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Mod #45: Closet Shelves

Posted By Mark Corgan On July 22, 2008 @ 5:57 am In interior, storage | 10 Comments

What? Hanging clothes for camping? Why, that’s just unheard of. Most RVs have plenty of closet space, sometimes too much. Yet even though your RV may have a large wardrobe or closet for hanging clothes, the manufacturers rarely make the best of all the usable space within them. That’s where the closet shelves mod comes in.

Mod Difficulty:

One popular way to maximize unused space in your closet is to install sliding baskets. These are typically used in a residential kitchen to organize a pantry or to reduce clutter in kitchen cabinets. But they work quite well at storing clothing. Many come with adjustable frames to fit the tall and narrow closets usually found on either side of the bed, and have anywhere from 2 to 5 baskets. The baskets slide out on ball bearing rails and can hold a surprising amount of weight.

Another option, if you have a wide but shallow wardrobe, is to install individual shelving. This takes a little more effort in that you will have to come up with a way to support the shelves. One way is to use some half inch hardwood strips and attach them along the back and sides of the wardrobe where you want to place the shelves, as well as behind the divider support between the two doors. This way, you can just set the shelves down on the supports without having to secure them. This makes for an easy removal in the event you want to change around the shelving.

Now you will be wondering how you are going to wear all the clothes you can now take with you!

TipShelving and wire baskets can be used for more than just organizing closet storage. Look around your RV and chances are you will find other areas you can add a shelf or basket to, like under the bathroom sink, or even a dinette bench.

ModMyRV recommends these parts for this mod:
11 Inch Rubbermaid Slide-N-Stack Base White
Straight Instant Shelf Kits - 36″ Oak


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