Twitter Facebook Email Subscribe

How to Build Easy Storage Shelves

Like This

 

Let me answer the first question you have.  Customization.  THAT’s why you should build shelves as opposed to buying them from Ikea, Home Depot or any other store.

By building shelves yourself you can make sure to use every inch of space that you have and even build your shelves around the boxes you know you’re going to be storing on them.  No wasted space, no fits when you find out your massive stock pot is 1/2 ” taller than your biggest shelf.

Now that we have that out of the way, I’ll give you an idea of the sort of thing I was dealing with when I built my basement shelves.  My basement is a nightmare.  A place where demons dance.  It’s creepy and old and built out of rubble.

My basement is 175 years old and is home to an equally aged band of centipedes.

What is has going for it, is it’s dry, fairly large and seems to be ghost free.

My basement is a bit of an odd shape with a weird cement ledge all the way around it.  This made installing store bought shelves kind of useless.   It’s hard to describe, but by putting up high shelves, I’d be losing space behind them.  Many, many square feet of space.

So.  I never put up shelves.

Instead I dumped stuff upon stuff upon stuff.  I’d find old shelves at garage sales or on the street and throw them down in the basement hoping they’d help solve my storage problems.  They did not.  They did not help at all.

When I had my basement sprayed with foam insulation this summer, I had to move every single thing down there into the middle of the basement so they guys could have room to work spraying around the outside walls of the basement.  It was such a huge job I figured while I had everything moved I might as well think about building actual shelves.

It took $100 and 1 day.

Ladder Shelving Final

 

That’s right.  All you need to do is basically build a series of rudimentary ladders.  I’ve drawn the plans up so it involves the minimum amount of cutting on your part as possible.

This project is simple enough that someone with a basic knowledge of tools and building can make them in a day.

To do this you will need a few tools though.

The wood you use to build your shelves will depend on the height of your ceilings and the size of your wall.  But if you follow the general plan I’ve given you in the picture above you can adapt them to build shelves to your heart’s content.

The only thing you have to remember is to install one “ladder” for every 3-4 feet.  This will give your shelves the proper support they’ll need and prevent them from sagging.  Also make sure to buy 5/8ths plywood and nothing thinner.  Thinner will sag over time.

The 2×4 s will be the tall supports of your ladder shelves.

The 2×2 s will be what the plywood shelves rest on. (You can use almost any wood for this. I used a bunch of 1×4 s I had hanging around for instance)

The plywood will be your actual shelves.  The more shelves you plan to have, the more sheets of plywood you’ll need.

These plans will make a shelving unit that’s 6′ long, 6-8′ high and 2′ deep.

Your tall supports will be attached to the floor joists at the top (floor joists are actually in the ceiling) and into the concrete floor at the bottom.
 

Ladder Screwing

 

To attach into concrete you need to use special screws called Tapcons.  Tapcon is actually a brand name like Kleenex.  When you buy a box of Tapcons they usually come with the drill bit you need for pre-drilling the concrete so you don’t need to guess at what size of bit to use.  It’s all ready to go.

That by the way is part of the reason I say it’s best to have 2 drills if you can.  Even if you have to borrow one.  

One drill for the pre-drilling of holes … and one drill  for setting the screws.  

Otherwise you’re constantly wasting time having to change back and forth between bits.

To attach the wood to other wood, you just need to use 4″ wood screws.  I had leftover decking screws, so that’s what I used.  I used up a lot of crap doing this project actually.

For extra, added security you can run a length of wood across your wall.  If it’s cement, attach the wood with Tapcons.

This will give you something extra, along with the ceiling and floor to attach the tall supports to.

Again, for this I used an extra length of 1 x 4 I had laying around.

 

Basement Shelves23
 

So you’ll be securing your supports in 3 places.

