Introduction: Hanging Storage Bins

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I recently made and installed some heavy-duty shelves at my house, which are covered in this instructable: Simple Heavy-Duty Shelves.

The room where I installed these shelves serves as my home office as well as my family's indoor making space.

So we have loads of craft supplies that were cluttering up a small closet, that desperately needed to be organized and kept closer at hand.

To organize all this stuff, I made some simple cleats to fasten a bunch of cheap plastic bins to the undersides of my new shelves.

The bins easily slide in and out, keeping everything within reach but nicely tucked away.

This is a very simple project to complete and incredibly useful if you have a similar shelving situation.

Step 1: A Closer Look

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Here's a quick look at the details.

The cleats are made from two pieces of scrap wood which were glued together and screwed to the underside of the existing shelves.

The top lip of the bins hang on rails incorporated into the cleats. Pretty simple!

Step 2: Materials

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The plastic bins I used are 6-quart Sterilite brand, which were purchased at Home Depot for $1 apiece.

The cleats upon which the bins hang were made from two pieces of wood, both of which were 8 1/2" long.

The flat pieces are 3/8" thick by 1 1/2" wide, and were cut from a 2 by 4. The other pieces are 3/4" square, cut from scrap pine boards.

I hung nine bins in groups of three, so for my purposes I needed to make 12 cleats.

Step 3: Glue Up

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The wood pieces were glued together with wood glue and held with clamps until dry.

It's important to make sure the pieces are centered nicely.

Step 4: Paint

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After a light sanding to remove a couple of splintery bits, I spray painted the cleats with black spray paint.

Step 5: Pre-drill Cleats

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Each cleat was then pre-drilled and countersunk to prepare for installation on the shelves.

Since the shelves to which the cleats will be fastened are just soft pine, I did not drill any pilot holes into the shelves themselves.

Step 6: Attach Cleats

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The cleats were screwed to the shelves with 2" screws. I was mindful to place the cleats as needed so the bins were supported as fully as possible, but not pinched at all.

Step 7: All Done

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The bins are great for holding craft supplies and small tools.

I will probably try to keep the overall weight of each bin well under 5 pounds, just to be safe.

That's it!


Mitty35 (author)2016-02-21

Thank you. Sheer brilliance and simplicity

ijoyl (author)2016-02-21

BRILLIANT! Thanks for the idea.

Callie Lea (author)2016-02-21

Great idea and tutorial!! Love it and will be making some of these! Thanks.

GailGraves (author)2016-05-03

Great idea!

eXtremePara (author)2016-04-19

nicely done. What a great idea.

craftvideos (author)2016-04-10

Simple and elegant. Those transparent boxes are also an amazing idea, so that we can see the contents.

depotdevoid (author)2016-02-29

Very cool! This is like a better looking and easier to reach version of what I've done for extra storage in my work shop!

WoodCrafts 67 (author)2016-02-26

Nice Instructable. Great use of space, A very good idea to loved it. Thank you for sharing...

pkr316 (author)2016-02-24

SO great! I have 2 sets of bins from those crappy colored kid's units with "unevenly installed supporting poles as the shelves to hold the bins". Junk!! BUT now, with some Krylon for plastics, HELLO to HANGING STORAGE BINS!! Thank you SO MUCH!!!

GregoriusI2 (author)2016-02-23

great idea!

lglira (author)2016-02-22

Great idea and cool design

RaúlT5 (author)2016-02-21

Buenísimo gracias lo estoy copiando

Golfingpunk (author)2016-02-21

Like all brilliant ideas, the simple ones are the best! Fantastic - thanks! Love your quality of work too, very neat and tidy!

inchman (author)2016-02-21

Thanks for the instructable! One really cool feature about this is that it doesn't require that you have the lids for the bins! I don't know what happens, but those lids seem to vanish over the years. This is a perfect way to use the bins without them!

Thanks again!

lmnohos (author)inchman2016-02-21

i have the opposite problem. my boxes break & i have a ton of lids!

dragon fllyer (author)lmnohos2016-02-21

They make pretty good saucers for biggish deck planters...

dragon fllyer (author)2016-02-21

Wow; that's a lot of clamps...

RobyM2 (author)2016-02-21

I never knew one person could own so many clamps.

seamster (author)RobyM22016-02-21

Ha! :D

I actually don't have that many. I need more!

dcrobinson77 (author)2016-02-21

I've seen a larger scaled version of this done for larger totes/storage bins in a garage and storage shed to make use of that often under used over head space.

DAYJAY (author)2016-02-21

Good job!

Bbobeagle (author)2016-02-19

Great space and time saver also good use of scrap, thanks for the share

dcady (author)2016-02-19

I've been thinking of a way to make better use of the shelf over my sewing table dresser. This looks like a great idea -- simple, inexpensive, and easy to build. Thank you for this great instructable.

seamster (author)dcady2016-02-19

You bet! Glad you found this.

Six of these bins hang right above a large craft and sewing table, and they've been a really nice and handy addition. I certainly recommend them!

sakshambhutani (author)2016-02-19

Great Project!

BeachsideHank (author)2016-02-19

i think you could make a cool stop motion animation feature with those clamps acting like imperial Storm Troopers- and also with the proper menacing theme to go with. ☺

An emoji showed up? Usually they're question marks ?

Linkin_J_Knex (author)2016-02-19

These would be great for my k'nex :)

ShanL (author)2016-02-19

I really thought the thin pieces were cut from ply, but 2 x 4 makes sense, it's probably stronger too.

Frederbee (author)2016-02-18

This looks fantastic, thank you for sharing. It's a nice, clean, simple build but it's one of those things that I needed to see to be able to figure it out n.n Looking forward to upgrading some storage areas soon!

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