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.
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