Building Glass Storage Racks

Written by steve smith
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To build glass storage racks you need a frame that can hold glass sheets. Usually, metal adjustable storage racks in which you can insert braces to hold glass are the best solution. You can find these in a hardware store or home centre. They are metal, and have slots every inch or so in which a brace can be inserted so they can be built to be any size. They will also mount to a wall.

Building Info

To build your glass racks, install the metal bracket shelving into the wall using heavy-duty 1-inch screws (or larger). Make sure you drive the screw into a stud, and if your walls have thick drywall, consider using 2- or 3-inch screws, or anchors. These are plastic sleeves that fit over a screw and expand when the screw is drilled through them. They will hang a metal bracket shelving brace onto drywall.

Adding the Brackets and Shelves

Once the bracket braces are installed, you need to insert the shelving braces. These are long, fin-shaped arms that will hold the glass shelves. Insert them into the bracket slots (at the same height). Then install the glass on the braces to create a tier of shelving.


You can find glass sheets to use as shelves at a glass store. You may need to have them custom cut from a larger sheet of glass. Typically, the sheets of glass should be at least 1/4-inch thick. Thicker sheets are less likely to shatter, but will heavier. If you plan on storing heavy items, a thicker sheet is necessary, but for crafts and small items, a 1/4-inch sheet will suffice. If you get them custom cut, you should consider having the edges buffed and rounded.

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