When you have run out of space to install shelves or just can’t find the perfect location, you can easily create your own space for storage with installing stud-space cabinets. These spaces savers are really convenient and also add a little extra flair to your style. These are the steps for creating more space with stud-space cabinets.
First you will need to choose the perfect location of your new spaces saver stud-space cabinets. You want to make sure that it will work well for you before you start building. You will want to start looking for a space that doesn’t have obvious obstructions that will later get into the way.
Now you will need to locate the studs of where you decided to build your stud-space cabinets. Most stud finders are capable of locating more than just studs, they can locate electrical wires and plumbing pipes inside the walls as well. When you have found a good spot, you will then need to cut a six inch square inspection hole between the studs.
It’s a good idea to get a flashlight and a small mirror to do a quick inspection of the stud cavity, to make sure that there is no obstruction. You will be able to modify the size of the cabinet to avoid obstructions.
When you have found the perfect location for your stud-space cabinet, mark the perimeter of the opening and remove the drywall that is between the two studs. You can use a keyhole saw to cut out the drywall. If you are removing plaster, you can use a jigsaw.
You will then need to measure the opening and then subtract one fourth inch from the height and the width to determine the outer dimensions of your stud-space cabinet.
If the stud walls are standard with two by four walls with one half inch thick drywall, you will build the stud-space cabinet frame for one by fours that will measure three and one half inch wide.
If you find that the walls are different, then you can adjust the depth of the frame accordingly. Next you will add a one fourth inch backing, and then screw one fourth inch pegboard to the back so you can hang your stuff from some pegboard hooks.
Now you can start adding the casing that will best match the trim in your home. Drill holes into the sides that will accept the shelves support. Depending on the style of the shelves, most shelf supports will fit in 3mm, 5mm or one fourth inch holes.
Now you can install the stud-space cabinets by slipping it into the opening, make sure to level it and then nail through the trim into the studs on each of the sides. To finish it off, make sure to use 6d finish nails placed every twelve inches along both sides.
Now you have a beautiful space to store all your items and it didn’t require extra space, you have created the space yourself.
Sources: The Family Handyman, 101 Saturday Morning Projects book