Use Closet Rods to Create a Custom Fit Shelving Unit

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I recently gave an awkward corner in my living room a purpose with a custom fit floor-to-ceiling shelving unit. The unit is wired for lighting!
We reconfigured our closets recently and wound up with two extra closet rods. We bolted the closet rods together to make a support pole for this cool shelving unit. We created an adjustable component out of nuts and bolts for each end of the support pole so it could act as a tension rod so the shelves can run from floor to ceiling. The shelves were made from wood from four dresser drawers.
After we constructed the support pole for the shelving unit we drilled several holes in the pole for lamp wire. We threaded the lamp wire inside the pole so we could add electrical outlets on a few of the shelves. Electrical outlets like the one shown here include instructions on how to wire.
Here's another view of the project. We used two different types of brackets to secure the shelving unit to the back and side wall. We purchased small L brackets to secure each shelf to the back wall. Then we made larger brackets out of aluminum angle so each shelf would be secured to the side wall. You can check out my blog post to learn more about this DIY. Thanks!
Deirdre Sullivan

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