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Amateur with shelving project and questions

Posted by graywings (My Page) on
Fri, May 22, 09 at 18:36

I have an L-shaped corner in my bathroom that I want to use for storage by setting some laminate shelves into. I want the shelves to be adjustable in height. This is my plan:

Im thinking of surface mounting three metal shelf standards to the wall, one on each side and one in the far back. Then using shelf supports, I would place L-shaped pieces of laminate up the wall as needed. The area in question is 21" wide in front, 11" wide in back, and 17" deep on the right side, 8" deep on the left side.

The concept seems straight-forward, but what do I need to consider that maybe I havent thought of? It is a 90 year old house and the left wall may be plaster, but the others are ddrywall. The wall on the right side is the back side of a tiled bathtub/shower wall.

Are three shelf supports per shelf enough for light duty items? Do the standards have to be mounted on studs?

I know that the standards have to line up with one another is there an easy way to do that?

As you can tell from the questions, Im a complete amateur. I have some basic tools and do hobbies and crafts that require measuring (sewing, wallpapering). I will farm out the shelf cutting to a friend once I make a template or two after the standards are up.

I don't know whether this forum supports photos, so if this comes through, ignore the paint colors - they came with the house.

Upstairs bathroom corner


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RE: Amateur with shelving project and questions

There is usually lathing behind plaster---the studs are behind the lathing and nery difficult to find. Added to that is the probability the studs are white oak which has aged to a stone like hardness by now. But by using the setup below, just screwing into the lathing should be sufficient---those vertical pieces have mounting holes built in about every 16".

If the shelves you want to make/use will be L shaped---fitting from the window trim back into the back area---three standards in not enough. By standards I take it you mean the metal vertical pieces with slots that the shelf support brackets lock into. If so, there needs to be two on the front wall, one close to the front on the left side of the back area, and one in each corner of the back area. The support brackets have a raised end to keep the shelves in place---those will need to be filed off for the supports in the laft back corner.

One more caution. The two facing walls most probably will not be parallel---that means some shelves will need to be different dimensions---by as much as a half inch.

So, make the template, but try it in each shelf location.


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RE: Amateur with shelving project and questions

Thanks! I appreciate the advice.


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