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Shelves and Rods


Make these essential closet components fit your needs and work for you. Here are some possibilities. The shelves in the closet shown are adjustable thanks to peg-in-hole supports. And no snags here: Smooth vinyl matting, normally used to protect drafting tables, is cut to fit each shelf and fixed in place with double-sided tape. Stainless steel shelves provide another solution; they can be adjusted without tools. If your sweater collection grows, another shelf can always be added. Archival and metal boxes (1), neatly set in rows, store small things, like gloves and socks. A single closet rod usually leaves the space under shirts and skirts unused; rods (2) that take both short and long items into account leave no space empty and as a result render sections roomy. The step stool folds for easy storage.


  1. Step 1

Organizing Good Things 2004

Reviews (8)

  • purplegal 29 Jan, 2009

    I've used the vinyl they sell at home improvement stores for shower lining. It's almost exactly like the drafting table stuff, and lot more cost-effective. It cuts easily with scissors or a utility knife, and you can even trace the measurements out on it with a Sharpie. The only downside is that it only comes in gray.

  • MHolguin 29 Jan, 2009

    I am having trouble locating the vinyl matting for the shelves. Has anyone had any luck?

  • pamlakman 29 Jan, 2009

    I've found them at a hardware store. They come in different sizes. You might need to get the right size drill bit at the same time to avoid drilling a [filtered word] that doesn't hold the support piece.

  • marlita2000 29 Jan, 2009

    Where would find the "peg-in-[filtered word] supports"? I would like more information on where I could find this part of the project.

  • detaildiva 29 Jan, 2009

    I agree, there rarely seems to be enough photos and/or they are often not large enough to see essential details.

  • courtneyelise 29 Jan, 2009

    This is a GREAT idea. If you don't want to mess with all the fuss of DIY - the Container Store has a GREAT shelving system called Elfa - they have free space design everday (in-store

  • dianehk 29 Jan, 2009

    Actually, the smaller image IS illustrating how to adhere double-sided tape to the back of drafting table vinyl cover. That material is cream on one side and green on the other.

    But I agree, there should have been more pictures to accompany other aspects of the article.

  • mdeninger 29 Jan, 2009

    the text seems to be referring to pictures that are not included on the page