How to Make Simple Shelves in a Storage Shed

Written by joey pellham
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Storage sheds are great for storing all of your outdoor equipment. There are also solutions available for those smaller items you may want to store in your outdoor shed. You can make some shelving units that won't take up much room but will let you keep smaller items organised and off the floor.

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Things you need

  • Eye protection
  • Ear protection
  • Respirator
  • Gloves
  • Chop saw
  • Extension cord
  • Scrap plywood or particle board
  • 2-by-4 lumber
  • Permanent marker
  • Hammer
  • 16-penny nails

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  1. 1

    Put on all protective gear. Set up your chop saw on a 6- to 8-foot-long table and plug it in. The table will help support the moulding as you cut it.

  2. 2

    Gather some scrap plywood or particle board that you can cut down to the desired length and width of your shelves.

  3. 3

    Cut the plywood or particle board to desired length and width, using the chop saw and table. Repeat this process for the number of shelves you want to install on the shed wall.

  4. 4

    Nail one 2-by-4 stud to the wall for each shelf you want supported. Use a hammer and 16-penny nails to do this. Mark each shelf location with a permanent marker. Level the 2-by-4 as you go to make sure each shelf is straight. This 2-by-4 is used as a back support for the plywood or particleboard shelf that will sit on it.

  5. 5

    Nail the back edge of the plywood or particleboard shelf to the 2-by-4 stud you just mounted to the wall. Repeat this process for each shelf.

  6. 6

    Stand on the left side of the shelving unit. Measure from the bottom shelf to the top. Cut a 2-by-4 stud to that measured length. Install it as a front support, going from top to bottom. Repeat this process for the right side of the shelving unit.

  7. 7

    Cut a diagonal piece of 2-by-4 for each side of the shelf unit. This will be added support to tie all the shelves together and make the whole unit much stronger. Nail it from the bottom corner to the top corner of the shelf unit. Do this on both sides.

Tips and warnings

  • Leave the bottom shelf at least 18 inches to 24 inches off the ground. This way you can store mowers or other items with wheels under the shelf unit.

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