Are you looking for an extra Allen and Roth closet ventilated shelf? You are not alone. Many of Lowe’s customers who bought Allen Roth closet tower have been asking us where to buy extra shelves.
We did a research and now, I have two news for you. One is good and another is bad.
The bad news is that Lowe’s does not make any extra shelves for Allen and Roth closet tower. Looks like they had it in the past but then, for some reason, they pulled the plug on it.
The good news is that it is pretty easy to make one out of a ventilated shelf that is sold as a standalone product. It requires minimum DIY skills and can even be outsourced to a local renovation store.
Let’s see how to do it.
Tools You Need
In order to do this project, you will need the following tools and materials:
- a ventilated shelf 16” wide, here are a couple of them to choose from:
- four 5mm shelf pins; the type depends on what path you decide to choose: with groove cuts or without:
- a saw
- sand paper
- a groove cutter – optional
BTW, you do not have to cut the wood yourself. If you are not comfortable with wood cutting, go to your local renovation store and ask them to do it for you.
Let’s dive into details.
1. Buy a ventilated shelf
You can buy an Allen and Roth ventilated shelf online or at Lowe’s if you need a particular color.
John Louis Home is another brand that makes ventilated closet towers. These shelves can be also reused for this project. John Louis Home shelves come with shelf pins but you cannot reuse them for your project. These shelf pins are round while we need ones that are flattened on one end.
2. Cut the shelf
The shelf you bought in the previous step fits the closet tower width (16”) but it’s too long.
The shortest version of the Allen and Roth ventilated shelf is 46” and John Louis Home one is 24” (the kit contains 2 shelves.) In both cases, you can make at least two closet tower shelves out of each package regardless what brand you choose.
In order to shorten the self, measure 21” from one end. Then, use a saw to cut off the excess. Sand any rough edges that may appear.
3. (Optional) Make grooves
The original Allen Roth closet tower shelves have tiny round stopped grooves on each corner for shelf pins.
Groove is a long, narrow cut or depression, especially one made to guide motion or receive a corresponding ridge.
It secures the shelves in place. If you want to make sure your DIY shelf is not loose resting on shelf pins, you can make grooves, too.
Cut one groove on each corner of the shelf on the bottom of the shelf planks.
This step is completely optional and can be omitted.
4. Place the shelf in The tower
Now that you cut your shelf, it’s time to place it in the closet tower. In order to do that, you will need shelf pins.
The type of the pins depends on whether you made the grooves or not. If you do not go with the grooves, I would recommend using flat pegs pins with vinyl coat. Otherwise, you should use regular shelf pins with a flat end.
Now, insert the shelf pins level in the closet tower on the desired height. Then, rest the shelf on top of the pins.
Voila, your closet tower’s got a new shelf!
Allen and Roth closet ventilated shelf: Final words
Too bad that Lowe’s does not make extra shelves for Allen+Roth ventilated closet tower. Many customers who bought the Allen Roth closet organizer are looking for the shelves to expand their closet.
To overcome this limitation, we suggest to DYI your extra shelves. Good thing it is pretty easy to do. All you need to do is pretty much to buy a regular Allen+Roth ventilated shelf and shorten it to the needed length.
If you do not have skills or tools to cut the shelf yourself, you can always go to your local renovation store and ask them to do it for you.
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