Spray Paint/Can Rack




About: I like to create, paint, experiment and have fun with what's around me.

Getting organised is one thing, staying organised is another. This instructable details an easy to throw together way of keeping your paint or any spray cans well organised, it also looks pretty cool.

This rack was built out of necessity , I paint a lot with stencils and have amassed a growing collection of paint. Unfortunately storage is an issue. Shelves work well but the cans tend to get mixed up and its difficult to decide which colour will work best.
This rack keeps everything visible and to hand and makes it really easy to put everything back for the next piece I spray.
Apologies for the iffy images, my phone was the only available camera at the time.

A note on spraying indoors, I use goggles and an A1 rated half face respirator combined with a large fan by the door. I regularly use spray paint and bleach in an airbrush an a little bit of protection makes a real difference long term.

Enough rambling, lets get down to it, enjoy my first ever Instructable and any feedback is welcome.

(A vote in the competition would also be awesome :) )

Step 1: Materials

The materials used are easy to come by and I had everything I needed already but the parts are super cheap and adaptable.

You will need:
- Too many spray cans
- Some straight preferrably thin wooden batons (I used 5cm x 2cm)
- Some screws
- A wall or a sheet of wood to mount to the wall
- A saw of any description
- A screwdriver or drill with driver bit
- A tape measure (or some string)
- 30 mins of your time

Gather your materials and head on over to step 2, measuring..

Step 2: Measure Measure Measure

Next , its a good idea to measure your wall and see how much space you have available.
In my case my wall was roughly 1m x 0.60cm.

Now we want to measure our materials, my cans had a base diameter of 6.5cm and my batons had a width of 5cm.
The width of the batons will determine how much space there is between cans.

Then its time to plan. To figure out how many batons we need to cut of each length you will need to see how many will fit into your working space....  Alternatively you can cut a few and if there is still space for more, cut more.

Once we have everthing measured its time to start cutting, so be careful of those fingers on step 3...

Step 3: Cutting and Mounting

This step is fairly simple, we're going to cut our batons to length, the number will depend on what space you have available.

Once cut its time to mount. In my case the rack is being mounted to a wall with sealed plywood on it, if you want the rack on another wall type it might be worth getting a sheet of cheap ply and mounting it to the wall first.

If you don't have any available you could pre-assemble the rack and then mount it to the wall but it is a tiny bit trickier...
On to the mounting..

Firstly we want to add our upright or vertical batons. Screw these to the wall and use a couple of spray cans on either end to get the spacing right. Its worth noting at this point that the spacing is crucial, too close together and the cans will not fit, too far apart and the cans will fall off your wall. This said its not too hard to get the spacing right.

With our vertical batons mounted with screws we move on to the horizontal batons.
Working from the bottom up , again using cans as spacers on either end, we screw the horizontal batons into the vertical ones.
2 - 4 well place screws per baton should keep it nicely in place.

Once all of the batons are in place our rack is finished and ready to be filled!

The advantages of this type of rack are its ease of access, the space saved and the ease with which you can identify individual colours. The rack can be varied to suit any space and be adapted for a range of materials , so if you get one built, please post some pictures of you version.

Happy racking!

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    7 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I'm a spray paint addict, and I always have to dig through boxes or shelves to find the right one. This looks like a great solution for my hoarding! I MEAN COLLECTING!

    2 replies

    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Snap.. After building this I went out and bought more paint because I now have smewhere to put it.. Came across your shoes iable while making sure this rack wasnt already on here.. Awesome stuff..


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Smart guy! I also run searches to make sure potential projects haven't already been submitted. :P

    And thanks!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Glad you liked it.. Post some pics if you get around to it.. I would love to see it.