|Forum topic by CompMan86||posted 05-25-2016 03:12 PM||431 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
05-25-2016 03:12 PM
My question is about how to support the uprights and the adjacent shelves in a melamine closet.
It’s a reach-in closet, about 8 feet wide and 2 feet deep, with a 5 foot wide bi-fold door opening. In the left “pocket”, I’ll put a stack of corner shelves. My current plan is to support those on the left and back with 1.5” x 0.75” ledger boards. In order for clothes to not fall off the shelves I want a melamine upright board next to them. I also want a hanger rod on the other side of the upright.
1. Should the upright rest on the floor? The floor has carpet so I worry about the upright sinking in as it accumulates weight. I considered leveling feet that thread into embedded sockets—but for some reason I can’t find that part anywhere, what should I search for?
2. Should I cut off the upright and only have it extend down to the bottom shelf? This would leave the floor wide open which would be nice, but I feel like it would put a lot of weight on the shelves?
3. Should I cut off the bottom (like in #2), but attach the upright to the back wall? Let’s assume I won’t hit a stud—how would I secure it?
4. In any of these cases, should I support the hanging rod with a plastic cup screwed into the upright, or should I solely rely on triangle brackets mounted to the back wall? (In other words, should the weight of the rod be supported by the upright or not?)
Thanks for any and all help!