If you go into the wood just a little too far the 3″ will stick out the other side. I’d probably secure some plumber strapping (you know, the roll of steel ribbon with holes in it) to the wall with tapcon screws or some kind of anchor bolt and screw the other end into one of the shelves, but then you’d need to go buy plumber strapping tape. One change in the process I made that helped me assemble it on my own was that I attached all four rear 2x4s first, and then I installed each front 2×4 and OSB sheet one at a time from the bottom up. Flipped ends so cross bars are on inside, cuts out notching. Thanks for the comment. I made my shelves 16″ deep and put my short shelf supports inside my 2×4 uprights so as to avoid notching corners of shelf. I did have a question, your plans were great. 5. One comment, for whatever it is worth – the 21 in. You should try Sketchup. Without the shelving, I would not be able to get boxes tools and the light off the floor in order to realize our dream of finishing the basement this winter. I hadn’t seen it mentioned that you can easily unscrew things to make shelves even easier to place. I am in a constant DIYer and this was a fun project. Then you wouldn’t need to notch anything or do any crazy maneuvering to get the shelves in place. They seem to be sturdy enough, but I will keep an eye on this. I have the doors planned out on SolidWorks using threaded pipe, straight casters, and eyelets for the hardware. I think you just have to go for it. Nice write up Pete, will be building a pair of these soon. This is for garage storage and I wanted to ‘park’ some toddler wheeled toys underneath. They were screwed directly into the drywall, no anchors, no studs… They were for show apparently. I used scrap 2x4s (see right) to layout my sample shelf heights and marked from those, but you can use tape measures and all that if you have exact heights in mind. Maybe I’m over thinking it a bit but curious. Many thanks for taking the time to write these plans up with such detail, including the pictures, notes on the pictures, pre-drilling the holes and setting screws, and the template tips. I have built 2 sets according to plans, one in my barn and one at my daughter’s house. D) Perfect for organizing your garage or workshop, Perfect for organizing your garage or workshop, Husky's Steel Shelving Unit measures 78 in. Thanks! In that sense it’s cheaper because you have more storage space. Thanks again. 4. Little things I KNOW are important, but things that my own neurosis has failed to point out a few times. You could also anchor it to the wall but that’s another post. DIY, tools, repairs, cars, gadgets, cooking, whatever. They are very stable and are not anchored to the wall in any way. Just wondering, if you cut the end pieces to 21″, and then add 2×4’s onto each side, wouldn’t that total a depth of 25″, or am I missing something? Best Seller in Garage Storage System Shelves FLEXIMOUNTS 1' x 4' Black 2-Pack 1x4ft 12-inch-by-48-inch Wall Shelf Garage Storage Rack, 1x4 ft 4.7 out of 5 stars 1,555 So, like 200 lbs? Will be building a couple of units at my son’s new house next week. Still a healthy amount of swearing going on, but it kept me from bashing the corners of the OSB trying to thread them through the built frames. My single car garage is 10×20 so it was a tight fit anyway with all of the other clutter laying around. It is fantastic! Thanks for the reply. Love the idea but what about shelf supports or even a middle brace? Now put your bottom shelf support across to get the bottom about the right distance apart. I spaced out the shelves 13 inches to allow for some bins that I already had. Do what’s easier for you. one screw on the outside and two on the inside) to avoid the screws from the long supports hitting them. I guess I didn’t mention it in the post, but I sank a few screws down through the OSB into the supports on the front corner. I built these shelves to 8′ height, and they are still rock solid, especially after I loaded them bottom-heavy. I just cut down that rail to fit snugly inside the side rails and screwed through the side rails into the ends of the back rail, and cut a slot in the OSB. Made sides and length 8′ no cutting :) Also, given that each corner has 7 screws, I felt the strength of the drywall screws would be sufficient. We have been in big need of some DIY 2×4 shelving. How would you reach the top shelf? Four-bedroom home, three kids – the closet in our little home-office space upstairs is overflowing with motorcycle helmets, jackets, bags, ski equipment, ever-growing mountain biking gear… Time to build a suitable set of shelves in the basement and give the closet some relief. Start from the bottom and work your way up. LOL, yes, I am cheap, I mean frugal…I have to be as the Budget Committee around here is tough, anything over $150, and you got to go in front of the Committee where there’s a lot of doubtful stares and piercing questions like, “But, do we really NEED that?”…, As far as the nails versus screws, I had the same thought initially, but having 600+ nails left over from another project versus $40+ for 10 lbs of screws made this one a no brainer. 