A closet space is often cluttered and messy when a good shelving system is not in place. Use your storage space effectively and efficiently by installing the best closet shelving possible. Use this guide to closet shelving basics and you’ll be sure to get the most out of your closet space. Store all of your home accessories and décor with ease.
One of the most common ways to get the most out of your closet space is with wire shelving. This easy to install and affordable closet shelving system can be installed by hiring a closet shelving installer or doing it yourself. Wire shelving is covered with a plastic coating that prevents marring and other damage to your valuables. Because wire shelving is so easy to create, it’s an affordable way to create closet shelving space.
What’s really great about wire shelving is that it can be installed in any closet, regardless of what is behind the walls. No studs are necessary to attaching these shelves to the wall. A compression wedge is set into the wall. Once a screw is attached into the compression wedge, it spreads apart behind the wall covering to keep it held in place.
The problem with wire shelving is that it can tend to pull from the wall when too many compression wedges are used and a limited amount of studs secure the shelving to the wall. Whether it’s bathroom shelving or garage shelving, if the shelf system isn’t secured to a wall stud, it can easily pull off of the wall when the load becomes too great.
Many closet shelving systems are custom made. These all wood systems are used to hold heavy items or just to look good. An all wood shelving system may be installed in any closet location, so long as the materials are able to attach to the studs behind the wall. Some wall shelving units can be attached to a full sheet of plywood that is glued to a studless wall. This way you can secure the shelving to the wall whether or not there are studs behind the wall. Always remove all wall hangings before installing any built-in shelving system to prevent damage.
Ratcheted shelving or floating shelving systems are typically employed in open spaces, but work just as well in a closet. Several metal brackets are attached to the wall using conventional methods. The shelving itself is attached to a metal bracket that fits into the other bracket perpendicularly. This allows the shelving system to easily adjust as needed. A metal bracket floating shelf can come in a wide variety of materials. Wood or metal brackets work best for heavy home accessories.