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HOW TO...Build Garage Shelves: Step By Step Guide

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A recent article showed that the top item in the list of complaints about today’s modern houses is a lack of storage. Properties built over the last few years often have very few places to keep the essentials resulting in many homeowners turning to their garage as the only place to store their excess items.

Of course, there are dangers associated with keeping important items in damp conditions. Mould and water damage can be all too common a problem. It’s no wonder then, that so many people are looking for ways to keep their valuables protected in their garage without having to worry about their safekeeping. 

While some people have gone to extreme lengths, turning their garage into another room, there’s no need to go quite so far. If you know how to build garage shelves, you can keep your important items off the cold, damp floor so that they can stay safe from damage caused by mould and mildew...

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Once you’ve cut your shelving, it’s time to use your mitre saw to the cut your support brackets. Although you could use two to support each shelf, you will be more secure with three since you won’t need to worry about the amount of weight you balance on them

What Materials Should I Use?

Although you can use any kind of wood you like to make your garage shelving, there’s no need to spend a lot of money. Scrap wood is often perfectly fine to use and will save you a lot of money. 

You’ll simply need enough plywood (or other scrap wood which measures 2’ x 4’) to make as many shelves as you want to build plus the brackets to hold them in place.

You’ll also need some common tools to build your shelving masterpiece. A spirit level, a tape measure, a drill, a mitre saw, and a circular saw should see your project to completion.

Cutting the Wood

A depth of around 16” is ideal for a garage shelf. It will be deep enough so that it can support boxes and tool cases but not so deep that items will be lost at the back. 

The amount of space you have to fill will determine the length of your shelves, although 6 feet is a perfect length to ensure plenty of storage and should fit easily into most garages. You’ll need to use your circular saw to cut the shelves. 

Once you’ve cut your shelving, it’s time to use your mitre saw to the cut your support brackets. Although you could use two to support each shelf, you will be more secure with three since you won’t need to worry about the amount of weight you balance on them. 

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Measure the distance from the ceiling and between the shelves themselves. Ensure you’ve left sufficient space to store your tallest items. You should use your spirit level to ensure your brackets are perfectly in line before drilling and attaching them to your wall

Assembling Your Brackets

You can assemble your brackets with standard 2.5” screws and a drill. Once your brackets are fitted together, it’s time to fix them to the wall. You should locate the wall studs as this is the best place to fix up your shelving to ensure a secure fit.

Measure the distance from the ceiling and between the shelves themselves. Ensure you’ve left sufficient space to store your tallest items. You should use your spirit level to ensure your brackets are perfectly in line before drilling and attaching them to your wall.

Fixing on Your Shelves

Now that your brackets are attached firmly to the garage wall, it’s time to attach your shelves. Ensure you’ve pushed the shelf back against the wall before pre-drilling 4 holes through each shelf into the bracket. Fit four screws through your shelf into the support. 

Once all your shelves are fitted and fixed in place, you can begin loading them up with all your essentials and items. 

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By reducing the cold, moisture and condensation that so often occur in British garages, insulation can make an enormous difference to your garage, ensuring your important items remain safe and well-protected from harm all year round!

Protecting Your Items

Now that your items are off the garage floor, they are better protected from the dangers of water damage and damp. However, garages are still not an ideal environment for storing any kind of delicate or easily-damaged items. 

Finding ways to control the environment inside your garage is paramount, and one way to do this is by installing spray foam insulation. 

By reducing the cold, moisture and condensation that so often occur in British garages, insulation can make an enormous difference to your garage, ensuring your important items remain safe and well-protected from harm all year round. 

Easy to install and incredibly air-tight, spray foam insulation could be the ideal solution to making your garage a safer and warmer place to store your excess items. Visit Home Logic today to find out more about this convenient and affordable solution. Alternatively, simply click the button below to get the ball rolling today!