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NOTE - The following mod was originally submitted to the Tech Rally group on Yahoo by Ray Wilkes in September 2004. (Some additional comments and editing by Baldy in May 2006. These added comments are all italicized.) PDF (65KB)

Add a shelf to the lower section of the clothes closet


PART LIST: (All prices are pre tax)
Plywood 5/8" thick, 21 1/2" square*** $2 >
Shelf supports, 4 $2
Fabric, carpet tape $1

*** NOTE - 5/8" plywood is more than sufficiently strong enough to carry the load of shoes and other items placed on top of it.  If you don't plan on any extra heavy items, you can safely use 1/2" thick plywood or particle board.  Verify the actual width and depth of your closet as some vehicle may vary.

TOOLS: Drill


  1. Build a shelf of 5/8" thick plywood, 21-1/2" square, with a 6-3/4" long notch in the forward left corner to fit the piece of thin plywood Winnebago used around the vent pipe.

    NOTE - Whether using plywood or particle board, sand the edges relatively smooth, especially the one edge that will be facing the closet door.  Even though you may cover with fabric, splinters can still poke through.

  2. Drill 1/4" holes in the forward and aft walls.  These holes are located 7" above the original floor, and at 6" and 16 1/4" out from the back wall, on each of the forward and aft walls.

    NOTE - Depending upon what items you want to easily slide in under this added shelf, you may have to vary the dimension of 7" above the original floor to suit your needs.  Not all "15-quart boxes" are made exactly the same.  Before you increase this dimension, make sure that shirts, blouses, and pants will all hang without bunching up on the new closet shelf.  Make sure that all 4 support brackets are located the same exact distance from the existing closet floor.

  3. Fit in the 4 plastic brackets.  Hold these supports in with masking tape to make it easier to slide the shelf down.

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The shelf removed to show where I placed the plastic supports, and how the 15-quart boxes and dust buster fit in below the shelf.

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The existing clothes rod is raised 3”.  The clothes rods seem to be located at different distances from the ceiling, and in some Rialtas it is helpful to raise the rod just high enough to still be able to place hangers over the rod.

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To finish off the shelf, put some plain colored fabric over the top and edges, and fastened it to the underside of the shelf with carpet tape.

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