I want to install some shelving in my laundry room and perhaps a closet. Is the wire shelving easy to install?
Installing wire shelving for your closet or laundry room is fairly easy. It does take some purchase planning however.
Begin by measuring how long you want your shelf to be. Also, consider how deep you want the shelf to be. You may want the closet shelf to be deeper than a shelf over your washing machine, which will just hold detergent, etc. Usually, the wire shelves come in 12” or 16” deep. Chances are that you will have to cut the length of your shelf to fit the space, so if you go to purchase the shelving with the length measurements in mind, the store can cut the shelves for you and save you time.
Besides the shelves, you’ll need some support and anchoring items. Where the shelf touches the wall, clips are made to fasten the shelf to the wall. I recommend getting the type of clip that has two screw holes. The clip is installed over the wire which touches the wall, and two screws are better than the other types which only have one screw. There are clips available which have their own wall anchors attached to the clip. I don’t recommend these, as it is very important to be securing these clips into the studs of the wall, rather than just to the drywall.
In addition to the clips, you will need some support bars. I suggest having one bar each two or three feet of shelving. The support bar attaches to the outside edge of the shelf, then is anchored to the wall, about one foot below the shelf.
Once you have your materials, use a stud-finder to find out where the studs are in the area that you want the shelf. Mark the location of the studs with a pencil. Next, draw a horizontal line where the shelf will be. You’ll then be able to hold the shelf (if it is short) and start installing the shelf clips. If the shelf is long, you may need a second person to hold it while you put the clips into the studs. I would recommend installing one clip per each stud (either 16” or 24”). After the shelf clips are installed, then install the support bar, also being sure that it is secured to a stud.
That is basically it. You can buy rubber end caps if your shelf doesn’t go all the way from one wall to another. You can also buy the wire shelf that is designed to hang clothes on. It’s just a matter of deciding what you want.