Utility Shelving for Garage, Basement
Utility Shelving 13'-0" Wide x 8'-0" High x 1'-4" Depth
DIY Difficulty (1 easy, 10 difficult) 7
Time to completion: 8 hours
Material cost: $ 400-500
Pro Labor and misc. parts $ 525-750
TOTAL* $ 925-1250
* Prices may vary in your area.
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The other day I was working
on a garage organization
and storage project while
listening to one of my favorite
radio shows Diane Rehm on
NPR. Ironically her show
was about hoarding.
If you are unaware of
hoarding it is a condition of
some people who are
unable to throw anything
away. I'll leave the
psychological aspects of
hoarding to the
professionals, but when it
comes to organization for all
those things I say, "step right
For many American
households the organization
of our stuff is a challenge.
The easy solution is to
reduce the amount of stuff
we have. But for most of us
we have things, many things.
As the saying goes, "a place
for everything and everything
in its place." I like it.
The process of building
shelves begins with creating
an inventory of what needs to
be stored. For garage
storage the inventory
checklist is nothing more
than pulling the car(s) out of
the garage (assuming the
cars fit in the garage), and
stepping back and looking at
the big picture.
For most applications the
storage needs can be met
with a combination of 24"
deep and 16" deep shelves.
Sheet stock is generally
store bought and comes in
sheets that are 4 feet x 8 feet.
To minimize waste and get
the biggest bang for the buck
the shelves can be cut in half
(24"), thirds, (16") or in
The materials used for
shelving can be BC 3/4"
plywood for a rough, utility
grade of shelving. For a shelf
more attractive than utility
plywood is melamine board
(shown at right). Melamine is
a nice product for many
reasons. For one thing it
does not need painting.
Secondly, the posts and
shelf cleats are available in
dimensional boards, these
are 1 x 2, 1 x 3, 1 x 4 and so
forth. Melamine is stable,
drill-able and is a sturdy
material for most
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In this garage storage project the space for shelving is 13 feet
wide x 8 feet high. The before picture shows the disorganization
of the garage and haphazard storage. The need for more
advanced storage solutions was in order for this family with
adults and three kids. We conducted an inventory of the things
to be stored and concluded there was ample wall space to find
a place for everything. The storage solution was to arrange
sections of shelving in two sections-- 24 inch deep and 16"
deep shelves. Additionally we added J-hooks in the ceiling for
The material used is paint-free melamine board. Melamine is a
versatile product, pre-finished and a medium strength suitable
for most homeowner applications. For more rugged storage
plywood is a better choice bearing in mind that raw plywood is
not very attractive and does not look any better with paint.
The inventory included bikes, paint cans, recycle containers, shop vac, skis, boots and many of the things that are typical
for homeowners in the Midwest. The change of seasons necessitates homeowners to have 'seasonal' tools such as lawn
tools for spring and summer, and rakes and snow shovels for fall and winter. Then there are bikes, skis, racks, carts, gas
cans, snow blowers, lawn mowers, golf clubs, wheelbarrows, ladders and a Jennifer Bauman 1969 Mustang Mach I 428
Cobra, all original.
improvement. The area by the shop vac is the 24" deep
shelves. Everything else is 16" depth. The height between
shelves is 15-16".
The vertical supports are all 1 x
2 machine-nailed, adhered with
PL-400 and backed with cleats.
The horizontal members are a
combination of 1 x 2 wall cleats
with horizontal rails being 1 x 3
and a 1 x 4 melamine boards.
On the right side at the door the
shelf is supported from a
ceiling joist. The reason for this
shelf to be supported from the
top instead of from the bottom was done to avoid the
possibility of people grabbing the support thereby
increasing the risk of it to come loose over time. Up
above it is out of sight and out of mind.
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