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The worst part of moving is figuring out where to put everything. My original plan for my fabric stash was to keep them in totes and store them in the basement. That idea didn’t work.

I downsized my home, and apparently that also meant less storage in the basement.

So idea number two I thought was pretty clever. I bought a bunch of dollar store hangers and folded the fabric over them. And it all fit into an unused guest closet.

The next day I decided to take the *after* pics. But I couldn’t. Why? you ask?

Because the whole thing collapsed. At first I thought it was because I overloaded the closet with heavy fabric.
After clearing it out I found that the wire shelf/hanging thing wasn’t attached to any of the wall studs. All of the screws were connected to the drywall with plastic anchors. And the screws were only about one inch long.


My home is 20 years old. This closet system seemed original to the house. The only thing I’m left wondering is how anyone ever used this closet….,at all?

So instead of revealing a clever way of hanging fabric, I’m now posting about installing a new closet system.

But first? How do you find the wall studs?

I’d love to claim I’m an expert in explaining the use of a stud finder, but here’s a more helpful video instead. And this guy is using the same detector I use.



So, now the closet redo:

Before pics:




As you can see from the pics above, this is a semi walk-in closet with steps. The *steps* exist because the closet is above the staircase. It uses space well, but does create an issue when choosing a closet system. After intense research through amazon đŸ™‚ , I found a flexible system. And by flexible, I mean I didn’t need to cut off a finger while cutting up shelves. I also didn’t need to buy any new tools. I did find that this system didn’t include enough screws, but I did have some 2-1/2″ screws already.

My closet is just over 7′ wide, so I bought the above system. I have to say I was a bit nervous about  buying another wire closet system. But? I didn’t want to spend a huge amount of money for a closet I was going to use for storage. These systems can be pretty pricey, but this one was $105 (on sale)….and no, I do not have an affiliate account with amazon….yet….but I’ll give you a link at the end.

Now I should have taken a pic showing you the first step of putting up the main support. But I only have two hands, and this job actually required four. Not saying it was difficult, but a bit klutzy. Get help if you can.

But do you see how off the original support screws were? Not to mention all the wasted space above the one shelf.

Another pic, another shelf:


More shelves, and hanging bars installed. Relatively easy process.

Oh, and a ps to this: the reason you don’t have to cut the shelves is that you overlap them to fit. And they are designed so the back metal bar of the shelf will fit into a different groove than the one being overlapped, so it lays flat. There is also a slide lock that keeps the shelves locked into place. The hooks that hold the hanging bars lock into the shelving supports.

And another ps to this?
You will sweat…..a lot. You will be working (cough! struggling!) inside a closet for half the day. So don’t wear a sweatshirt (I did and changed). Start out with a t shirt instead.

Finished and loaded up with sewing stuff:



Not bad, huh?
This was the room, itself, before putting the fabric away:


Yes……I still have miles to go in this room. But the closet’s a start

Link to the system I bought:

Rubbermaid Configurations