How to Build Garage Shelves | The Best Way!

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This loft style garage shelving setup allows you to utilize the top portion of your garage walls that would typically go to waste, but doesn't take up any ground space at the same time!
Video: Here's a short video that shows the process of building the shelves if you prefer that over reading.
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Cutting the Wood:

You'll want to start by cutting your 2x4's down to size. You can use this cut list as a general guide, but the dimensions may change depending on your garage.

10- 8' Long (Main Shelves and Ceiling Mounted Braces)
26- 21" Long (Shelf Supports)
5- 45.5" (End Shelves and Ceiling Mounted Braces)
6- 48" (Drop Down Ceiling Braces)

3/4" Plywood:
3- 4'x8' (Have the lumber store rip it down to 2'x4' pieces)
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Attach Ceiling Braces:
Once all the wood is cut, you'll want to use wall anchoring screws to attach your 2x4's to the studs in the ceiling.
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Drop Down Braces:
Attach the 2x4 braces to the ceiling mounted braces with 3" screws.
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Build the Boxes:
Assemble the boxes with 3" screws. These boxes are going to be the shelves once the plywood is attached.
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Hanging the Boxes:
Connect the boxes to the braces that were mounted in the earlier steps as well as the studs in the walls. You'll want to use wall anchoring screws anytime you are drilling into the studs.
Attaching the Plywood:
With the box hung in place, you can attach your plywood via 1 5/8" screws.
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Attaching the Plywood:
With the box hung in place, you can attach your plywood via 1 5/8" screws.
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Finishing Touches:
Once the plywood is attached to all of the shelves, you can either paint them start putting them to use!

Suggested materials:

  • 2x4's  (Home Depot)
  • 22/32" Plywood  (Home Depot)
  • 3" Screws  (Home Depot)
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 4 questions
  • Ed Goldthorp
    on Aug 14, 2017

    Is this in a double car garage? The only concern I have is, if two cars or a single car garage, passengers are going to knock their heads once getting out of the vehicle.
  • Buena Herrera Oran
    on Aug 29, 2017

    how many pcs. of 2X4's altogether did you buy for this project?

  • Laurie Geschrey
    on Sep 2, 2017

    how much weight will it carry ?

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  • Sandra Lee
    on Aug 19, 2017

    Great use of space, do have things hanging from my ceiling, shelving, roof top car carriers, an engine hoist traveling on the house beam lots of chains and pipes holding shelves, my garage is one car with a good size work bench as well and in goes the large SUV, wish I saw your video years ago. Thanks for sharing. Sandy
  • Jaclyn
    on Sep 19, 2017

    Great job!
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