Hey Y’all! I hope you had a great weekend! In my last post, I showed you how my train wreck of a hall closet got an organization intervention. It was such a disaster! One of the most helpful changes in the closet is in the form of some shelves that go up the wall, maximizing the space in there.
As promised, today I’ll show you how I built those basic shelves. I’ve seen them a million times in my life but never really knew exactly how to build some myself. They seem pretty straight forward, and I had a basic idea of what to do, but I learned a few things along the way that may be helpful if you decide to build some, too.
First, you need shelves and brackets. I considered going to a hardware store and asking them to cut some shelves for me, but then Allison reminded me that Ikea has precut shelves and brackets. I weighed all of my options – time, price, degree of difficulty, painting vs. not having to paint, etc and decided to go with the Ikea shelves. Plus I got the chance to go to Ikea, which is always a good day for me.
Each shelf cost $2, and the brackets were 50 cents a piece. So, for $9, I had shelves that were already cut and painted. Super easy!!
And I highly recommend having a clean space to work in. You’ll be sitting on the floor for awhile, and it is so much easier to scootch around if your closet is already decrapified.
Next you’ll need to decide how you want your brackets to stay securely in the wall. If you have a stud finder, and want to put screws into the studs, then you can go that route. I do not have a stud finder, so I went with Option B (which is a little easier, in my opinion!): drywall anchors.
I found mine at the hardware store, and they cost between $5 and $6 a package. There were 25 anchors and screws in the box, and I used 12, so I still have some left over for another project. When choosing the amount of weight you want the anchors to hold think about what you are placing on your shelves. I chose 50 lbs anchors because I knew our shelves would be holding things like gloves and hats and exercise bands. But the anchors go up in weight if you need them to hold heavier items.
Something to take into consideration…each anchor holds 50 lbs IF it is flush against the wall. The amount actually goes down the farther out the wall you go. So, because I was using shelves – which are away from the wall a foot or two – the weight these anchors can each hold is a little under 50 lbs. Luckily I have 4 anchors per shelf, and they aren’t holding terribly heavy things.
The anchors are easy to screw into the wall. The instructions on the box are simple, and I used a Phillips screw driver and a little muscle to get them secure.
When choosing my placement of the shelves, I just thought about what was being stored where. The bottom shelf is 18 inches above the floor because I needed extra space to store things underneath. The remaining two shelves are about a foot apart.
I measured the wall to find the middle, then marked it. Then I marked 18 inches up from the floor, and that is where I placed the bottom shelf. I used a level to keep things straight.
My cute Pickle was home sick, but he still wanted to try screwing in a few brackets.
I found it easiest to work on one shelf at a time. So, after screwing in the brackets, it was time to turn to the shelves. Using the same method I used to build The Hubs’s desk, pilot holes were drilled into the bottom of the shelves before they were screwed to the brackets.
Each shelf was placed on the brackets and then screwed in underneath. At first I tried using a drill, but I found that I got a much tighter result with a regular screwdriver.
After the bottom shelf was finished and level, I measured one foot up and began the process all over again. I think it took me about an hour or so? to build three shelves.
Even though this isn’t some huge DIY project, I still feel so empowered when I make something myself. Especially when it benefits our family in some way. And yeah, we rent, so I don’t think I’ll be taking these shelves down when we move, but I’m pretty sure the next family that lives here will be grateful for some storage, too. And for about $15, I’m pretty happy with the results.
Have you ever built some shelves for a little extra storage? Where did you put them? Do you have any other tips for building them? Ever tried drywall anchors before? What kind are your favorite?
Hope you have a great day! We are celebrating Pickles’ 9th birthday. Can’t believe that sweet boy is 9 already!! I’m off to buy some cupcakes.
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