Even though it feels like spring will never get here, I have decided to share some garage organization DIY shelves that would be perfect for spring cleaning. Whenever that may happen! I actually installed them in our garage last spring (pre-blog), but they have made such a huge difference in space and storage that I had to share. The best parts are they are super strong, and they are budget friendly at under $200 for all of them! And we have a lot of them.
Now, we do not use our garage to store our vehicles as you can see, instead it functions as my woodworking shop and storage. But if you are normal and do use your garage for vehicles, these shelves are built so that there is room for them to still parkJ
To start with, make a plan for the location of each shelf and the measurement of the area where you would like to place the shelf. Check out my Project Planning post for some tips on starting a project here. Do not forget to include how tall you want each shelf or the overall shelving system. I made each of my shelves 23” deep and 8’ tall with varying widths for each unit. Once you have the plan complete, it’s on to the next step.
Begin by creating the shelves. To do this, make a frame with the 2x4’s, using the 2” screws to attach the boards at each end.
Then, cut the OSB panel to cover the top of the base to form the shelf. Screw this down with the 1 ¼” screws. Sometimes there may be a small edge that is not completely flush with the base, so just make sure to sand this down flush or either use a flush router bit to ensure that it stays flush. This will be important for installation.
After you have created all the shelves, and painted or not painted, it is time to install. Each shelf will be mounted to the stud; so you will need to find and mark each stud, and then attach the shelf using the 2” screws. Make sure to use a leveler when installing the shelf. I also used a spacer between each shelf to ensure equal shelving heights.
At this point the shelves will seem a little unstable and may even tilt downwards a little, but you will fix this on the next step by attaching support braces. To do this, simply cut the 2x4’s to the same height of your shelving unit. Then attach the 2x4’s on each side of the shelves using the 2” screws. Make sure you use the leveler at this stage also to make sure the shelves are level in ALL directions as you are attaching each one to the brace.
Finally, after the brace has been attached, climb, jump, pull or put whatever on your shelves. They are super sturdy! Having the shelves supported by the studs and the 2x4 braces give them a lot of strength and allows for tall shelves without the worry of them falling over. Enjoy! And if you like this, check out the Garage Organization Bench to give you room for your tools, a workspace, and wood storage all in one!