My SUV is great, the third row seat gives me plenty of room for my kids and their friends but it makes for a short trunk area. That leaves two options when I have a load of groceries; either fold down the third row seat, or stack the groceries in the back. Here's the problem, if I fold down the third row it leaves a cavernous space and my groceries (or sports items on the weekend) roll around and get smashed plus I have to crawl around back there to gather the groceries when I get home to unload. If I stack the groceries instead, invariably my bread/fruit/eggs/chips get squashed and when I open the lift gate at home the items stacked on top fall out to the ground.

What I really needed was a two shelf system to give me some help separating delicate groceries or keeping muddy cleats away from everything else. But, it had to stow away flat when I need to haul bigger, bulkier items.

My solution is a Pop-up Shelf. It saves me money by not having to replace grocery items, effort by not having to clean mud off of our sports items, and frustration by giving me easy access to everything without digging through a pile of stuff to find what I need. I also feel more secure about hiding shopping bags or purses out of sight when I need to leave them in the car. Want to build your own? Check out this Instructable you're on your way.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

To make this shelf you'll need the following supplies:

1. Open Wire Closet Shelf - I bought a 48" piece from Home Depot that fit perfectly in my trunk ($6.00)

2. 2 Legs - I used a pair of legs made for fold down seating on boats. They are lightweight and very strong plus they lock in place in the up and down positions(17.99 each online). I splurged on these legs but you could easily substitute wire folding locker shelves at $4.99 a piece.

3. Grey auto-grade carpet - I bought a 4' x 3' piece at Home Depot ($4.92 / .41 per sq. ft)

4. 8 zip ties - I had some in my garage but they are cheap and widely available.

5. 2 teacup hooks - I had these in my garage too, but they are also cheap and widely available (Target, Home Depot, Lowe's, etc)


1.A needle and thread - I used a heavy duty upholstery needle and heavy duty thread.

