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A wireframe shelf being fitted to the interior of a walk in wardrobe

Overview

If you need more storage at home, a walk-in robe with wire shelves, racks, baskets and drawers is an affordable and versatile solution. We’ll show you how to install the wardrobe tracks, the walls strips and racks, shelves and baskets.

Steps

1Mark out horizontal tracks

You'll need to decide how high and how close to the walls you want the cupboard tracks to go. Measure and mark these distances along the walls. Then use the spirit level and pencil to draw a straight line from one side of the wall to the other. A good idea is to leave 300mm at the top so you can store something above the cupboard.

Heights for wire frame shelves being marked out on the wall of a walk in wardrobe by a Bunnings team member using a tape measure and pencil

2Find the wall studs

Use the stud finder to locate the studs behind the horizontal lines you've drawn across the walls. Mark where the studs are with a pencil.
A stud finder being used to locate studs in the wall at the back of a walk in wardrobe

3Secure the horizontal tracks

Secure the horizontal track to the wall by screwing in 40mm timber screws at the points where you found the wall studs. 

Horizontal tracks for shelving being screwed into the wall of a walk in wardrobe with a power drill

4Secure the first vertical wall strip

Click your vertical wall strip into the tracking nearest the wall corner and hang it down from the screws you've inserted. Use the spirit level to make sure the strip is hanging straight and mark a straight line with a pencil. Then secure the strip to the wall with the cordless drill and 40mm timber screws.

A spirit level being used to ensure the straightness of mounting tracks for shelving

5Secure the other vertical strips

After securing the first vertical strip, place a track cover on the wardrobe track, which will act as a spacer. Place the second vertical strip onto the rack, next to the track cover and lock it into place. Use the spirit level to make sure it's straight. Secure the strip to the wall with 40mm timber screws. Repeat this until all of the strips are in place.

Vertical strips used to hold shelving being fitted to the back wall of a walk in wardrobe

6Securing a wall strip without a wall stud

If you don't have a wall stud behind where you need to drill, drill a plastic toggle into the plasterboard first. Then you can drill the 40mm timber screw into the plastic toggle to hold the wall strip in place.

A screw being drilled into a plastic toggle in the wall in the absence of a wall stud

7Install the top shelf brackets

When installing the brackets for the shelving, work your way down from the top so you get the spacings that suit your needs. Clip the first bracket for the top shelf into the hanging vertical strip and then lock the plastic lever into place to secure. Then work across the horizontal tracks until all of the top shelf brackets are in place.

A shelf support arm being clipped into a wall mounted bracket

8Install the top shelf

Place the top shelf on the brackets and lock it into place with the clips at the back of the brackets. Ensure that the clips lock between the shelf bars or it won't be secure.
A shelf being fitted to brackets by securing it to the supports and track.

9Install a telescopic hanging rod

To hang clothes in your cupboard, you'll need to install a hanging rod. The hanging rod brackets slot into the bottom of each of the top shelf brackets. Adjust the length of the rod to match the length of the shelf. After putting end caps onto the rod, clip the rod securely into the brackets to hang clothing from it.

A telescopic hanging rod being fitted to the underside of a wireframe shelf as part of a walk in wardrobe

10Install the other shelves

Now you can install as many shelves as you like at the height you want. Make sure you attach brackets into the wall strips, and then secure them by clipping them into place.  

A wireframe shelf being fitted to the interior of a walk in wardrobe

11Build a sliding basket

To build a sliding basket, start by making sure the arrow on the frame is pointing upwards. Use a drill to attach the brackets into the pre-drilled holes on both sides of the basket frame. Then clip the basket frame to the vertical strips. Put the basket into the frame and it's ready to use. 

A series of sliding baskets and tubs in place as part of a walk in wardrobe

12Install shoe racks

Shoe rack brackets sit on an angle when they are in place. Simply attach the bracket to the wall strips and clip them into place.  To make sure the shoe shelf sits securely on the bracket, use the extendable clips at the bracket ends. Then place the shoe rack on top of the bracket and clip it into place.
Shelves installed with extendable clips that let them sit at an angle, ideal for shoe racks in a walk in wardrobe

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.