4. Hi, DB. The shelves are about 8′ wide and I’m not worried about sagging. Easy to build, sturdy as hell and economical, too. 5. Oh, and I needed to make smaller templates for the smaller boards. Went down the rabbit hole more than once. I built two and put them together in an L for our basement. Ana White has plans for some super simple storage shelves that would be great in … As for pre-screwing, I got all my screws ready to go on the workbench so I could slap the boards into place and screw away. What program did you use to create them. I’ve never worked with OSB before so I don’t know its strength. Required fields are marked *. So to summarize … your plans are excellent, my variations were acceptable but time consuming, and the end result is working shelves! And it’s easier to say 2×4 than, “Hey Rocko, hand me another 1 and a half by three and a half.” SO, if you’re still awake, the 21″ piece PLUS the two 1.5″ boards = 24″. How far apart did you space your shelves? Its working out great so far. Thank you so much! Pre-Drill templates are fantastic! Different Take on Quick, Inexpensive Plywood and 2x4 Shelves: I have a lot of stuff and therefore need a lot of shelves to store all if it. I wrote a post about heavy duty shelving units, https://www.lowes.com/pd/National-Hardware-4-Pack-1-in-Zinc-Corner-Braces/1000201727, Fixing Dents and Painting an Exterior Door, Build a DIY Cat Tower, Kitty Tower, Scratching Post, Cat Condo, Be Prepared for Power Loss—the Briggs & Stratton Q6500 QuietPower Series Inverter Generator, Kobalt 40V Max Electric Outdoor Power Equipment, Kobalt 80V Max Cordless Electric Outdoor Power Equipment, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpZBcKKuJ2Y, 13 8-foot 2x4s (I get 14 or 15 in case something goes awry), 2 4×8 sheets of 23/32 OSB subfloor (because it’s cheap, but you can use plywood, or any scrap stuff you might have around), Saw (something that will cut 2x4s and OSB). I already had a few 2×4’s from other projects and ended up buying 10 2x4x8’s and two 4×8’s of 1/2 OSB due to cost and availability. It’s way more cost-effective to make your own. Can’t recommend these plans enough. If you put them on the OUTSIDE (like I did) you’ll have to notch the OSB shelves to fit in. I built my shelves at 8-ft height for the vertical posts. Getting the bottom shelf in is easy enough, but removing that crosspiece makes it much simpler to get the second and third shelves in, too. Neurosis APPROVED! Call your significant other to the basement and say, “Hon, look what I built”. Since I got everything ready to go ahead of time, assembly is easy. By far, putting the shelves in is the hardest part of this build. Is there a reason you put the 2×4 ” legs” on the inside of the shelf framing – causing you to notch out the OSB on the ends to accommodate the legs? Storage Shelves. All in all, a great project, and two units were built this last weekend. I ended up only building with three shelves because I wanted a little more height from the floor to first shelf. My own mess up but I flips the legs such that the 21″ 2×4’s were inward and not outward. Below is advise for myself when I’m back here a year from now wondering what I did: 1) My intention of not installing the shelves until I get the entire piece in place came back to bite me. The plans discuss shelf installation but not much else. My next project is floor to ceiling buildin’s in the owners bedroom closet and I want to create cut sheet and steps. You’d also be using a little more lumber. I just built these and I love them. I built 4 sets of these shelves in early 2013 based on Dave Wirth’s blog post. I’ll go with 2-3/4″ screws next time, at least for that part of the project. Managed to get everything off the floor, now we can actually freely : ). I have so far built two of these shelves for my garage in the last two weeks, and they are precisely what I needed to manage the clutter. The sets I built are all in my basement and none have doors on them. Use the four 2-foot pieces from the corner post cuts to make the other 4 21-inch end pieces. BUT, must say my design was totally inspired from this blog. Again many thanks!!! I built the sides and back leaving the front cross bars off. I did what I did because I think putting the brackets (2x4s) on the outside gained me like 6 or more extra inches of shelf space and if I lined them up along a wall they would be flush to each other like a continuous shelf instead of having space between them for things to fall down into. Nice post and plans. 3″ screws are just a tad too long. Thanks! Which is where the swearing comes in for me. Time to go to the shrink I guess and see what that’s all about. Does that make sense? Hey there .. Pre drill all holes and assemble as shown on illustration above using wood glue and 3″ wood screws. Garage storage and shelving solutions are abundant, but the prices can be shocking. 4) If I were to do this again I might try to alter the design to have the legs on the outside from the start but honestly it worked out pretty good the way it went. I kind of wish I had done it that way. I am not a builder, just a girl tired of clutter so I’m gonna give it a go, but ran across a picture of a similar shelf where all the shelf units were built first with the the legs screwed to the outside 4 corners and a brace across the bottom along the wall connecting back legs and another vertical brace running up from that floor brace to the top attaching at every shelf. Capacity, 72" Height x 48" Wi… I can slide it right into the back of my jeep instead of strapping full sheets onto the roof. Since these shelves will be in the garage, … Shelves alone will hold 15 to 18 containers per unit – that is a LOT of crap, um, I mean junk ;). I am making these for my teen girls bedroom since they wanted an industrial look, (similar to stores in the mall) ugh pinterest is my nemesis. 