Rated 4.1 out of 5Â by 22
Rated 5 out of 5Â by cpicard2 This product is excellent
This is a great product. You will want to buy this product to complete your ClosetMaid Kit for your closet project. It gives the closet a more finished and refined look as well as provides storage over your hanging clothes. They give you all the hardware to put it up with which makes it extra sturdy for your storage needs. The shelf is 48 in long, but can easily be cut if you need to make it smaller. We used 9 for our closet project and I would definitely recommend spending the extra money to get this.
October 19, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5Â by Gardengal4 They do the job. Pay attention and don't make mistakes I did!
I bought 3 of these shelves to go with the ClosetMaid Impressions 16 in. Dark Cherry Narrow Closet Kit which I reviewed on separately. These shelves -- which should have been the easiest part -- were actually the only place I had an installation mis-step in the whole process and I actually had TWO missteps! I think the price is a little high in relation to the tower cost. 3 of these shelves cost more than half of the tower kit. That seems a bit out of proportion, but overall not terrible.
Shipping time was good. I was glad I was home during delivery so they could drop it off in the garage. I got two tower kits and 6 shelves so it was super super heavy, so I would not have been able to drag it inside myself. The outer H.D. packaging was not great for such heavy products, but fortunately the closet maid product packaging was tough and there was no product damage.
First of all, not related to my mis-steps, but the instructions and pictures were not clear at all. There are a few possible shelf configurations based on your design and they made it quite confusing trying to address all possibilities in the least amount of words and pictures possible! The fact that each instruction page has 3 languages is cumbersome and annoying.
Secondly, the brackets are ugly and highly visible. Afterwards I realized I didn't need the middle back bracket which is the most visible. I think a bracket on each end would have been just fine. I left it out off the third shelf (33") and it is totally sturdy. Perhaps on a maximum width shelf, that would not be the case.
Thirdly, I decided to do the steps a little out of order because I wanted to get the brackets installed prior to getting the shelves cut (at a friends at a to-be-determined date). While installing the tower, I had all my equipment handy and it was just easier to get the job 99% completed and cleaned up so I would merely have the little screws to attach to the brackets at the very end. I just measured super carefully when installing the back bracket to the wall instead of to the shelf. Worked out fine. Tip: I used the thick cardboard packing as my shelf template and that worked out great. The cardboard was also handy for the actual cutting of the shelf too.
Mis-step #1: I installed the shelf and attached it to the brackets with the dowels pointing up instead of down. By that time, I was so excited to be at the end of this process and get my clothes set up, I just wasn't thinking completely and did not refer to the instructions any more. At least the extra set of holes are on the top and are not visible (unless the shelves are empty and you are 7' tall!)
Mis-step #2: When they say to be sure the dowel holes are aligned when cutting the shelf and the trim piece, it is *CRITICAL* that the trim piece is oriented in the same direction as it would be installed when making that alignment. My friend who did the cuts for me lined up the holes perfectly, but in one case, it was turned around the wrong way. Not a huge deal though. I could easily drill out new holes where they needed to be.
Another thing is that it was a bit of guesswork determining rod placement on the tower and knowing precisely where the shelves were going to go. My shelf configuration was not shown in any pictures so I was kinda on my own guessing on the optimum placements. Luckily it all worked out perfectly. My extra shelf is at exactly the right height for those fabric foldup bins they sell. If I knew I was going to use that ahead of time, I would have factored that in without having to guess. I am going to try to attach a photo to this review. If I do, FYI the screws for the rod bracket (on the left of the tower below the extra shelf) are at 16.5" from the top of the tower.
Overall, I love my new closet and can't wait to repeat it on the other side for the 2nd closet. Sadly, this house did not come with a walk-in closet, so these tower systems are really necessary to maximize space.
November 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by CajunKev Does the Job
No complaints about this product. It does what it's supposed to. An important tip for you though: you'll almost certainly have to cut this shelf and the accompanying trim that sits in front of it. Once you cut the board though, you need to make sure you line up the trim with the now-shorter board to figure out which end of the trim to cut. If you're moving too quickly and get it backwards, you'll have to go down and buy another kit like I did. :-) Don't make this mistake.
July 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by DIYer Custom look at a DIY price
Top shelves helped increase our misc. closet storage space while adding a nice finished look. A little cumbersome to size and install by yourself however, well worth the price and labor. An extra set of hands was a big help. Measure twice and cut once...take your time. Appropriate number of support brackets for length of shelves. You will want to pick up a box of the self-tapping 50# wall anchors as they ease installation and are much sturdier than those provided (6 anchors/shelf).
February 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by GeoMoll2d Shellf makes the unit
We have had this set up in our closet for 5 months so far and really enjoy it. You will need to set aside some time for installation. It starts out unstable but as you finish the unit becomes more stable. It really looks great when finished. This shelf makes the unit very stable.
August 13, 2014