 

#1 … the floor joists in the ceiling

 

Basement Shelves19
 

#2 … the floor

 

Basement Shelves17

 

#3 … the wall

Basement Shelves20

 

You can either build your entire ladders first, including the shelf supports and attach them to the ceiling, floor and wall,

or

You can build your ladders with one shelf support a few inches up from the bottom, and one at the very top, attach them to the ceiling, floor and wall and then attach the rest of the shelf supports once the ladders are up and secured.  Doing it this way is useful if you want your shelves to be at custom heights for big boxes and such.

Just measure you biggest box, then measure up from your lowest shelf support.  Cut your plywood shelf to fit, and then do the same with the next box and shelf support.

 

Basement Shelves21

 

As you can see, I did a variety of shelf heights to accommodate the variety of boxes and things I had to store.  This way I wasn’t wasting any space at ALL.
 

Title 2

 

Shelves Reveal
 

When I first started to take the after pictures of my basement for you it wasn’t looking so hot.  So, I styled my shelves and got them looking pretty by putting stuff in baskets and boxes.

I recommend you do the same.  I love going into this basement now, not only because of how organized it is, but because it looks half decent.  Take your garbage bags out of their ugly cardboard box and put them in a nice basket.  Ditto for storing potatoes or anything else.

I never would have done this if I wasn’t taking pictures and I’m so glad I did.

So that’s my word of advice for the day.  If you redo your basement, do it like someone’s going to come in and take pictures of it.  It’ll make you happy every single time you go down into that hell hole.
 

Basement Shelves2

 

One section of my shelving unit is devoted to Halloween and random house accessories that aren’t in rotation at the moment.  Those 2 shelves look really messy and ugly so I covered them up by tacking up a burlap coffee bag I scored from my local health food store.  You could do any kind of drape or a length of plain cotton fabric.  Just tack it in place and lift it when you need to get into that area.  It just helps to get rid of some visual clutter.
 

Basement Shelves3

 

Bags and bags of heirloom garlic courtesy of my super-fantstic neighbour Jane who picked it up for me when she was on vacation this summer.

Just waiting to be planted in late October.

 

Basement Shelves4

 

Getting organized allowed me to make use of a few things that were just thrown into the original messy basement.

Things like my kitty cat clock were pulled out and hung up.

By the way.  You haven’t lived until you’ve gone to Costco and bought the jumbo packages of paper towels and toilet paper because you actually have somewhere to PUT them.

I feel like a princess.

 

Basement Shelves5

 

Once I got the hang of it I was putting shelves everywhere I could fit them.

This one isn’t exactly pretty, but drilling into boulders is a LOT harder than you would think.

This area is a work in progress … I’ll be showing you how to build a handy little basement table in this very spot in the near future.

 

Basement Shelves7

Basement Shelves8

 

And now onto the other side of the basement.

The workshop area.

 

 

 

The one shelving unit I saved from all the pieces of crap I’d collected from the side of the road over the years was this one metal shelf.

It’s very narrow and has a lot of shelf space.

Perfect for my canned goods, extra paint cans and craft supplies.

I actually have an entire shelf dedicated to my moss collection.

Yes.  Seriously.

 

 

It’s only been a week or so since I finished the basement and I’ve already used it for projects I could never use it for before because I just didn’t have the room.

Plus everything was all over the place and disorganized and I was always knocking something over … bleh.

Now?  It’ll make reupholstering this little footstool a breeze.

You can’t see it but I have a small television hooked up in the corner and also installed a phone line.

 

 

Tools?  Got em.  Whadda need?  ‘Cause I know exactly where it is.

It’s right there.  On the wall.

Unless it’s a drill or something larger, in which case it’s in the cupboards below.

Yup.

 

 

I searched all over for jars to put my assorted deck screws in but decided I liked them in their paper bags, so I just rolled down the edges and hung the bags.

 

 

 

Nowhere to put the antique fishing creel?  No problem.

Hang it on the wall and fill it with ribbon and bows.

Definitely one of my favourite things.

The ribbons are all on a dowel so they spin.  I can just pull out the length I need and cut it.

