DIY Wire Shelf Dividers (great for the linen closet)!

15-20 Minutes

I was tackling one of the most embarrassing areas in my house, the linen closet, when I hit a speed bump: wire shelf dividers were costly for what they are and didn't have a good track record. Using the leftover wire shelving from the original closet organizer, I "hacked" some shelf dividers with the clever use of zap straps! I'm so pleased with the results! Click over to see how easy it is! # # # # # # #
Start with cutting a length of wire shelving (available at any Home Improvement store) into lengths that match your current wire shelving (ours were 16"). Grab your trusty zap-straps and get ready to install!
Using the lip of the shelf as the base of the shelf divider, zap strap the base onto the wire shelves. Strap them tightly and then trim the excess.
Cap off the cut ends of the shelving with shelf caps (again, available where you get your length of wire shelving).
If you're using baskets or bins in your space, consider making labels for each of them. Using a hole punch and those amazing zap-straps will come in handy here.
If you're feeling cheeky, you can use your zap straps and dividers to create quick and easy mini-shelves within your bigger shelves. This is perfect for baskets or smaller items.
Slide in your baskets, linens, towels, etc, into their designated homes. Appreciate that they can't "canoodle" with the pile next door. Everything has a place, and with these dividers, they will stay there.
Admire your handiwork! This set-up practically enforces organization.

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Lori Harmon
    on Apr 9, 2016

    I have solid wood shelving but really like this idea of dividing the shelves to keep things neat. Thought of the adjustable spring loaded curtain rods, but that seems like it would take at least 3 per divider. Does anybody have any other ideas for vertical dividers?

    • V
      on Aug 14, 2017

    • V
      on Aug 14, 2017

      Years ago I used small eye-hooks and. BUNGEE cords (with hooks on each end) and put them in an X on the front of the shelf in my pantry so bags wouldn't fall out. You could put three straight up between shelves to divide them though.
  • Elizabeth Cox
    on Feb 7, 2019

    So how much did this all cost to do?

  • Terri
    on Mar 15, 2020

    What is a zap strap?

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  • Pierrette Sirois
    on May 1, 2016

    Wired shelfs are perfect in an attic

  • Bonnie
    on May 15, 2020

    What a great idea! Our walk-in closet was loaded with wire shelving and it was badly laid out. We ripped it out and put in a nice wood organizing system.

    My linen closet is the same as yours and now I know what to do with all the wire shelving sitting in the basement! Thanks for the great idea!

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