Garage organization. Certainly not as glamorous as organizing your closet or bathroom. Pretty sure you could think of at least five other organizing projects in your house you’d like to do before hitting up your garage.
Living in California has shown me people use their garage as a storage space. At first it blew my mind away because I couldn’t understand why you wouldn’t want to park your car in the garage. Soon I realized that I grew up in the Midwest where we had harsh winters and parking your car in the garage made your life much easier. California doesn’t have those kinds of winters and parking your car in the garage is merely an option if you want it. We’ve become those people whose cars are parked in the driveway because there isn’t room in our garage to park a car. It’s been driving me crazy because I believe we should be able to park at least one car in the garage. If we can’t, that means one of two things:
We have too much stuff or We need a better system in place.
We’ve purged as much as we can in our garage, so I knew we needed a better system. Taking a look at where things were stored, we had an area that had bins stacked on top of one another which were okay but were a pain getting to because you’d have to take off each bin to get to the one you needed if it wasn’t on top. Shelves are extremely valuable when organizing because they add more space. I found this wooden storage bin shelf and asked my husband if he could make something similar (purchasing one was around $150). He said he could and the next organizing project began 🙂
To create your own shelf, you will need two important power tools: Power drill & Saw
If you don’t have these types of tools, you’re better off purchasing a shelf because these tools are expensive.
My husband was the one who made the shelf, so I thought it would be more appropriate for him to write this post… So here you have it!
Measure the space you have. If you have items where you plan to put a shelf, measure it out while they are there to give you some sort of guideline. For example, where we planned to put our shelf, we left the storage bins where they were and measured the length based on them there. Then we measured the depth with them still there to see how far out we could go. We added a few inches for a buffer, make sure to consider that when measuring your space.
Decide where to purchase the materials. Home Depot or Lowe’s will likely be your best option for purchasing wood. Possibly Menard’s depending on where you live. In our scenario we purchased the wood from Home Depot. This is what we purchased:
- Measure the area where you’ll be putting the shelf, I measured length, width, and height. From there you simply want to gather a few other key measurements:
- Measure what you are storing first, by Height and Width to ensure what you are storing fits! Do a little math for your expect your final masterpiece will be. Almost time to head to Home Depot.
- Leave a little extra room (1-1.5 inches max) so that whatever your storing has a little wiggle room and for imperfect cuts that need a little American ingenuity to balance things out.
- Double Check Height-since it is in our garage I planned on 3 levels for all of our bins, measure the height of the shelf plus the bin to ensure that it all fits
- Double check your measurements, fortunately the wood your buying isn’t too much plus you’ve already left a little extra room just to be safe
- Home Depot has a saw and can cut the plywood into your exact measurements (we needed our plywood cut exactly in-half) which will save you time at home.
- Cut the 2×4’s all at once. We planned on 3 shelves and 6-2×4’s for each shelf so we cut all the legs at once. You don’t want to build a shelf that doesn’t fit your current bins.
- I grouped the 2×4’s together because some cuts are slightly longer or shorter than others, I kept them together and put them aside.
- As the plywood remained out on the floor I took a pencil and marked where I planned on anchoring the legs, after that its just a matter of picking up the screwdriver or hammer and assembling the shelf.
- After our second level finished we put it on top of the first and added a couple bins to see how it fit, it all looked good.
- I as an added level of security anchored the legs of the levels so it become much sturdier as a whole piece.’
- Grab some sand paper to get the splinters away and start opening up your precious space.