Removing the hanging rod and installing additional shelves will allow this closet to hold a lot more than clothes and Christmas ornaments. Since the room is being converted into a home office, the closet was modified to store a file cabinet and office supplies.

The shelves are made from 1”x 12” composite material with 1”x 2” cleats attached to the walls at each end and along the length of the shelves.

Start by measuring the width and depth of the closet.

Next, cut the shelving material to size.

Cut the cleats to length, remembering to subtract the thickness of the end cleats from the length of the back piece.

The shelving components are primed and painted in advance outside to save time and cut down on any mess.

Mark the height for the top of each cleat.

Use a level to draw lines for the cleats.

A stud finder is used to locate and mark the wall studs at the top of the cleat lines.

The cleats are nailed to the studs with the top flush with the lines.

Set the shelves in place on top of the cleats.

If additional support is needed to keep the shelves from sagging, install a center bracket under each shelf. Another option to increase shelf support is to glue and nail a 1”x 2” strip to the front of each shelf.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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