|Forum topic by Stewbot||posted 08-18-2015 09:29 PM||738 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
08-18-2015 09:29 PM
A woman wants me to re-do a hallway linen closet and among other things wants me to replace the existing shelves which are supported by a standard ledger (lack of a better term)running the perimeter of the closet, with floating shelves. This seems easy enough, however when I went to look at the job, I noticed the rear wall of the closet is not a stud wall, but a sheet of plywood. I’ve seen this before in houses I’ve worked on, often times two closets back to back will share a wall, that is actually just 3/4” plywood.
Normally in this situation I would anchor into studs to support the shelf, I’m worried that the 3/4” ply won’t have enough meat to really hold onto the shelf and its weight.
To try and illustrate the situation some more, the shelves will be about 6-8” deep and about18”- 24” long (these dimensions might change, I just looked at the job today and a finalized plan is not yet in order). I’ve explained to her my concerns about the integrity of the shelf, or the lack of it due to this little dilemma but she is adamant I give it a shot. She does not plan on storing her anvil collection atop the shelf, but more so lightweight ‘linen’ closet items. I have free reign on the design of the shelves and she is pretty laid back about the situation (despite being sure of the fact that she wants floating shelves with no visible supports) but I figured I would get some opinions. I’m sure I can come up with something eventually, but could use some extra insight.
First off, am I explaining the situation clearly enough?
Thanks for reading.
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