Hey guys, Jamin here again with one of our final project how-to’s for Emerson’s space – a super simple spruce up that anyone can accomplish to help amp up those closets! We took it from builder’s beige blah to super fun and organized… this is something anyone can do in no time at all. So without further ado:
Supply list: (Our closet warranted 8 foot long shelves – you can measure yours accordingly)
Per shelf (8 foot length shelves) : • (1) 1 x 12 x 8 • (1) 2 x 2 x 10 • (1) box of 2 inch wood screws • (8) L brackets
If you have a square closet or one without an interior angle, this will be super simple. If your closet is cut at an angle (see: ours) it’s still simple but it will have just a few extra measurements.
First, measure the length of the closet on the back wall. Ours is 8 feet. If you have a square closet then there is no need to measure the front. However, if your closet is cut at an angle then you need to measure out 11 1/2 inches from the back wall on the angle side and place a mark. From that mark, measure back to the other side of the closet. Our measurement here was 7 feet 2 inches.
Take your 1 x 12 and cut it down to 8 feet. Next, measure on one side to 7 feet 2 inches and place a mark. (Remember to replace these numbers with your own measurements.) Use a straight edge to draw a line from this mark to the opposite side of the end of the board. Cut along this line and place the board in the closet to make sure it fits. Trim as necessary.
Paint or add finish to the 2 x 2’s and 1 x 12.
In the closet, measure up on both ends and the middle where you want the bottom of the shelf to sit. Also do this on both end walls. Draw a line across the closet to connect these points.
Screw the 92 inch 2 x 2 to the back line of the closet and make sure that it is 2 inches away from the wall on both ends. Next, screw the 11 1/2 inch pieces to the side walls. (We used our Airstrike gun to hold them in place until we could secure them with screws.)
Fit the 1 x 12 on top of the 2 x 2’s.
Using the 2 inch screw through the 1 x 12 into the 2 x 2 every foot.
Take the “L” brackets and screw them on the underneath side of the 1 x 12 to the 2 x 2. Place one every foot. We simply camouflaged them later, with paint.
And it is that simple. Just remember to multiply your supplies by the number of shelves you are installing.
And that’s it! As always, let us know if you decide to use it, or have any questions!
Have an inspired day!