Closet shelving is a selling point and something many homebuyers expect in their future home. There are many options when selecting closet shelving. You can choose the material, layout, and types of closet shelving. Below we will discuss some of these options so that you can make a more informed decision.
- MDF – MDF is not as durable as solid wood but it is still heavy like wood. For this reason, you will need supports along the shelves to prevent the shelf from sagging over time. MDF can be painted or bought to look like other materials, like wood. There are two types of MDF shelves to choose from. The first is the stronger option, which is called thermally fused. The second is cold pressed and not as strong.
- Plywood – This shelving material is often used but it is not as strong as MDF and therefore also requires supports. It can be painted to any color and cut down to fit any shelving dimensions.
- Wire – This is a common and inexpensive option for closet shelving. They are typically painted white and come in prefabricated sizes and layouts. The drawback to wire shelves is that items can fall between the wires.
- Solid Wood – Not all wood shelves are the same. You can choose the type of wood used, which will determine the price point of your shelves. Harder woods like cedar can hold heavier items and won’t warp over time like a softer wood like fir. Solid wood shelves can be cut to any size and can be painted, stained, or sealed.