My new studio contains two built in closets that I elected to not have the standard shelving built in. Instead, I wanted to be able to build floor to ceiling shelves that would allow me to store a lot more stuff. It seems there are a gazillion companies dedicated to building all kinds of shelving – and you can pay a small fortune for it. I decided that for these two closets, the shelving needed to be functional and good looking – without the high price tag. Thus started the trips to IKEA.
I decided upon IKEA’s ALGOT shelving system for these two closets. It’s extremely customizable, it looks good, and the price was right. In the beginning, the two closets were going to have identical shelving layouts as they are both the same size. Due to an error in my arithmetic when figuring out how many bits and pieces I needed, they ended up being slightly different – and this turned out to be a good thing!
My thought for both of the closets was that I would hang quilts (I have a lot of them!) at the top of the closets and then have shelves in the lower half of the closet to stash all the non-quilt stuff. Such as the stuff in this box:
This is what I came up with:
On both sides of this closet:
- At the top I have 4 ALGOT clothes rails for brackets, 31.5″ wide, for a total of 8 rails.
- At the bottom I have 5 ALGOT shelves, 31.5″ x 15″, for a total of 10 shelves.
It is all hung on three 77″ wall uprights, each of which is extended by adding a 22″ upright to the top. I used 15: 15″ ALGOT brackets and 12: 7″ ALGOT brackets.
The beauty of this system for hanging quilts is in the brackets that attach the clothes rails to the wall uprights.
The 7″ ALGOT brackets have 2 notches for hanging shelves – and clothes rails:
I used these brackets for the 1st and 2nd rails from the top. On the first (top) bracket, I attached the rail to the back notch. On the second bracket, I attached the rail to the front notch.
The 15″ ALGOT brackets have 4 notches for hanging shelves – and clothes rails:
The back two notches correspond with the position of the 2 notches on the 7″ bracket. I used these brackets for the 3rd and 4th rails. On the first (top) of these brackets, I attached the rail to the 3rd notch from the back. On the second of these brackets, I attached the rail to the front notch.
This gave me some beautifully staggered rails that are perfect for hanging quilts:
For the shelves, each bracket allows for 2 shelves to be attached to it, one on each side of the bracket. That gave me some beautifully long (61″) shelves that almost filled up the width of the closet:
From the top rail to the top shelf is about 44″ – plenty of hanging length for an 88″ long quilt folded in half over the rail. The rails are about 5″ apart in height.
It turns out that I have a lot more quilts than I thought. The 8 hanging rails were filled up really fast, even with some of the rails holding 2 or 3 quilts. That left a lot of my smaller quilts – and I didn’t want to fold them. I decided to roll them, and was able to get a ton of them into the closet without the risk of fold marks.
One thing I almost forgot… instead of purchasing 16 clothes rails, 8 for each closet, I only purchased 8, enough for one closet. My original plan had quilts hanging in both closets. I like this way better, with quilts rolled. The other closet is still a work in progress, so that description will have to wait for another day!