Garage Storage Shelves

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Matt and I spent the weekend hanging storage shelves in our garage. This is the first part of our garage project. Next we will be focused on building pull out tables to make using our table and miter saw easier. Follow along with us over the next several weeks as we work on this project.

Honestly, I have a love hate relationship with garage projects. I love them because they get my garage organized, and let's be honest - I am all over the organization in my life. I live for it. But what I don't love about garage projects is they aren't very fun nor are they pretty. They are a necessary evil, but I digress.

Matt and I decided that this was the weekend to start on the garage project. It was long over due. We have a work bench and a miter saw table, but they are not ideal for our space. Our garage also leaks, so the bottoms of the tables have started to get soft. I also had made the mistake of letting Matt "organize" our tools. See his idea of organization below. Send help.

Needless to say - we had some work to do. We spent a while researching the best set up for our garages, and we ended up choosing this plan from Ana White and Ryobi Nation. I linked the plan in the image below.

Our garage is a million years old and there are poles and pipes sticking out in weird places, so we had to adjust our plans, but this is the look we were going for and will use this plan as our guiding light throughout the project. Our adapted measurements looked like the ones below. These are extremely high level and messy, so I will put more detailed plans up soon.

The shelves are a really easy project that can be done in a day or a couple afternoons.The only wood you need is 2x4s and plywood, so this can be tackled by any beginner. Here is how we did it:

Supplies Needed:


  • 18 - 2x4s

  • 2 - 4x8ft Plywood sheets cut into 4 2X8ft sheets (Home Depot can do this for you if you do not have a table saw