How to Build Fast and Easy Garage Shelving | Under $40
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Materials I Used:
9 – 2x4x8s (for legs, cleats, and shelves support)
1 – Full Sheet of Plywood (4’x8′) at desired thickness
3” Screws (for attaching 2x4s)
1-1/4” Screws (for attaching plywood)
Measurement Cuts: *Custom Sizing
– 2x4s wait to cut legs and cleats until you begin installing for exact measurements (details below).
– Rip plywood into strips at your home improvement store at desired shelving width.
– 12″ Shelving
– About 6 1/2 feet high. Because my garage slopes, one leg is 77 1/4″, and the other is 76 1/4″ H.
– 9″ Cleats
– Plywood ripped into 11 3/4″ x 8’ft strips by my home improvement store.
Measurement Tips: *Things to consider..
-Shelving to be:
– 8, 12, 16 or 20 feet long to optimize wood use.
– 12″, 16″ or 24″ in width to optimize plywood use.
– 9″, 13″, or 21″ long cleats made out of 2x4s.
-The size of the items you will be storing to ensure they fit.
– Example: Totes, storage bins, etc..
-Light switches, electrical box and outlets when figuring shelf heights.
-Where your car door opens when figuring shelving width.
My goal was to have shelves to store my kids’ stuff off the ground.
-Pool and beach toys and gear
-Outside play, chalk, balls, frisbees, games, etc..
-Sports equipment, helmets, etc..
**Everything I’m storing is fairly lightweight which is why I chose only 1/4″ thick plywood.
First mark your wall studs. I like using chalk when marking studs, easy to wipe off if needed.
Attach first horizontal 2×4 in the desired shelving length (mine was a typical 2x4x8), screwing into the wall studs.
Use 3″ or longer screws (depending on wall construction). I used 3” screws. (Some have suggested attaching the 2x4s to the wall studs using 3.5″ or 4″ and maybe even a washer under the head for added support. As well as adding supports under the shelves on the wall so you’re not solely relying on the shear strength of the screws. However I did not. Mine are holding up perfectly, but again, I am not storing heavy items – just children’s outside play-gear. Can never be too careful!)
NOTE: Be mindful of electrical that may be behind the wall when attaching screws.
Use a level to make sure you attach the 2×4 to the wall level.
Once you have the first horizontal 2×4 up, measure off of that one to attach your remaining shelf boards (2x4s).
NOTE: Consider making your shelf heights to fit totes, storage bins or whatever you may be storing on these shelves.
TIP: Use scrap wood (2x4s) as spacers to easily find the height between the 2×4 shelf boards.
HOW TO MAKE A CLEAT: 1) Cut 2x4s to 3″ less than your plywood shelving pieces, 2) Kreg Jig (tool) pocket holes in one side, 3) attach to the wall mounted shelf boards (2x4s). For example: My cleats were 9″ in. for my 12″ in. shelving.
TIP: Remember most basement and garage floors slope or are uneven. If you’re having trouble with unevenness you can easily shim under the legs to level out your shelves.
For example: shim metal washers under the legs like Ana did in her tutorial to raise the wood from the garage floor in case of water damage, hopefully preventing the bottom of the 2×4 leg from rotting out, hoping eliminating the need to use treated lumber.
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