How to make a simple garage DIY shelf? In this post, you’ll learn how to make an easy heavy-duty DIY garage shelf for your home and we will share easy step-by-step instructions for installation.
For our 20th anniversary, we bought a small condo in the mountains in the town we were married. It came with a small single-car garage and we needed to build a shelf to help with storage space. This is an extra deep & heavy-duty shelf. You can build one or more with this concept and personalize your garage to suit your needs and space. These diy wall shelves would also be perfect storage shelves in an unfinished basement
Easy Heavy Duty DIY Garage Shelf Video
We used a tape measure to determine how long we wanted our shelf to be. We then bought a 97″ x 23 3/4″ Melamine Board from Home Depot along with extra large shelf brackets. Most hardware stores carry similar items. If you have spare wooden planks you could use these for the shelf’s top.
Jim mapped out the shelving and how he wanted it to go up. You can see the white lines on the drywall – those are the wall studs where you want to screw the shelf brackets in for support. We didn’t need anchors since we were securing the brackets to studs.
He measured how high he wanted the shelf to be (we can actually put a second one above it or stack tall things).
He used 1/2″ x 3″ bolts to put the shelf holder into the wall. He measured the screw against the bit to decide which size to use.
He used the drill to make pocket holes where the screws would go.
Next he used a socket wrench to screw in the screw to make it easier to thread when he screwed in the bracket.
He set the bracket onto the wall and screwed in the bracket.
He used a level to make sure the bracket was straight before placing the bottom screw into the bracket.
To make sure he put the rest of the brackets in straight so that the shelf would be level, we set the board on the first bracket and marked out where the other brackets would go with a level. This may require a ladder if your diy shelving is high or you are putting one shelf above another
We took the board down and he screwed in all the other brackets. We placed the board back up once the brackets were in and made sure the shelf was level.
Next, he screwed in #10 x 1/2 screws to secure the shelf to the board in 2 locations.
Our shelf was done!
As you can see there is plenty of room to add a bottom shelf, or whatever we will need in the future.
Easy Heavy-Duty DIY Garage Shelf Video
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Other helpful DIY Shelf Ideas
- Floating shelf
- open shelving or cubby for your bathroom
- Turn pallets into pallet shelves
DIY Shelf accessories, Supplies, and Tool Options
- stud finder
- wood stain
- nails and wood screws
- wood glue
- circular saw or miter saw
- brad nailer
- kreg jig
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