 

 

I realize this may not look like the makeover of the century but I’ve already gained back the time it took me to rebuild this basement.  I’ve saved 17 hours in the past week just by knowing where my duct tape is.

 

 

The best part of all of this is I found my old saddle. I love that saddle.

Now that I have so much time on my hands, maybe one day I’ll go for a ride if I can manage to strap it on one of the centipedes.
 


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
94 Comments | Filed Under: Workshop | Tags: , , ,

94 Responses to How to Build Easy Storage Shelves

  1. Nicole says:

    I was just working on the same thing, clean up/out the storage shelves and junk. Its amazing how it collects. The riding boots and saddle got my attention, mine have collected in the living room, or the horse room as my mother calls it. I guess that is the next place to clean.

  2. Laura Bee says:

    Amazing! We have the same ledge – so irritating! Things are stacked up on it until the cats come along & knock somthing down in the middle of the night.
    I think I actually have most of the materials to build these shelves on hand! Now I’m getting excited and want to go look, but I have to work in the morning & should really go to bed.

    • Karen says:

      Laura – I wouldn’t normally say this, but I vote you don’t go to work and build shelves instead, LOL. It took one day to build them and … another 2 days to put everything in the basement back in order. Totally worth it. Sometimes I just go downstairs, look around and smile.

  3. Lesley says:

    This wonderful! I’m having a new house built over the winter (not nearly as grand as it sounds) – and I’ll have a brand-new non-creepy basement to store stuff in. Inspiration!

    • Karen says:

      Lesley – A non creepy basement! Show off. :) ~ karen

    • mothership says:

      OMG! I have a brand new non creepy basement too…
      (now)… but it still has that GD ledge!

      BUT… my last basement…SCARY!
      my daughters called “the tomb”
      & no matter HOW BAD their sibling rivalry got, they had an unspoken agreement… if one of them had to go to “the tomb” (always spoken like it was in quotes of course) the other would accompany her.. which was often, as the washing machine was in “the tomb”

  4. SK Farm Girl says:

    Looks like a project I could tackle when my fella goes moose hunting with the guys :) Could even take this project one step further and white wash the shelve. Thanks for the inspiration and the instructions! Cheers! PS – I scored five 1-quart crown jars complete with lids this weekend for $0.10/jar!!! Want one or two?

    • Karen says:

      SK – I thought of painting the shelves, but then thought … no. LOL. They’d look great whitewashed. It is incredibly generous of you to offer to ship me some jars but I am officially loaded up with jars, LOL. Unless they’re a great colour or unusual in some way I don’t have room for a single other one. Not even in my reorganized basement! :) ~ karen

  5. Wendy says:

    I think it’s beautiful! You must be so proud of yourself. I love that feeling of getting something organized, it’s almost like you can breathe again! Great job!

  6. Gayla T says:

    Awesome blog, Karen! I have a very nice basement but the stairs to get down there are awful. They curve and have very narrow triangle steps. Then they change to concrete. Better? No, because every step is a different depth so you don’t know how far down you are going. Totally crazy. I have a lot more stuff plus a work bench in my garage so that is where I need to build shelves. When my late hubby built shelves in our first house they were so crooked stuff would roll right off. When I carefully mentioned that they were off a bit he said,”Oh, you wanted them level?” LOL He came a long way from those as we eventually owned a construction company and he was a master carpenter. I have wondered if I had not gently criticized that first project what he would have been instead. LOL

    • Mary Werner says:

      Remember that behind every great head of the house is the neck that turns it! When I asked for another shelf in my closet, I was thrilled to find it done when I came home from work until my head of house showed me – he had removed another shelf I was using to make the new one! Thanks for the funny memory, HA

