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Old 10-06-2022, 01:38 PM   #1
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Shelf in overhead storage cabinet

OK all, looking for some ideas on how to add a shelf inside a long overhead cabinet over our jackknife sofa. We would like to have 2 levels inside of this cabinet to make it easier for storing clothing like t-shirts and shorts. Looking for ideas on how others have done this before I start down that path so any ideas are welcome. Thanks!
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Our Skylark has an abundance of overhead storage, but there were no shelves and no easy way to install them. We came up with an idea that has turned out to work very well. We shopped around and found some plastic storage boxes with the right height and width to allow them to be stacked two high in our upper cabinets.

We bring the boxes into the house and pack them with underwear, socks, shirts, pants, etc. Then we carry them out to the trailer and place them on the existing shelves.
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How about drilling shallow holes in the cabinet sidewalls and installing shelf pins?
https://www.amazon.com/cabinet-shelf...net+shelf+pins
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How about drilling shallow holes in the cabinet sidewalls and installing shelf pins?
https://www.amazon.com/cabinet-shelf...net+shelf+pins
Exactly what we did. Make yourself a template from a piece of scrap wood and drill your holes through that first. Then move it to each of the 4 corners where the shelf will be and drill through the template hole about 1/4" (or clearance required for pins) into the cabinet walls. This ensures that the shelf will sit level and avoids measurement errors.

For the shelf we just bough a cheap 'foil' covered shelf from Home Despot and cut to length.
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And since it's a long cabinet you may need to add a vertical support of some kind below the middle of the new shelf.
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Old 10-07-2022, 08:21 PM   #6
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I used command strips to hold six 3/4 by 2" by 5" high pine boards. Getting into the corners to drill seemed like too tight of a squeeze. They have held up great for a year.

I also used a pre made shelf from Lowes that a ripped down on my table saw.
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All good ideas, thanks. Curious, How did you fit one long shelf into the cabinet or did you have to cut it in half? Has anyone tried fitting wire shelving into one of these cabinets?
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I had to cut it in half then reinforced the butt joint from underneath.
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All good ideas, thanks. Curious, How did you fit one long shelf into the cabinet or did you have to cut it in half? Has anyone tried fitting wire shelving into one of these cabinets?
If there is a stile for the doors in the middle, consider adding a vertical divider behind that and putting in shorter shelves. You can then have shelves at different heights or keep one bay open for taller items. Our Jayco already had a divider between each pair of doors, so fitting was easier.
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ClosetMaid Wire Racks

I installed the wire rack shelves made by ClosetMaid. I can see underneath and everything slides out easily. I put supports on both ends and between every door.
They are easily cut to fit using the angle grinder.
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shelves

Work great.


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OK all, looking for some ideas on how to add a shelf inside a long overhead cabinet over our jackknife sofa. We would like to have 2 levels inside of this cabinet to make it easier for storing clothing like t-shirts and shorts. Looking for ideas on how others have done this before I start down that path so any ideas are welcome. Thanks!
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OK all, looking for some ideas on how to add a shelf inside a long overhead cabinet over our jackknife sofa. We would like to have 2 levels inside of this cabinet to make it easier for storing clothing like t-shirts and shorts. Looking for ideas on how others have done this before I start down that path so any ideas are welcome. Thanks!
I just did that last month. Costco had a set of two approx 16- 32” long extendable extra shelf shelving. It was 17.99 a set. About 6-8 inches high. Worked great split the cabinet almost in half I put another set over the sink in my dish closet they work great and took care of empty parts f my cabinets.
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Oh, they collapse down to just wide enough to fit in the door, then extend to across all but three inches inside the cabinets
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I did this to the wardrobe on my 2016 28BHBE. It works out great as a closet for my grandkids. My apologies for the rotation problem in the attached photos.
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Old 11-18-2022, 10:24 AM   #15
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We have a cabinet above the couch in the 24RBS. I put wire shelf in there works great. While I think that the OP has a longer cabinet, it will work just as well for him. Jay
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