How To Guides
How to Guides
Learn more about the organizer components that make up your storage system, plus get quick tips about how and where to use them in your installation.
How To Create More Closet Space
Measuring Your Space
1. Center Stack
Install one shelf at 85.5" that runs the entire perimeter of your closet to maximize upper storage. Add Shelf Stacks for sweaters, linens and other items that don't hang.
2. Double Hang
Double Hang is the quickest way to get more closet space. If your wardrobe consists of mostly skirts, shirts, slacks and blouces, you can double your hanging space. Place one Superslide® shelf at 85.5" high and another below it at 42" for correct Double Hang heights.
3. Long Hang
For Long Hang, place the shelf at 71.5."
4. Shoe Storage
Accessible Shoe Storage is key to an organized closet. Choose from a variety of shoe racks that can be used on the floor, over a door, or hung from a shelf. Or, create shoe shelves using inverted SuperSlide® shelving supported by Shoe Shelf Supports.
5. Storage Drawers
Use Drawers to store socks, belts, purses and things that don't hang or sit well on shelves. Drawer Frames are available in 30" and 42" heights and Drawers in 4", 7", and 11" depths. Allow adequate clearance for Drawers, especially in closets with sliding doors.
Types of Shelving and Where to Use Them
One of the first steps in installing ClosetMaid products in your closets is measuring your closet space. The length of the walls, ceiling height, and width (in walk-in closets) or depth (in a standard, reach-in closet) will impact the depth of shelving you can use, the amount of shelving and hardware you need, and the options you can add to a basic configuration.
Ceiling height will also impact the vertical placement of your shelving. Typical shelf heights are 70" from the floor for long hanging space and 84" and 42" from the floor for double or short hanging space. Obviously, low ceilings will affect whether or not a shelf can be placed at 84".
Use a measuring tape to find your closet measurements. You can also determine the amount of long hang and double hang storage you need by measuring the space used for long and short garments in your closets.
How To Cut Wire Shelving
All shelving can be cut to your closet measurements, usually right at the store.
SuperSlide® shelving is available in 12" and 16" depths and 4', 6', 8', and 12' lengths. SuperSlide® shelving and hardware give you the best solution to closet storage, providing both ample storage and continuous hanger slide from one end of the shelf to the other. This shelf may also be used with standard hardware for storage applications such as linen closets.
Close Mesh shelving is available in 16", and 20" depths and 6' and 12' lengths. Close Mesh is perfect for pantry storage or for anywhere small items are stored.
Shelf & Rod, or Wardrobe, shelving is widely available in 12" and 16" depths and 4', 6', 8', and 12' lengths. Wardrobe shelving is used where both storage and hanging space is required, such as in the closet or laundry room.
You can cut wire shelves with a hacksaw or bolt-cutter. Cut shelves in one inch increments. We recommend that you cut shelving from the end that will be closest to the walls. Center your cuts between the wires or vertical spacers on the front lip of shelf to give yourself room to attach end caps to the cut ends.
ShelfTrack Installation Instructions
Use the Right Hardware
Select the hardware that is right for your wall type:
Drill 1/2" holes and secure to the wall with toggle bolts.
Secure to the wall with #12 x 2" pan head screws at stud locations.
Drill 1/4" holes. Insert #12 wall anchors and secure to the wall with #12 x 2" pan head screws.
Hang Track Location
Track can be installed at any height. However, for maximum adjustability and strongest installation, install Track flush to ceiling and screw into wood header behind wallboard. Stud installation is recommended whenever possible for the strongest installation.
Determine Length and Spacing of Standards
Standards are available in several lengths, depending on the number of shelves you want and the spacing between the shelves. The closer the Standards are placed together, the stronger the installation. Standards should be spaced no more than 24" apart, and no more than 4" from the end of the shelf.
Each Standard must be secured to the wall with one screw at the closest hole to the center of the Standard. When using toggle bolts, remove toggle, put bolt through Standard and re-attach toggle to bolt before placing Standard on track.
Attach brackets at desired shelf height.
Note: Always match bracket size to shelving depth except when using Shelf & Rod™ shelving. For this type of shelving, always use 12" brackets.
Cutting Shelving, Closet Rods, and Hang Tracks
Wire shelving can be cut using a bolt cutter or hacksaw. Closet Rods can be cut using a pipe cutter (recommended) or a hacksaw. Hang Tracks can be cut with a hacksaw.
When two shelves come together in a corner, use a Corner Shelf Support to connect them. Use a Corner Closet Rod to allow clothes to slide uninterrupted around corners. Note: SuperSlide™ Closet Rod Supports should be placed where Closet Rods join.
Shelf Caps/Closet Rod Caps
Shelf Caps should be placed on the cut ends of shelving to protect clothing. Closet Rod Caps should be placed on the ends of Closet Rods to keep hangers in place.
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