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Old 11-07-2013, 09:16 PM   #15
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Dear Nelmes,

This is the first winter mod I'm going to make. I, too, have 10 to 12 empty inches above my clothes rod that's not paying it's own way. For many years I've been scratching my head regarding how I can use that space. You're a creative genius.

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Old 02-02-2014, 09:27 AM   #16
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Shelf shapes

Adding shelves seems to be a common mod.

For those of you who did this with plywood and a track type system, how did you measure for the size of the shelves? With our curved walls, the bottom shelf should be a little bigger than the top one. Did you just go for an average size and tolerate the fact that there may be a gap? I have made some cardboard templates, and ideally each shelf will be slightly different in shape. If each shelf is different, the track system doesnt really work. Thoughts?

Rubbermaid | 48 Inch Fast Track Upright | Home Depot Canada

Also, is there any concern with weight inside the closet? This closet structure isn't really designed to support shelves full of cooking supplies. Thoughts?

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Old 02-02-2014, 09:55 AM   #17
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I built side walls of 1/4" plywood, used 1/4 round wood strips for the shelves to set on, another piece of plywood for the back. The sides set on the bottom of the closet. I had to assemble it inside the closet because the door opening is narrower than the closet side walls. Found it is important to have a back because we are camping in cool weather at times, down to 20F, and with heat on the walls sweat. We use part of the closet for clothes, so need to keep them away from the outer wall. Under one shelf we installed a plastic under cabinet drawer from Camping World for small kitchen utensils.
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Old 02-02-2014, 10:54 AM   #18
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I built side walls of 1/4" plywood, used 1/4 round wood strips for the shelves to set on, another piece of plywood for the back. The sides set on the bottom of the closet. I had to assemble it inside the closet because the door opening is narrower than the closet side walls. Found it is important to have a back because we are camping in cool weather at times, down to 20F, and with heat on the walls sweat. We use part of the closet for clothes, so need to keep them away from the outer wall. Under one shelf we installed a plastic under cabinet drawer from Camping World for small kitchen utensils.
Wow. I do like the sound of this but it is more ambitious then i was really planning to go. Adding plywood walls certainly would make the structure more solid. I like the sound of the utensil drawer.

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Old 02-02-2014, 11:13 AM   #19
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What I did is not that complicated, and is basically a free standing unit when assembled in the closet. I did put a couple screws in from each side to secure it. The drawers are available from Camping World, and I may have seen them at Amazon too. The ad shows two drawers, but the price of about $20 is for only one. I also have one under our front couch as a "junk" drawer. They are very shallow, so can't put anything big in them. They slide on plastic rails that attach under a shelf or cabinet.
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Old 02-02-2014, 11:22 AM   #20
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I looked up the drawers, Camping World has them on sale, "add a drawer, item #38133," $18.99. They have a roll out shelf, item #57022, that I installed in the space where our furnace was, made a front with a turn latch for it. Lowes sells a similar item but was too wide for my space. Camping World also has a deeper, wider, shorter under cabinet drawer, plastic.
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Old 02-02-2014, 01:25 PM   #21
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I took a non-permanent approach and used two wire rolling carts (wheels removed) to create shelf space in my closet. The narrower cart (with its bottom shelf removed) sits on a piece of plexiglass (left over from redoing the fridge door) on the bottom cart's top shelf. The plexiglass prevents the legs from falling through the spaces, and helps me see what's sitting in the back of the bottom cart's shelves. Carts are readily available at discount and big box building supply stores.

I also zip-tied a length of PVC pipe (another leftover from making kayak dollies) to the bottom of the top shelf of the top cart. This gives me a small amount of space to hang my rain jacket. This floor-to-ceiling space can also hold awning poles, broom and other long/tall objects.

I've seen pics of people using PVC pipe to construct a framework that sits snugly in the closet, then plywood shelves placed on top. I thought that was pretty clever, with no need to drill holes in the fiberglass wall.

I do like the idea of cutting an access through the floor of the closet to get to the unused space below.
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I custom fit the shelf for a single location. Was not interested in having adjustable shelving.
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We just added a hanging shoe and a hanging sweater wardrobe over the clothes hanger bar. We mostly use them for clothes, shoes, and wine bottles. For heavier pantry items I built a floor storage just in front of the bump-up floor (you can see this if you click on our avitar and go to albums).
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I'm toying with the adjustable idea still. I'm considering mounting the tracks to the left and right side of the cabinet door. The tracks would be on the front. This is backwards as usually the track is mounted on the rear wall (in a traditional home closet). The advantage is that it gets around the "curved shape" issue. Can anyone see any disadvantage to doing this? I do plan to reinforce the fiberglass with wood.

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PS. I considered the side mounting but then you have to work around the brackets as the brackets will partially block the shelf.
PPS. Which tracks? See home depot link in a previous post on this thread.
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Has anyone come up with a way to install shelves that can be pulled out? Wire shelfs seem to be the most handy if you want to see what's on the shelves.
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Has anyone come up with a way to install shelves that can be pulled out? Wire shelfs seem to be the most handy if you want to see what's on the shelves.
In our Uhaul the closet door opening is narrower than the closet interior width, so to make pull out shelves would cause wasted space. Camping World does sell a shelf on slides, expensive at $40 plus. I did install one in the space where the furnace was.
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I put in adjustable wire shelves full width. Was very happy I made them adjustable as over time I have adjusted them a few times as I changed the storage location of several items to come up with a system that works best for me.

Pull outs would be great but I personally wouldn't put them in as I think you would loose a great deal of storage space to allow the slides to work.
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