29 Free DIY Garage Shelving Ideas

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If your garage is a mess and you are thinking of building a storage shelf by yourself, then you are on the right track.

In addition to helping you create more space inside your garage, a shelf also helps you to stay organized.

There are different sizes and types of shelves that you can build. It all depends on how much space you have, and on what your needs for the shelf are.

I collected the following 29 plans from across the Internet, with the hope that they can help you to get inspired and build the perfect shelf for your garage.

If you like these free plans, consider these other free plans such as pipe shelf, floating shelf, hidden gun shelf, bookshelf, garage storage.

Joe's Garage Storage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 26 feet of shelving
  • Budget: $300
  • Duration: 1 day

The first part of this guide focuses on building the frame, which means cutting the parts to the correct lengths first.

Joe is an experienced carpenter, so he takes a step by step approach to the assembly of the shelf and also leaves helpful tips at the end.

A material list is included as a PDF file, allowing you to download and print out the plans if you wish. A tool list is also included.

Joe spent less than $300 on materials alone, excluding the plastic bins to make this shelf. It sturdy and a great choice if you want something that can last long. 

2. Ashlee's Simple & Fast Wall Shelves

Ashlee's Simple & Fast Wall Shelves
  • Dimensions: 7 shelves, each 8 feet long 
  • Budget: $300
  • Duration: 1 day

Ashlee from Shanty2Chic designed and built this one. Although it was a temporary solution for her, it is still a great concept.

The shelves are strong and can be used for holding a wide variety of materials, including tools and lumber, as well as plastic bins.

Ashlee explains the whole process in a lovely step by step guide, which includes lots of pictures, each one with enough explanations.

She uses MDF for most of the shelf work, with metal shelf brackets also doing plenty of work. Each shelf is 8 feet long and there are 7 shelves, which make 56 feet of shelf space.

3. Movable Garage Shelf Plan

Movable Garage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 72H x 96W x 14D inches (4 shelves, each 96 inches long)
  • Budget: Under $200
  • Duration: 1 day

With a height of 72 inches and a width of 96, this shelf can easily fit into most garage spaces. It is also easily movable.

This plan includes a material and tool list, as well as detailed diagrams which provide all necessary information.

The legs and the entire frame are made using 2x4 lumbers, while the shelves are done with plywood. A piece of 1x4 is also used as a brace.

Also included as part of this plan are numerous tooltips, which will be of great help to many, and especially to beginners.

4. 16-Foot DIY Garage Wall Shelf Plan

DIY Garage Wall Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 3 shelves, each 16 feet long
  • Budget: Under $100
  • Duration: 1 day

This DIY garage shelf plan comes from Ana White. It shows you how to build a wall shelf in a very fast way.

This shelf depends on the wall for support, so you will need to find studs on your wall. It is also built using 16-feet long 2x4 timbers.

The tutorial starts with attaching horizontal 2x4s to the wall, and then continues with the addition of the second set of 2x4s, before adding some cleats.

A frame with 2 feet is then added to the construction and the shelves are covered with plywood.

This guide is simple and easy to follow. It includes lots of pictures and detailed explanations, that you can hardly go wrong following it.

5. $200 Sturdy Garage Shelf Plan

Sturdy Garage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 4 Shelves, each 14 feet long
  • Budget: $200
  • Duration: 1 day

This plan uses 2x3s and 2x4s to construct a wall shelf that is almost the same with the previous shelf from Ana.

It starts out by nailing horizontal 2x3s to the wall, including a vertical one. The shelves are made from plywood, with 2x4s forming the posts.

This tutorial also includes lots of pictures, which detail each step of the way, including explanations and tips on how to fit the plan to your conditions.

There is a tool list and a detailed explanation of how to calculate the amount of lumber you will need for your own construction.

