DIY Garage Shelves [Freestanding] | Ana White


Freestanding Garage Shelving Features

  • BEGINNER FRIENDLY: Very easy to build using just 2×4 boards
  • YOUR SIZE: Easy to customize in size to fit your space
  • NO HOLES IN THE WALL: Freestanding, so will work with concrete, brick, metal walls or for rental units
  • THIN SHELVES: Because the shelves are only 1-1/2″ thick, this creates more space vertically
  • YOUR NEEDS: Customize shelving placement as needed or to add workbench or garage media center
  • FITS TOTES: Designed to fit totes and boxes
  • MOVEABLE AND REUSEABLE: Easy to take apart and reuse the 2x4s

Customization Ideas for Freestanding Garage Shelving

Utility Workaround: Built around water heater and with roll out shoe bench.  

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Around the Door: Shorter end to fit around garage door:

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Face Lift: This user added a barn door to the front

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Work Around: A built in workbench in the center, could also be used for a TV

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Concrete Basement Wall: Not required to be attached to the wall

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Finished: The shelving is solid wood, so you can paint or stain it easily

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Video Tutorial

Here is a very quick video of building this garage shelving:

Project Notes

  • You can make your shelving as long or short as you want.  
  • The span between leg sets can be altered.  Mine are about 5′ apart, and it’s plenty strong.  According to the Sagulator you can put about 200 pounds on a six foot long shelf, made of 2×4 boards – but do test.  For heavy objects, like bulk food or water, make the span less.
  • You can go taller with the shelving, but do consider forward tipping – you will want to attach to the wall.
  • You can add more shelves, at any height.  And the shelves can be partial or full length
  • I recommend you secure to the wall to prevent forward tipping or racking

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DIY Garage Shelves Freestanding


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