4. So I used three instead and spaced them differently. After picking out all the splinters you’ll get from handling OSB without gloves on you’ll be very pleased with yourself. Then you can rest one end of the long rail on it while screwing in the other. Looking back the extra vertical posts might have been overkill but since I had it (and the cross braces) I was able to use 2×3’s for the front shelf supports and 1/2 inch plywood shelves. great job guys. Worked great!! Also, i donated and bought the plans. I have since built ~10 of these in the standard form, and ~20 in various sizes and shapes to accommodate different sized areas. For example, I used the same plans to build 2 sets only 3 feet tall on my wife’s side of the barn. haha. Thanks for the great plans. And yes, the back of the 1/2 OSB is overhanging without support but only 5-6 inches. I don’t think either is more sturdy. I’m sure rotating the triangle pattern is fine. Is one style more sturdy than the other? I did this myself, didn’t need to call my wife for help. After almost 3 years of holding several hundred pounds of items on each shelf, I have still not seen any sagging at all. I don’t speak the DIY language and why I found this to be very helpful. Thank you! I loaded them with the heaviest items and totes on the bottom shelves and lighter on top, naturally, just in case. I’ll be giving these shelves a shot very soon. My only question is whether to use the corner boards or frame at the ends like you did or putting them in the front and back vs.the ends. One 8ft and one 6ft. Finally got around to building one yesterday and an overall happy with it. I didn’t have to fight the crossbars placing each shelf. How to Build Garage Shelving - Easy, Cheap and Fast! It’s easier to manage carrying half sheets into the basement. I think its an easy upgrade to do just use 10′ 2×4’s instead of the 8′ in the plans. lol Also, we have luggage that we want to store without worrying about the same plus all the cat hair. Thanks for posting and sharing the plans. Hmmm. You could probably used 3/8 plywood and still not have it bend, but you might have to add a couple of cross braces on each shelf. like this: http://amzn.to/2ojAlEr. “Putting stuff in the basement” is especially bad when it comes to my tools, parts, nails, screws, accessories, and all that. This is what makes people nuts. If you’re looking to clean up your garage clutter, installing some DIY shelving can be a quick win. I added some adjustable feet to the bottoms of the legs so I could level the unit on my uneven basement floor. I thought they were pretty straight as I drilled them, but when I drove the screws in they were all over the place. Thanks for the great plans! great article!!! I cannot wait. Will build another for my room next, thanks a lot! Agree, great plans. I know wood screws would be a better choice, but I pre-drilled my holes to avoid splitting the wood. I then moved to the next one, then installed that shelf. Make sure you secure to the wall to prevent forward tipping or racking I put the short side pieces towards the inside, slid the OSB in and tacked the front down with 3 small screws to hold it in place. Thoughts? I just built one of these, using the exact measurements in the example above. How about attaching the top 2×4 about 1/2 inch or 3/4 inch down the 6ft post to allow notches to fit? I need to build 3 of these to tame our basement. So the house I bought had all these IKEA garage shelves… as soon as I got them loaded up they fell off the wall! The easiest solution is wood shims. This is a great location to build some easy storage shelves that will greatly increase the amount of square footage that you can use for storage. Attach your end brackets to the corner posts. I built is exactly like the plans with one minor change in technique. These plans are the best—I’ve now made two of these shelving units. Either install them as they are built or go with the advise of others to go with a ‘slide-in’ design by shifting the corner supports to the outside. So far, I have had zero issues with my fastener choice. If I figure it correctly, I’ll still retain the bottom shelf on this side and have all four shelves on the other. That’s what I did just in case a kid starts climbing. Very pleased with the finished product and couldn’t have done it as easily without stumbling across this site. The shelves might get cluttered, at least it’s all up off the floor and things can begin to find their place, and get categorized. My only adaptations were: 1) I used 2x3s rather than 2x4s as I happened to have a bunch lying around. Plus we’re chasing around kids and fixing toys. Does putting the boards in front and back create more stability? Thank you very much for the post! Our basement needs more than just shelves (step 1. purge) but pinned for future reference. 3. btw. I’m not storing an engine block on them or anything, but fully loaded with tools, etc. The funny part was when I was screwing the whole thing together and attaching it to the wall – my wife said, “What about if we need to move it?” I said, “The house will be paid off in two years, so this will be the next owner’s problem ‘cuz I’m not moving it!”. Either additional 2×4 material could work for this or metal strapping. I made sure it accommodated for the thickness of the 2×4 (3 1/2″) plus the layer of OSB (1/2″) in my measurements. :) If you think it might feel tipsy you can always shim the feet in front so it’s tilting toward the wall a bit. Have built two sets now. 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