I have enough camping gear in
my garage to start my own REI store. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for
ways to improve my garage organization and storage. One of the most successful
was this high shelf, which runs along two entire sides of the garage, a couple of
feet below the ceiling. It’s pretty simple: 2x4s and ½-in. strand board, 24 in.
wide, nailed together and nailed to the wall studs. To prevent sagging, the
outside edge is attached to the rafters every 8 ft. or so with a length of
chain and an eye bolt. I built the shelf in sections, installed each independently
(with my son’s help), and spliced them together with short lengths of 2x4
underneath. The whole shooting match took only a Saturday morning to build and
install, once I’d cleared away enough stuff to work.
I keep a stepladder handy for getting things on and off my
high shelf, but even with the ladder, it can be precarious putting larger or
heavy things up there. Even restricting it to lightweight stuff, though, I
managed to fill it up pretty darn fast!
— Ken Collier, Editor in Chief
For more great ideas for garage organization, check out these links:
Easy Garage Storage Solutions
Build a Garage Storage Wall
I have tried similar high shelves too in my garage but my things keep increasing in number without me even noticing it. Therefore, I have since given up on more hacks and store most of my large and bulky items in cheap storage nearby within the neighborhood to promote convenience should I ever need them.
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