Shelving can be a simple, inexpensive way to add lots of storage space to a garage. You can finish this project in a weekend and then have plenty of shelves on which to organize your stuff.
Garage Shelving Instructions
There are lots of garage shelving plans on the internet that you can pick up for free, along with video step-by-step instructions. I’ve picked out my favorite below.
It is a simple, easy-to construct design, and it is completely built using inexpensive 2 x 4’s that you can pick up at your local home improvement store. This makes this DIY project virtually mistake-free, even if you are a novice.
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The key tricks that I learned are:
- Secure the shelving unit to the wall so that it doesn’t sway or tip over.
- Extend the posts from floor to ceiling to take full advantage of unused space.
- You can use 2 x 4’s to complete the entire project. Cheap and simple!
Does Garage Shelving Solve the Clutter Problem?
Although I like the simplicity and low cost of garage shelving, it can make a garage look just as cluttered due to its open design. We need to “conceal” all of our stuff so that it doesn’t simply look like a mess on shelves.
They can help your storage area look neat and tidy, and you can still have your cheap-to-build shelving unit.
I prefer to use opaque containers that all match in color.
However, using different colored-tubs for different types of items can also be great for making gear easier to find. And clear containers can sometimes work better for situations where you want to see into the bins.
Another cheap option for organizing sports gear, tools and other items are the 5-gallon buckets that we’ve all seen at Home Depot or Lowe’s for about $3. I found them at Walmart for about $2.50 in plain white.
These buckets are also handy because they have those convenient carrying handles. Keep them all white or spray paint them to create a color-coded organization system on your garage shelving unit… or simply make it look cool.