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A while back I turned my office closet into an audio recording booth. It's been great to have the mic setup and ready to go when I need to record narration for our videos. Even with the recording setup I still had a little space left in the closet for storage. I've been storing plastic bins on the side, one on top of the other.
It worked for a while, but I got tired of having to move each bin, especially when I need to get to the bottom one. I decided to build some simple shelves to hold the bins and keep them out of the way when recording.
Here’s the plan I came up with. I made three shelves, but I might add one more in the future.
Since I cut the pipe, I couldn’t cap the end of the pipe with a threaded end cap. I found PVC caps that fit perfectly into the end of the cut pipe and finish it nicely.
We used two different screws in this project. Only two of the holes on one set of the flanges hit a stud, so we were mostly looking at wall anchors. We used wall dog screws originally, which is an anchor and screw in one. It worked well, but I put a very heavy bin on the bottom shelf and it didn’t hold. I found a toggle bolt worked really well for the bottom shelves.
I cleaned the pipes with WD-40 and screwed them into place. I added a shelf across each set of pipes. I was going to add pipe straps (see the top pic, the 4 silver U shaped items) to secure the pipe to the bottom of the shelf, but I didn’t feel it was necessary. If you have kids or they feel unbalanced, you might want to add this so they are extra secure.
This project was about function not looks, but I think they look pretty nice and clean. With the bins added, it makes the closet look neat and tidy. We also added our DeWalt small compartment organizer, which is where we keep picture hanging hardware. This organizer is nice because it has side latches that we could attach to other stacking units in the DeWalt pro organizer system.
Here you can see the shelves fit perfectly in the closet, even when I'm at the mic in the vocal booth. It's so nice to have a place for everything, and I love when we can reuse old items in our projects!
Do you have a place you need extra shelving? Would you use pipe or a different bracket? Let us know in the comments below!
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