Garage Storage Shelves

Ed's client had added a garage to a 1960's house with the idea that it would incorporate storage shelves for yard items and overflow from the house; he asked Ed to design and build the shelves. There were two design constraints (1) the shelf units had to be able to withstand kids climbing on them; (2) they had to be large enough to hold large plastic storage bins and boxes.

The critical factors, in Ed's opinion, are good lumber (for a project like this, he will go to the lumber yard and choose each piece to make sure it will sit straight and true); leveling shelf supports across the entire width of the project, plumbing the uprights everywhere (even, or especially, if your garage floor is off-level), and using screws rather than nails as fasteners.

These photos show the "before" and "after" - the lumber is all "2-by's." All components are attached using square-head screws; each shelf is made of three 2x8" planks, screwed to the 2x4 shelf supports which are, in turn, screwed to the 2x4 uprights. Totally modular, totally adjustable.

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The garage before shelves were built:




The shelf supports and uprights are connected using lots
of screws - this makes them more stable than if nails had
been used, and it also means the shelves can be adjusted
any time a different shelf height is wanted.

The supports are leveled across the width of the entire
wall to make sure all shelves will be level. Nothing should
roll off the shelves; shelf boards sit flush with one another.

There's enough room at the side of the door to walk
in and out without running into the shelf.

I didn't have my camera till Ed was done checking
something (and he didn't want to encourage 'bad' behavior) -
so this is a "grab" shot, but it makes the point.


These shelves are incredibly sturdy, will hold almost anything a homeowner can throw at them, and even look nice!