I'm planning on building several modular shelving systems, like this:
I haven't done this before. No matter what I ask here, there always seem to be a few experts! So here's my questions:
1) Is there one you'd recommend? So far, I've looked at and like systems from Knape & Vogt, Elfa, and ClosetMaid, but I'm not sure which to choose.
2) All have an optional hang rail, which the slotted standards can attach to. Some say if you're using the hang rail, all you have to do is hang the standards from it. Others recommend screwing the standards into studs at all the pre-drilled intervals as well; in which case I don't really see the need for the optional hang rail in the first place. What's going on here?
3) I found a step-by-step guide of how one person built their shelving system, with this picture:
Saying, "with a few wood screws of various size, we drilled through the shelf bracket and into the plywood shelf to ensure a secure fit.
" Hmm. That looks like an awfully long screw on the right. I'm thinking it might be tricky to find just the right length to get decent bite into the shelf, without accidentally poking through the top. And of the entire build, minor a detail as it may be, those screw heads sticking out just look unprofessional; with them not fully countersunk and at odd angles to the underside of the bracket. Is there a better way to do this?
4) Finally, I'd like to build one shelf that will essentially be a box with a drawer inside. Except the drawer will not have front or side panels, so that when pulled out, it can be used as a desktop. I want it to travel smoothly until it reaches the fully opened position, then "lock" into place, so that it takes some force to push it back in from that position; more than what's likely when just casually working on the surface. I do not want to have to press a release lever, or anything of that nature. I know I'll need drawer slides, but I haven't used those before either, and I don't know what kind might have these properties.