By Gene and Katie Hamilton
They're not as pretty as solid shelving, but wire storage components can make the most of a closet's potential. They're available in a wide range of sizes and custom configurations for any space, and they feature roll-out baskets, drawers and racks - so there's no excuse for having a closet jammed full of your stuff.
Wire shelving systems are sold in off-the-shelf boxed kits and as individual components in home centers, hardware stores and online. The worst part of this project is cleaning out the closet! Get rid of clothes and things you don't use and donate them to charity. If you can't part with some things, store them out of the way, but don't take up valuable closet space for seldom-worn items.
Installing wire storage involves laying out where the wall brackets supporting the shelving will be attached and then fastening clips to the wall to hold the brackets. The best part of the job: filling the closet with your stuff and seeing you actually have empty shelf space.
To install a basic wire shelving system designed for a 5-foot-wide, 36-inch deep closet a carpenter or handyman will charge $300, which includes labor and material; but you can buy the components for $185 and install them, saving 28 percent. Measure the width, depth and height of the closet to determine the size and length of shelves and the amount of clips and brackets you'll need. If additional components are part of the design, make sure you've allowed for them in the layout and your budget.
Watch this video from Lowes about how to Install Wire Shelving.
Wrapping up, given the average cost to install wire closet shelves you can compare the price of a contractor’s bid with doing it yourself. For a local cost input your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.