How to Make a Huge Hanging Shelf for a Cabin or Shed


Keeping a cabin or shed tidy is a major task for stuff never stops getting in the way due to new purchases and to the change of seasons: summer or winter things have to be stored away to make room for the ones you're currently using.

If you want to have a tidy roomy cabin or shed, a simple solution is a few steps away.

Things You'll Need

  • a particle board measuring about 240 x 122 x 2 centimeter (0.8 in) , (measurements can vary greatly)
  • 1 straight and strong wood strip 200 centimeter (78.7 in) long, minimal section 4 x 4 cm
  • Some iron profiles with pre-drilled holes,(those used in shelving)
  • Some length of galvanized chain
  • 3 carabiners
  • 3 D shackles
  • 1 sturdy tensor, ( ring + hook type )
  • 2 CLAMPS, described in wikiHow article ' Hold Heavy Things from Steel Reinforced Concrete Beams' or something similar to hang the shelf from the beams you actually have,
  • 36, 20mm hexagonal headed bolts with nuts and washers, diameter according to the holes of the shelving profiles.
  • 10, 50mm wood threaded hexagonal headed screws and washers, diameter to fit plastic wall plugs for 8mm masonry drill bit.


  • 1 socket crank spanner
  • 2 hexagonal sockets to fit the heads of screws, bolts and nuts (to go with the crank spanner)
  • 2 ring spanners (in case you don't have a crank spanner and sockets)
  • 1 pair of locking pliers to hold bolts, nuts or profiles,
  • 1, 3m long measuring tape
  • 1 wood hand saw
  • 1 wood file
  • 1 bubble level
  • 1 power drill drill, 500 watts and over, plus 8mm masonry drilling bit
  • 1 grinder with a disk for cutting iron
  • 1 medium tip permanent marker
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 medium size folding household ladder
  • 1 pair of working leather gloves


  1. 1
    At the wood supplier's, get the chipboard cut in two square halves: it will make transportation easier, comply with the current project and save you some work. Also buy the strip of wood if necessary.
  2. 2
    At the hardware store, get the shelving profiles cut to the measures of the chipboard halves. Show them your sketch of the double frame: You'll need 3 long sides and 5 short sides( 1 long side ( air side) is reinforced so it adds up to 3 long sides; 1 short side ( air side ) is also reinforced, plus the central reinforcement so it adds up to 5 short sides ).You can also buy the materials needed to make the 2 clamps if you had decided to follow this option . Show the people at the hardware store the clamp sketch as well.
  3. 3
    Now get stuff and tools to your cabin or shed. Choose a corner, clear it up and start work.
  4. 4
    Get your permanent marker and mark an "x" over the 4th hole at both ends of the inner vertical side of 1 short profile and 1 long profile.
  5. 5
    Now mark a short horizontal line at 200 centimeter (78.7 in). To do this, take the ladder and the wood strip and place them next to the corner.Take the level and check the verticality of the wood strip at the chosen corner.Take your pencil and draw a short line flush at the top of the wood strip.
  6. 6
    Get the marked short profile and make the upper rim meet the pencil mark and also make sure the profile is tight into the corner. Make a pencil mark thru the "x" hole next to the corner. Take the profile away and drill an 8mm hole at the centre of the mark. Hammer in a plastic plug and with screw and washer fix the profile to the wall. Next prop the wood strip under the free end of the profile, put the level on the flat lower part and gently, push the profile up into the horizontal position and hold it there by propping it up with the wood strip. Once done, mark the other "x" hole. Gyrate the profile a bit out of the way, drill and fix, and the first profile is attached to the corner wall.
  7. 7
    Get the wood strip and place it vertically at 200 centimeter (78.7 in) from the corner where you have already fixed a short profile. Make sure that the wood strip doesn't budge. Take the marked long profile, a bolt, washer and nut and raise the profile making it sit on the corner end of the already fixed profile and on the top of the wood strip.Place the bolt etc at the corner to unite the two profiles and tighten by hand. Check horizontally, tighten fully and mark thru the 4th hole from the wood strip end end. Drill a hole on the wall through the "x" marked hole and fix. Next do the other "x" hole in the same way. Space evenly the rest of the fixation points on both profiles and half of the frame ( wall side ) is done.

Method 1

  1. 1
    Work on a table or a workbench for greater comfort.Mark the middle point of the 2 long profiles with a slash on the inner side.Start placing bolts, etc every 20 centimeter (7.9 in) approx. from the middle point. Leave ends free. Do the same with the 4 short profiles, no middle point needed with them. Leave ends free as well. Check end holes and tips of the 3 double profiles are well aligned and flush, then tighten up all bolts.

Method 2

  1. 1
    The clamp that holds the secondary chain will be located on a beam at approx 120 centimeter (47.2 in) from the middle point of the long profile already fixed on the wall. A mark at 120 centimeter (47.2 in) on the strip of wood will help you find the point on the beam.
    • Open the clamp and fix it not too tightly to the beam, add a D shackle and a length of chain stopping a bit short from the frame. Now add the carabiner and hang the long double profile from its middle. Fix with a bolt,etc, to the free end of the short profile on the wall.Check level again and correct right angle ( chain & double profile ) by using some well-cut ample surface. Adjust and fix clamp and everything tightly. Now you can add the last short double profile that closes the frame. Place bolts etc and tighten.
    • The clamp that holds the main chain will be located on the vertical of the protruding corner of the frame. Proceed as with the other clamp but now adding two carabiners. One at the end of the chain and the other a bit further up using a D shackle. The two carabiners hold and further unite the two double profiles meeting at the corner.

Method 3

  1. 1
    Take the last double short profile and make it sit on the middle points of the long profiles.
  2. 2
    Fix it to the frame with 4 bolts, etc.

Method 4

  1. 1
    Insert the boards diagonally, first let them sit on the wall long profile and lower them until they're encased and secured by the half frames. File and wood saw might be needed or some narrow strips of wood to get a tight fit of the boards.


  • Beware not to cut yourself with the sharp edge of the profiles. Blunt them slightly with the grinder.
  • Take care not to lose your balance while working on the ladder. Get help to steady the ladder.
  • There's a real danger of straining and hurting yourself when handling the boards. Get help.
  • Take care not to graze your knuckles while tightening the bolts. Wear gloves.

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