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acetag42 10-17-2011 11:04 PM

melemine Shlving Units
Im a carpentry contractor in NJ. Most of my work is commercial but still do an occasional deck, basement, windows, siding, and more. Any way just came accross a home owner who recently had a melamine closet systems installed throughout there home (tens of thousands of dollars). Never saw this type of installation before. The closet systems ive installed in the past where always built up from the floor for structural integrity. This system however is installed approx. one and a half feet off the floor and only support is a metal cleat attached to the wall approx
3/4 of the way up the unit. This support has a 45 degree angle that the entire unit slides down onto. Here is the prroblem. From the weight of the unit + the weight of the clothes/ products the 1" sliver of melamine that slides into the cleat just snapped right off in a few locations. Contacted the company to find a solution. There solution was to send 3" melamine cleats to put under the top shelf to take some of the weight. This solution (to me) seems like a very poor bandaid. From the weight on all of the other shelves it will still be putting all of the pressure on the metal cleat which would result in the top shelf either just sliding off the melamine cleat or snapping the shelf off as the unit comes crashing down. To me the strength needs to come from the vertical supports that are off the ground. But adding support to the floor would not look very pleasing as well as be a weak spot unless fastened to the bottom of the unit and the floor which is not an option. Looking for any suggestions. Thanks

Just Bill 10-18-2011 06:12 AM

That shelving system has load limits, as do all of them. It would seem your customer passed the limits. Either they need to unload, some stuff, or find a different system. Trying to re-engineer the system you have rarely works.

acetag42 10-18-2011 07:40 PM

Thats exactly what i was thinking just wanted to see how many people agree. The system is probably nice to look at in the showroom with it holding a couple of things but in a real closet its not very functional.

user1007 10-18-2011 07:44 PM

I kind of lost you. Are you looking for repair of the damaged melamine or asking for angel wings to hold a poorly designed shelf system in place?

Some drawings or pictures might help. Photos?

I have been known to anchor into ceiling joists and use stranded aircraft cable to hold up the front end of shelves if that would help you. If you want to get fancy, you can had turnbuckles to keep the shelves level.

woodworkbykirk 10-20-2011 10:41 AM

when i do closet shelving i pretty much always talk the customer out of using melamine. the stuff falls apart if you screw it, nail it... try to glue it with any type of glue its not going to hold very long

every closet i do is with 3/4" mdf and then if the budget allows for it ill use cabinet grade plywood. if the client just wants utitilty shelving in their basement ill use 2x4 and sheathing grade plywood

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