Friday, July 10, 2009

Beefy Garage Shelving



The back of our fireplace protrudes into our garage by 2 feet, and makes cubbies on either side. "Cubby" is another way of saying useless space. Some wooden bench-style shelving that extends to the ceiling could make it usable again. Hopefully it will get some of the clutter off of the garage floor.

First I started by measuring the dimensions of the walls and deciding how many shelf tiers would work well. Opaque tupperware-style bins are cheap and durable for storage, so I want to be sure that they will fit. With 9-foot ceilings 3 shelves should work fine, giving 4 storage locations.

I am going to use 2x4 "aprons" for the shelving which will function to transfer the load to the legs and the wall. In this project I am going to use only 2 legs for the shelves for the front, and then the framing in the wall behind as the other supports. So the unit will be built-in instead of free-standing. This has 3 benefits - the shelves will require less materials to build, be secured to the wall to prevent tipping or falling, and give slightly more volume for storage.



The left shelf unit ended up having one front leg otherwise too much of the otherwise small space would be wasted. I used steel joist hangers to attach the 2x4's on the left side.



The rear apron piece is secured to the studs with 3" epoxy-coated deck screws.



Left side with OSB tops attached.



Halfway there!



The right shelf unit is considerably larger and has both front legs for support. Also the top shelf is extended over the fridge to make use of that commonly useless space.



All of the shelf framing is topped with 3/4" OSB which is secured every 4-6 inches with 6D nails. I made the cuts on my nifty sawhorses.



The shelving is very strong, I am able to climb/stand on it with no visible stress, and I cannot pull it off the wall either.



Total cost: $50 - woohoo!

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