  7. Moe says:

    Wow, that looks amazing. I can’t believe it only took one day to build all those shelves. I would love to have something like that in my basement. Problem is, our basement floods every spring so everything is build up off the floor. It’s half dirt and half cement. Even the cement half floods in the spring. Our sump pump runs full tilt in the spring. We’ve spent thousands to fix the problem but nothing has worked. Consequently any wood that touches the floor eventually rots at the base. I wonder what a person could use to sit the 2×4′s on that would be secure enough. Any ideas? It would have to be probably 4 inches high. I can just imagine all the storage space we could have. It makes me excited. :o)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Moe – Yup. Just use bricks. Secure the 2x4s to the wall and the ceiling and slip bricks underneath the 2x4s. (make sure you cut the 2 x 4s to accommodate the bricks of course). Your supports will rest on the bricks but won’t be secured into the floor, but it will be fine. They’re secured up top and from the side, plus the weight of the stuff on the shelves and the shelves themselves will give you the support you need on the bricks. ~ karen!

  8. Janie Farmer says:

    I think I own your basement’s sibling…The Dungeon. Hasn’t been cleaned in years, hubby don’t want me to go down there (I have seizures and he doesn’t want to come home and find me at the bottom of the steps). It’s worse than hell. Friends were visiting last year and wouldn’t you know a tornado came to visit, too. THE MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT OF MY ENTIRE LIFE! I wanted the tornado to suck me right out of there. As we’re crowded into what we figured was the safest room….I see a small pile of petrified cat poop. OMG! They haven’t been back since.

  9. shuckclod says:

    You did a great job! I hope those centipedes don’t play the drums in the band. Those jars of canned goodies even look pretty. Amazing what you can find when things are organized. Both of our garages are.

  10. Laura says:

    Karen, thanks for posting this. I’m now inspired to organize our basement! It’s only 100 years old so maybe it will be even easier. I love your humour and writing style. Thanks for the post!

  11. Reg says:

    Fantastic! It’s the perfect solution for all my Christmas decorations that are piled willy nilly in a back corner of the basement. I’m inspired, thank you for the great idea.

  12. Karen says:

    It looks awesome. I did the same thing in my old house. I totally agree that bought shelving just doesn’t cut it. As soon as hubby’s gone, I will finish my storage room. I have one wall left. Organization is the best time saver in the world. That, and duct tape! Cheers

  13. ev says:

    Wow! My house is 207 years old, so I know about creepy and cluttered. We do have some work benches, but the shelves for storage you built would be great here! I will be showing this article to my salad bowl today! Thanks Karen!

  14. Susan says:

    Is Nicole Richie/Macy’s one of your sponsors? Her ads pop up so many times while trying to read your post that I had to give up. Has this been a problem for anyone else? They keep flashing on and off and cover up your writing.

    • Karen says:

      Susan – You should be able to click the ad closed. If you get the chance ever take a screen shot of it for me and I’ll forward it to my advertising network. They are the ones responsible for putting ads up on my site. Since I’m in Canada I don’t ever see the ads that you see in America so it’s important people let me know what’s going on. Thanks! ~ karen

  15. Terry Sears says:

    Karen,

    Please tell us you did not put the shelves up before you did the foam work in the basement.
    Or is the foam work done in another area.
    You do have some interesting stuff down there.

  16. JebberA says:

    I’m back to coveting and which means i’m going straight to hell from infraction on commandment number 9. I covet your mucho sexy tool system. My “shove them in a laundry bin” tool system is the equivalent of Ukranian grandmother underwear … not so sexy.

  17. FLP says:

    Great dustpan.

  18. Susan says:

    What about the troll who lives in my creepy old stone basement along with the millions of spiders, centipedes and stone dust? I would love shelves like that but it’s scary down there and I tend to pitch stuff down there from the top of the stairs and hope the troll finds a spot for it! Eek! :-)

  19. Susan says:

    Oh I forgot! The odd dead or alive mouse might be wandering around too!

  20. Tigersmom says:

    Now I want a basement.

    We don’t have basements in Texas even though we’re smack dab in the middle of tornado alley and they would be really handy for not getting killed and all. Something about the soil and being so close to sea level, I think. The type of soil makes it cost prohibitive, but not possible death prohibitive.

