Whether your use your shed only for storage or as a workshop with some storage space, shelving will help you make the most of your available space. Keep your most frequently used items on the shelves that are within comfortable reach for you, and make sure heavy items rest on low shelves or the floor to prevent injury.
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Combine simplicity and function with adjustable metal brackets and wooden shelving. Most hardware and home improvement stores carry metal shelving strips you can attach to shed walls. You can attach brackets to these strips at nearly any height, then lay wooden planks across the brackets as shelves. Include a strip every 3 to 4 feet so you have ample bracket locations to support your shelves. Choose heavy-duty strips and brackets, and try varying the depth of your shelves so lower shelves are deeper and higher shelves are shallow. This should encourage you to store smaller items up high, where they'll cause less damage than large items if they fall. This type of shelving can be placed on any or all shed walls, including around or above doors and windows.
If you don't think you'll need to adjust shelf height, consider building heavy-duty wooden shelves into one wall. Using one of the 8-foot walls is best, as it allows you to use standard 8-foot lumber to frame your shelves. Build a frame of 2x4 lumber that's 8 feet long and 18 inches wide, then place an additional support every 2 feet inside the frame. You can screw the frame directly to the wall studs. For additional support, add a brace that angles downward from the front of the shelf to the wall stud on each end, and one in the middle of your shelf unit. Top the frames with 3/4-inch plywood for a solid, sturdy surface.
If you like the idea of shelves that blend with your shed's interior and don't need heavy-duty support, place a strip of 2x4 lumber with the broader side along one of your 8-foot shed walls and screw it to the studs. Lay an 8-foot-long, 1x8- to 1x12-inch plank on top of the 2x4 and screw it into the 2x4's top edge. Add support with decorative angle brackets or a wooden brace cut at a 45-degree angle on each end. Use the same wood that comprises your shed, such as red cedar, for a seamless look. This style of shelving works well for art or gardening or canning supplies, but will require additional angle brackets or braces to support heavy items.
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