Super Simple Stud Shelves




Introduction: Super Simple Stud Shelves

I wanted to utilize the area under my staircase for storage. The wall is sheet rocked on one side, but on the other side, the studs are exposed. What better way to use a bunch of left over pallet wood scraps!

Step 1: Things

This project can be done with some fairly simple tools, or can be done quicker with more expensive ones.

pallet wood
hand saw
2" nails
safety glasses

Highly Recommended:
measuring tape
Brad nailer
chop (miter) saw

Step 2: Measure and Cut

Measure the distance in between the studs. You should measure each section of studs because there may be slight variations from one section to the next.

Mark your pallet board with a pencil and cut with your appropriate tool. Cut as many boards as you like per section. 3-4 shelves is usually a good number.

Note: if you don't have a tape measure, bring your board to the stud section and mark it there.

Step 3: Install

Place the cut pallet board between the studs. Using a Brad or finish nailer with 2"nails, shoot 1-2 nails in one end, thru the stud and into the shelf.

Using a level, or you can just eye ball, shoot one Brad nail on the opposite side thru the shelf into to the stud at a diagonal.

Then shoot a few more nails thru the stud into the shelf. I used 3-4 Brads per side.

If you don't have a Brad nailer, you can probably hammer in nails, but it's going to be hard. You could also use screws and a drill.

Safety note: you will be blindly shooting nails thru a stud into a shelf. There is a chance of the nail bending thru the stud and missing the shelf. Make sure your fingers are clear.

Step 4: Load Them Up!

You can store anything that will fit. I chose spray paint cans and wood varnishes. Really, I put any liquid I can on the shelves to keep them out of the reach of children.

This my first instructable and I'm entering it in the reclaimed wood contest. Constructive criticism is always welcome! happy making

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    4 years ago

    You should put a small lip on the bottom of the ones holding stuff that is 3.5" or less in thickness. It'll poke out from the wall a bit, but hold the bases a bit more securely. It also prevents a large crash when you bump the drywall when horsing around or moving furniture.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Not a bad idea. I think if the shelves were all in a straight line across the wall, you could put a strip of wood to act as a lip all the way down. Thanks!