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Make Closet Wire Shelving More Useful With This Easy DIY

Most often, the top shelf of a wire shelving unit is positioned 28 inches from the ceiling, allowing a good deal of space for storage. However, it is often difficult to take full advantage of this space since stacked items fall if not supported properly. Enter 3d printable, DIY shelving; a simple structure for keeping things in place.

The development of wire shelving units for home closets was driven by the desire for efficient and adaptable storage solutions that could keep pace with evolving lifestyles and housing trends. Its open design permits light to filter and increases circulation, reducing the accumulation of dust. The addition of a two-tier shelf unit can help prevent items from falling by providing additional support and stability.

Better Visibility and Accessibility: Items placed on the upper tier of the shelf are more visible and accessible compared to stacking them on the floor or at ground level. This helps prevent the need to dig through piles of items to find what you’re looking for, ultimately saving time and effort.

Categorization and Organization: A two-tier shelf provides an opportunity to categorize and organize your belongings. You can assign specific items to each tier, making it easier to locate and access things when needed.

Enhanced Aesthetics: A well-organized closet with a two-tier shelf can improve the overall aesthetics of the space. Neatly stacked items contribute to a tidy and visually pleasing environment.

Here’s a guide on how to create a customized two-tier shelf with 3d printable stanchions:

Materials you’ll need:

  • 1/4 inch thick plywood panels, 20 inches wide by 12 inch depth
  • 3D printer
  • PLA, PLA+, or similar filament
  • No. 6 x 1/4 inch screws (not an affiliate link). 8 screws for each tier.
  • Drill or screwdriver for assembling the shelf


  1. 3D Print 4 stanchions for 2 tiers, 8 stanchions for 3 tiers. Here is a link to the file.
  2. Prepare the panels. (See panel prep page)
  3. Align stanchions perpendicular to the shorter edge of the bottom plywood panel. Attach the stanchions securely to the bottom plywood piece, using No. 6 x 1/4 inch screws.
  4. Turn the assembly over onto the top plywood panel, ensuring the stanchions are aligned perpendicular to the plywood edges.
  5. Secure the top plywood to the stanchions with No. 6 x 1/4 inch screws.
  6. You can finish the plywood shelves according to your preference.
  7. Once your preferred finish application is dry, your two-tier or more shelf is ready to be used.

Enjoy organizing your space with your new tiered shelf!


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