DIY Garage Storage Shelving

Do-it-Yourself Garage Storage Shelving

I used to have a bunch of those home depot type shelves in the garage that I used for garage storage shelving, but I wanted something better. Those shelves sit on the ground and I wanted to keep my things in the garage up off of the ground. I don’t like spiders and other bugs finding homes underneath shelves that sit on the ground. When the shelves are built off of the ground, it makes it easy to see (and clean) underneath them. It also makes the garage look more organized and tidy, not to mention creates a whole bunch more room to store your stuff. I couldn’t find anything I wanted to buy in the stores, so I decided it was time to build our own.


For this project, you will need the following list of supplies. The amount of each item depends on the size of your garage and space you have available to build the shelves:

  • 2×4’s
  • plywood
  • 3″ screws
  • 2×4 fence brackets


You will need the following tools:

  • miter saw
  • table saw
  • drill
  • level
  • ladder

You will need the miter saw to cut the 2×4’s to the correct length which is dependent upon the size of your garage. You will need the table saw to cut the plywood to the correct size.

Instructions for Garage Shelving

Start by measuring the space in your garage that you want to build the shelves. Measure the distance from one end to the other. This will be the length of your shelves. You will need to cut eight 2×4’s that size. Four of those 2×4’s will be screwed into the wall, and the other four will be the outer side of the shelves running parallel to the first four.

garage shelves cutting 2x4's
My hubby cutting the 2×4’s.

Next, you need to cut many 12 inch 2×4’s that will be used to connect the outer and inner 2×4’s together to form the base of the shelves in which the plywood will sit on top of.¬†After you make all these cuts, it’s time to start building the shelves.

diy garage shelves
This picture shows the long 2×4’s attached to the wall and the support 2×4’s attached with fence brackets.

You will need three support 2×4’s running perpendicular to the shelves. One on each end and one in the middle. We build duplicate shelves on the other side of the garage, and they were much longer so we needed one more support beam in the middle making it a total of four beams. You can figure out the height needed for these after you get the framework for the shelves put together. This way you will be able to measure the correct length.

diy garage storage shelving
This picture shows the 2×4 support beams on each end of the shelves running up and down.

After you have the basic frame for the shelving done, you can measure the width of the shelves to cut the plywood to fit. You need to know the width and the length and use a table saw to cut to fit. After the cutting is done, it’s time to attach the plywood to the shelves. We just screwed them down into the 2×4’s.

finished garage storage shelving
This is the final product. Awesome looking and very functional shelves for your garage!

And that’s it! Awesome shelves for your garage! Now it’s time to start loading up the shelves with all of your garage clutter :).

garage storage shelving finished
Adding our stuff to the shelves.

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