How to Hang Garage Storage Shelves

Most people can use more storage in their homes. One way to achieve this is by installing storage shelves in the garage. This can be a fun weekend project that almost anyone can do with a few simple directions.

Steps

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    Make a plan. A few minutes of planning can save time and eliminate problems and frustration later.
    • Decide where you want your shelving. You may not want to put shelving in an area where you tend to temporarily store things that are on the floor as you may not be able to comfortably reach the shelves.
    • What kinds of things will you be storing on the shelves? You will want whatever it is to be convenient ie. you wouldn't want to store laundry items on an opposite wall from your clothes washer.
    • Measure the area you have chosen for your shelves keeping in mind the distance between shelves.
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    Gather Your Materials. Referring to your plan purchase enough shelving for the area where you will install them. Buy brackets to secure the shelves to the wall.
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    Cut your shelving material to length. Chances are the stock length of the material will be different than what you need.
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    Use a stud finder to locate the studs where you will attach the brackets to support your shelves.
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    Mark the locations on the wall. Referring to your plan, position the shelves according and mark a spot where the bracket will go.
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    Drill the hole with a drill bit that is a little smaller than the screws that you are using with the bracket.
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    Use a level to make a plumb line to align the spot for the next screw.
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    Using a level make a mark where you will screw the second bracket.
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    Use the same technique to mark holes for a third or more, whatever your situation
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    Drill the holes and set the screws.
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    Secure the shelf to the bracket with screws.

Tips

  • Wear safety gear such as goggles and gloves when working with power tools.
  • Use a second person for long shelves to hold them in place while you secure them to the wall.
  • Make sure you know the weight limit for the shelves so that you don’t overload them.

Things You’ll Need

  • Drill
  • Brackets
  • Screws
  • Nylon wall plugs
  • Shelves
  • Level

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Categories: Sheds and Garages