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MB 04-11-2013 09:57 AM

Wardrobe shelving questions
We are thinking of putting shelves in the wardrobe.
I know some of you have done it.
Wanted to know how you fixed the shelves.
Not sure the wall is suitable for using screws
Do you think that if we put some screws near the door and close to the back of the wardrobe, we will find some wood to attached the support for the shelves?
Our do you think that we should just glue the support of the shelves?
Thank you

santacruzer 04-11-2013 10:13 AM

Slightly different wardrobe, but I ordered mine with the shelves, and Escape used angle braces screwed to the walls. I believe they're thick enough as built, but you might ask Reace. You might use a combination of screws and glued cleats.

If I had to do it over, I would have had three drawers installed. I may still convert down the road. After using just the shelves for a while, we bought rectangular baskets to facilitate getting stuff in and out, so it's already close to drawers!

Jubal 04-11-2013 10:19 AM

Vermilye 04-11-2013 10:38 AM

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I added a couple of oak strips to the walls of the cabinet drilled for "pin" type adjustable shelf brackets. That way I can change the height of the shelfs to match changing needs. The shelves are "stress skin", with 1/8" Luan plywood on the bottom & 1/8" White Cote Masonite Hardboard on top, separated by 1/4" hardwood strips. Light & very strong.

One point - take a photograph of your build list before covering it up - it is a one shot document produced on a manual typewriter by Escape & another copy is not available.

MB 04-11-2013 01:34 PM

Jon and Steve, both your suggestions are great.
But I am leaning toward the shelf.
Jon I wanted to know how you attache the oak strips on to the wall?
Thank you

bvansnell 04-11-2013 01:44 PM

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We bought a plastic storage tower after seeing one in Ron Stewart's 17B. We bought ours from Canadian Tire, where it is called "Gracious Living Storage Tower". There are different sizes available. We secured ours inside the wardrobe by jamming it at the top against the wooden rod. It is important to keep the drawers from sliding and pushing the wardrobe door open. We solved that problem by attaching a bungee cord to the wooden rod with a hook on the door. When travelling the bungee cord is hooked to the door to prevent the door from opening. A relatively inexpensive and flexible solution.

In the top of the photo you can see the wooden block which jams the storage tower and the bungee cord. The hook is attached to one of the screws for the wardrobe door to the right.

Vermilye 04-11-2013 02:05 PM

They are glued (although I used a couple of screws to hold them while the glue dried).

I used a plastic tower storage system the first year, but was not able to find one that made efficient use of the space; the shelves let me use the full width of the wardrobe. It looks like Brian found a set that fits better than the ones I tried.

cpaharley2008 04-11-2013 02:25 PM

I believe there are at least 2 if not 3 "studs" behind the walls and I tried to hit them while installing my system. Here is a link to my pictures -see post#60
I then cut some masonite and laid them on the supports. This is also an opportunity ti install some cedar or other wall paneling inside to keep everything smelling nice.

ksitte 04-11-2013 05:16 PM

In our SittEscape, I mounted 4 36 inch adjustable shelf standards [], two on each side of 17B wardrobe. Then I created shelves to fit out of 3/8 inch oak plywood, covering the front exposed plywood edge with trim molding. The shelves are both removable and adjustable.

One special note: each shelf is slightly different size, since the wall has different protrusions, wires, etc. We then we able to shop around until we found the right size durable plastic storage baskets to fit on the shelves. Like Jon suggested above, it's helpful to take a photo of the document.

Aligning the shelf standards is the only hard part, since crawling in the wardrobe is awkward, unless you're a six-year-old. If I had it to do over again, I would probably simply attach cleats, instead of standards, using VHB tape. If that tape can hold my solar panels outside, it could certainly hold anything I can put on the shelf. It would save a lot of headache and planning, trying to find a screw strong enough, yet short enough.


MB 04-11-2013 06:09 PM

Thank you Klaus, I like the suggestion of the cleats and using VHB tape
Since I will be storing clothes on those shelfs I think that the tape should be ok.
What type of cleats did you have in mind?

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