If you tired of having disorganized closets or do you have a workspace that is a mess, then wire shelving can be a very easy cost effective solution. There are several wire shelving kits available on the market. We suggest that you shop around a little to see what is available in your area before planning your wire shelving system.
Wire shelving is probably most common in closets. They are great space savers. Most configurations allow for the hanging of clothes and a few shelves for storage. There are all types of accessories that can work with wire shelving also. There are shoe racks and drawers available.
Here we will explain what is necessary to install a very basic set of wire shelving. If you purchase a more complicated kit, it will surely include its own detailed instructions. Consult the directions that come with the shelves you purchase, as some may differ slightly.
What you Need to Install Wire Shelving
1.Cordless drill with screw driver bits and drill bits
3. Hacksaw with metal cutting blade
4. Wood screws or drywall anchors depending on what your wall is made of and weather studs can be used
6. Tape measure
7. Wire shelving
8. Ladder or step stool
9. Stud finder
How to Install
Below is the general instructions for installing most basic wire shelving. Some wire shelving may come in special kits and will have their own detailed instructions. If you are installing basic wire shelves and a hanging rod, these instructions will work for almost any system.
1. Clean out your closet until it is completely empty.
2. Remove any old shelving or hanging rods that will no longer be needed.
3. Patch any holes caused by removing the old equipment.
4. Sketch out how you want your new wire shelving system to look on paper.
5. Read all manufacturer’s instructions that came with the shelving and gather your tools.
6. If you have closet doors in the way and they are removable, go ahead and take them out of the way.
7. If you are installing a complex system with several shelves and accessories, mark out where everything will go with a marking pencil on the walls of the closet or work area.
8. Now we start the installation by putting up the hang tracks. First cut them to size with your hacksaw. You want to install the hang track as high as possible and still have room to work, about 4 inches from the ceiling is okay. They will be installed horizontally, so hold it up where it needs to be and mark it with your pencil. Use a level to hold it level and mark where the studs are using your stud finder. Place the center hole of the hang track on the nearest stud and mark the holes then screw it in place skipping one hole to find the next stud because the holes are eight inches apart and the studs should be 1 inches apart. If you can not locate a stud where you need to hang the hang track, use drywall anchors in every hole instead of every other hole.
9. Now slide the vertical standers onto the hang track;. The vertical standers have slots for the shelves. Do not place the vertical standers more than 24 inches apart. The closer they are the more support they offer. You can cut the standers as long or as short as you like with your hacksaw before hanging them into the hang track. User your level to make the standers plum; then screw them to the wall using the lower most screw hole.
10. Install the shelving brackets into the standers wherever you want the shelving to be.
11. Cut your wire shelves to the proper length with your hacksaw or you can use bolt cutters.
12. Now simply place the shelves on the brackets and snap them into place firmly.
13. Snap closet rod supports into the shelving wherever you desire a rod to hang clothes. The rod needs to be supported about every 36 inches with a closet rod support.
14. Next, snap the closet rod into the supports and snap on the end caps for the rod.
15. Install any other accessories you may have purchased, such as shoe racks or drawers. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
16. Finally, install the little rubber shelf caps to all sharp shelving ends and you are done.
This is really a relatively simple do it yourself project that any beginner can do. It should only take two or three hours in most cases. Just remember to read the manufacturer’s directions for any special accessories and to be sure the system installs like ours. Now, perhaps your significant other will put everything back in the closet or work area since you fixed it up. Happy organizing.
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