    So I guess this means you didn’t turn your entire basement into a giant walk-in refrigerator after all. Will you please tell those of us (and I know I’m not the only one) dying to know where you are keeping your milk and other refrigeration-required food items?

    • I’m in Texas too! When I was in Fort Worth, we were right on top of the Barnett Shale. We had to water our foundation because the ground was shifting so much because of the shale underneath us. Apparently watering the house foundation helped it stay more flexible to shift with the ground and not crack. I can’t imagine what a problem a basement would be there. Every spring during the storms, we’d wish for one though!

  21. Debbie says:

    Karen thank you! This post couldn’t come at a better time! Was just going to go measure out the furnace room and see what I could find at Ikea… but I like this idea wayyyyyyy better!! LOVE your basement… I think I could spend hours poking around in it looking at all your neat stuff!!

  22. Cynna says:

    Nice work on the storage shelves, but I would like you better if you put that poor old saddle on a proper saddle rack.

  23. Karol says:

    I have had the organization of my garage lurking over my head for years. We have no cars in it because it is full of everything but a car. Once I tried to organize by pulling everything out onto the lawn (which took hours) I was going to make piles of “keep” “donate” and “trash”. As soon as I started making headway, a Florida thunderstorm came through and I had to drag it all back in. It’s amazing how fast you can move when lightning is around. So now my garage looks 100 times worse than it did before I started.
    I would kill for a basement, but if you dig deeper than 6 inches in Florida, you hit water. With a western exposure, our garage stays at a constant temperature of around HELL, so I only go out there if I have to. We do have an attic, but it makes the garage feel like the inside of an igloo.

  24. gogothrift says:

    Wow, I got tired just looking at all the work you must have put into this basement makeover.
    BTW, when you die will you will me that $7 mirror in your living room that you found at a garage sale?

  25. Kris says:

    Looks fantastic! I too am a member of the 150 or more year old basement club, so I feel your pain regarding the old walls and creepy crawler things. Do you think there is a product we could spray down there to get rid of the spiders and bugs, maybe deter them from coming back? And a little tip, in case the paper bags for your screws don’t work out, my husband uses coffee jars (or any jar with a screw on lid) and attaches them to the underside of a shelf, them fills his jars and screws them up into the lids. That way he can see whats in there, and they are all lines up and out of the way. Did I explain that right? Thanks for the mental shove to get me re-organizing our basement. Again!

    • Karen says:

      Kris – That’s funny … I actually have a spinning wheel thing that’s the same sort of idea, but with baby food jars for smaller screws and stuff. They just don’t fit larger screws, :) ~ karen

  26. Patti says:

    YES!! I have been WAITING for this post FOREVER!!! Well, not really, but I`ve just been ridiculously excited about it. TheGuy has been chomping at the bit to build shelves in the basement and get it organized, and I was like “YOU CAN`T DO IT TIL KAREN POSTS HERS ON HER BLOG.” He is a skilled craftsman, so I think he thought I was a wiener – but that means he over-builds things sometimes. Now I’ll show him this post, and he’ll see this comment and (hi babe!) hopefully he’ll still build me these shelves (but if he doesn’t, that’s okay – I could do it myself!).

    Love the baskets – you’re right – if you ‘stage’ even the most mundane things, it totally makes you smiles!

  27. Dawna Jones says:

    Good for you Karen you are officially my hero!!!!
    http://www.dawnajonesdesign.com/

  28. Laura McG. says:

    Not sure where this comment lies: complaint, heads up, or plea for help from you or a reader. Here goes: for about two weeks your blog post has a most annoying advertisement from Macy’s that appears as two lines, approximately 3/4″ wide that dance and move throughout the post and scrolling on the iPad makes the post skip sections. It was impossible to read a post like today’s because I could not get the directions on the screen with accompanying photo. Anyone know how to circumvent this on iPad, or should Karen tell Macy’s to take a hike?

