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Your Top Closet Installation Questions Answered

By: Staff Published: November 25, 2019

Measure from the floor up to determine the height of your single-hang and double-hang rods.

As you’re getting ready to install a new closet storage system, you may have many questions about the process – from how high to hang the closet rods to how to clean the components. We’ve got the answers to those questions (and more) in this week’s blog post!

Question: What is the recommended height for single-hang and double-hang configurations?
Answer: Single-hang height should be 70 inches from the floor; double-hang height is around 84 inches for the higher rod and 42 inches for the lower rod.

Q: How far apart should I install the support brackets for my wire system?
A: They should not be more than 36 inches apart for fixed-mount systems and not more than 24 inches apart for ShelfTrack.

Q: What is the recommended interval for multiple rows of shelving?
A: Vertical spacing between shelving depends on what you are storing. If you are hanging clothes, the recommended space is 42 inches, but if you are just using shelving for folded sheets, you may only want to space them 10 inches apart. Check out our Quick Tip video on this topic.

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Q: How high should the hangtrack be from the floor?
A: Hangtrack height will depend on the height of your ceiling and length of the standards that you plan to use. The most important part is to use the appropriate hardware type for the wall where the product will be installed.

Q: Is ClosetMaid’s wire shelving made of steel or aluminum?
A: Our wire shelving is made of vinyl-coated steel, and is a minimum of 91 percent recycled content.

Q: How can I remove labels or stickers on wire units and hardware?
A: The labels are designed to be removable without any type of cleaner, but if they’re not peeling off easily, you can use a product like Goo-Gone.

Q: I have a baseboard in my closet. Can I still install the closet kits/towers?
A: Yes, but the unit must still be fastened against the wall. The supplied L-brackets in each kit can allow a distance of up to one inch away from the wall. If the baseboard is thicker than one inch, you will have to either cut the section where the unit will be installed or purchase a bigger L-bracket at the local hardware.

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If your closet has baseboards, you will need to adjust for them during the installation process.

Q: Why do I need to attach my unit to the wall?
A: All towers and organizers must be secured to the wall to prevent the unit from potentially tipping when it is loaded with weight.

Q: Can I mount the cabinets off the floor and onto the wall?
A: Towers and organizers that are designed to be floor-mounted and attached to the wall must be installed as instructed. Mounting the cabinets to the wall would void all warranties. Cabinets that are designed to be installed off of the floor can be used as such.

Q: I want my Selectives/SuiteSymphony corner unit to have a left-hand configuration. Is this possible?
A: Yes. To move from a right-hand configuration to a left-hand configuration, the shelves are flipped. The right-hand configuration has the cams facing downward at the bottom of the shelf. In the left-hand configuration, the cams face upward and cam cover caps (provided) are used.

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You can install corner units on the right or left side of your SuiteSymphony closet.

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Q: Why are there pre-drilled holes on the side panels if you don’t recommend adding more shelves?
A: The pre-drilled holes are intended for the adjustable shelves, providing more range for adjustability.

Q: Can ClosetMaid shelves be installed in a house trailer or any other kind of trailer? What about metal studs?
A: No. Our units can only be installed either into drywall, concrete or stud wall.

Q: The parts aren’t labeled. How do I identify the parts?
A: The parts can be identified through the pre-drilled holes. The instruction manual shows you a diagram of the different parts.

Q: Can the laminate panels be painted?
A: No. The laminate will not absorb the paint.

Q: How do you suggest maintaining and keeping laminate products clean?
A: To clean laminate products, use a damp cloth and nonabrasive cleaner. Avoid using hard chemical cleaners. They may damage the product finish over time.

If you have specific questions about your project, call our customer service line at 1-800-874-0008 (Mon-Fri 9am to 8pm EST).

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