62-1/2 inches. Our client was planning on purchasing a stacking washer/dryer unit and wanted storage shelving for laundry, cleaning supplies and towels. After leaving ample room for the 28-in. laundry machines, we had approximately 24 in. of space to the left of the machines to build vertical shelving, plus a top shelf that spanned the entire closet.
CHOOSING MATERIALS For our shelving unit, we decid- ed to use 3/4-in. Birch plywood for the shelves and vertical side panels. We used solid Poplar for the face frame, cleats and nosing. We chose Birch plywood because it has a smooth, quality finish on both sides, and the wood grain finishes very well. We like to use Poplar because it’s durable,
After having the lumberyard cut the plywood panels to size, our first step was to lay out and mark the shelf locations.
Construction adhesive is impor- tant to anchor cleats that don’t cross at least two studs.