I could use some help
in the form of advice. I am using my closet which is located by the underside of the staircase to the basement as my electrical equipment closet, i.e. the staircase has the underneath side of the staircase inside it. It will house basically everything electronic dealing with music and movies except my amps, the projector and the projection screen.
The closet will be finished with two layers of sheetrock and green glue will be used for dampening just like in the rest of the listening/HT room. So instead of seeing the steps there will be an incline composed of sheetrock sloping from the ceiling to the rear end of the closet space, though if someone has advice that perhaps offers another option besides this one, it is possible to change this planned setup(e.ege an incline changed to a stepped design).
My wiring (all of the equipment that will need some wiring to go from inside to outside the closet space to other electronic equipment and/or speakers in the main room) will go outside the closet through a hole designed in the wall. This hole serves two purposes. One is to serve as a vent through which air can be suctioned so that the fan-in-a-can in the room can take the hot air in the closet and suction it out to the part of the basement not being used for the HT. Two it saves me the hassle of creating an elaborate in-ceiling/in-wall wiring setup, making it easier to replace/update my wiring in the future (I'm anal about ensuring that my wiring is trouble free). I plan on sewing together a cord sock of some type that will traverse the room and encase the bundle of wires in a fabric that matches either the carpet or the walls. I thought this would work better for me rather than using PVC pipe, even though the in-wall installation wasn't expensive, it offered problems with EMI, and problems with snaking wires during replacement. It did however end up raising the price of my wiring, because I ended up going with more expensive cables instead of having the electrician make his own.
Below is a picture of the Salamander rack I have used for some of my equipment. I have considered putting this in the closet I am discussing, but one of the problems is that it only holds five pieces of equipment, that brings me to the question at hand. I need more places to hold equipment and would appreciate any ideas that would work in the space in the closet once it has two layers of sheetrock (5/8" thick pieces) installed.
I have more than one option for shelving in the closet. One, is to buy another rack and place it side by side with the old one. Two, is to buy a taller rack and place it closer to the door, though there is a problem with this setup because the staircase gradually decreses the height of the closet as you move towards the rear of the space. Three, is to have my builder design and construct me a custom rack that will work for the diminishing height of the closet as it approaches the rear of the space. Four, the genius idea you just had and are now typing out in a response post so I may bask in the brilliance of your intellectual glory.
So, please take a few moments and offer your opinion and/or alternative suggestion regarding my equipment closet situation. Below you will find pictures of the rack and closet. The side with the wood framing showing is the wall through which the wiring will pass near the bottom by the floor, i.e. the side which borders the HT/Listening room interior. I should also mention that the other side of the closet, the side currently covered with drywall, will have a subpanel on it, leaving it partially off limits (at least half of that side, the good half with decent height).
The Salamander rack.
The closet, a head on view.
Left side of closet, the side with drywall installed. This side will have the room's subpanel on it.
Right side of the closet. This side will also have drywall when it is finished, as well as the hole that the wiring will pass through near (very close to) floor level. The light switch is on this side of the room near the door.