Floor space in most garages is hard to come by—so the best place to find storage space for garage shelves is overhead. You can make your own DIY shelves for the garage easily—go double-decker for twice the storage capacity.
- Circular saw
- Cordless drill
- Table saw
- 1-5/8 inch screws
- All-purpose screws: 4 inch lag screws
- Plywood: 1x8
Build the Shelves
This project has a 16-in. top shelf for big items, a 5-in. lower shelf and plenty of hook space. Need different size shelves or more space between them? It's easy to modify this basic design. To build a saw guide like ours, learn how to create circular saw cutting guides for plywood.
Project step-by-step (5)
Rip the Plywood Top to Width
Use a homemade saw guide and a circular saw, or a table saw, to cut the plywood for the 16-in.-wide top shelf.
Screw the Framework Together
Use all-purpose screws to secure the 1x8 back rim and 1x2 front rim to the 2x8 support block. Space the support blocks every 32 in.
Complete Assembling the Shelf
Install the plywood top, bottom shelf and the 1×2 and 1×3 lips. Use construction adhesive for added strength.
Secure the Shelf to the Wall
Use 4-in. lag or construction screws to secure the 1x8 back rim to the wall studs. Drive two screws into each stud—one high, one low.
Garage Shelf Dimensions
This shelf is 8 ft. long, but yours can be any length.
Organizing a garage isn’t a one-size-fits-all project, so we’ve compiled some of our best garage storage ideas. Check out these 50 tips to find ways to make your garage more organized and better to use.