Building A Large Heavy Duty Garage Shelf

6 Materials
$50
30 Minutes
Medium

We recently bought a little condo retreat for ourselves for our 20 year anniversary. It has been a dream of ours and it is where we were married 20 years ago and we were coming up here 2-4 times a year. It came with a small single car garage and we needed to build a shelf to help with storage. This is an extra deep & heavy duty shelf. You can build one or more with this concept and personalize your garage to suit your needs and space.

building a large heavy duty garage shelf
We bought a 97" x 23 3/4" Melamine Board from Home Depot along with extra large shelf brackets.
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
Jim mapped out the shelving how he wanted it to go up. You can see the white lines on the walls - those are the studs where you want to screw the shelf brackets in for support.
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
He measured how high up he wanted the shelf to be and marked it (we actually can put a second one above it or stack things tall with where we did ours).
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
He used 1/2" x 2" bolts to put the shelf holder into the wall. He measured the screw against the bit to decide which size to use.
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
He used the screwdriver to make a hole where the screw would go.
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
Next he used a socket wrench to screw in the screw to make it easier to thread when he screwed in the bracket.
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
He set the bracket onto the wall, and screwed in the bracket.
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
He used a level to to make sure the bracket was straight before placing the bottom screw into the bracket.
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
To make sure he put the rest of the brackets in straight and so that the shelf would be level, we set the board on the first bracket and marked out the where the other brackets would go with a level.
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
We took the board down and he screwed in all the other brackets. We placed the board back up once the brackets were in and made sure the shelf was level.
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
Next he screwed in #10 x 1/2" screws to secure the shelf to the board in 2 locations.
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
Our shelf was done! 
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
As you can see there is plenty of room to add more shelves, or whatever we will need in the future.
building a large heavy duty garage shelf
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  • Mary M
    on Aug 11, 2018

    It is nice and your instructions are good and your answers to questions are good. Thanks. Our garage is full of shelves and cabinets but still unorganized. But, it sure has given me an idea for my work area which includes a very junky small enclosed back porch. Thanks for inspiring me.

  • Pam Hill
    on Aug 12, 2018

    I don't have a garage but I sent this to my friend who was just trying to arrange hers last week. Looks great!

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