A Shelf For My Clothes (Who needs a dresser?) - Miata Turbo Forum -Boost cars, acquire cats.

Welcome to Miataturbo.net   Members

Insert BS here A place to discuss anything you want

LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-03-2008, 07:23 PM   #1
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (14)
patsmx5's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 7,811
Total Cats: 119
Default A Shelf For My Clothes (Who needs a dresser?)

I'm trying to decide how to layout my new shelf I want to build. I have already built an 8' desk and 8' shelf but would like a smaller one to put my clothes on. I don't have a dresser, so this will be where most of my clothes go.

I already have a nice sheet of Birch cut in half to build it out of. This pic also shows where the shelf is going. It will be built into the corner, and run across the wall where the plywood is leaning. The unit when finished will not sit on the floor, but rather will be mounted to the wall. My house sits on a sunken, cracked, and uneven slab so nothing can be completely against a wall or it would lean bad. Plus mounted to the wall it will be stronger anyway. I may end up having a brace on each corner that sticks out that goes to the floor.

Right now I'm thinking of a 4 shelf design, 4 feet tall, 4 feet wide. This way, I can get 4 shelves that are 16" deep, and still have two left for the sides. The shelves will sit on a 2x2 that goes across the back that is fastened to the studs in the wall, similar to the way I did This shelf above my Desk. The short side by the window will also have a 2x2 mounted to the wall for each shelf. This leaves the side away from the corner and the front to be braced.

The edge of each shelf that faces opposite of the wall will likely have a 1x3 or 1x4 across it's length to keep it from sagging. I used a 1x6 on edge for the 8' span on my shelf above my desk and it's plenty strong. However, that would take away from the usefulness of the shelf below it, so perhaps a center piece of plywood fastened to the wall would be a better solution, as it would separate the shelves and support the middle.

So, 2x2's on the back and side towards the window, a piece of birch in the center to support the shelves, and still need to support the side away from the window. Any ideas here? I could brace the edges back to the wall, that would look kinda cool. Could also brace the middle this way. Or I could put a piece of plywood for a side and mount it to the wall and let it support that end of each shelf. What would you do? I want it to look good and be super strong when done, so when I'm dead and gone, that shelf will still be here. Also all this will be stained with red oak and varnished to match my desk and shelf when it's finished.

Also, should I paint the wall between the shelf and desk flat white? The ceiling is semi gloss white, and the door, trim, and around the windows is flat white. I like the blue but there's too much of it. I think painting that one wall would lighten it up some. I have a 4' fluorescent light mounted into the shelf above my desk, so if I paint that wall white, it would reflect more light better which would be good, but too much would be bad. If it's too much, I can change lights though, I think I'm gonna do that anyway. I think a pair of 2' sunshine fluorescents would be better anyway. Thoughts?
patsmx5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2008, 07:58 PM   #2
Boost Czar

iTrader: (60)
Braineack's Avatar
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Chantilly, VA
Posts: 69,659
Total Cats: 1,356

a fan of 3M painters tape? did you just coast the wall with the stuff?
Braineack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2008, 08:03 PM   #3
Elite Member
Thread Starter
iTrader: (14)
patsmx5's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 7,811
Total Cats: 119

Haha, yea took like 103 rolls to do it all... but not the first run! No, it's Cobalt Blue. I know it's too dark, but I like it so I'd rather lighten up the room with lots of white trim and whatnot, maybe a white wall between the desk and overhead shelf, stuff like that. I used to have a room that had A LOT of white to compliment this color, and it looked great, but this room has too much blue for sure. I think I'm fixing to paint that wall between the desk and shelf white and see how it turns out.
patsmx5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2008, 12:29 AM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Winona, MN
Posts: 198
Total Cats: 0

your room looks like a computer crashed with all that blue...
LOOINEY is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2008, 12:47 AM   #5
Elite Member
iTrader: (14)
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Edmonton, AB
Posts: 4,922
Total Cats: 0

I'm thinking Special F/X blue screen.
jayc72 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2008, 12:53 AM   #6
2 Props,3 Dildos,& 1 Cat
iTrader: (8)
y8s's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Fake Virginia
Posts: 18,746
Total Cats: 316

why not make the desks/shelves white too
y8s is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-04-2008, 09:22 AM   #7
Elite Member
iTrader: (5)
m2cupcar's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 6,934
Total Cats: 125

I'd paint the shelves the wall color, then all **** would look as though it's floating - hollywood style.
m2cupcar is offline   Reply With Quote

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WTB parts for HPDE car Voltwings WTB 5 09-11-2015 08:23 AM
Stock '04. $6k. Just south of Poughkeepsie, NY (between NYC and Albany) Joe Perez Cars for sale/trade 5 08-30-2015 10:32 PM
I have bad luck miataspeed1point6 Insert BS here 7 05-11-2008 07:14 PM
What I did last night.... Newbsauce Insert BS here 31 04-26-2008 04:35 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:13 PM.