some shelves for a closet and some ????

andrelaplume2January 18, 2010

I just enclosed a 34" deep by about 7 foot closet in my basement. The side walls are drywalled and I will paint them white to make it a little brighter and easier to see. This will be a storage area for plastic bins, some small, some large. I want to put up shelves. I am thinking 4, perhaps 5. They will likely be in fixed positions. I will wrap 2x4s around the sides and back at the height I want the shelves and maybe even screw the shelves down. I am trying to decide the best way to prop up the front of the shelves so they do not droop. A single stud vertically in the center perhaps front tied into the header and floorÂ.? I could then cut pieces of 2x4 at the appropriate shelf height for the center of the 7Â shelf to rest onÂeven screw it down. Other ideas? Am I better off using 2 shelfs (3 foot and 4 foot lengths instead of a continuous run. Also, how deep should I make the shelves? I have 34" from the back to front. Economically I could go with 24" shelves but then I am wasting almost 7 square feet of valuable space per shelf. Still putting in a 34" shelf might make it too deep to reach stuff as you go up. Maybe a deep shelf or two at the bottom (30-32") and two (24-28") shelf at the top. Thoughts?

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homebound

Here's one way: 1"x4" or similar on the close back and sides, pine shelves, and then support in the center with either a) a heavy duty shelf bracket (into the stud) or b) install a vertical piece of pine (eg. 1x4) nailed or screwed right into the front of the shelf.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2010 at 9:44AM
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homebound

typo above: "closet"

    Bookmark   January 18, 2010 at 9:45AM
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homebound

Actually, if your shelves will be extra deep, then install a horizontal cross piece in the center, nailed front (into a vertical 1x4) and back (into the wall cleat). That way you can double up the shelves.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2010 at 9:49AM
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andrelaplume2

ok, so sounds like some sort of vertical peice is desirable in the middle. Actually, in my upstairs closet, I notices that is exaclt what they did. I could always run a 2x3 in the front from left to right too I guess as well....maybe even anothe set 14" back...maybe thats over kill and I would loose a bit of height in the aea the 2x3.

So are 30" shelves too deep? What material would I use...I guess I could get two from a 4x8 sheet...but sheet of what....particle board is so heavy...is there something else?

    Bookmark   January 18, 2010 at 10:32AM
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fnmroberts

I'd build as a "U", 2 feet deep all around. That will leave a small step-in full height to stand a tall item. Make sure your doorway permits getting things on the upper shelves - they may need to be shallower.

Anchor a railing to the walls with a stiffener to the face of each shelf and vertical support at the inside corners. OSB is my choice. I wouldn't go more than 2 ft deep because it will be difficult to reach things that get pushed back, especially on the higher shelves.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2010 at 4:20PM
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andrelaplume2

U shape...interesting...let me look at that.....how thick should I go on the osb?

    Bookmark   January 19, 2010 at 9:52AM
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fnmroberts

I'm sure 1/2" would work fine for storing boxes. I generally use 3/4 but can't say that it has been necessary.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2010 at 10:26AM
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