    • Karen says:

      Laura – That complaint has already been mentioned in this particular post. Since I’m in Canada I can’t actually see the offending ad because it’s targeted to Americans. If someone can send me a screen shot of it I can send it to my Advertising Network to bring it to their attention. All ads on my site are supposed to have an “x” so you can close them and they don’t come back. ~ karen!

  29. Jeannie B. says:

    Great job Karen! I always wanted one of those Kit Cat clocks. I’d just go down to the cellar to watch the tail go back and forth. There was one, in a store, when I was a kid, and I was mesmorized watching it. I think the eyes moved too. I love your beautiful preserves and those beautiful cups and saucers. Why don’t you have them upstairs on display? Anyhow, well done!

  30. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    First..I wish I had a basement..Second..I am looking for an original Kit-Cat Clock..He is worth some bucks you know..I am so jealous..Third..You have a moss collection????…..Oh yeah..Your basement looks great..BIG improvement!!

  31. Barbie says:

    That little footstool would work PERFECTLY with the chair I just reupholstered last year…it’s just sitting in my warehouse waiting for the perfect footstool! I’ll send my address.

  32. Susan says:

    I’m so proud of you! I envy your energy…
    You found your saddle!! Either you must bring it to my house and use it on my horse or you must display it!!! Hugs, S

    • Karen says:

      LOL! Thanks for the offer but you’re a bit of a trek! I’d have to well my saddle and everything else in my basement to make the trip. :) ~ k

  33. Leena says:

    You have some cool stuff! But most importantly you did an amazing job with the shelves.
    This post combines the two things I highly enjoy: building and organizing. Love it!

  34. Spokangela says:

    Awesome post! Incredibly useful information. My husband and I are going to tackle our shop/gargage next weekend and will definitely be using some of the info contained in this post.

    If you stop hearing from me it will be because we were overwhelmed by our stuff and cannot make our way out. If we do manage to get everything organized maybe we could actually park a car in it! Imagine, a car in the garage…

    • Karen says:

      Spokangela – Don’t feel bad. I actually don’t know a single person who can park a car in their garage. ~ k!

      • Amanda says:

        We can! Both of them! But only as of this weekend when we cleaned the garage. Majorly cleaned. Hauled a ton of stuff away, vacuumed up pounds of dead bugs, live bugs, and mouse doody, then chased the still-breathing mouse under the compressor with a 2×4, where he hid until he made his escape. I’ll get him. What was the motivation, you ask? Hubby got a new car. Not just any car, but the one he has been eyeing and saving for for almost 10 years. No way is a bunch of lumber going to keep that thing in the driveway! So all you have to do for a clean garage is buy an Audi! It is almost worth it just for the garage, and totally worth it for his glee.

  35. Sebrah says:

    I can tell how proud you are of this little project, I don’t think I’ve ever seen you reply to so many comments! So jealous, I wanna basement!! – Love being organised, it’s one of my dreams that someday it’ll happen, but not before I have a basement to call my own :-)

    • Karen says:

      LOL. I just happen to have extra time today. Because I’ve saved so much time in the past week with my newly organized basement. :) ~ karen

  36. Jodie says:

    Beautiful work!

  37. karenagain says:

    My old house doesn’t have a basement. It was flash built in the 30′s when the Forestry Industry exploded here and the housewives rebelled against the trailors. God bless them. I have an old but sound garage that needs shelves. I so need to go out there and organize it. I have a deep freeze out there that came with the house. It weighs a ton and we didn’t know how to get rid of it. Now that I look at it all curvy and retro, I have to keep it.

  38. Laura says:

    Did you ever find your fireplace tools??

  39. Janelle says:

    What an AWESOME dustpan!

  40. Deb J. says:

    Good job! I am totally envious! Especially your tidy tool collection. I just finished rebuilding the deck on the sleeping cabin on our cottage and resurfacing the deck on the cottage itself – BIG deck, SORE knees – and have a total appreciation for organized tools and supplies. Only problem – as fast as I tidy and organize, the wrecking crew (aka salad bowl) comes along behind and disorganizes. Sigh. Still worth the effort but …

  41. Evalyn says:

    Now you have time to build a saddle tree and get that saddle up off the floor. And I say that with love (for old saddles).

