Storage Shelf

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.

Shelving Storage

With the possessions that you accumulate these days, you are bound to need extra shelving storage room in your home. People store extra things in the garage or storage sheds, but some things need to be stored indoors. There are other options to look at today, beyond the stereotypical shelves of yesterday. If you need quick storage in the basement or the garage, 2×4’s can still make handy shelves, but for your main rooms in the home, you’ll want something more attractive. Shelves of any wood or metal do use vertical space well, which helps to free up floor space to use for other things.

The main kinds of shelves you will see are wall-mounted and free-standing. Shelves that are mounted on your walls may be of different materials. If you will be storing anything heavy, make sure that you get a shelf that is suitable for heavy loads. Wire shelves can be found in heavy duty styles, too, and they can hold a good amount of weight. You can also easily see what you are storing, from below, so that makes it easier to grab just what you need. An open design is also helpful in setting up circulation of air, which helps to avoid mildew or mold problems.

When you hang wall shelves, be sure to keep in mind what you will be storing on them, to allow enough space between each shelf. Once you get them on the walls, you won’t want to do a lot of shelf relocation. You can hang wall-mounted shelves above a free standing shelf, and this will give you even more storage space. In addition, taller things can be stored underneath wall shelving storage units.

Shelves of the free-standing variety may be made from different materials, some of which are metal, wood, resin and pressed board. You can also use wire shelving, and these are usually coated with heavy duty rubber. Free-standing shelves can be moved around easily from one place to another, so you’re not locked into keeping things in the same place. They can also be used as dividers, for instance if you are separating your car parking area from your workbench, in the garage.

Free-standing shelving is available in different depths, generally between twelve and twenty inches. There are various styles to choose from, too. One handy feature that some units have is lockable casters, so that your shelves can be easily moved and then locked into place. Some of the resin and plastic shelving units can be broken down, if you want to relocate them. Coated wire shelves will be able to hold a lot of weight, and they won’t rust if they become wet. This places them as more useful in wet areas than pressed board shelves.

You can also store items in your garage in cabinets and on heavy duty hooks. You can add whatever options you need, so keep some wall space open. A combination of pegboard hangers and standard shelving storage cabinets will work well to stow everything you need stored.