DIY Shelf Covers

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...okay remember my post on my linen closet organization? Well I promised a post on how I made my shelf covers and here it is.

We only have one linen closet in my small house and it was CRAMMED. Not at all functional.

So I got to work organizing it- for a reminder you can see that post here. And also as a reminder- here is the before of my terrible linen closet.

I decided to make some wood covers to hide those ugly wire shelves.

I started by measuring the wire shelves. These covers needed to be 22” long and 12” deep and the faces for the front would be 3” wide and 22” long.

So I went to my scrap wood pile and found everything I needed left over from previous projects.

If you are starting from scratch- here’s your list:

•1/2” plywood

•1x3x8 for the facing. (one would cover 4 shelves, I have 5 shelves so I would have bought 2 of these)




nail gun



These need to fit over the wire shelves so I needed to make a cut out for the brackets. I used a piece of paper to trace around them so I’d have a template.

Then transfer this template onto your plywood.

The I cut everything out with my jigsaw. You could also use a table saw for the longer cuts.

After I got them all cut, I had to make some adjustments bc my closet walls are not straight.

Once I got them to fit, (a little kicking was needed) I placed all the plywood shelves into the wire shelves and used my nail gun to attach the 1x3 for the front.

I spent $0 on this project because it was all left over wood from other projects so I call this an absolute win.

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towels linked here.

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  • Tin48618840 Tin48618840 on May 28, 2022

    Thank you for getting back to me

  • Carrie Carrie on Jun 17, 2022

    Great idea, wire shelving is so ugly! But, for those of us not handy with power tools, the alternative is foam core board and wood grain contact paper. I re-did the shelving in my laundry room for under $6, purchased everything from Dollar Tree.