Flavia Andrews
Flavia Andrews
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  • Boynton Beach, FL

DIY Covers for Wire Shelving

3 Materials
$200
24 Hours
Medium

I made these custom wood shelves to cover the ugly wire shelving inside a closet. The result is a custom built-in closet, that I want to keep open all the time!
Measure the length and the depth of the shelves, and according to those measurements, purchase the following material.
- Plywood sheathing – 1/4 inch x 4 ft x 8 ft . The amount of sheets needed will depend on the number of shelves you will be making and their depth.
- Select Pine board – 1 inch x 4 inch x 6 ft. (Actual size: 3/4 inch x 3 1/2 inch) – These are for the facing of the shelves. Again, the amount needed will depend on the number of shelves and their width.
- Wood glue
- Staple gun and staples – We used crown staples 1 inch long x 1/4 inch wide
- Table saw
- Miter saw
- Wood putty and palm sander – Optional: to cover staples and sand off the surface.
- One-step varnish and urethane – Color of choice.
- Brush & gloves – to apply varnish
BEFORE
BEFORE
This is how this 'dump' closet looked like before! Everything in total disarray.
AFTER
AFTER
Step 1: On a table saw, rip a piece of plywood sheathing lengthwise to fit the depth of your closet's shelf. On this step, you are ripping the plywood to make the top of the shelf.
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Step 2: Adjust the table saw blade, cut a notch 1/2 inch deep on the 3/4 inch side of the pine board.
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Step 3: Adjust the blade, cut a notch 1/4 inch deep on the 3 1/2 inch side of the pine board.
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Step 4: on a miter saw, cut the length of the plywood sheathing to match the shelf's width. Each plywood sheet will be the top of the shelf.
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Step 5: on the miter saw, cut the pine board (same length as plywood on step 4). This piece will be the shelf's front.
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Step 6: Apply glue on all the length of the notch you cut on the pine board (facing).
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Step 7: Place the sheet of plywood (shelf) on the notch smeared with glue.
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Step: 8: Reinforce by stapling the boards about every 8 inches
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Step 9: Sand and stain the shelves and slide over the old and ugly wire shelving.
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Step 10: Place storage baskets to help you organize your closet neatly.
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This project was completed in under 24 hours. For more details, check out my article DIY Wood Covers for Wire Shelving
Happy DIYing!
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  • Priscila santiago
    on Mar 13, 2018

    Can I ask the guy in the hardware ti do the cuts for me? Because I don't has the machine ti do the cuts

    • Chris Carter Groberg
      on Feb 22, 2019

      what hardware would do these cuts? I know Home Depot will cut wood to length and width but I dont know about the routing

  • K_a7863698
    on Sep 6, 2018

    Sorry for asking, I may have overlooked this in your instructions but what is securing the wood to the wire shelves?

    • Flavia Andrews
      on Sep 6, 2018

      Hi! Nothing. They sit on top of the wire shelves. The wood slides over the wire shelf as a sleeve. :) Two years and still in perfect condition!!!

  • Lol
    on Nov 11, 2018

    where did you get the baskets that say stuff?

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  • AJ Jeannette
    on Oct 15, 2018

    What a beautiful transformation and very inexpensive. Great idea and thank you for sharing. I did basically the same thing when I boxed in metal support poles in my basement.

  • Lovesunique
    on Dec 15, 2018

    This is a great idea! Stained or painted boards it looks great. The metal shelves were a great idea when they came out because they were adjustable and this way you get solid adjustable shelving without having to demo and fill in anchor holes.

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