When we originally bought our house we knew we would need to replace the existing furnace which was in a small closet in the living room. Instead of just swapping it out, we had them install the new furnace in the attic leaving us an area for usable storage.
Originally,we used this closet to store my collection of almost 900 DVDs. Now that that has been purged, we decided to create some pantry space.
Because the closet originally housed the furnace, it was never walled in. So instead of just adding shelves, I basically needed to build an enclosed storage area with sides, back, and shelves.
Here is what I mean:
Here I have the back and two sides cut to size. I am installing the 1×2 shelf supports.
Because the storage unit is larger than the closet opening, I have to insert the pieces into the closet and then assemble it. What I did was clamped the sides to the back and pre-drilled holes for the shelves into the supports.
Once I get the pieces into the closet, I will screw the shelves into the supports and that will hold everything together.
And there we go. Not bad for one afternoon. I used pre finished shelf boards so I didn’t have to sand and paint.