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Wire shelving systems from Closetmaid and Rubbermaid can provide a variety of options, but rooms vary in size, and the ventilated wire shelving comes in standard lengths. So, what’s the best way for cutting wire shelving to fit your dimensions?
Note: Elfa line of wire shelving isn’t designed to be cut by the consumer. An email response from an Elfa Room Coordinator states, “for our ventilated elfa shelving, we custom cut everything to fit your space”. The other option is using the pre-made lengths to fit the space best as possible.
How to Measure: Read our How to Use & Read a Tape Measure – body measurement section for easily measuring inside corners and edges…from wall to wall. How much space you want to leave between the wall and shelf edge, depends on how much you want to maximize the storage space. A minimum of a 1/4″ will ensure enough space to install the shelving without hassle.
This is the same option a store will use to cut the shelving. Years ago there was a manual cutter by the shelving section to cut the shelving yourself. Nowadays the larger stores have an air operated cutter for employee use only.
Tip: Check your local home improvement store or other local tool rental stores for bolt cutter rental availability.
Reminder: When possible leave roughly a 1/4″ at each end to fit an end cap to cover up the rough cut. The end can also be cut flush to the nearest wire edge, if that works out better for the space given.
Note: a saw with the plastic bottom plate adapter (to keep from marring the wire shelf when cutting) is useful.