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Installing Wire Shelving

Our fixed wire shelving can be installed relatively quickly and easily while saving you time each day by organizing your closet or storage space. Set up a closet or pantry to your own specifications our epoxy coated wire shelving with just few tools.

Planning Your Wire Shelving System

Planning and measuring for your shelving is half the battle. Follow these easy steps to get things underway:
  1. Determine the number and style of shelves that you will need to best utilize your space.
  2. Choose from the following types of shelving:
  3. Combine the two types of shelving for a more versatile solution.
  4. Carefully measure the walls you will install your wire shelves to determine the proper length. Remember measure twice, cut once.
  5. Once you have the wall length, subtract 1 inch for shelving that will go from one side wall to the other.
  6. Subtract .5 inch for shelving that will go from one side wall to an open end.
  7. You can order your shelving cut to size or if you are going to cut it the best thing to use is a set of 24 inch bolt cutters.
  8. Cover the ends of the shelf with plastic end caps provided to avoid snagging or scratching.

  9. Installation Basics and Shelf Height

    Once you have planned your layout from the steps above you will need to install the shelving to the wall. Follow these easy steps to ensure proper installeation:
    1. The back of each wire shelf will need to be securely fastened to the wall with Versa Clips.
    2. The front of the shelf should be stabilized by either Side Wall Brackets, Support Brace or Support Poles.
    3. Measure and mark the desired height of each shelf on the wall. The guidelines below show the recommended shelf heights.
    4. Standard Shelf Heights
    5. Shelves must be level across the wall (mark with a level line).
    6. A .25 inch hole should be drilled on your level line every 10 inches.
    7. Versa Clips
    8. The first versa clip should be placed about 1.5 to 2 inches away from the end of the shelf.
    9. Insert a versa clip in to each hole.
    10. Secure each clip with its screw. Continue to turn the screw until it feels stripped. This will fully produce the unique fastening knot in, or behind the wall material.
    11. After all the clips are secured in the wall attach the shelf to the clips one at a time by snapping the back wire of the shelving in to the clip (Figure 1.).
    12. Use a few inverted Versa Clips as a hold-down for the shelf (above support braces). This is especially important for hanging shelving like open slide because most of the weight is at the front edge of the shelf providing a fulcrum effect wanting to push the back of the shelf up (Figure 2.).
    13. It is important that shelves are secured to the surrounding walls. Any shelf end that touches a side wall should be secured using a End Mounting Bracket.
    14. Lower the clipped-in shelf to its level position and slide the End Bracket into place, marking the screw holes.
    15. Installing Brackets
    16. Holding the shelf out of the way, drill your .25 inch holes at each mark and insert plastic anchors.
    17. Secure the bracket with screws driven into the anchors and lower the shelf into place.
    18. For open end shelving or shelves that span more than 36 inches use a Shelf Support Brace.
    19. These braces support the shelf and are sold in different sizes depending on the shelf you choose.
    20. Braces should be installed at least every 36 inches along the run of the shelf. For heavier loads, place a Shelf Support Brace at 24 inches. Also be sure to install a Shelf Support Brace or two near the end of any shelf with out a side wall bracket or support pole.
    21. While holding the shelf level, insert the Support Brace in shelf as shown and rotate back to the wall (Figure 1.-2.).
    22. Mark the wall through the support brace screw hole, and drill using a .25 inch drill bit.
    23. Holding the Support Brace to the wall, insert the included Tri-Loc Anchor into the hole.
    24. Draw the anchor tight with a power screwdriver until it is flush.
    25. For the stronger alternative to support braces or for a stack of shelves, like in a linen closet or pantry, you may want to consider a Vertical Support Poles. Like the braces, these poles attach to the front of each shelf to prevent tipping, bowing and take some of the weight load .
    26. Install a Shelf Support Pole at 24 to 36 inch intervals (depending on weight load) along the run of the shelf.
    27. Once you have decided where your poles will be placed, hold the shelf level, and adjust the Shelf Clips (sold separately) to the desired height and tighten with the screw provided.
    Shelf Support Brace ?? Shelf Support Pole

    Beyond the Basics

    Creating Shoe Shelves
    You can create slanted shoe storage easily with our 12 Inch Ventilated Wire Shelving. Simply turn it upside down so that the lip is facing up. This lip will hold the shoes from sliding off the shelf. Then use our Shoe Shelf Brackets which hold the shelf at a downward angle. The bracket clips to the middle of the shelf and holds the shelf away from the wall or clips to the front of the shelf and is supported on the floor depending upon the height of your shelf.

    Creating Corners in the Closet Making a Corner
    You can use Ventilated Wire Shelving in corners without sacrificing storage space. Simply use two shelves. One shelf will end in the corner at the wall, and the other will end at the edge of the first shelf.
    Easy Installation:
    • Measure both walls along which you wish to install shelving. Measure all the way to the corner.
    • Subtract the depth you have chosen for your shelf from the measurement of the other wall (see figure).
    • Order your shelves in these lengths or cut them to size.

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