I've been using white melamine to finish closets for years. Readily available in 12-, 16-, and 24-inch widths and in 8-, 10-, and 12-foot lengths, edge-banded melamine is perfect for building attractive, durable, and economical shelving that can be adapted to many different closet layouts.

Recently, I've been purchasing my melamine from a local cabinet shop rather than through a lumberyard. This saves me about 25 percent compared with the price for basic white lumberyard melamine and allows me to offer my customers a broader selection of colors and patterns. Once homeowners see how many options are available, they rarely choose...

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