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01-19-2010 10:02 PM

I’m planning out a custom closet for our master bedroom and am having some trouble with how to do certain parts. This is a standard 2-door closet, not a walkin and I think I’ll be using Walnut.

It’s a very simple/standard design, with 2 sections. Hanging sections on the left and right, and selves in the middle. Each section seperated with vertical seperators (not sure what to call then, essentially 7 ft. tall boards).

My question is, how do you mount the vertical seperators to the back wall? Obviouslly, they’ll bear a good amount of weight, since they will have the hanging rods attached to them on either side, as well as the shelves on the insides.

This picture is an example, in the image on the right, I’m talking about the vertical pieces that are slatted and have hanging rods on the outside and shelves on the inside.

closet example

If you’re tackeled this project before and have suggestions/lessons learned, I’d love ot hear about it!


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#1 posted 01-19-2010 10:13 PM

I strongly recommend that you use a stud finder, and mount the units into the studs. Twice I’ve used various types of wallboard fasteners, and twice everything came crashing down in the middle of the night…...gave us quite an abrupt wakening too!

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#2 posted 01-19-2010 10:15 PM

Yeah, I hear you on putting them into the studs, but what’s the best way to do that…I’ll try to figure out a better way to explain what I’m asking. I think I’m having one of those says.


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#3 posted 01-19-2010 10:21 PM

When I did a very similar project, I essentially built the sections as boxes and hung them on french cleats—attached to the studs of course.

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#4 posted 01-19-2010 10:30 PM

While I don’t have any actual experience in this area, I have been thinking about doing a similar closet and French Cleats would be my preference to hold the vertical members, either as boxes or as separate panels.

Here is a link to some installation instructions for a commercial closet system. They use what they call a “track”; which looks to me like simply a metal French Cleat.

You get a better view on slides 2 and 3.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 10:41 PM

I did some 5 years ago. Just put a 1×4 piece of poplar on the wall screwed into studs. Cut corresponding notch in all the hanging cabinets. Hang cabinets on cleat and two screws to prevent earthquakes from letting it jump off. Never a problem, and easy to reposition. My wife does like to move things around, just to keep it interesting.

-- Stephen, Riverside. If it's worth building, it's worth making it real heavy.

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 10:43 PM

That’s great. Simple is definitely good and the support piece should work perfectly

Thanks all!

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#7 posted 01-21-2010 09:01 PM

Anyone have suggestions for what finish to use on the wood for the closet?

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