|Photo of my garage shelves that my husband built for me.|
One of my most common questions from my readers is about my garage shelves. Everyone loves them, especially me! My favorite part about them is the ample room for rubbermaid totes, my favorite organizational tool ever.
Although Dan built these a couple years ago, I asked him to write up some basic instructions for those of you who want to recreate them in your own home. We aren't that handy, nor do we have any good tools for that matter, and we certainly know there are better tutorials out there, for sure.
But we are normal people, with old tools and little money, so if you are like us, this might be a perfect tutorial for you!
BASIC GARAGE SHELVING
Supplies needed (detailed later):
• 2 x 4 studs
• 4’ x 8’ plywood
• 2.5’’ wood screws
To make this project as simple as possible, have Lowes or Home Depot cut your plywood lengthwise (hotdog style) so that you have pieces measuring 2’ x 8’. You will also need numerous 2 x 4 studs cut in 2’ lengths; depending on the size of your shelving. Also, the thickness of the plywood is up to you; I chose ½’’.
Since most garage ceilings measure around 9.5’ your vertical 2 x 4 studs will be bought in 8’…allowing about 1.5’ on top of your shelves and 2’ for each shelf within.
Your horizontal 2 x 4 studs should be tailored to your garage measurements. For sake of understanding fundamentals, I will make it easy by using 8’ horizontal studs; this is what is on the side of my garage without the fridge; the other side simply used 10’ studs and pieced together more plywood for shelving.
First build each side of your “frame” on the ground. Lay three 8’ studs vertically on the ground. Then lay four 8’ studs horizontally across those studs. Measure 2’, 4’, and 6’ from the bottom of all your vertical studs. Then screw each of your four horizontal studs in at these measurements; your fourth stud should be screwed ½’’ from the top of your vertical studs, to allow for the ½’’ plywood shelf which will be installed later. Build the exact same thing for the other side of your shelving “frame”.
Once both frames are built, lean one against the wall and have another person hold the other side steady (on end) with the horizontal studs facing towards each other. Take the 2’ 2 x 4 sections you had cut at the store and screw them at the same height as your horizontal 2 x 4’s (thus connecting the two frames and creating a full “rectangle” lip for your plywood to sit on). Repeat this until all sections are connected at every joint (to include the middle of your frames).
After this is complete the unit should stand on its own. Now all that is left to do is slide the 2’ x 8’ plywood shelves into the frame to rest on the lip you just built with your horizontal studs. To secure the plywood use either the same screws you did for the frame and drill down into the horizontal studs, or use a finishing nailer/brad gun.
You should end with four shelves, plus the 2’ storage underneath the unit. Total the unit should measure 8’ x 8’ x 2’.
My garage shelves have been up for three years now and they are still solid as the day they were built! I get compliments on them all the time (since I have yard sales all the time) people are always asking about them. I will definitely be repeating this in my next house...if the Air Force ever lets us out. :)
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