How To Build Wall Shelves
I too am concerned with the shelves not moving. Fix…using a drill bit for metal, drill a hole in the underneath of the pipe through the wood. It really would depend on the exact size of your pantry, but the biggest bulk of your expense would be wood for the shelving. One 8 foot board costs $11.76, so you could figure out a pretty good estimate from there.
Patch any holes in the walls with spackle and give the interior of the closet a fresh coat of paint if needed. These DIY closet shelves are cheap and inexpensive to make even if you aren’t an experienced DIYer. You can easily adapt the instructions and measurements to create custom shelves no matter what your closet size. But because I am building cubbies in this closet, that wasn’t necessary. The vertical pieces separating each cubby will provide plenty of support. In the end I decided the design on the far right above was the winner.
Your ledger board should be approximately ½ shorter than the inside length of your shelf so the shelf will easily fit into the shelf support frame. You can build the frame to fit more snuggly, but it makes it more difficult to slide the shelf on and I’ve found that it’s not necessary to have that tight of a fit. I used your shelves as a strategy for my 4.5×2’ kitchen pantry closet. Modified it a little by using primed pine with smaller 8” side shelves inside the double door. Also left room at the bottom for a 26” high storage cabinet With drawers for extra use of the floor space.
Start from the top–the distance between the first shelf and the ceiling. The distance could be more or less, 12 inches. It’s totally dependent on your choice and what you want to put up there. We only advise that you give an even space between the ceiling and the first shelf. This is so you don’t get to put pressure on the ceiling by pressing your items to close to the ceiling, and you don’t want to keep it too far, so it doesn’t look odd. Install furring strips over the studs on the walls to create a cavity to run wires to the new television wires, and to act as the nailer for the shelves.
These contemporary-style shelves consist of rectangular boxes made of ¾-inch-thick hardwood-veneer plywood, such as birch or red oak plywood. The shelves can be built to virtually any dimension, but are typically about 6 inches deep x 8 inches tall x 24 to 36 inches long. And while you can install a single shelf, they’re usually installed in groups of two or more, creating an attractive shadow box pattern. These simple DIY shelves really added storage to this linen closet. Be inspired to create your own custom shelving while being budget-friendly.