmly on the wall. Make sure you nail them in the exact places where the studs are located. This is where you will use the 1.75'' nails because these will reach the studs. Also, glue on the inside edges of the marks you made with the pencil.

3) Adding vertical fiberboard pieces

At this point, you should be figuring out how to add shelves in the middle of the closet. So you'll need to add your vertical fiberboard pieces, then split up the space using vertical dividers. They should be fastened from the outside.


Vertical dividers should not stretch all the way to the floor. Therefore, to achieve this much more easily, you could cut diagonally at the end of the vertical sides to allow space on the open floor. This should also get you finishing it, but the effort is well worth it, plus it makes vacuuming an easy task.

4) Add support into the inside shelves

You should use the 1 by2s to add additional support into the inside of the shelves. Just cut your 1 by 2s into the desired length, then glue and fix in place using nails. To ensure good accuracy, it is advised that you use a level for this purpose.

5) Horizontal shelving

Cut your horizontal pieces into the desired length then install using glue and brad nails. These piece are very crucial if you are to end up with shelves that are square and true.

6) Extra closet rods and hooks

It's time to add a few blocks and hooks here and there. For this step, you basically need to cut 3 by 3 MDF blocks where you can hang your clothes rod on.

7) Finish the shelves

The last step involves finishing the shelves by adding sparkle to the nail holes. Once dry, sand-flush the surfaces. Then caulk the seams. If you've done this correctly, you're ready to apply paint. A semi-gloss paint tends to hold for so long, plus it's easy to clean.

So that's basically an overview of how to built closet shelves. It should get your creative juices flowing as you explore more ways of creating space inside your closet.

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