I'm going to rough in my equipment rack this weekend. I've decided to go the route of buying the rack rails, and then just buying shelves as needed. I'm building the rack space under the stairs, so I've got a limited amount of space. Plus, on the right side of the rack, I've got cold air return ducts (the silver part of the walls in the pictures below) to deal with. I'm building it just off the floor 1.5", sitting on my sill plate basically.
I figure I can squeeze in a 60" rack. I've checked the boards and it seems that 19 1/8" or 19 1/4" is the necessary width for the rack rails, can someone help me figure out which one is best. I've seen 19 1/4" on the board, but on some websites where I can purchase the rails, they say 19 1/8". Is that 1/8" provide wiggle room?
Something I haven't seen anywhere though, is how do people finish off their rack. When they say a rough in space of 19 1/4" for example, that's not to the studs. that is to your trim material right? Because if you're building it in wall, you need to have your wood that your mounting to be flush with the drywall, so it has to stick out a half inch or 5/8" right? I'll be surrounding the hole with casing, just like a door, so my wood trim needs to come out to meet that.
Anyway, I probably am not being very clear. I did a Sketchup rough in to help me figure up dimensions when measuring and stuff. Can you guys take a look and give me feedback, criticisms, wisdom?
Front pic of rack space. Framed in space is 61" x 20 1/4", finished space is 60" x 19 1/4".
The brown stuff is oak boards, 1/2" thick by 7.5" deep. This is the trim that will meet up against the casing similar to a door frame. It sticks out from the framing by 1/2" to account for the drywall:
Here's a pick from the front right side:
Here's a closeup of the bottom to illustrate the trim extended to be flush with the drywall and thus the casing that will go around it:
Here's what it would look like standing in the doorway in the storage area under the stairs:
I have to be a little creative with the ceiling above the rack. There is some ductwork I have to work around. At the top part of the ceiling though I'll be putting in a ceiling fan that vents to the mechanical room:
So, what's everyone think? Am I thinking right in regards to the finished space? Or am I overthinking this? Hopefully I'm not the only one who's obsessed over this, but I figure better to overthink it before hand than have to redo it later.
Another quick question while I'm thinking about it. This is a load bearing wall. Roughing this in won't hurt the structural integrity at all will it? I'm putting in what I feel extra studs in order to make up for the one stud I'm cutting into to make the rack.
Another thing I forgot to mention, here's a link to the rack rails
I'll be getting probably. I'm going to get the RRF45 - 45 space 78 3/4" rails that I'll cut down to 60".