2. A hacksaw - to trim the legs if needed.

3. scissors and/or a box cutter

<p>This is a pretty excellent storage shelf! I wonder why the car manufacturers haven't come up with anything like this on their own. Thanks for sharing your idea mate.</p>
<p>My Chevy HHR has a feature like this submerged into the floor. very handy, allows my to close it hiding items under it too.</p>
<p>My 2004 Toyota 4Runner has a cargo shelf. Flip two latches, lift it up and push back, and then latch it into place. About 8 inches of space, underneath, if I recall correctly, so maybe not enough for groceries, but works well for a lot of things. And, since I almost always have a moving blanket in the back of the car, I'm not as worried about &quot;dirty&quot; things.</p>
<p>My first Chevy Equinox in 2005 had something similar, it laid flat in the cargo area, and flipped for two sides - one side carpeted to match interior, the other side hard plastic (which matched interior) so that yo could put wet things, etc on it and it wouldn't damage carpet. You could fit it in - I forget exactly how, with either side up, and it allowed you to store underneath (unseen) and on top! When I bought in 2008, it wasn't there! I think now you have an option for it!</p>
<p>this is perfect. I have a tiny car (a vauxall aguila if your wondering) but with a young family, and elderly parents, I do a LOT of shopping, and never have enough room. I am now building one of these too.<br>I'll share photos when done :D thank you so much</p>
<p>having just been outside to measure up, I find out my back seats are actually backed with a steal pannel, not board, so mine will have to be a 4 legged one rather than hinged, but thats still prety good</p>
Love this idea! We used wood and wooden legs to hold the weight of our 20lb jogger stroller. It turned out awesome! I actually have enough space to put groceries. I don't feel like I'm wasting space with my huge stroller anymore. Thank you!
<p>Love the idea of wood! Skip the hand stitching with the industrial stapler! LOVE IT!!!</p><p>~Jen</p>
Could you please post more photos of step three? Also I am confused as to how the tea cup hooks are strong enough to hold much weight. My car has leather not carpet so I am concerned about tearing it up with the hooks. I tossed an old refrigerator that wasn't working and kept all of the wire shelves and plastic drawers. I'm wondering if some of those might work for repurposing.
<p>I LOVE this idea, and can't wait to try it. I may try a variation and divide the shelf. I often just put one side down flat. But i think you could do this with two legs on one side and one on the other/shorter side? </p>
<p>I love, love, love this idea! I had a hard time finding the legs, but did finally find them at http://greatlakesskipper.com for $9.95 each. The shipping was as much as the legs! So I kept searching and found the same legs from the same seller on ebay at a third of the shipping cost - go figure. Here's the brand and item number they gave:</p><h2><a href="http://greatlakesskipper.com/rinker-220436-white-marine-plastic-7-8-in-boat-support-leg">Rinker 220436 White Marine Plastic 7/8 In Boat Support Leg</a></h2>
What were the sizes of your legs and where did you order them?
What were the sizes of your legs and where did you order them?
I'm waiting for the legs to come in and debating on doing the carpet. A suggestion to this since you do have it is for example I use those large thirty one totes for groceries. You can add Velcro to the bottoms so they stay put and don't slide around. Can't wait to see how mine comes out. My opening to the trunk is a little weird so I can't do anything completely deep enough that would fold
<p>I love this I am definitely making one for my SUV ?? Thanks for sharing</p>
<p>Great Idea! Would this work to use paracord or nylon woven material to make a loop that goes around the shelf &amp; the head rest instead of using hooks? I also think that maybe leaving out using the carpet, or only carpet 1/2 of the shelf, so you could use &quot;S&quot; hooks hanging from the wire shelving to hang even more bags would be cool. I will try this when I can get 2 legs ordered from Amazon. </p>
<p>Anyone have a link to where to buy the legs? I'm having trouble finding them online for a reasonable price. Thanks! </p>
Here's some I found on Amazon, under $16 each :)<br><br>http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0016N6K90/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?qid=1444640587&amp;sr=8-1&amp;pi=SY200_QL40&amp;keywords=locking+folding+chair+leg
<p>I really love this I have several of these wire shelves when I first seen your pictures I thought maybe you had used wood this makes it much lighter I am definitely making one for my SUV ?? Thanks for sharing ! </p>
<p>Great idea! Much like Tye Rannosaurus, I am in a lease car, but I should be able to link the bench up to the child restraints instead of screwing into the vehicle.</p>
Do you think this would work with 4 legs instead of the screw in hooks?
A shelf with four legs isn't attached to the car so it tends to bounce around (I tried that design). Also, it doesn't stow away when you have something tall or bulky to stow in the back like luggage. Since the hinge provides stability and convertibility I like it better than the 4 leg option.
<p>Very Clever. I will need to make one for my wife's Outback.</p>
<p>brilliant! I am leasing my car so not sure they'd be ok with me putting the hooks into the back of the seats permanently, but I'm sure I can figure out a work around for that minor issue. Other than that little hang up (no pun intended) I'm going to see what I can do to make this work in my car too. You're a genius!</p>
<p>TAG, I actually started with a shelf that had feet in the back but it tends to bounce on rougher roads. Securing it to the seatback gives the shelf much more stability. As for the holes, I took out my hook today (wondering about your issue) and used the pointy end to pull the carpet knap towards the center of the hole. It becomes nearly invisible, I had to look really closely to replace the screw in the right spot. I think you could add and remove the shelf with no problem. Thanks for the great feedback.</p>
<p>Just make it have feet at the back as well.</p>
<p>love love love it</p>
<p>YoltzSpike, the strong silent type huh?</p>
AWESOME flipping idea!!!!! I am totally going to ask my darling hubby to try and make me one of these!!! Thank you so much for this nifty idea!!!
<p>It's so easy, if he won't do it I bet you can.</p>
<p>I might consider doing this with my Prius- I've moved in that vehicle twice, it's very long on storage, but I always think to myself that I could have fit one more thing.</p>
<p>Yes, or two or three things :)</p>
As an SUV owner I know the ups and downs. Great space for kids, poor for everything else. I must say this is something that should be produced for all SUV's Great idea and I will be starting on this tomorrow for mine. Thank you for sharing this.
<p>I had the same concern so I installed a bar across the back with hooks to hang grocery bags on. </p>
<p>Great idea! Thanks for sharing, I will do something simillar to my car also.</p>
<p>That is fantastic! You managed to double your grocery space! Thanks for sharing!</p>
<p>Thanks. I just got back from a major grocery trip. My cart was full but it all fit perfectly with no squashing! Pretty sure I looked silly clapping my hands and smiling into my trunk but oh well, you guys get it. :)</p>
brilliant. an invention made to make life easier. we need more of these types of things. great job
Very much want to try this! Awesome idea!
Go for it, you won't believe how useful it is.
Great thinking out of the box solution.
<p>smart ;)</p>
<p>Fantastic! Thanks for sharing!</p>

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