Magnetic Garage Shelf IKEA Hack




As my (Steph) collection of nails, screws, and extra parts expand, I realized it was time for some new organization. I've been storing these items in a plastic compartment storage container, but it’s getting cumbersome to use and I want to be able to see everything clearly and easily.

I found a few different ideas online and decided to combine a few. My goal was to use what I have and not to have to buy a lot of extra materials. Check out the video to see how I added a shelf with some magnetic storage to my garage!

Step 1: Watch the Video

Step 2: Gather Materials and Attach Washers


  • Plastic containers (there were bought onsale at Target- the taller is a almond butter container)
  • IKEA magnetic knife rack (Ikea)
  • Scrap wood board
  • Brackets (we had spare in our stash)
  • Large metal, steel, washers (Home Depot)
  • E6000 (Amazon)

Step 3: Find Scrap Wood, Brackets and Screws

We found some metal brackets in our stash to attach the board to the wall. Then we found screws to attach the brackets to the shelf and to the wall.

Step 4: Attach Brackets and Magnetic Rack to Scrap Board

We cut the scrap board to the size we needed then attached the brackets so that they would be placed on a stud when on the wall.

We followed the Ikea instructions for attaching the magnetic knife racks. The silver one I've had for years and the black one we just bought at Ikea. Please note, we tried two magnetic strips from the hardware store first, one was heavy and awkward and the other was not very magnetic. Low and behold, the Ikea one was the lowest price and best fit!

The thing that took the most time in this project was finding the right length screws for the brackets and magnetic strip.

Step 5: Attach Shelf to Studs in Wall

Step 6: Done!

We love how this shelf turned out and how visible everything is now! Where else could you use this idea? How about a craft room, Lego storage, even sewing supplies!

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    12 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I've been recycling clear plastic jars for a while but I mount them on door frames and shelf's with a couple screws with rubber faucet washers because I live in the tropics and work outside. I do the same on a plywood lazy susan with small peanut butter jars.

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    Reply 2 years ago

    Any chance of some pics to see of what u just described? I'm having a hard time picturing what u mean, or if im even correct w/what im imagining, based on your description, lol. Have a good one!


    Reply 2 years ago

    I just installed some more plastic containers on an overhead support 2X4 on my shed awning...these containers are above head height and still within easy reach. You simply view the item you need unscrew the lid, which doesn't move since it's attached with the screws. When you're finished you just re-screw it into the lid.
    I used water faucet valve rubber washers to keep water from entering the containers through the screw holes. You could also buy some self tapping sheet metal roofing screws, like in the picture which already has a rubber washer too. I live near the ocean so I also try to save silica gel packets to absorb moisture to keep hardware from rusting as it's very humid and the salt air is corrosive.


    2 years ago

    I did exactly this under my kitchen cabinet for spices.

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    2 years ago

    Not bad, but attaching the principle of wine glasses on the tray seems a better option. A washer and bolt through the cap, from the top 1 or 2 bolt, washer and then back bolt.


    2 years ago

    hi that was a good idea but have you seen in a mans garage / shed you can't get near the walls?