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How to build garage storage

Peggers
Experienced Contributor

Difficulty: Beginner

You can never have too much storage - especially in your garage or workshop.

 

We recently published a guide on How to build a workbench which required some intermediate D.I.Y. skills. This is a step-by-step guide to building some matching storage, which can be completed by a beginner.

 

Inspiration for this guide comes from the New shed storage project that @Tara86 completed and the Custom garage storage that @boris shared. 

Steps

Step 1

First thing to do is build the base frame from your Structural Pine.  This needs to fit exactly on top of the base sheet of ply. For my set of shelves the two lengths will be 1220mm and the two widths will be 540mm.

 

It always pays to check your lengths and widths by matching them to your base, as well as measuring. There are sometimes slight discrepancies in the sizes stated, so it’s good to double-check.

 

Cut the lengths with a saw. A handsaw is ideal, although I often also use an electric jigsaw to save time.

 

Step 1.1 Measure lengths of pine to fit base.jpg  Step 1.2 Pencil line to match base.jpgStep 1.3 Cut length with saw.jpgStep 1.4 Measure widths.jpg  Step 1.5 Lengths and widths to fit base.jpg

Step 2

To fit the base frame together, use two of the 65mm screws at each join. Make sure everything is square and then drill holes before putting in the screws. This just makes joining things much smoother.

 

It pays to get a Philips drill bit for your electric drill to put the screws in with. It’s much quicker and easier than using a hand screwdriver.

 

Once your base frame is complete, repeat steps 1 and 2 again to get a top frame that is exactly the same as the base.

 

Step 2.1 Drill before screwing together.jpgStep 2.2 Use drill bit for speed.jpgStep 2.3 Use 2 screws for each join.jpgStep 2.4 Repeat steps for top frame.jpg

Step 3

Start with the base strut when building the side frames. This will be the same width of the base plywood, which is 610mm in the case of my shelves. The base strut of the side frame will sit on top of the end of the base frame when you put everything together.

 

The height of the side frames will depend on the number of shelves you want and the types of containers you plan to use. Lay things on the floor to get a feel for it, and make sure there is plenty of room to lift containers in and out.

 

For my shelves the sides are 1.5m in length, so measure four of these and cut them the same size. I bought 3.0m lengths of Structural Pine, so in theory I could just cut them in half, but measure everything and trim if needed.

 

Once cut, fit the side struts to the base struts, just as you did with the base and top frames.

 

Step 3.1 Measure base of sides.jpg  Step 3.2 Base of side will sit here.jpgStep 3.3 Height of sides depends on trays.jpgStep 3.4 Measure exact sides length.jpgStep 3.5 Trim pine if needed.jpg  Step 3.6 Fit sides together like base.jpg

Step 4

Time to insert three shelf struts in my side frames to get three shelves. The widths of these are 540mm.

 

Lay everything out on the floor to make sure you’re comfortable with how things will fit together with your containers. Then measure exact measurements for where the shelves will fit, so they are equal on both sides.

 

Use two 65mm screws to secure the shelf struts on both sides. Throughout building the frames, stick to using the 65mm screws. The 40mm screws will used later for attaching the ply.

 

Step 4.1 Measure length of shelf struts.jpgStep 4.2 See how struts will sit.jpgStep 4.3 Fit struts in place.jpgStep 4.4 Repeat struts on both sides.jpg

Step 5

The frames are now all complete. I like approaching projects in this way as it keeps things simple. The modular approach also means you can mix and match shapes and sizes.

 

Using the 65mm screws, attach the sides to the base and top frames to construct a solid skeleton.

 

Step 5.1 Frames now complete.jpgStep 5.2 Put frames together.jpgStep 5.3 Frame should be solid.jpg

Step 6

Paint the frame before adding the top and bottom sheets of ply and the shelves. You can leave it as plain wood, but it looks far better painted. I used a water-based Brunswick Green pot of paint. I bought a litre, but used less than half. A 250ml pot should be enough.

 

Water-based paints dry quicker than oil-based, but it’s still worth leaving the frame to dry overnight so that you don’t smudge paint everywhere when finishing the shelves.