    You have inspired me with this post – and thanks for the sketches, I do so much better with visuals.

    Do I see a stuffed penguin?

  42. Evalyn says:

    To karenagain:

    Old freezer equal mouse proof/ moisture proof storage. Keep it, esp if its cute.

  43. Eric H. says:

    Is that a welder i see in the background? Please tell me you have a welding craft/project that you could post because i’ve always wanted to learn!

  44. kelliblue says:

    After growing up with a father who liked nothing better than tinkering, building, sanding, sawing, painting, staining, and drilling in his home made, ‘perfect for him’ work area in our basement; AND as he was somewhat of a neatnik to boot, this absolutely brings a tear to my eye. It’s positively loverly.

    *sniff*

    p.s. where’d you put the leg? :)

  45. Anemone says:

    I see the penguin as well. I love your shelving. Hope all your Christmas stuff are in nice shelves too. These are also great depth for suitcases. I have a lot of suitcases filled with cloth and a lot of Christmas decorations.

  46. Teddi says:

    This is great inspiration! Thank you for doing your basement up in a functional and feasible way! My 80 year old basement needs a similar re-organization!

  47. debbie o'rourke says:

    Okay!! get that saddle off the concrete! You can build one of those nice saddle holders or you could go to Quick Feeds and buy one and plus, you will lose your mind at Quick Feeds, coolest farm supply store ever!!

  48. Debbie says:

    Hubby just made me shelves in our furnace room! Not as nice as yours (shhhhhhhhhhhhhh don’t tell him I said so) but they hold 18 large buckets – yahooooooooo! I wanted to refer him to this post, but he’s a “I’m a guy and can figure it out myself” kind of guy. So I’m just coming back to compare!! lol Plus going through the photos again, I realized how much I like your work bench – reminds me of my grandpa’s workbench that he had!! Thanks for sharin these awesome posts!!

  49. Ginger says:

    Instead of putting your screws in the rolled paper bags use the little craft ziplock style bags from the craft stores. They come in all sizes, are super cheap. and allow you to hang multiple bags on each hook so you can sort different sizes of each type screw, hook, etc. together. And you can easily see and identify what you need, thy can’t spill. and stay clean!

  50. Comet says:

    Dang! Did I hear some one say–LEG? Cause I LOST mine–and I am pretty sure it is in Karens basement!!!

    Seriously–I have not been in MY basement since I lost my actual leg. The stairs were never built right and are way too steep and out of whack for me. So–I am pretty sure there ARE things living down there–and I am not just talking about my adult kid who has a room down there!

    The thing is fully “finished” as in–there are TWO actual bedrooms–ya know with closets and paint n all–and a full bath. But the REST of it—I am POSITIVE you could not get a knife blade inbetween the amount of STUFF I fear is down there. And since once upon a time I USED that pace for an online business–now ALL of the stuff for THAT has to live up HERE where there really are no places suited to these kind of ingenious shelves. Sigh. So like you I have amassed a “collection” of odd shelves.

    So of course then I need to organize THEM. Since I like you am unable to pass by some orphan thing on the side of the road.

    And I am not going to show YOUR chickie coop to our soon to be future chickens–my coop is one built by my father in law 30 years ago–moved it here when he passed–had chickens, then it had our pet goat, when she passed my gimlet eye lit on it and said–Hmmmm—can’t have a chicken house with NO CHICKENS! And the dog run attached to it to prevent the Escape Goat from getting loose and being killed by a bear–another story but it happened to our pet sheep–well–that WILL make a perfect chicken run. Right?

    Maybe I can con MY fella–who actually works at a home center and USED to be in contracting–to build some of these. And the Shelf Fairy can come along and sort n fill!!!! Right? Right? RIGHT!!!!! No tellin’ WHAT might be found down there–but I DO know on good authority that there is at least ONE faux leg in a tote down there!