6. Modern & Stylish Homemade Garage Shelf Plan

Modern & Stylish Homemade Garage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 4 shelves, each about 8 feet long
  • Budget: Under $150
  • Duration: 1 day

If you are the kind of person who prefers hands-on or video tutorials, then you will surely love this one. It is a video tutorial which shows you every single step you need to make the shelf.

This garage shelf has 4 posts and 4 shelves. It can be easily moved around from place to place, and it has adjustable feet for leveling it off.

No exact measurements, costs or material lists are given, although the materials are easy to make out in the beginning of the video.

Lots of tools are used in the video, including a table saw, a miter jig, paint, adhesive, and clamps. Following this guide, you will know everything you have to do, and how to do it well.

7. Free Standing DIY Garage Shelf Video Guide

Free Standing DIY Garage Shelf Video Guide
  • Dimensions: 4 shelves, each 8 feet long
  • Budget: $100
  • Duration: 4 hours

This tutorial is also delivered in video form. Dave Wirth shows you step by step, how to put the pieces together to make the shelf.

This is the third time Dave is building such a shelf, so he wanted to make a video of it. If you love following a video guide, then you'll love this video 2x4 shelf plan.

Dave used different types of wood this time than he used in his previous projects, including screws. He explains his reasons in the video as well.

8. 10-Foot Wide DIY Basement Shelf Plan

Wide DIY Basement Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 7H x 10W x 2.5D feet, 3 Shelves, each 10 feet long
  • Budget: $150
  • Duration: 4 hours

This is another great design for those interested in 2x4 shelving plans. It uses 6 pieces of 7-foot high 2x4s to create a sturdy garage or basement shelf.

The shelves are made from OSB, with each one being up to 10 feet long. They rest on horizontal 2x4s which are part of the frame and make it stronger.

The vertical posts also connected to the building's joists, making the shelf a really sturdy construction.

This tutorial is fun and easy to follow. There are plenty of explanations, tips, and pictures. You will also learn how to make sure your shelves are perfectly horizontal.

9. DIY Overhead Garage Storage Shelf Plan

DIY Overhead Garage Storage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 2 shelves, each 8 feet long by 2 feet wide
  • Budget: Under $50
  • Duration: Under 4 hours

Not all garage shelves have to be free standing or leaning on the wall. This one hangs from the trusses in the garage attic, but it is still very sturdy.

The entire construction cost under $50 and uses 10 pieces of 8-foot long 2x4s for the frame. The shelf sheets can either be plywood or OSB boards.

This tutorial is straight to the point and specific. It is intended for those who need storage space, but do not have space on the ground, so they can use something overhead.

Enough pictures show you the steps to take to achieve such a shelf. They will also inspire you to get creative yourself and to build something unique and well thought-out.

10. $40 DIY Garage shelf Plan

DIY Garage shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 4 shelves, each about 8 feet long
  • Budget: $40
  • Duration: 1 day

There are 2 specific features about this shelf that makes it different from the rest. The first is that it has 6 posts, which means there are 2 middle ones for support.

The second feature is that it does not use OSB or plywood for it shelf face like most other plans do. It uses 2x4s to create the horizontal shelves, making it cheaper as well.

This guide is delivered in 7 easy to follow steps. Each step includes a picture with detailed explanations.

There is also a video version of this shelf plan if you are the type that prefers learning from video tutorials.

11. Extra Sturdy DIY Garage Shelf Plan

Extra Sturdy DIY Garage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 7 feet high x 4 feet wide, 4 shelves, each 48 x 21 inches 
  • Budget: $100
  • Duration: 4 hours

This plan might be rather small compared to the other plans on this list, but one thing you can be sure of is its strength.

It is 7 feet high and 4 feet wide. This makes it a very compact shelf for situations with limited space. 

This DIY garage shelving plan is elaborate and contains all the information you need. There is a tool and material list, as well as detailed dimensions.

Each of the 6 tutorial steps is supported with pictures to let you know exactly what to do and how to do it well.

