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  1. Gromett

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    I am tinkering with the plans for my next self build. I am going over the niggles with my current one and deciding how to fix them. For most of them it is pretty straight forward. However I could do with a bit of advice on this one.

    currently I have drawers full of clothes which as I use them goes into a laundry bag on the front seat.

    I start with an empty front seat and full drawers then end up with the reverse. This to me is a waste of space.

    What I am thinking of doing is designing a cupboard with a floating shelf. At the start of the trip the bottom section is small and emtpy with the top section containing all my clothes. As the clothes come out of the top section the shelf should rise leaving space at the bottom for my laundry bags

    Can anyone think of a suitable mechanism for the floating shelf. Bungy cords, springs or clips are not really suitable as they are too fiddly etc.

    The shelves are only for jeans/tshirts etc. I don't have any clothes that require coat hangers etc.

    I am a full timer and have enough clothes to last a month between visits to the laundrette.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated even the snarky/funny ones.
     
  2. fifthwheel

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    Could you put the used laundry in dedicated bags and put them back in the drawers. I'll get my coat
     
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    I wouldn't put dirty laundry in the same cupboard as clean washing, unless is was in one of those space saving, sealed plastic bags
     
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    Perhaps you are over egging it a bit Karl ?

    You have actually given the answer already
    A floating shelf

    4 x bits of dowling ( or similar ) attached top and bottom
    4 x large screw in eye's

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    Drill four holes in the bottom of the draw to allow the dowl to pass through and fit the 4 eyes at the top of the draw to ensure the draw stays straight
     
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    Are you kidding us Karl? you really DO have two pairs of underpants.........:laughing:
     
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    That would mean either taking the bags out each time to get to clothes. or taking clothes out to get to bags each time. Plus I don't want dirty laundry right next to clean. Thanks for the idea though.


    I don't that is why I want a separate section at the bottom. Imagine a cupboard with no shelves. Add a shelf in the middle that can move up and down but there is no gap for air to get between.

    I can see you have thought this through I think? But I don't really understand what you mean?

    I will need around 5 shelves in the top section each adjustable as clothes are taken out. I don't want wires or bungies etc inside the storage area to get wrapped around the clothes...
     
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    PS: I use thick black bin bags for my clothes. Not sealed but they are folded over at the top.
     
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    use vacuum storage bags for dirty laundry to minimise wasted space. fill the bag and roll up to expel the air. then stack full bags in the bottom of the cupboard or wardrobe. its amazing how much they reduce the volume for storing. plus it keeps any smells etc contained to prevent contaminating clean clothes in the same area
     
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    Buy paper clothes and throw them away when dirty :)



    The Sheriff walks into the saloon with his posse and addresses the patrons. "Hey, boys, I was wonderin' if you could help us - we're chasing the Brown Paper Kid. Anyone seen 'im?"

    "What's he look like?"

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    No wires, no bungies, no cords.. but equally no good ..Sorry .. I thought you only wanted one shelf.. Forget all the above drivel
     
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    Drawer runners fitted vertically?
     
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    You could buy five of these and screw one to each shelf:

    :whistle:

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    You could have a shelf which slid up and down on runners. No need for any mechanism, gravity would ensure it was always resting on the dirty clothes. The runners could be just say one inch wide by one and a half deep PSE with notches cut on the corners of the shelf. To add more laundry slide your hand underneath the shelf and raise it. Then with the other hand slide in the new laundry.

    You could make some sort of dumb waiter arrangement with pulleys and ropes but it seems an unnecessary complication.
     
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    Not practical, holding the shelves up while I adjust the pins each time is a ballache and wouldn't do my dodgy shoulder any favours. Thanks tho.

    As above, not really practical. I am looking for a more elegant solution. This is better than the pegs but I couldn't fit in 5 sets of draw runners in the configuration i would need. That as well as the weight would make it impractical for me.


    I did consider this
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Prime-Li...Rail-Drawer-Track-Roller-Kit-R-7141/100155996
    Which would go through a slot into a channel at the sides. But I couldn't figure out a simple way to raise and lower them equally at all 4 corners.
     
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    Ah, I missed the thing about drawer runners! What about lots of horizontal slots down both sides into which you slide half inch thick bits of plywood/block board into the appropriate slot to place the shelf at the right position. The clothes themselves being folded up and placed in shallow metal mesh trays which are slid onto the plywood shelves. Something like the tray below but the right size for your wardrobe of course. The sides also need to be tapered so they can be stacked when empty.

    [​IMG]
     
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    You can buy strong plastic bags with zips I am told, use these to put the used laundry in, press the air out and put them back in the drawers. Keep It Simple.
     
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    What about something like this?



    You can put baskets on the shelves if you wish...... as you need less space on the shelves the sides are soft and will fold up as you raise the base.

    Failing that a trip to IKEA (I know but they do have good ideas) might give you some thoughts.
     
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