Originally Posted by Lizbeth
I would like to have shelves instead but don't want any more holes in the glass.
I've seen a number of ways to do that, but I'll tell you what I did in about a half hour. I like to make functioning mock-ups to test out whether I will like something or not. Sometimes they function well enough to be permanent
At any rate, here is what I did to make shelves in my Boler closet. I found everything in my scrap stock or on hand already:
First, I found four boards that could be cut to the right height for the four corners of the closet. These were in the 1 x 3 or 1 x 4 range, and the wide sides go against the side walls of the closet.For the one that sits on the wheel well, I placed another short board under it to spread the weight
(and I don't store bricks on the shelves).
One I had these all cut to size (the tops could run a bit "wild"), I laid them side by side on the workbench (at the levels they would be at in the camper) and drilled a number of holes for a selection of shelf positions. You can make a line across them all to line up the holes.
I sized the holes for some dowels I had on hand (the small ones with the fluted sides and rounded ends that you use to join wood). Then I placed the four boards in the closet in their positions, and measured for some shelves. I built the shelves out of scrap 1/4" luaun ply, with scrap 1 x 1 type cleats around the edges for support.
To use them, they just slip into place between the uprights, and rest on top of the dowel pegs. The shelves themselves keep the uprights in place with a friction fit. The closet walls and front edges keep the shelves inside. You could screw one middle shelf to the uprights (through the cleats) to help hold them in place on the road (my mockups have not been on the road yet).
Obviously this is not rocket science, and from your previous posts I have a feeling you could carpenter rings around me, but I just thought I would mention it.
I had thought about a neat method I saw used in a Trillium
that used ~1" dowels for uprights and shelves with holes in the corners, then pegs in the dowels to support the shelves, but with the Boler closet sloping in at the top it was a little less wonderful. Also I did not have four tall ~1" dowels on hand.
Mainly I was trying to see if I even wanted shelves in the closet. They seem like a great use of space, and yet I find that I never have enough places to put jackets, sweaters, or clothes that are not clean enough to put away, but not dirty enough to be "laundry." I have considered going back to the closet-as-closet for that, but with hooks around the perimeter instead of a closet rod and hangers.