Installing Shelves

Sherwood Shelving uses Cam Fittings and Dowels to connect our units together. This video shows how installing shelves (Fixed Shelves) during a closet organizer installation is done.

Once all the hardware (dowels & suspension brackets) have been installed on the gables, and the gables hung on the rail by measuring out their positions, start installing the shelves.

Begin installing the top fixed shelves by lifting the shelf above the gable and lowering it into position on the dowels. Using a Phillips screwdriver turn the cam fittings clockwise to lock the fixed shelves into position. Never place a fixed shelf in position without turning and locking the cam fitting as the shelf may fall causing damage to you, the shelf, or the house. Work your way along installing all the top fixed shelves first. Remember, if you are installing a shelf on a double dowel, make sure you first tighten the cam that will pull the double dowel shoulder against the gable. If you have a fixed shelf on either side of a double dowel and you tighten the cam that will pull the double dowel shoulder away from the gable, you will not be able to tighten the fixed shelf on the opposite side of the gable.

Once all the top shelves are in position, level each section by turning the adjustment screw on the bottom of the suspension brackets. Doing this step now makes it easier to adjust the up and down adjustment screw on the suspension bracket as there is less weight on it. Another reason for doing this now is there will be no shelving in your way and you can have good access to the suspension bracket.

Once each section has been leveled across the wall, turn the adjustment screws on the back of the suspension bracket to pull the gable securely against the wall. Snug the gable as tight as you can against the wall but do not over tighten the back adjustment screw, this can bend the rail and pull it away from the wall. Making sure all the gables are as tight as possible (sometimes the wall is wavy and there will be gaps) against the wall, this will reduce the amount of leverage action the gable has to pull away from the wall.

Once all the top shelves are in place and the organizer has been leveled and tightened to the wall, install the remaining fixed shelves. Do this systematically so you are sure you have tightened all the cam fittings especially the fixed shelf below and above a bank of drawers. Failure to tighten these cam fittings will result in drawers falling off their glides and causing possible damage or injury.

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