How to Install Solid Closet Shelves

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter's level
  • Stud finder
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Hacksaw
Materials Required
  • Closet components
  • Pencil

Before You Begin

Below are the steps involved to make the installation, but before you start, consider the pros and cons of doing it yourself. If you're looking for a contractor to do the job, click here at Home Advisor a free service that matches homeowners with prescreened qualified contractors.

++Before You Begin++

Measure the interior dimensions of your closet and make a sketch with those measurements. Use a planning brochure from a closet system which are usually offered where closet systems are sold at closet shops, home centers and lumberyards. Or go to a website like where they have an online tool you can use to design a new closet shelving system. Order the components and shelving and then tackle removing all the clothes and things in the closet. If the walls require repair work or patching, do the work while it's empty. And if the walls and ceiling need painting, give them a fresh coat.

These instructions are an overview of what's involved installing a particleboard panel and shelf system using cam screws. Follow the directions specifically for the system you chose.

  • Step 1 : Mark the walls

    Mark the walls Using the directions for the closet system you chose, mark the walls at intervals and draw a level line across the back of the wall.

    Mark the walls Then locate the wall studs across the line using a stud finder.

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