How to Install Wire Shelving

Our expert will share his secrets to help you install wire shelving.

A professional installer shares his knowledge about how to install wire shelving. Make your job go faster and look better with these tips for leveling, supporting and cutting wire shelves.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Meet the expert

Wire shelving is popular because of its price, flexibility and ease of installation. Wire shelving can be designed to meet almost any need at a fraction of the cost of a custom built-in system. And while learning how to install wire shelving isn’t quite a no-brainer, you don’t need to be a master carpenter or own a fully equipped cabinet shop to get it done. We picked the brain of a pro installer Tim Bischke for these tips to help you on your next installation.

Over the past 15 years, Tim has hung wire shelves in thousands of closets. His jobs have ranged from simple one-shelf reach-in closets to elaborate walk-in wardrobe sanctuaries. When you’ve hung that many shelves, you can’t help but know what you’re doing.

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Buy extra pieces

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Leave the heavy stuff for the garage

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Lay it out with a bubble stick

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Use a template on the end brackets

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Avoid upheaval

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A bolt cutter works best

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Space the angle brackets evenly

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Measure an inch short

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Pegboard prevents tipping

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Back wall clips don't need to hit studs

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Cordless drill
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Stud finder
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Level
  • Drill bit set
  • Safety glasses

You'll also need a bubble level, a bolt cutter, a template and a push tool.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Wire shelving
  • Back wall clips
  • End brackets
  • End caps
  • Angle brackets
  • Retaining clips
  • 1/4-in. pegboard
  • White zip ties