Often asked: How To Build Garage Shelves On A Wall?

How deep should garage shelves be?

Shelves should be deep enough to safely store items, yet not so deep that items will get hidden behind each other. For a garage, 16” depth is ideal for the storage of large items and 12” depth is ideal for smaller items. Adjustability is very important to maximize the use of space.

What kind of wood should I use for garage shelves?

1/2″ plywood should be plenty sturdy enough for most items, or use 7/16 OSB sheathing. The OSB is cheaper but has a rougher surface and doesn’t look as nice. One more very important thing. This design basically puts all the weight of your stored items on the nails holding the shelves together.

Is it cheaper to build or buy shelves?

Building your own shelves can be beneficial for some, but may not be the right choice in every situation. Lower Cost – Generally, buying the materials for your garage shelves should be cheaper than purchasing prefab – just make sure you do everything right the first time.

What is the best garage shelving?

Our Top Picks

  • Best Wall Mount. FLEXIMOUNTS 2-Pack 2x6ft Garage Shelving.
  • Best Ceiling Mount. FLEXIMOUNTS 4×8 Overhead Garage Storage Rack.
  • Best Freestanding. Seville Classics 5-Tier Steel Wire Shelving.
  • Best Adjustable. FLEXIMOUNTS 3-Tier Storage Wall Shelves.
  • Best Custom System. 2x4basics Custom Shelving and Storage System.
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What is a good shelf depth?

Shelf depth is determined by the size of the items to be stored, generally within the range of 6 to 24 inches. Shelf depth for a general purpose bookshelf is usually 10 to 12 inches. Shelf spacing will generally range from 7 to 15 inches with 8 to 12 inches being common for bookshelves.

How thick should Wood be for shelves?

Thick Wood Bookshelves



Use 3/4-inch thick materials for shelves and bookcase structure. If you’re using hardwood solids, it’s OK to boost the thickness to 1 1/4 inch for almost unlimited support. This type of shelf looks more like a mantel and is expensive, but adds the opulent look of craftsmanship.

How thick should Plywood be for garage shelves?

We use 1/2″ plywood for the 16″ width shelving – perhaps go up to 5/8″ or 3/4″ if you do 24″ wide shelving or have especially heavy loads destined for these shelves.

How much does it cost to build garage shelves?

Costs for garage shelving range from $50 to $1,000.



Garage Shelving Cost.

Type of Shelving Average Costs (Material Only)
Wall-Mounted Storage Shelves $50 – $250
Add-On Units $75 – $500
Freestanding Shelving Units $100 – $1,000

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