Most garage spaces contain a lot of unused space along the top edges of the walls. This is a great location to build some easy storage shelves that will greatly increase the amount of square footage that you can use for storage. While I do have a nice shop setup you can complete this project with just a few common tools:
- A circular saw for cutting the plywood shelves to size and for crosscutting the lumber to length
- A speed square used with your circular saw will result in nice square cuts.
- A drill for all of the screws and predrilling holes.
- And of course a drill bit for predrilling holes. If you have a similar sized nail you can use it to predrill holes as well. It works surprisingly well.
The exact materials will depend on your situation. You will need:
- Enough 2x2 material to span the entire length of your wall three times. I have a table saw so it was cheaper for me to purchase 2x4 material and rip them right down the middle to create two roughly 2x2 sized boards.
- Enough 2x4 material to create vertical supports for your shelves. I suggest no more than a 4' span without a vertical support.
- Enough 3/4" plywood to create your actual shelves.
- About a pound of 3" screws. I used decking screws.
- A handful of 1-1/4" screws. I used drywall screws.
- Wood glue.
Keep in mind that not all structures or garages are created equal. Before starting on a project like this make sure your garage can indeed support weight from below. If you are unsure consult a professional.