June 21, 2012
Make sure you get it right the first time by following our step by step guide to custom millwork.
Step 1: Determine the Purpose
Shelving can be built virtually anywhere, so deciding what needs to be stored is the key to getting started. TVs, books, toys and clothing all have certain considerations when planning depths and heights in your shelving. So determining which items, how many, and what their sizes are takes you to the next step.
Step 2: Measure the Space
Whether it’s one wall or many, careful measurements must be taken in order to proceed with laying out the space. Measuring the wall along with window, door, outlet and switch locations is essential.
Step 3: Consider Details
Want to store books? You’ll need a minimum of 13” depth. However larger art or ‘coffee table’ books may require more depth. If hanging clothes or seasonal coats, allow 24-28” for closet depth. Need a place to organize stacks of paper? You’ll need 20” of depth for legal files and 14” for letter. Research toy bins and storage boxes according to your needs as they come in all shapes and sizes and your shelves can be customized accordingly.
For the rest of the steps, check out Dabble Magazine Issue 3.