What is the average life expectancy of closet and pantry shelves?

Saturday, June 27, 2020

You can expect closet shelving to last 40 to 100 years or more, with an average of 70 years. Older type wood shelves on wall ledgers tend to hold up longer that the coated wire shelves with brace brackets or MDF closet system shelving.

    Here’s a bar graph that compares the life expectancy of shelving to other types of storage.
     Go to our blog post What is the average lifespan of the parts of a house? for rating of other house components. To understand the basis, potential use, and limitations of lifespan ratings, see How accurate are the average life expectancy ratings of home components? Are they actually useful? 

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Links to some of our other blog posts about CLOSETS:

Can an electric panel be located in a closet? 

• What are the code requirements for light fixtures in a closet?

Does a fluorescent light in a clothes closet require a cover lens?

• Are lights required in closets? 

What is the code requirement for receptacle outlets in a closet?

NOTE: These life expectancies are based on data provided by InterNACHI, NAHB, FannieMae, and our own professional experience. Because of the numerous variables that can affect a lifespan, they should be used as rough guidelines only, and not relied upon as a warranty or guarantee of future performance.

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