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How to Install Closet Shelving

Looking for a storage solution? Use these step-by-step instructions to install closet shelving in no time.

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install closet shelving for storage solution
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    $250 - $500

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Step 1: Make the Side Pieces

Rip 4'x 8' sheets of plywood into 20" wide pieces. This will yield two pieces that wide per sheet. You will need four pieces total.

Using a router, rout out two 3/4" grooves down the length of the side pieces of wood. These will house the standards that will hold the shelves in place. Screw the standards in place with the supplied wood screws.

rout out grooves down length of side pieces

Step 2: Cut the Header and Footer Boards

The header and footer boards need to be cut. They'll be 20" wide and 33" long. Use the circular saw to make these cuts.

With the wood cut to size, it’s time to prime and paint the wood prior to construction.

Step 3: Assemble the Wood

Pre-drill where the wood will meet and then line the joints with wood glue. Using 2" wood screws in the pre-drilled holes, assemble the finished wood in all four corners.

assemble the wood

Step 4: Cut and Secure the Shelves

Stand up the unit and measure between the sides to know how long the shelves will need to be. Cut the shelves from the same 3/4" plywood.

Once both shelving units are constructed, place them in the closet and attach them to the wall using angle brackets and 3" wood screws, being sure to attach them to the studs in the wall.

cut and secure shelves