12. 10 Feet Wide Hanging Garage Shelf Plan

Wide Hanging Garage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 10 feet wide x 48 inches high
  • Budget: $100
  • Duration: 1 day

This tutorial is not very organized or detailed, but it does offer a unique garage shelf design. There are 2 rows of shelves hanging from the roof, and each is 10 feet wide.

There are stage by stage photos of the building of this shelf, and each stage does have some documentation, but it is by no means a step by step guide.

He uses 2x4s for the frame and plywood for the shelf faces. This plan also shows you how to hang the entire thing on the roof using horizontal 2x4s.

13. 3-Hour Simple DIY Wooden Garage Shelf Plan

3-Hour Simple DIY Wooden Garage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 80 x 48 inches
  • Budget: $30
  • Duration: 3 hours

This small shelf is just 80 inches high by 48 inches in width. It is made up of 4 shelves, with a frame built from 2x4s and the shelf face made with OSB boards.

Its small size means it can be used in most situations where space is limited. It is also not too high, which makes it more versatile.

This tutorial is detailed and contains lots of pictures. Each picture is well explained so that you'll know what's going on.

Some pictures focus on tips or specif mistakes that you should avoid making. In general, this will make a fun build for all levels of woodworkers.

14. 8-Foot High DIY Garage Shelf Plan

8-Foot High DIY Garage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 8 feet high and 8 feet wide
  • Budget: $50 (Half of the lumber was recycled)
  • Duration: 1 day

Resting on a total of 8 posts, this garage shelf is built on what looks like 4 ladders. The timbers were cut and assembled in a way that makes this shelf very stable.

Though the timbers used were not so thick, the entire structure still ended up being sturdy because of its structure.

The tutorial is well laid out and easy to follow. It includes plenty of pictures in a step by step manner, which allows you to easily tag along.

Although this shelf is rather high at 8 feet, you could still change the dimensions and it will retain the strength offered by its structure.

15. Refreshing Video DIY Garage Shelf Tutorial

Refreshing Video DIY Garage Shelf Tutorial
  • Dimensions: 8 feet high by 10 feet wide
  • Budget: $250
  • Duration: 1 day

Rob Palmer is a refreshing young man who presents this tutorial in video format. The shelf that he builds is both sturdy and can be configured in many ways.

He first builds five ladders using 2x4s, joins them together, and then nails the entire shelf to the wall. It is 8 feet high and 10 feet wide.

The individual shelves are not fixed in this design. Rob also shows you a clever method in this video, which he used to make the entire shelf configurable.

The shelves are 800 mm (31 inches) wide, but you can make them shorter or even longer depending on what you want to achieve.

16. Wasted Space DIY Garage Storage Shelf

 Wasted Space DIY Garage Storage Shelf
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This wasted space storage shelf design is about reclaiming unused space in a garage or basement. There is a single shelf row which is hanging and provides storage space.

This tutorial is available in a written form and with guiding pictures, as well as in a video form.

Due to the nature of this build, your garage or basement will be different, meaning that you will have to make changes to the basic design.

17. Different DIY Garage Shelf Plans & Designs

Different DIY Garage Shelf Plans & Designs
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This video is not a tutorial but is rather a list of different garage shelf plans. If you are interested in how to build garage shelves and are looking for inspiration, then this could be helpful to you.

There are shelves in this video with only a single row, as well as those with up to five rows. There are even shelves which take up entire walls, reaching over 10 feet in height.

There is no commentary here, only some background music. This makes it not very suitable for a beginner, who might need detailed plans in order to cope.

18. Simple DIY Wall Shelf Plan

Simple DIY Wall Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 8 feet long, 16 inches wide on top, 5 inches wide below
  • Budget: Under $100
  • Duration: 1 day

This shelf needs to be mounted on the wall and it provides 2 rows of shelves. There is a lower row, which is 5 inches wide and an upper row, which is 16 inches wide.

