There are items in your house that you use as decoration, but quite a few things just need a storage shelf to be stowed on. This way they are packed away but still easy to get to, when you need them. If you have power tools or otherwise bulky items that need stowed, they will be right at home on storage shelves. And collectibles, with their attractiveness, work well on display shelves.
Storage shelves should be just right for the items they need to hold. You don’t want huge bulky shelves on the wall if the items being stored are small, or they will be too difficult to find. You can have shelves custom made for your home or garage, or you can build them yourself – they aren’t difficult at all.
Building storage shelves is one of the easier DIY jobs around the house. Especially if they are just for use in the garage or laundry room, function is more important than form, as long as they are sturdy and stay where you put them. Reducing your household clutter will surely be worth the time you spend building shelves.
One of the easier kinds of shelves to build has two wall-mounted brackets that are secured to studs, and then a board is laid across them. It’s a fast job to tackle, it’s not expensive, and if the shelves are big enough, they will hold plenty of items you need stored. These easy and functional shelves are for spaces like closets, basements or garages – you want a more stylish shelf in a room you live in. There are other types of shelves that take a bit longer to construct, and they may be more suitable for living rooms or bedrooms. Each type of storage shelf has its own look and function, whether it be decorative or just functional.
If your workshop is cluttered, and you can’t find anything you want, you need a place to stow those tools. Your DIY jobs will flow much more smoothly when you can find all the tools you need to do the job. As your tool collection grows, so should your shelving solutions, to avoid chaotic clutter. Make sure you use all of the space you build, before adding additional shelves to the unit. Do your best to keep tools and equipment off the top of your workbenches and off your floors. As much as you can, stack upwards, not outwards.
You can put together some inexpensive shelving that is made from scrap wood in triangle shapes. If these are too shallow for your needs, use wider wood pieces to make deeper shelves. You can use 2×4’s attached to the studs, to set up a backing for wall panels. You can use pegboard on the walls, or drive screws or nails so that you can hang tools on them.
You can also use framework made from 2×4’s. Deck screws make excellent fasteners to attach the vertical posts and side rails together. Screws hold more evenly than nails, and they won’t be as likely to split the wood when you build a storage shelf.