How to Build Garage Shelves | The Best Way!

5 Materials
2 Days

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.
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)
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.
Drop Down Braces:
Attach the 2x4 braces to the ceiling mounted braces with 3" screws.
Build the Boxes:
Assemble the boxes with 3" screws. These boxes are going to be the shelves once the plywood is attached.
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.
Attaching the Plywood:
With the box hung in place, you can attach your plywood via 1 5/8" screws.
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)
See all materials

Top Hometalk Projects

15 Ways to Spice up Your Floors
Get The Party Started With These Perfect DIY Decor Ideas
18 Stunning Backsplash Ideas You Do Not Want To Miss!
18 Adorable Bird Feeders You'll Want To Make Right Now
Keep Your Craft Supplies Organized With These Fun Storage Ideas
15 Things To Do With Scrap Material
31 Amazing Furniture Flips You Have to See to Believe

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 5 questions

Join the conversation

2 of 20 comments
  • David Ernest
    David Ernest
    on Feb 5, 2020

    Great article. Thank You So Much.

  • VGMP
    on Aug 5, 2020

    This idea of getting things off the floor is great! Before installing anything onto your ceiling, however, be sure to check if you have engineered I-beams or engineered truss systems. (Most homes built after 2000 do.) If you attach anything to hang beneath them, the warranty on them is voided. They are not designed to support a suspended load. A stud finder won't indicate a difference, so you will have to take a look with a camera or know the type of construction during the building process. Unfortunately, many of these suspended-load manufacturers don't tell customers about this.

Your comment...