You are also free to double its dimensions and to create any specific design that suits you. The tutorial includes pictures in a step by step manner and is also easy to follow.

There is a tool list and a material list, plus tips to help you improve your woodwork.

19. Ana's DIY 2x4 Garage Shelves Plan

Ana's DIY 2x4 Garage Shelves Plan
  • Dimensions: 72H x 240W inches, 4 shelves, each 240 inches long
  • Budget: Under $200
  • Duration: 1 day

Being a whole 240 inches long, this shelf design also includes 6 supporting posts, making it stand on a total of 10 posts or 5 ladders.

It is also built entirely with 2x4s. This makes it very much sturdy and simply functional. You can also make it taller or longer if you want.

Ana's tutorial is detailed and includes lots of tips, pictures, and explanations. There is a shopping list, dimensions, a cut list, and a step by step guide.

This tutorial can also be downloaded as a PDF file or directly printed.

20. Val's Simple Overhead Garage Storage Plan

Val's Simple Overhead Garage Storage Plan
  • Dimensions: 8 feet long
  • Budget: $25
  • Duration: 6 hours

This is a simple overhead shelf plan. It is 8 feet long and hangs from the roof. This page links to Val's blog where the plans are located.

There is a cut list, a tool list, and a material list. The frame was done using 2x3s and plywood was used as the shelf face. Val also painted the entire construction white.

Val's tutorial is detailed and easy to follow. It includes pictures which even have extra graphics to make it easier to understand.

She also takes some time to explain how she perfectly hung the shelf to the ceiling. This is good information for those who may need to build an overhead ceiling, but don't know how to get on with it.

21. Ana's Truss Shelves

Ana's Truss Shelves
  • Dimensions: 65 inches high, 40 inches wide
  • Budget: $30
  • Duration: 4 hours

This is one of the garage shelving ideas that really stands out. The design of the leaning posts sets it aside from the rest.

At 65 inches of height, it can support up to 4 rows of shelves, each one about 15 inches from the other.

This tutorial includes everything you need. There is a material, tool, and cut list, as well as a step by step guide with the instructions to build the shelf.

The cost is estimated around $30. It could be more or less, depending on how much changes you want to make to this original plan.

22. Very Cheap & Fast DIY Garage Shelf Plan

Very Cheap & Fast DIY Garage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 2 shelves, each 6 feet long
  • Budget: $30
  • Duration: 4 hours 

This one is built using 2x4 brackets plus OSB boards for the shelf. It is a simple, fast, and cheap method to build a shelf. You can do this project in just one afternoon.

This tutorial includes a cut list, material list, and instructions. You will be needing a miter saw, or a 45-degree jig, in order to cut the 2x4s that will form the bracket.

It also requires that you can locate studs on your wall, else you will have to find alternatives. You screw the brackets into the studs and place the OSB boards on the brackets, and that's it.

Each step is clearly represented with pictures and explanations, including the spacing for the brackets, as well as screwing down the shelves.

23. Angie's Single Row Garage Shelf Plan

Angie's Single Row Garage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: Single row over 10 feet long
  • Budget: Under $10, wood was free
  • Duration: 1 day

Angie built this garage shelf to house her tools. It is a single row of wooden planks, supported by horizontal and 45-degree cut 2x4s.

She got the wood for free from her dad's farm, and she also didn't bother with any finishings. Still, it is a very functional setup, with nails underneath for hanging more tools.

Angie provides this guide with pictures. She explains each step of the way, and you also get to understand her quickly.

This simple construction system can be made smaller or even larger with more rows, you just have to get creative.

24. Garage Door Overhead Shelf Plan

Garage Door Overhead Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 2 shelves, each 8 feet long x 2 feet wide
  • Budget: Under $50
  • Duration: 1 day

These 2 wooden garage shelves were designed to hang over the garage door and provide some extra storage spaces. They are made from 2x4s and plywood.