  51. JustinHickey says:

    Great instructions. I followed them exact and had an awesome result. One suggestion, instead of screwing diagnally in the floor, I suggest “L” brackets. It’s hard to drive that screw at an angle. Also, this is all much easier with a hammer drill. Dont forget to vacuum out the holes before trying to screw in. A 7/32 bit works better then the 3/16ths that comes with the 1/4 ” Tapcons. Lube that screw up before you drive it too, it helps. Ok, so its more like 4 suggestions. Anyway, thanks much.

  52. Eric says:

    I have similar shelving in my basement and it works great. I also have a full wood workshop (I’m a hobbyist) and what I did to keep my nails and screws organized was to use the Ball jelly jars. The lids were attached to the underside of my shelves over the workbench, I can see easily what item is in the glass jar and with just a quick twist I have what I need!

    • Karen says:

      Eric – I have a similar thing in my workshop area, but it’s baby food jars on a spinning wheel. Problem is, you can’t put very long nails or screws in those little jars! I’ll try the ball jars. ~ karen

  53. Merry says:

    Karen, you make starting my day that much better! You have so many comments that I just said, HECK, and will offer a tip even if it was already buried somewhere above—If you put an outline around every tool, etc. on your peg board(you know, like a who-dunnit body outline) you will always know where to put that tool back should you use more than 2–now go make something else look like fun while doing it!

  54. msjay160 says:

    AWESOME…very clear directions. Thanks

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome! I love my shelves! They make a HUGE difference in terms of cleaning up any basement or garage. ~ karen!

  55. Eric says:

    Great tutorial! One more tip: you can make the shelves considerably “stiffer” by nailing and gluing 1″x2″ trim pieces onto the front edge (and the back too if you want) of the plywood shelves. Then you can put heavier loads on them without them bending. (It makes the shelf act like it’s 2″ thick instead of 3/4″). Also makes the shelves prettier!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Eric! That reminds me that my basement is back to the disaster it was pre-shelves, LOL. Must do something about that. ~ karen

  56. Vicki OConnell says:

    I’m just wondering what kind of looks I will get when I go in to home depot and ask them where to find a box of tapcons. I’m thinking they will tell me to go to Walgreens down the street thinking I said something else. Those stores never think an old lady might want to build something or that she might even know what she is doing. lol

  57. Dan says:

    Beautiful shelves you should caution your readers about building shelves in this fashion in areas of the country where floating wall framing is required in basements. By framing the shelves all the way from the floor to the ceiling in that fashion you could cause your home to be ripped from its foundation, or other structural damage when the basement floor rises due to expansive soils.

    I n those areas of the country you should really leave a gap between the bottom of the selves and the floor, essentially hang them from the ceiling.

  58. Excellent do the job! This is the kind of facts that needs to be shared over the internet. Waste on bing with no for a longer period positioning this specific release superior! Occur around and also consult with my website. Thank you Equals)

  59. Tracey says:

    THANK YOU KAREN!
    I’m looking at old posts trying to catch up.
    I’ve really wanted to build shelves in my basement since buying my house a year ago. We downsized considerably, and there’s no where to put anything. So all the crap is jumbled with my tools and I can’t find anything!! I wasn’t confident or even sure about how to do this. And, the fact I have no shelves has been driving me nuts for the whole year!
    I wanted hubby to help me, but that won’t happen. I feel I can totally do this myself.
    Thank you as always, you are the best virtual friend a girl could have!!

    • Karen says:

      Ha! You’re welcome Tracey. My basement is a disaster again but at least I know it’ll look good once I clean it up, lol. These shelves have really held up and worked out great! ~ karen

  60. Hi mates, how is everything, and what you desire to say regarding this paragraph, inn my view its in fact remarkable for me.

  61. I was very happy to discover this web site. I need to to thank you for your time just for this fantastic
    read!! I definitely loved every part of it and I have you
    saved to fav to look at new information on your web site.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>