We recently decided to finish our walk-in closet with some custom closet components from EasyClosets. The walk-in closet design was really easy using the online design software that EasyClosets utilizes on their site. Once I placed the order the materials all showed up 3 days later.
Closet Installation Directions
One of the things that has impressed me about the EasyClosets system are the extremely easy to follow installation directions. In addition to the detailed instruction manual they also send a drawing showing all the components that you ordered. The installation directions are very thorough and include many tips for unique situations that arise from a custom installation.
How To Install Support Track
The very first step in the installation process involves installing a steel support track that supports all the wall mounted closet components. Our custom walk-in closet design includes two hutch units which add an extra step to this process. I’ll be covering the hutch installation with regard to the support track in this post (if you don’t have a hutch unit the process is even easier).
The hutch units sit on the floor as well as the wall mounted support track. Therefore, in order to ensure that the unit sits on the track correctly you’ll need to place the hut unit vertical panel up against the wall and insert the support track into the receiver slot and make a mark on the wall (see photo). For our design we have closet components on two walls. I used that reference mark to layout the support track on both walls using a 6′ builders level.
Once you’ve marked the elevation of the support track you’ll need to locate all the studs so you can secure the track with screws. I recommend you use a stud finder to located the studs and make a light pencil mark just below the reference line. Next you’ll need to cut the support track with a hack saw to the length that’s called for on the design plans. Now all you have to do is install two track screws through the support track into the wall studs.
Install Hutch & Shelving Verticals
Once the track is installed you’re ready to install all the verticals. For floor mounted verticals you’ll need to check the height of your baseboard compared to the pre-cut notch in the back of the unit. Our house has 5-1/4″ high baseboard which is taller than the 3-1/2″ factory cut notch so I had to make the notch larger with my jigsaw. Before you install the verticals it’s easier if you mark out their locations based on the dimensions shown on the design plans.
Next you just hang the verticals from the support track by installing the vertical panel notch over the top of the support track. Be sure that you just set the panel on the track and don’t try to push it down into the notch any tighter.
If you have a walk-in closet where shelving units combine in a corner then it’s important to install one side completely before starting the next wall. As you can see in the photo above there is a space between the back wall and the side wall units. I ordered connected shelving so I can run the crown molding around the corner. There is a short piece of shelving that’s supplied to connect the last hutch vertical to the top shelf of the side wall hanging unit. It’s really important to install that piece before you start installing shelves on hutch unit so the vertical is in the correct position.
Install Cam Shelves
The next step is to install the cam shelves. Cam shelves help lock the entire system tightly together and provide rigidity to the system. Cam shelves can be identified by locating shelves with small circular dados cut out of the bottom on all 4 corners. You’ll need to use a hammer to install the shelf cams into the dados. Next you’ll need to install the cam pins on the verticals. There are two types of cam pins, single and double.
The single cam pins go on verticals that have no adjacent shelving on the opposite side. They screw right into the shelf pin holes on the verticals. The double cam pins install so there are cam pins on both sides of a vertical to support cam shelves on both sides.
Once the cam pins are installed you just sit the cam shelf down onto the pins and use a philips head screw driver to engage the cam mechnism. The cams really help tighten up the unit and lock everything into place. Typically there are 2 or 3 cam shelves on a unit, top, bottom and center. Once those shelves are installed you can install the moveable shelves. The moveable shelves are very easy to install because they are supported on small metal shelf pins.
Additional Installation Information
In the coming days I’ll be writing more installation instructions as we finish our design-build walk-in closet project. Be sure to come back and see the finished walk-in closet!