Garage Storage Shelves
The garage is supposed to be a place to
park your car. But countless people can't even put their car in
the garage because of everything they have stored in there.
Garage storage shelves make it possible to
do both. You can park your car, and still store all those items
you don't have room for in your home.
We all know the garage is a great place to store things.
It's where you put your tools, your sports gear, and seasonal
items you only remove once a year. But it becomes problematic
when all those items push the car out into the driveway. If
this sounds like your garage, then garage storing shelves
should be high on your priority list.
So what do you get? Generally there are two choices for
garage shelving. The least expensive option is going to be
site-built shelving. Head down to your local lumber yard or big
home center and you'll find everything you need to make your
shelving to your exact specifications. These shelves are also
obviously more flexible since you can adapt any plans to the
area you have available.
And the shelves are really not that difficult to construct
if you just want the basics. Just get yourself some sturdy
brackets, attach them to the studs in your garage walls using
long screws, then cut a basic 3/4 inch plywood board to fit. Of
you can use 1x or 2x lumber. Simply mount the wood to the
brackets and you're through. Build as many as you need. Make
them as long as you need, and as far apart as you need to fit
whatever it is you plan to store on them.
Another shelf you can easily build is one that is floor
supported. Get some 2x4's and run them from the floor to the
rafters or ceiling joists overhead. Place one every 4 feet or
so. Now take more 2x4's and place them horizontally between the
already installed uprights. Finish by using particle board to
make the shelves. Again you have a lot of flexibility depending
on your available space and the size of the items you will be
storing. Typically your find them 20-25 inches deep. And the
uprights about 2 feet apart, which means adding an additional
upright between the ones you started with.
If you will only be storing small items like screws and
nails, be sure to consider the space between the studs. It's
easy to attach 1x2 strips to the inside edges. Put them about 6
inches apart. Then cuts some 1x4 pieces of wood. Put them on
top of the 1x2's and you have great adjustable shelves for
small items. Use these shelves for things like jars, cans, and
the aforementioned screws and nails.
The second option, if you are not a do it yourselfer, is to
put prefabricated shelving in the garage. This, as we
mentioned, will be more expensive. Steel is best, but plastic
will work if you only have light things to store. The biggest
disadvantage to steel (outside of the cost) is that these
shelves can't be cut or fitted to your exact specifications.
The width, height and depth is standard. You'll have to find
something that fits within the space you have available. And
even if you do, you'll probably have some left over space you
wish you could fill.
The other thing to consider with steel prefab garage storing
shelves his how adjustable they will be. You obviously won't
have the flexibility of building it yourself, but you should
make sure that the shelves can be placed in at least a couple
of different spots within the frame. And look for heavy duty
pins on anything that's adjustable. The last thing you want is
for the pins to somehow dislodge or break which will send all
your items tumbling to the ground, or worse yet, on top of your
One final thing to consider when purchasing prefab shelves
is whether they need to be attached to the walls. If you're
storing light items, this may not be needed. But if you plan to
store heavy stuff on them, it's best that they attach to keep
them from tipping over.
Either way you go (site built or prefab), if you do it
right, you'll be able to store all your stuff, know exactly
where it is for easy finding, and you'll probably have room for
the car again as well.