There are lots of pictures in this guide showing each step of the construction process. The frames are made from the 2x4s and then nailed into studs on the wall.

The next step is to cover the top with plywood, and then hang one end of the shelf with a chain. 

This is a great idea for people with little space in their homes. Since each shelf unit is 8 x 2 feet in dimensions, it can easily fit into most rooms.

25. DIY Garage or Barn Corner Shelf plan

DIY Garage or Barn Corner Shelf plan
  • Dimensions: 4 corner shelves, each about 10 feet long
  • Budget: Under $100
  • Duration: 1 day

This wooden garage shelf is made up of 4 rows of shelves built using 2x4s and plywood. There are 2 posts only, with the rest of the construction attached to the barn.

This guide leads you gently with pictures through the stage by stage building process of the shelf. You will discover that it offers you a different but interesting way to build garage shelves.

Although it is more difficult to build a corner shelf like this one, you will also find that it comes with certain advantages over standard shelves.

This guide includes a material and tool list, as well as a step by step plan to get the job done perfectly.

26. Easy DIY Garage Shelf Plan

Easy DIY Garage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 2 rows of shelves, each about 6 feet long
  • Budget: $50
  • Duration: 4 hours

This easy DIY plan can be done very quickly in one afternoon. It is made up of 2 shelves on 4 posts, which can quickly be used to create more storage space.

The guide starts with a tool and a material list. You will be needing a compound miter saw, a level, a speed square, and a drill.

The frame is built using 2x4s and then covered with plywood. Though painting is optional, this one got painted in white and it looks absolutely fantastic.

A step by step guide leads you through the stages and includes pictures to help you to better understand. There are also additional tips after each stage.

27. DIY 2x4 Wooden Shelf for Garages

DIY 2x4 Wooden Shelf for Garages
  • Dimensions: 6H ft, 8W ft, and 2D ft
  • Budget: $100
  • Duration: 6 hours

This plan is straight to the point. You will need 13 pieces of 2x4 boards. 4 of those will be used as the posts, so you will need to saw off 2 feet from each of the 4.

The next 8 boards will also be used as the sides of the frame, while the last one will be cut into 2-foot pieces.

This tutorial lists everything from materials to tools. It also takes you through a step by step guide of the entire process, including tips on how to get the best results.

There are also plenty of pictures to let you know what's going on. Most of them even include amazing graphics which make everything easier to understand.

28. Overhead Storage Shelf Plan

Overhead Storage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: Single overhead shelf, 8ft H x 4ft D x 2.5ft H
  • Budget: Under $100
  • Duration: 1 day

- Dimensions: Single overhead shelf, 8 feet long by 4 feet deep, by 2.5 feet high
- Budget: Under $100
- Duration: 4 hours

This overhead design requires that you use a stud finder to find studs on both your ceiling and your wall because the shelf will be hanging from both.

It creates a space that is about 32 square feet in size, all without taking up any floor space. This makes it a great storage consideration for many situations.

This tutorial begins with a material and a tool list. It then walks you through a 16-step guide, offering detailed explanations and pictures.

L-angles were used a lot in this tutorial. It could be worth your while to get a closer look at how valuable they can be in woodwork.

29. Dave's Basement Storage Shelf Plan

Dave's Basement Storage Shelf Plan
  • Dimensions: 6H x 8W ft, 4 shelves, each 8L ft
  • Budget: $100
  • Duration: 4 hours

This is Dave's first garage shelf project. He built this 2x4 shelf plan for his garage, which was getting cluttered.

This tutorial includes lots of pictures and Dave explains a lot about each step. The shelf turns out very sturdy, and he even screws it to the wall.

He uses OSB and 2x4s only to create this shelf. The OSB forms the horizontal shelves while the 2x4s are used to build the frame. A video and PDF version of this tutorial is available for download.

Dave also offers his Google Sketchup file for download. This is a .skp file for computers which he used to design the shelf, and which is free.

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