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How to Install a Closet Organizer

Build the perfect system to organize your closet

Need ideas on how to organize your closet? If you’re looking for a quick solution, a manufactured off-the-shelf system may be what you need. All you have to do is buy it and install it. Different manufacturers make multiple styles, but their closet components and attachment systems aren't always compatible with each other. To be safe, stick with the same brand for any single installation. This guide will teach you how to install most closet organizers and storage sets, including baskets and drawers.

Skill Level: Beginner
  1. Step 1 Choose the Closet Kit That’s Right for You

    Choose the Closet Kit That’s Right for You

    If you’re looking to declutter and reorganize your home, install some wire closet shelving. Although there are many styles and brands, nearly all of them are comprised of wire shelves and supports that can be screwed together quickly and easily.

  2. Step 2 Add Closet Accessories as Needed

    Add Closet Accessories as Needed

    Baskets are a good option for expanding storage space. You can clip hanging baskets to the wire shelf or use floor-based baskets that slide like drawers. Floor-based baskets usually slide on runners and hang on a wire frame that snaps together easily.

  3. Step 3 Measure Height for First Hangrail and Wall Mounts

    Measure Height for First Hangrail and Wall Mounts

    Use a stud finder to locate the studs in the wall where you’d like to hang your shelving. Once you’ve located the first stud, measure the wall to find the rest. Hang tracks run parallel to the ceiling and screw into the studs. Make sure the hang track is level before driving in the screws.

  4. Step 4 Hang Uprights

    Hang Uprights

    Hang the shelf standards from the track. Standards should be no more than 24 inches apart, although manufacturers’ recommendations may vary. Wherever possible, put each standard over a stud so you can drive screws directly into it. Make sure the standard is plumb and draw a line along it before screwing it in place. Using the screws the manufacturer recommends, screw the standard into place along the line.

  5. Step 5 Add Brackets and Shelves

    Add Brackets and Shelves

    Put small arms on the back of the hanger into the slots in the standard, then push down until they snap into place. If you're planning on including baskets or other hanging elements, double-check that you've allowed enough space for them. Place the shelves on the hanger bars.

  6. Step 6 Add Closet Clothing Rods

    Add Closet Clothing Rods

    If you want to add a clothing bar, you must first hang bar supports from the shelf. The bar supports in the system pictured slip through the space between the wires and lock in place. Design varies by maker and style.

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