 

Step 6.1 Paint before adding shelves.jpgStep 6.2 Leave overnight.jpg

Step 7

Put the 1220 x 610 x 12mm base sheet of on first, with the skeleton upside down. Drill holes before putting in the screws, and use the 40mm screws to fit the base.  

 

While the shelves are upside down you can also add the caster wheels. Use swivel wheels or the shelves will be hard to move around. Also make sure they can take some weight - mine are comfortable with up to 70kg. Attach the caster wheels to the base using button head screws. Position them just inside the corners of the base. 

 

Turn the whole structure up the right way and then add the 1220 x 610 x 6mm top sheet and the 1200 x 396 x 7mm shelves, again using 40mm screws. 

 

Step 7.1 Add base plywood.jpg  Step 7.2 Screw base with 40mm screws.jpg  Step 7.3 Add caster wheels.jpgStep 7.4 Turn up the right way.jpgStep 7.5 Screw in shelves.jpgStep 7.6 Add top panel.jpg

Step 8

You can add as many extras to your storage unit as you like. I just added a hook to the side. A hook is handy for keeping extension leads tidy, or just for hanging up your hoody when you get hot. I tend to either lose mine or get it covered in paint!

 

Step 8.1 Add hook to side.jpgStep 8.2 Ideal for power cords.jpgStep 8.3 Or just your hoody.jpg

Step 9

Add your plastic storage containers and trays and your new storage unit is complete. You can increase storage size as needed, adding more units side-by-side. Or perhaps you might like to build our matching workbench now…

 

Step 9.1 Add plastic trays to complete.jpgStep 9.2 Easy to move around.jpgStep 9.3 Now make our workbench.jpg

 

Materials

Tools

  • Handsaw or Jigsaw

  • Drill

  • Philips screwdriver (Philips drill attachment is easiest)

  • Tape measure

  • Ruler

  • Pencil

  • 50mm paint brush

Images

Step 1.1 Measure lengths of pine to fit base.jpg

Step 1.2 Pencil line to match base.jpg

Step 1.3 Cut length with saw.jpg

Step 1.4 Measure widths.jpg

Step 1.5 Lengths and widths to fit base.jpg

Step 2.1 Drill before screwing together.jpg

Step 2.2 Use drill bit for speed.jpg

Step 2.3 Use 2 screws for each join.jpg

Step 2.4 Repeat steps for top frame.jpg

Step 3.1 Measure base of sides.jpg

Step 3.2 Base of side will sit here.jpg

Step 3.3 Height of sides depends on trays.jpg

Step 3.4 Measure exact sides length.jpg

Step 3.5 Trim pine if needed.jpg

Step 3.6 Fit sides together like base.jpg

Step 4.1 Measure length of shelf struts.jpg

Step 4.2 See how struts will sit.jpg

Step 4.3 Fit struts in place.jpg

Step 4.4 Repeat struts on both sides.jpg

Step 5.1 Frames now complete.jpg

Step 5.2 Put frames together.jpg

Step 5.3 Frame should be solid.jpg

Step 6.1 Paint before adding shelves.jpg

Step 6.2 Leave overnight.jpg

Step 7.1 Add base plywood.jpg

Step 7.2 Screw base with 40mm screws.jpg

Step 7.3 Add caster wheels.jpg

Step 7.4 Turn up the right way.jpg

Step 7.5 Screw in shelves.jpg

Step 7.6 Add top panel.jpg

Step 8.1 Add hook to side.jpg

Step 8.2 Ideal for power cords.jpg

Step 8.3 Or just your hoody.jpg

Step 9.1 Add plastic trays to complete.jpg

Step 9.2 Easy to move around.jpg

Step 9.3 Now make our workbench.jpg

2 Replies
MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Great project and instructions, @Peggers! I really like how simply this unit goes together. I could certainly use additional storage for my tools, so I might have to give it a go.

 

Many thanks for sharing, as I trust it will inspire many of our members.

 

Mitchell

 

AllGearNoIdea
Newbie

Thank you for posting this helpful guide, @Peggers! You've given me confidence to have a crack at DIY. Will report back with results!

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