How To Build Basic Garage Storage Shelving

A simple, sturdy bike rack can help you clear up that jumble of two-wheelers in your garage or scattered around your yard. Shipman spent $1,600 on materials; if you don’t want to build everything yourself, organization kits from Garage Storage Cabinets start at $800. You decided what kind of shelves you want and where you want them in your garage. Create a huge, accessible storage platform on the upper walls of your garage without taking up any floor space. Its great to be able to move fully loaded shelves around to rearrange when the kids need garage space for projects or if I need to clean out.

By attaching against the wall first you take the weight of the OSB off of the rest of the shelf frame. If your run of shelves is longer than your lumber, piece together long shelves from short planks, being sure to keep the joints over brackets. If you trusses are running the right way, you may be able to attach your vertical shelf supports directly to the trusses. The next line must be 24.5 inches above the first line, assuming that all the shelves are of the same measurements. Ignore what you already have… think of your storage space as a tabula rasa, a blank tablet with endless possibilities!

I have made similar shelves out of 2x2s along time ago and they turned out pretty well. One of the best shelving units I have bought was a black metal one with MDF shelves. The simplest shelf design uses 2×3 and 2×4 lumber for the framing and 3/4-inch plywood for the shelves. Use these ideas in Children’s Homework Message Center ” as inspiration to help your little ones stay on top of everything.

The best way to proceed is to pre-cut the uprights slightly overlength.. Install all shelves as level as you can. The reclaimed lumber is supported by four columns on the bottom shelf and then two columns on the top shelf. You could try a plywood shelf with a run of EMT or other rigid pipe underneath. My shelves were about 21 inches deep so I was able to get two, 8 foot long pieces out of each sheet.

Great tutorial, maybe with this to motivate me I’ll finally get my shelves done. Total Workshop search results: 19. Displaying Page 1 of your woodworking search phrase HOW TO BUILD GARAGE SHELVES. The garage cabinets can take you a completely long way, particularly in case you know. Our garage organization system will help the busiest of households become organized.

This garage shelf unit is very clean to build out of inventory lumber from a hardware store. The best part was that because of the height of my garage ceiling, the underside of the platform was still 81 inches off the floor. Make the rear shelf supports with the 2×3 lumber and attach the 3-inch surface to the wall. And also, any heavy duty shelf supports with 18″ capacity that I have see were well over $2. Another 2×4 ripped down the middle is needed for the bottom of the vertical ties to support the front side of the shelf.

Using the 1 1/2 inch drywall screws attach the OSB to the 2X2 against the wall first. Check between shelf supports to ensure they are level between the wall and the outside leg as well as the next set of shelf supports. I made them out of an old set of shelves which where constructed from 2x4s held together with plastic brackets. The dimension of shelf width is hotly debated, but we settled on a depth of 16 inches. Cut a 2 x 4-inch (5.11 x 10.22 cm) piece of wood to the desired length for the shelf width.

Nail or screw the plywood to the wall mounted 2×3, and end nail the shorter shelf 2×3’s to the wall mounted 2×3. However, for normal homestead shelving, two brackets are fine to hold a 4′ run of shelf; use four brackets for an 8′ shelf. Hold a 2X4 against the front corner of the shelf unit from the floor up and level the top shelf from the wall out to the 2X4. Then you can put a nail or screw in the wall at each mark to make sure they hit a stud. The cost of the consult will probably be less than two months fee for a storage facility.


The unit just gets hammered together (bits lock into place) and then shelves drop on top. This instructable is about build a heavy duty bracket, not a over head garage shelf bracket. Putting in overhead shelves with these DIY hardware methods is a surprisingly simple project. Get two heavy duty eyehooks which allow for an appropriate thickness rope to pass through, then screw one eyehook into a garage wall stud where it can match the height of the corresponding eyehook on the shelf. Begin by using a 2 x 4-inch (5.11 x 10.22 cm) piece of wood for the legs and shelf supports. I worked at Home Depot, I wouldn’t use those dinky shelf brackets for much weight.

Taking advantage of room space, this shelf is attached to the ceiling to allow for extra floor space. I’m going to go all the way to the ground to have the concrete pad support the vertical load, and I was thinking of taking 3″ L brackets and screwing those into the 2×4’s and then bolting those into the wall using concrete scews, approximately 4 per 2×4.

Personally, I wouldn’t have a shelf unit that was not sturdy enough for me to climb on. Your local hardware store or timber yard has everything you need to build your own storage shelves. Make sure you use the same height as you had on the back rail so the shelf is level. With the shelf frames attached securely to the wall you can attach the OSB to the shelf frames. Here are the diy fundamentals for constructing an overhead storage storage shelf.

First of all you will need to mark out where the post will go and this is easiest done by placing an off cut of the timber used for the rail on the face of the ply that will become the shelf and draw around it. Cut out the area that you have marked and then drop the shelf into place and screw it down. I’m guessing he become tired from building the shelf.. I’ve been looking to build some shelves in my garage for greater garage. Given the period of the partitions i was building my cabinets on, i bought my timber in on a way to construct robust garage cabinets.

The shelf took a few hours to build, but the satisfaction of making something and saving money (although with the time trade-off) is to me, definitely worth it. an added bonus are the casters which make my shelf mobile. Sep 29, 2014 the use of only wood you could make this garage shelving unit and begin getting video storage storage shelf cheap and clean build plans. One of our customers decided to construct her own industrial pipe shelf to take advantage of her extra corner space. You can strengthen the shelf by installing diagonal braces (available at the big box stores) from the studs to the shelf base.

The picture below shows the method I used to attach the vertical shelf supports to the trusses up in the garage attic. So starting with the smaller shelves meant we didn’t have any waste or have to make extra cuts. The pipe on this shelf goes straight through each board giving it a uniform look. A more cost-effective alternative is building storage shelves from scratch, using lumber available at home improvement stores. Say you want to attach a piece of two-by-four to the garage wall so you can put hooks in it to hang tools.

I found it necessary to only adequately anchor it all to the ceiling at the header as the floor carries the weight and the resulting center of gravity holds it against the wall. Have a look at our cutting timber project for tips on how to get a square cut You can always plane the shelf down to size, but if it too small, it’ll always be too small! This is your preference, but you might need to bang the shelf into place if there is a tight fit.

Mar 25, 2016 these garage garage cabinets can be constructed from scrap 2x4s and clean tip use a 1inch piece of scrap timber to elevate the go bracket which. Determine the height of the shelves, cutting a 2ft piece off of a stud, screw the shelf brace into the legs at the correct height. Part of my garage makeover plans included installing a wall-mounted lumber rack for full lengths of lumber, conduit pipe, and molding that haven’t yet been used.

It’s also a good idea to measure the height and width of the area to make sure the shelf will fit. Front-to-back 2x4s do not add a significant amount of overall strength to the shelves. Garage floors are poured with a slight grade, usually 1/4 inch per foot or so. I wonder if that’s causing any of the rolling issues. I wanted my rack/garage shelf to fit the space in my garage just so, so I measured and calculated the figures. If you want a backsplash, you might consider installing peg board on the back wall before installing the shelves.

I did add one final touch to the shelving, in that I added an eye hook to tie some rope through which connected to the wall. However, if you were attaching pieces of one-by-two to that same wall as framing for pegboard, you could nail the framing into the studs and then screw the pegboard through the frame into the studs. For those with small shops, there is an opportunity to use the vertical space between the studs that are mounted to the wall. Place the stud finder across the wall in a horizontal position at least twice, one up, and one down.